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Reinsberg captures Alameda Commuters crown

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Rick Reinsberg accepts his fifth Commuters title. Contributed photo.


By Mike Maurice

The Alameda Commuters Golf Tournament is one of Northern California’s oldest and most beloved amateur golf tournaments. For over 84 years, the Alameda Commuters Golf Committee has endeavored to produce an event that captures the true essence of being an amateur golfer.

Over the years, many players have captured the coveted Commuters title. There are two players who have stood above all the champions: Talbert Smith, who captured seven titles, and Alameda favorite Bob Blomberg, who captured six.

After firing 8 under par 276 over 72 holes at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex this past weekend, Rick Reinsberg of Lafayette won his fifth Commuters title in nine years. Reinsberg first won in 2003, and he also captured the Commuters crown in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

Starting the final round tied for the lead with 36-hole medalist Ricky Stockton, Reinsberg, paired with Chabot College star Ryan Thomas of Alameda, Stockton, and Gandranata teed off for what would prove to be an epic battle. After a front nine 33, Reinsberg held a small lead.

Only Ryan Thomas, who fired a back nine 31, was a threat and passed Stockton and Gandranata to finish runner-up two strokes back. This is the 23-year-old Thomas’s second runner-up finish in this event, his first coming while he was a senior at De La Salle High School in 2004.

“I felt that I let 2010 slip away, so this one feels much sweeter,” Reinsberg said after the win, which he shared with his wife and children. Although family commitments have limited his tournament schedule of late, he said the Alameda Commuters is an event he will seek out each year.

Jim Knoll, winner of the 2011 Seniors tournament. Contributed photo.

Meanwhile, Jim Knoll of Sunnyvale added to his collection his third straight Commuters title, taking the 24th Annual Alameda Commuters Seniors tourney. Knoll’s 66-71/137 outlasted Jeff Burda of Modesto’s 72-66/138, while NCGA stalwart John Enright of Montara fired 70-72/142 to finish third.

Knoll, no doubt the hottest amateur golfer in Northern California with five wins in 2011, including the recent 2011 NCGA Senior Amateur, called the Earl Fry course “the best field we play against.”

“Everyone here is a champion. Everyone wants to play here. To beat a player like Jeff Burda by one is exciting, to say the least … that and (Commuters committee member) Bob Blanchard takes great care of us old guys!”

Several Alameda golfers fared well in the tournament, include Michael Schmitz (72-77-74-73/296), who played the championship rounds, and seniors Mark Merrigan (74-76/151) and Bob Blomberg (78-83/161).

Jeff Carney, 14, of San Mateo, fired rounds of 73-77-75-68/293 to finish in a tie for 22nd place. Carney is the youngest amateur to play and qualify in the Commuters.

On hand at the awards ceremony were all 40 members of the Alameda Commuters committee. Led by 2011 Chairman Andy Weber and sporting their traditional green coats, these 40 men spent five months planning the event.

The biggest contribution to the entire success this year was with the “course prep” committee and KemperSports superintendent Matt Wisely. The Alameda Commuters thank Wisely and his crew for getting both courses at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex in to the best shape possible for this year’s tournament.

Photos of all the golf action are available at :http://alamedacommuters.org/photos.htm. The Alameda Commuters committee would like to thank photography student Frank Albelda of Alameda, for this photo gallery and his beautiful photos of all the great golf action. You can also find the Alameda Commuters Facebook page, with stories and video of all this year’s action.

Next year will be the 85th Alameda Commuters Golf Tournament, scheduled for April 21-29, 2012. For more information, log on to www.alamedacommuters.org.


