First Weekend of 89th Commuters

First Weekend of 89th Commuters

The 89th annual Alameda Commuters teed off last weekend April 16 and 17 on the Earl Fry Course. The best amateur golfers from California competed for the Bob Blomberg Champions Medal. 
Peter Kuest, a senior at Clovis West High, is atop the leaderboard at 13-under-par 129 after two rounds of play. Kuest, who will attend Brigham Young University in the fall, built a pretty sizable lead in the first weekend of the event. He shot a six-under-par 65 on Day 1 of the event and a seven-under 64 on Day 2. 

Daniel Semmler of Belmont sits in second place with a six-under-par 136. He shot a one-under 70 on Day 1 and a five–under-par 66 on Day 2. Andrew Bonner and Cole Chaves are in a tie for third place after posting five-under 137. Bonner, of Ripon, shot a one–under 70 on Day 1 and four-under 66 on Day 2, while Chaves, of Chico, shot a three-under 68 and a two-under 69. Patrick Burda of Modesto is alone in fourth place at four-under-par 138. 

Fifty-eight players made the cut line at three-over-par 145 after two rounds of play. Sixteen players finished tied for 43rd place at three-over par. One of the final sixteen is Alameda native David Na who shot a one-over 72 on Day 1 and a two-over-par 73.

Three other players from Alameda made the cut. John Fahey (one-under 141), Bruce MacLean (even par 142) and Matt Baiardi (even par) all made the cut.

Officially, 204 golfers participated in the first weekend of the 2016 Alameda Commuters Championship Tournament. These players comprise of top rank high school golfers as well as Division I college players from UC Berkeley, CSU East Bay, Saint Mary’s, San Jose State and many more. 

The Commuters continues to draw top female players around the Bay Area. Two SJSU golfers, Arielle Caronna from Orinda and Franziska Friedrich, an international student from Germany, competed in the event. Both players missed the cut, but Friedrich score of even-par 71 on Day 2 tied the lowest score by a female player in Commuters history.

For the third year in a row, the Jack Clark Course was unavailable due to renovations to the course. Next weekend the third and final rounds of the Championship tournament will begin and the Senior Tournament will also begin.