2016 Stocker Cup Gets Underway Thursday

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CARMEL, CA (October 8, 2016) — October 20-22 will
mark the
25th
playing of the Stocker Cup, played in memory of real
estate developer Peter
Stocker. Brady Exber of Las Vegas is back, and
looking for his
third
consecutive title at The Preserve Golf Club, which will
once
again
be the host course.

Located in a 20,000 acre nature preserve high
above Carmel (while still holding a Carmel address)
The Preserve
Golf
Club
is a par-72 layout designed by Tom Fazio and Sandy
Tatum that plays at 7,067 yards from the back tees.
The tournament features two simultaneous
competitions: An individual championship with 50 of
the country’s top Mid-Am golfers, and a gross and
net team competition pairing those same golfers with
50 avid golfers in a format similar to the PGA Tour’s
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The B players
include friends of Peter Stocker and the Stocker
family, invited friends of A players, as well as
Preserve Golf Club members — many of whom
graciously share their homes with their partners.
Wednesday, October 19th is the official practice
round day at The Preserve, as well as the day of the
“Friends of Peter Stocker” outing played at Quail Lodge
Golf Club.

Ten Players to watch follow. Click on any of their names to view a detailed profile.

Jason Anthony (Fairfield, CA):
Making his fourth-straight appearance in the Stocker
Cup, the Californian placed T4 the last two years,
and won the 2015 gross team title at 18-under with
his father Jack (who, by the way, made five birdies
on the front nine in the final round). Anthony is a
USGA-seasoned player who advanced to the round-
of-16 at the 2016 U.S. Mid-Am and just recently
qualified for the 2017 USGA Four-Ball with Randy
Haag.

Patrick Christovich (New Orleans,
LA):

Making his first
appearance in the Stocker Cup, Christovich comes
in as
the 21st ranked player in the AmateurGolf.com
Mid-Am Rankings
. So far this year
Christovich has
finished inside the top-10 four-times in
individual events. His best 2016 individual finish to
date is a tie for fourth at the Lupton Invitational.
The highlight of his season was making a run to the
semifinals of the USGA Four-Ball, where he and
partner Garrett Rank (Canada) lost a nail-biter to the
eventual winners in the semifinals. The match was
nationally broadcasted on Fox Sports. In
2014 and 2016 Christovich represented the USA at
the
Concession Cup.

Joseph Deraney (Nashville, TN):

It
has been a
banner year for Deraney, a wire-to wire winner at
the prestigious
Lupton
Invitational
at The Honors Course in
Tennessee in May. Prior to winning that title, Deraney
captured the Timuquana
Cup
title the first weekend of the same month.
Deraney, the
seventh
ranked AmateurGolf.com Mid-Am player, has
also
won the Kentucky Mid-Amateur, finished runner-up
at
the Tennessee Mid-Am and tied for fourth at
the
Canadian Mid-Am — all in 2016. He’s got to be on
anyone’s short list of favorites to contend for the
2016 Stocker Cup title.

Gene Elliott
(West Des Moines, IA):
The winner of the
“Tatum Cup” for low senior in the 2015
Stocker Cup also seriously contended for the overall
title, finishing T2 at 4-under. He’s had another great
year in 2016, finishing T2 in the Coleman
Invitational, and qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open.
Elliott continues to dominate the tournament circuit
in Iowa, where he won both the Senior Match Play
and Stroke Play tournaments this year, as well as
partnering with pal Mike McCoy to win the Iowa
Four-Ball. Perhaps most impressive is Elliott’s ability
to compete with the “kids” — he finished
T33 against a mostly Division I collegiate field at the
prestigious Porter Cup in July.

Brady Exber (Las Vegas, NV):
Nobody
has
had
more recent success at the Stocker Cup then Exber.
Since
2006 Exber has finished inside the top-20 every
year and has won the last two
years — at two different courses no less! Exber has
yet to win a ranking event in 2016,
but
he has a few notable finishes, including a tie for
second
at the British Senior Amateur and a tie for third at
the
Canadian Senior Stroke Play. A member of the
2016 US
Concession Cup team, Exber shares the seventh
spot in
the AmateurGolf.com Mid-Am Rankings with
Deraney.

Chip Lutz (Reading, PA): Ranked
fifth in
the AmateurGolf.com Senior
Rankings
, the 2015 U.S. Senior Amateur
champion proved he can compete on both sides of
the pond, by capturing
the 2016 British Senior Amateur. The
way he did it was nothing short of spectacular. In a
thrilling finale, Lutz, fellow American Brady Exber
(our two-time defending champ) and Scotland’s
Graham Bell (yes, that’s his name) were forced to
sudden-death after finishing the 54-holes tied. Lutz
ended things quickly, holing a 25-foot putt at Formby
Golf Club to claim the title. Lutz
last played the Stocker Cup in 2006, when he placed
T11.

Bowen Osborn (Burbank, CA):
There are many players in the Stocker Cup field who
have won a state amateur title. But how many have
done so in different states? Osborn won the 2002
State Amateur in his home state of Minnesota, then
captured the 2011 Arizona Amateur, which he calls
the highlight of his golf career (so far). In 2016,
Osborn finished runner-up at the Timuquana Cup in
Jacksonville, then qualified for the U.S. Amateur, firing 142 at
the challenging Pauma Valley Golf Club in Southern
California.

John Sawin (San Francisco, CA):
The
2013
Stocker Cup winner is finding his form just in time
for the 2016 edition, having recently finished
runner-up at the prestigious Crump Cup, a tournament that
draws the top Mid-Ams in the world to Pine Valley.
Sawin also
picked
up top-15 finishes at the Coleman Invitational and
George C. Thomas Invitational earlier this season.
In 2015 he
won the Walter J. Travis Invitational and in
the last
four years he has qualified for three USGA events.
Sawin has won multiple club championships at both
San Francisco Golf Club (3) and Merion Golf Club (5).
Not bad!

Charles Waddell
(Chicago, IL) – A second-year player
who will look to build on the experience he gained at
the Preserve in 2015. Like Joseph Deraney, Waddell
has captured recent Lupton Invitational (2015) and
Timuquana Cup (2014) titles. He is also one of the
two players (Bowen Osborn is the other) in the field
that qualified for the 2016 U.S. Amateur, a feat in
itself. (Chip Lutz had an exemption, but was busy
playing the Monday final round at the U.S. Senior
Open and couldn’t play)

Brad Wilder
(Fort Wright, KY)
– Wilder, one of the most
consistent performers at the Stocker Cup over the
past 10 years, is still looking for his first title. He
has finished inside the top-10 at the Stocker Cup six
of the last seven years, and recorded two runner-up
finishes, a T2 in 2015, and solo second in 2010. This
year, his golf swing graced the USGA website for
almost a full day after he shot 67 to pace early
qualifiers at the U.S. Mid-Am, where he advanced to
match play. In 2015, his “Masters
dreams” stayed alive at the same event well
through the week — he advanced all the way to the
semifinals. His match play skills were again on
display this year at the Walter J. Travis Invitational
in New York, where he finished runner-up.

You can find a full list of A players on
the Contestants page.