April 17, 2012 > Aragon wins TPC Stonebrae Tournament
Aragon wins TPC Stonebrae Tournament
By Helen Tracey-Noren
With views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, visibility wasn't predictable at TPC Stonebrae Championship golf tournament in the Hayward hills. Due to severe fog, Pro-Am tee times were pushed back by nearly two hours on Wednesday and play was shortened from 18 holes to nine. Jerry Rice, former San Francisco 49er, was due to tee off at 8:50 a.m. but did not see the first tee until just after 10:30 a.m. Tournament officials said they planned for all players to finish by 5 p.m. Several remarks were made about cold temperatures and course difficulty.
Monday and Tuesday were dedicated to the Nationwide Tour qualifying rounds held at the Diablo Creek and Boundary Oak golf courses. Livermore local Todd Fischer shot the lowest score on the par 72 course scoring a 65 followed by Ken Sisler III from La Quinta, CA, who shot a 67. John Chin from Temecula, CA and Wes Roach from Knoxville, TN had the lowest two scores from par 72 Diablo Creek course shooting a 64 and 65, respectively.
Because the Pro-Am course was shortened to nine holes rather than 18, par was set at 35. Of the morning group, the lowest team score was 27 led by professional Ryan Armour who started at the front nine, however he was passed by B.J. Staten in the afternoon group who shot a 25. This was an incredible ten under par. Rice and Steve Elkington, renowned Australian golfer, did not submit their teams' score cards after completing their games. Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard was due to appear at Stonebrae, but cancelled late Tuesday night.
The Championship Tournament officially started Thursday with yet another two hour delay due to weather conditions. The course was divided into two sections to prevent congestion and maintain simultaneous play throughout the day.
Brian Smock from Coronado, CA held the lead for the morning group for most of the tournament on Thursday averaging three under par for the first seven holes. Smock looked as if he would be the player to beat after being the leader on the front nine holes, second only to Michael Putnam (Tacoma, WA) who held the lowest score for the back nine holes. However, by the end of the tournament, Smock would end up in 16th place. Alex Aragon (San Diego, CA) was the leader of the TPC Stonebrae Nationwide Tournament with an astounding 10 below par, taking home the $108,000 purse. This was Aragon's first career Nationwide Tour win after only sparse appearances in the past two years - two PGA Tour events last year and another Nationwide Tour in 2010. Aragon was only a one stroke victor to Matt Harmon - who only went pro in 2007 - Duffy Waldorf and Paul Haley II who all shot nine under par.