Pridey Wins Monterey Open by 1 Stroke

Matt Pridey of Salinas held off Ian Maxwell of Danville to win the Monterey Open by one stroke at Del Monte Golf Course Monterey.

Pridey, who earned $5,000 and an invitation to next month’s Pebble Beach Invitational, recorded a score of 69-65-64—198, 18-under-par, while Mawell finished second at 67-65-67—199, followed by John Greco of Sunnyvale at 66-67-70—203, and 2016 champion Johnny Ruiz of Camarillo at 72-68-65—205.

Donnie Baucom of Sacramento shot 65-74-67—206 to tie for fifth with Nicolas Noya of South San Francisco, who finished at 72-67-67—206, while Joseph Bramlett of Saratoga and Stanford totaled 68-67-73—208 to tie for seventh with Kaz Hoffman of San Rafael, who wound up at 70-71-67—208, and Michael McCabe of Moorpark, who came in at 66-74-68—208.

Eddie Olson of Aptos shot 71-70-68—209 to tie for 10th with Cody Blick of Alamo and San Jose State, who finished at 72-68-69—209, and Matthew Hansen of San Luis Obispo and UC Davis, who wound up at 67-69-73—209.

The Monterey Open was first played in 1926, when it was won by legendary “Lighthorse” Harry Cooper in an event that included most of the top golfers in the nation—including reigning U.S. Amateur champion George Von Elm, and 1927 Ryder Cup team members Bill Melhorn, Joe Turnesa, Johnny Golden, Al Watrous, Johnny Farrell, Leo Diegel, and Al Espinosa.

The tournament was discontinued during the Great Depression and World War II, and again was not played from 1997-2003, before Del Monte Golf Course revived the tournament in 2004.

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