Grauman Leads Field of Commuters Golfers

Courtesy photo    Alamo resident Ryan Grauman leads the 91st annual Alameda Commuters Golf Tournament after the first weekend.

Alameda’s storied golf tournment underway for 91st year

High school senior Ryan Grauman leads a packed field at the 91st annual Alameda Commuters Golf Tournament after the first weekend on the Earl Fry Course.

Grauman, of Alamo, shot a seven-under 64 in opening round Saturday, April 14. It was the lowest score of the weekend in either round. The Athenian High student followed that with a one-over 72 in the second round Sunday, April 15. Grauman leads the field with a six-under 136 after two rounds of play. 

On his heels is Brett Viboch, who is just one shot behind Grauman. The 34-year-old posted a six-under 65 in round one and one-over par in round two. He sits at five-under 137 entering the second weekend. 

Alameda High grad Dong Yi is tied for third place at four-under 138. Yi finished the first round in third place after shooting three-under par. He did not move up the leaderboard, but did close the gap from the top two by shooting a one-under par in the second round. He is tied in third place with Nick Moore of Seaside, and Steven Warn, of Santa Rosa. After Moore shot a one-over par in round one, he posted a five-under par in round two. That tied for the best score of the second round among all golfers. Warne shot two-under par in both rounds.

Only 10 golfers are currently under par after the first weekend. Max Ferrari, of Framingham, Mass., sits in sixth place at three-under 139. Brendon Choe, of Orinda; Bobby Bucey, of Concord; Sebastian Iqbal, of San Jose and Michael Slesinski, of Fremont are tied for seventh place at one-under 141 after two rounds. Ferrari (70-69) and Slesinski (75-66) are teammates on the St. Mary’s University golf team. Choe (72-69) is a senior at Miramonte High of Orinda. Bucey (70-71) is a California State University-Chico grad. Sebastian (70-71) is a junior at Pioneer High of San Jose.

Sebastian’s sister Sabrina is the highest ranking woman in the tournament. The Pioneer High senior is one of six golfers tied for 30th place at three-over 145. She posted a four-over 75 in round one and a one-under par in round two. Alameda native David Ma is also tied for 30th place at three-over 145. Ma shot even par in round one and three-over in round two. Another notable name tied at three-over par is Carlos Briones. Briones finished third at the 2015 Alameda Commuters Golf Tournament. 

Only 53 players made the cut after moving day. The cut line was at five-over 147, 11 shots behind the leader. More than 100 players missed the cut including Jason Anthony who finished tied for third at last year’s Commuters tournament. Anthony (73-76) just missed the cut after posting seven-over-par 148 after two rounds of play.

The final two rounds of the Commuters Tournament takes place this weekend. Round three of the tournament will begin Saturday, April 21. Moore, Viboch and Grauman will be part of the lead group that tees off at 9:30 a.m. 

The 31st Alameda Commuters Senior Golf Championship begins Saturday. Fifty-two of Northern California Golf Association’s best seniors — 55 and older — will tee it up in the two-round tournament to see who will win the Jack Cummings Champions medal for 2018.

The Alameda Commuters is also hosting the inaugural Super Senior division tournament, for players 65 and older. This tournament takes place today and tomorrow. Thirty-seven golfers will participate in the tournament.

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