Grauman Climbs Back for Commuters Championship

Photos courtesy    Ryan Grauman found his way back from third place to win the 91st annual Alameda Commuters Golf Tournament.

After giving up his two-round lead, Ryan Grauman climbed back to win the 91st Alameda Commuters Golf Tournament with a nine-under 275 after four rounds of play Sunday, April 22, on the Earl Fry Course.

Grauman ended the first weekend at six-under-par 134 and with a one-shot lead. However, the Athenian High senior relinquished his lead after shooting a one-over-par 72 in round three on Saturday, April 21. But the Alamo native showed resilience and posted a four-under 67 in the final round to win the Commuters title. Grauman’s four-under was the second-best score of the final day. It was the first time since 2011 the winner of the Commuters title shot lower than 10-under par in the tournament (Rick Reinsberg eight-under 276).

Grauman entered the final round tied for third place behind Nick Moore and Brett Viboch. Moore, of Seaside, and Viboch, of Moraga, entered the final round at six-under 207, one stroke ahead of Grauman. Viboch shot an even-par 71 in the final round and dropped to fifth place in the final stands, while Moore shot three-over and dropped all the way to eighth place.

The biggest jump of the second weekend belonged to Matt Heitel. The Redwood City native began the third round outside the top 15, but was able to make a second-place finish after shooting nine-under in the final two rounds. He shot six-under in round three and three-under in round four. He finished at eight-under 276. 

Brian Ma also had a stellar second weekend. He shot three-under 68 in round three and five-under 66 in round four. Ma, a junior at Archbishop Mitty of San Jose, finished tied for third at seven-under 277. Ma was tied with Pioneer High junior Sebastian Iqbal of San Jose. Iqbal got the top-five finish after shooting a four-under 67 in round three and two-under 69 in the final round.

Brenden Choe (72-69-71-67) moved from seventh place at the end of the first weekend to sixth place at the end of the tournament. The Miramonte High senior shot five-under overall. Michael Slesinski (75-66-70-69) posted a four-under 280 overall for seventh place in the tournament. Jonathan Keane (71-72-69-70) came in ninth place with a two-under 282. Bobby Bucey (70-71-68-74) rounded out the top 10 with a one-under par 283.

Max Ferrari (70-69-74-72) started the second weekend in sixth place, but shot four-over 146 over the last two rounds to finish at one-over 285 and tied for 16th place. 

The Alamedan with the best finish, David Na, (71-74-81-72) had a rough round three at 10-over 81 on Saturday. He finished tied for 46th at 14-over-par 298. Sabrina Iqbal (70-75-79-77) was the only woman to make the Commuters’ round-two cutline. The Pioneer High senior finished tied for 50th with a 17-over 301.

Gary Vanier won the 32nd annual 55-and-older Commuters Senior Tournament after shooting a two-under par 140 after two rounds of play last Sunday. Vanier was the only golfer out of 50 that shot under par in the tournament. He shot a two-under 69 in round one last Saturday and shot even-par in round two. 

It was Vanier’s fourth senior title. He won in 2007, 2013 (tied for first place) and 2016.
Todd Barsotti (72-70) came in second place with an even-par 140 after two rounds. Randolph Haag (73-70) and Tony Padilla (67-76) tied for third place at one-over 143. Padilla led after round one, but his five-over 76 in round two dropped him to third place. Robert Fulton (73-72) rounded out the top five with three-over 145 overall.

Jim Knoll and Gary Vanier tied to win the first-ever 65-and-older Commuters Super Senior Tournament. The two golfers tied at five-under 137 in the two rounds played April 19 and 20. Knoll shot one-under in round one and four-under in round two. Vanier shot two-under in round one and three-under in round three.