Merced County & Senior Championship
July 6-7, 2013
MERCED – Current NCGA Senior Player of the Year and senior points’ leader Jim Knoll won a deep senior field at the Merced County Amateur. Knoll put together rounds of 69 and 70 to finish with a 36-hole total of 139, five-under-par, to win by six strokes. In second place at 145, one-over-par was Terry Foreman, who had rounds of 76 and 69. Three players tied for third place at 146, two-over-par: Frank Pieper, Greg Saiki and Herb Jensen. Pieper and Saiki each fired rounds of 74 and 72, while Jensen had back-to-back rounds of 73.
Tied for sixth place at 147, three-over-par were three top senior players Casey Boyns, Gary Vanier and Jeff Burda. Boyns opened with a 74 and closed with a 73, while Burda did the exact opposite, and Vanier began beautifully with a 70, but finished poorly with a 77. Ron Johnson and Tony McBroom rounded out the top 10, tying for ninth at 148, four-over-par. Defending champion Rob Adolph finished in a tie for 14th place at 151, seven-over-par.
In the championship division, a rather comfortable victory was also seen as Sam Smith won by a margin of five strokes. Smith of Turlock fired rounds of 66 and 68 to post a 36-hole total of 134, 10-under-par. Paul Smith, Sam’s younger brother, finished tied for second place at 139, five-under-par with rounds of 74 and 65. The younger Smith tied with Rich Gilkey, who had rounds of 69 and 70. In fourth place was Ian Stogdell at 141, three-under-par, with rounds of 70 and 71, while Daniel Russell finished in fifth place at 142, two-under-par, with rounds of 69 and 73.