Commuters Champ Sets Stroke Record
Jonathan De Los Reyes created a wide distance between himself and the rest of the field on his way to win the 87th Annual Alameda Commuters Tournament last Sunday, May 4.
De Los Reyes entered the second weekend of the tournament with a four-stroke lead at seven-under par 135. But his play in the third round, or moving day as it is called at the Commuters removed any doubt that Reyes would be the winner.
Reyes posted a seven-under 64 on Saturday on the Earl Fry Course. De Los Reyes was able to grow his lead from four strokes to eight by the end of the round. De Los Reyes’ eight-stroke lead after 54 holes is the largest lead since the tournament went to stroke play in 1955.
What made De Los Reyes’ play even more special was the strong play from the rest of the field on Saturday. Twenty-one of the 51 players posted a score of even par or better and 16 of them shot in the 60s. Cameron Shaw and Sebastian Crampton shot a five-under par 66; Amay Poria, Dash Lindell and Jason Anthony fired a 67; defending champion Pace Johnson, Matt Williams and Austin Roberts each shot a 68; Alameda’s David Na, along with Adam Stone, Shintaro Ban and four others each shot a two-under par 69.
De Los Reyes put himself in position to not only win his first Commuters title, but also break the 72-hole scoring record. In 2002, Matt Bettencourt fired an 18-under par 266 to win his only Commuters title. However, with a four-under par 67 in the final round Sunday, De Los Reyes tied the record of 18-under par. However, by finishing 11 strokes ahead of Matt Williams and Jason Anthony, who both placed second, he scored the biggest margin of victory in the contest’s 87-year history.
Na tied for ninth place with an overall two-under par 282, while Johnson finished 13th with a two-over 284.
Pacific Groves’ Casey Boyns won the 27th Annual Alameda Commuters Senior Tournament with a two-under par 140 in the two-round event.
Boyns fought off defending champion Gary Vanier who finished just one stroke behind Boyns for second place. Vanier jumped out to a five-stroke lead early in the second round only to be caught by Boyns after 35 holes. Boyns’ par on the last hole secured the victory for his first Commuters title. Boyns is a 3-time CA Amateur champion.
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