Annual Alameda Commuters Championship Tees Off This Weekend
April 25, 2014
One of Northern California’s most prestigious tournaments is back.
Starting this weekend, the annual Alameda Commuters Championship will tee off at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex in Alameda.
Looking back, the championship was first held in 1928.
The winners prize back then? A keg of nails. For the last place finisher? A sack of manure.
Regardless, by 1937 the tournament grew big enough that it was necessary to hold qualifying for the championship, which was then match play.
In fact, the championship was so popular that it survived part of The Great Depression, Prohibition and World War II.
Since 1959, the Commuters has been a 72-hole stroke play event.
Among those slated to compete in the championship, which will conclude the weekend of May 3-4, are Cal freshman-to-be Sebastian Crampton, amateurgolf.com Wine Country Cup winner and St. Mary’s standout Jonathan De Los Reyes and recent NCGA Public Links champion Austin Roberts.
Also in the mix are 2014 San Francisco City Championship winner Shintaro Ban and S.F. City runner-up Rick Reinsberg. Reinsberg is a five-time winner of the event (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011).
Last year, Cal senior Pace Johnson won the title with a score of 270 (71-69-64-66), while Gary Vanier won the Senior championship after defeating Ken Webb in a playoff.
Former winners of the Alameda Commuters include PGA Tour member Matt Bettencourt (2002) and former PGA Tour member Forrest Fezler (1968, 1969).