April 20, 2015
Carlos Briones took the early lead, but there’s still 36 holes left to play.
Briones, a junior at Santa Clara University, grabbed the second round lead at the annual Alameda Commuters, posting a second round 5-under 66 Sunday on the par-71 Earl Fry North Course at Chuck Corica Golf Complex to reach a 36-hole total of 8-under 134. In his first round, Briones, who won the 2009 San Francisco City as a 14-year-old high school freshman, shot a 68.
Just a stroke behind Briones at 135 are Jeremy Sanchez and Steven Chung. Sanchez, who finished third at the 2014 NCGA Amateur Stroke Play Championship, had rounds of 64 and 71. His 64 was the low in Saturday’s first round.
Coming off a Round of 32 run at the recent San Francisco City, Chung posted rounds of 68-67.
Also in the immediate mix are Finigan Tilly and Andrew Morgan, who are in fourth and fifth place, respectively, at 136 and 137.
Trevor Clayton, the 2014 NCGA Player of the Year, is T-22 at 142. Defending Alameda Commuters champion Jonathan De Los Reyes, meanwhile, is T-35 at 144. Last year, De Los Reyes ran away with the title. The then-20-year-old didn’t just win the championship by 11 strokes, his four-day total of 18-under 266 (68-67-64-67) tied the tournament record for low score, set by former NorCal amateur great and current PGA Tour member Matt Bettencourt in 2002.
Play in the championship continues this weekend (April 25-26). The Senior Championship, which consists of 36 holes, also will be held this weekend.