Another great win for Rick Reinsberg at the 2011 Alameda Commuters. Despite the silly pins and high rough, Rick shot 4 solid under par rounds to win the event for the 5th time in the past nine years, no small feat. Pretty easy to understand why with his arrow straight tee ball and a wedge game that rivals the pros, Rick has all the tools for success at this venue.
It was also great to see my Pal, the very talented Ryan Thomas take second in the event. No surprise to the ever steady George Gandranata finish in the top 5 with the 36 hole leader Ricky Stockton tied for 3rd. On the Senior side, Jim Knoll won for the third time and continues to dominate the senior circuit. Jim shot a strong 66 on Saturday to go with his even par 71 today for a one shot victory over the hard charging Jeff Burda who carded a stellar 66 today in tough conditions.
So those are the results, my day started off with such great promise with a birdie at #1 and a 300+ yd drive on the par 5 number 2 leaving 6 iron to the green. After a poorly missed shot to the short side right I was unable to get up and in for a birdie (mental par 4), followed by a 56 degree sand wedge into #3 that missed badly right for another wasted shot. The key to success on this course was keeping the ball in front of you on the short grass, followed by precise shots with sand wedge, gap wedges to tight pins. Putting on these poa annua beauties is another issue that many of us didn’t fair well at. It seemed like the greens were a few rolls slower today, which meant many good putts were left a roll or two short of the hole.
I had the pleasure of playing with my good friend Andrew Biggadike for all 4 rounds. Andrew played beautifully, especially on the par 5 holes where he was knocking the pins down on his second shot. But like many of us he couldn’t get his putts to the hole, and actually mentioned that he left 12 putts short on Saturday. After several holes it was looking like a repeat of Saturday for Andrew, so I decided to provide some motivation for him with a small wager that each putt left short from 20 feet and in would cost him a post round beer. Let’s just say that Andrew was a gracious host to me, Darryl Donovan and Reiner at the bar for a nice pitcher of Stella. Thanks Andrew!
Shots of note- Darryl Donovan almost holed his tee shot on the par 4 16th hole and left his ball about three rolls from going in for a double eagle hole in one. Darryl had a great weekend shooting a solid 69-67 = 136 only bettered by Ryan Thomas 135. I’m sure I’m leaving out many other great shots, but it’s time to close the books on the 2011 Alameda Commuters event. Many thanks to the committee that puts on this fine amateur event.
Stay tuned for the Whisper Rock National Invitation results and comments tomorrow. Results link below: