Pacific Grove Golfer Tops Commuters after First Weekend

Pacific Grove Golfer Tops Commuters after First Weekend


Sebastian Crampton has a one-stroke lead after 36 holes and the first two rounds of play at the 90th annual Alameda Commuters Golf Tournament last weekend.  

Crampton, a Pacific Grove native, was stellar in the opening round of the tournament, played at Chuck Corica Golf Complex’s Earl Fry North Course. He posted a six-under 65. The UC Berkeley golf team member ended the round on Saturday, April 22, with a share of the lead with Jason Anthony. 

Crampton gained sole possession of the lead after shooting a two-under 69 in the second round on Sunday, April 23, while Anthony, a member of the Fresno State golf team, posted a one-under 70. 

Crampton, who is redshirting this season to focus on academics, shot par on all front-nine holes in the first round. His play picked up on the back-nine and he shot a birdie on six of the last nine holes (10th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th). He made four more birdies on day two, but also bogeyed twice. 

Anthony is tied for second place at seven-under-par 135 with Noah Woolsey. Woolsey, a senior at Amador Valley in Pleasanton, shot a four-under on day one and three-under on day-two.

University of Oregon golfer Andrew Bonner is in fourth place with a five-under par after two rounds of play. Last year Bonner finished the tournament in second place.

Blake Hathcoat and Lucas Lam are tied for fifth place in the tournament with a pair of four-under pars. Hathcoat, a member of the St. Mary’s University golf team, shot an even-par 71 in the first round, then posted a four-under 67 in the second — the lowest score of day two. Lam shot one-under par on Saturday and three-under on Sunday. Lam is a Hong Kong native. 

Twenty players scored even-par or better after the first 36 holes. Fifteen players are currently under par heading into the third round. 

Participants played in cold and windy conditions on both afternoons adding to the challenge of the course. Just 53 players made the five-over par cut after two rounds of play. Seven golfers finished tied for 47th place at five-over-par 147. 

Officially, 192 amateur golfers signed up for the tournament, but five players withdrew before playing a single hole. 

Alamedans John Fahey and Bruch MacLean both participated in the event, but neither will play this weekend. Fahey shot a three-over-par 74 in the first round, but withdrew before Sunday’s action. MacLean shot four-over on Saturday and eight-over on Sunday.

The third and final rounds of the Commuters tournament will be played Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30. Both rounds will be played on the Earl Fry Course.

The winner of the Commuters will receive the Bob Blomberg Champions medal. Blomberg is a six-time Commuters champion. In 2001, he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA), for his 30 years of stalwart play and great golf sportsmanship.

The winner will also receive 250 points in the NCGA program. The Alameda Commuters Golf Tournament, and the Alameda Commuters Senior Golf Tournament, are both recognized by the NCGA as official points event. Last year’s champion, Peter Kuest, is not competing in this year’s event.

The Alameda Commuters senior tournament will kick off this Saturday. The two-round event will be played on the Earl Fry Course. Fifty-three golfers are scheduled to compete in the tournament. Last year’s winner was Gary Vanier.

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