Kuest Wins Commuters

Mike Maurice  Peter Kuest, right, and a Commuters volunteer pose with the leader board at this weekend’s final round. Kuest won the 2016 Commuters with a 15-under-par 269.

Kuest Wins Commuters

Peter Kuest claimed the 89th annual Alameda Commuters Championship trophy with a superb performance over four rounds of golf on the Earl Fry Course. He finished the tournament with a 15-under-par 269 on the par-71 course. 

Kuest dominated the field in the first three rounds. After finishing as the 36-hole champion Sunday, April 17, he continued his stellar performance on Day 3 of the event. Kuest, a senior at Clovis West High, shot a four-under 67 last Saturday, April 23, giving him a 17-under par. The score put Kuest 10 shots ahead of second-place-holder Andrew Bonner who finished Saturday with a seven-under-par 206. 

It appeared that Kuest was going to waltz to the finish line, but Bonner put up a good fight. Kuest posted his one-and-only over par round of the tournament in the Championship round. He shot a two-over 73 in the final round. Bonner, on the other hand, shot the best score of the final round with a four-under 67 — Joey Russo of Monterey also shot a four-under on Day 4. 

Bonner’s strong Day 4 performance made the score closer than expected, but in the end it was Kuest who walked away with the victory. Bonner finished second with an 11-under-par 273. 

Josh McCarthy of Danville posted an eight-under 276 over the four-day tournament to give him third place. He started the second weekend at two-under par, but shot four-under on Day 3 and two-under on the final day. Daniel Semmler of Belmont, who started the third round in second place, fell two spots in the second weekend and finished in fourth place with a seven-under 277. He shot even par on Day 3 and one-under on Day 4. Kevin Noto of San Juan Bautista rounded out the top five with a six-under 278 (70-69-68-71).

John Fahey earned the best score among the four Alameda natives who participated in the event. Fahey finished tied for 37th place with a nine-over-par 293. He came into the second weekend at one-under, but shot a four-over on Saturday and a six-over on Sunday. Matt Baiardi came in tied for 39th place with a 10-over 294. He was at even par heading into round 3, but a 10-over 81 on Saturday put him down the field. He shot even par in round 4. The two other Alameda golfers did not fare as well. Bruce MacLean and David Na both withdrew after the third round.

Gary Vanier won the Alameda Commuters Senior Tournament with an even-par 142 last weekend. Vanier, of Pleasanton, overcame a two-shot deficit to win the 29th edition of the senior tournament. 

Vanier shot one-over-par 72 in round 1 on Saturday, April 23, which place him in fourth place behind Frank Pieper (even-par 71), Terry Foreman (even-par 71) and the Day 1 leader Jamie Looper (one-under 70). Vanier posted the best score (one-under 70) in round two among the 52-player field. Pieper of Carmel finished in second place overall with a one-over 143 (71-72) in the event. Steve Wilson came in third place overall with a four-over 146 (73-73). 

Mark Merrigan, the only Alameda native who participated, shot a three-over 74 in round 1, then withdrew.  

To view a complete list of the leaderboard of both tournaments, visit alamedacommuters.org.


Mike Maurice Gary Vanier, right, won the senior tournament with an even-par 142.