84th Commuters Championship results


1 Rick Reinsberg, Lafayette, CA 70-69-70-67/276

2 Ryan Thomas, Danville, CA 70-73-68-67/278

T3 George Gandranata, Emeryville, CA 71-70-69-70/280

Ricky Stockton, Salinas, CA 68-70-71-71/280

T5 Anthony Barrera, San Jose, CA 70-70-75-68/283

Josh Stone, Stockton, CA 68-76-70-69/283

7 Ryan Sloane, Campbell, CA 73-71-69-71/284

T8 Christopher Moreno-Hunt, Oakland, CA 71-73-70-71/285

Darryl Donovan, Morgan Hill, CA 73-76-69-67/285

Randy Haag, Orinda, CA 72-74-70-69/285

11 Andrew Biggadike, Belmont, CA 71-75-69-71–286

12 Taylor Knoll, El Dorado Hills, CA 74-73-69-72/288

13 Shotaro Ban, San Jose, CA 70-73-71-75/289

T14 Chris Ellis, San Jose, CA 74-74-70-72/290

Jonny Baxter, Pleasanton, CA 74-74-70-72/290

T16 Andrew Roberts, Carmichael, CA 70-73-74-74/291

Joseph Furtado, Dublin, CA 75-74-70-72/291

Kevin Wentworth, Arnold, CA 77-71-71-72/291

Nick Ushijima, Hillsborough, CA 72-72-73-74/291

Roshan Chekuri, Pleasanton, CA 71-74-75-71/291

21 Jamie Core`, Berkeley, CA 74-71-70-77/292

T22 Anthony Machi, Pleasanton, CA 75-75-73-70/293

Jeff Carney, San Mateo, CA 73-77-75-68/293

Mac McClung, Fremont, CA 75-74-67-77/293

T25 Brandon Hagy, Berkeley, CA 75-69-75-75/294

R.C. Orr, Sacramento, CA 71-74-74-75/294

Wes Sandroni, Roseville, CA 70-75-75-74/294

T28 Aleksei Koika, Burlingame, CA 75-75-73-72/295

Gary Conklin, Manteca, CA 77-73-75-70/295

Matt Baumann, San Francisco, CA 72-76-74-73/295

Taylor Hobin, Antioch, CA 72-74-76-73/295

T32 Jack Persons, San Francisco, CA 68-75-80-73/296

Kurt Kitayama, Chico, CA 77-72-72-75/296

Mike Schmitz, Alameda, CA 72-77-74-73/296

35 Rion Noone, Santa Rosa, CA 75-75-74-73/297

36 Jeremy Moreno, Lompoc, CA 73-76-74-76/299

T37 Ben Peters, Petaluma, CA 69-78-79-76/302

Chris Jensen, Los Altos, CA 76-72-71-83/302

Dalan Refioglu, Foster City, CA 75-73-80-74/302

Iose Iulio, Alameda, CA 79-71-76-76/302

Kaz Hoffman, Tiburon, CA 74-76-78-74/302

T42 Cory Mish, Penngrove, CA 77-73-77-76/303

Jamie Looper, Oakdale, CA 74-73-79-77/303

Michael Chiurco, Santa Rosa, CA 72-75-77-79/303

Neil Summers, Palo Alto, CA 74-75-78-76/303

T46 Elliot Hume, Atherton, CA 73-75-75-81/304

Terry Foreman, Antioch, CA 75-72-81-76/304

T48 Ryan Niu, San Jose, CA 79-70-80-77/306

Webster Procter, Oakland, CA 77-71-76-82/306

T50 Peter Wood, Cupertino, CA 77-73-81-81/312

T50 Rick Marchini, Merced, CA 78-72-81-81/312


84th Commuters Senior Division results


1 Jim Knoll, Sunnyvale, CA 66-71/137

2 Jeff Burda, Modesto, CA 72-66/138

3 John Enright, Montara, CA 70-72/142

4 Casey Boyns, Pacific Grove, CA 70-73/143

5 Rob Thompson, Merced, CA 70-74/144

6 Dan Bieber, Alamo, CA 72-73/145

T7 Herb Jensen, Carmichael, CA 72-74/146

Scott Anderson, Walnut Creek, CA 70-76/146

T9 Jim Williams, Orinda, CA 72-75/147

Robert Fulton, San Ramon, CA 76-71/147

T11 Conrad Nilmeier, Fresno, CA 74-74/148

Gary Vanier, Pleasanton, CA 72-76/148

Jay Guerin, Fremont, CA 74-74/148

14 Peter Moren, Danville, CA 72-77/149

T15 Bob Olds, Brentwood, CA 76-74/150

Ken Webb, Turlock, CA 77-73/150

Mel Collins Jr., Long Beach, CA 73-77/150

T18 Dino Forristall, Pinole, CA 74-77/151

Mark Merrigan, Alameda, CA 75-76/151

Tim Grunsky, Stockton, CA 76-75/151

T21 Bob Rowland, Danville, CA 77-75/152

Marco Dusi, Oakland, CA 77-75/152

Rob Adolph, Fresno, CA 73-79/152

T24 Neil Duffy, Santa Cruz, CA 79-74/153

Ron Johnson, Walnut Creek, CA 77-76/153

Tom O’Grady, Los Altos, CA 76-77/153

27 Mark Miller, Antioch, CA 74-80/154

28 Robert Heaton, Antioch, CA 77-78/155

T29 Kevin Gaughan, Danville, CA 76-80/156

Larry Riis, Greenbrae, CA 80-76/156

Tom Lyons, Pleasanton, CA 79-77/156

32 Tony Wilmer, San Mateo, CA 80-77/157

33 Jim Welsh, San Jose, CA 82-76/158

34 Ronald Wiley, San Francisco, CA 79-80/159

T35 Bob Blomberg, Alameda, CA 78-83/161

Merton Goode, San Francisco, CA 80-81/161

T37 Joe Zanassi, Fairfield, CA 74-88/162

Michael Donnelly, Clayton, CA 74-88/162

39 Bob Callan, San Francisco, CA 81-82/163

40 Ben Whipple, El Dorado Hills, CA 81-85/166

41 Jim Duncan, Sonoma, CA 85-82/167

42 Bob Reed, Fremont, CA 86-82/168

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