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The last two rounds on the Golf Channel Amateur Tour have proven to be a significant improvement over last year.  I fell short this Friday in securing my spot for the national final when I lost a two hole playoff to Michael Valdepena on the 168 yard par 3 at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course.  This was Michael's first win of the year and he is building momentum for future tournaments.  

I wish all my fellow competitors the best of luck in the upcoming tournaments as the end of the season draws near.  

Tournament Recap:

GCAMTOUR

"In the Sarazen Flight, David Bareno of Escondido was the early clubhouse leader after a very solid round of 78 and figured to have it hold up for the easy win.  Michael Valdepena of Vista had other ideas.  Standing on #17 tee two down, Valdepena promptly birdied his last two hole, #17 and #18, to charge into the clubhouse tied for the lead at 6-over par 78.  Valdepena would maintain the momentum, winning with a par on the 2ndplayoff hole!  Gregory Hamilton, a member at Encinitas Ranch, also broke 80 and finished just a stroke back at 79, good for 3rd place."

Tournament Recap:

GCAMTOUR

"In the Sarazen Flight two players separated themselves from the field and battled down the stretch.   Shingo Katamoto had built up a lead, and was able to secure his 1st Tour victory with a win in spite of finishing with a double bogey.  Katamoto earned the hard-fought win with a very good score of 82.  Just a stroke back at 83 was Alex Lisnevsky, who could have found a playoff with a bogey on his finishing hole but also suffered a double bogey finish.  David Bareno carded an 88 which was good for third place."