October 18-21, 2017 | The Preserve Golf Club | Carmel, California

Brady Exber wins back-to-back

CARMEL, Calif. – Brady Exber wanted that asterisk gone. exber-champThe 2015 Stocker Cup champion came into the event with the motivation to capture the tile at the event’s home course, The Preserve GC in Carmel.

“Winning last year at Sonoma was great, and I had a great year,” Exber said. “But there’s an asterisk when you win at a different course.”

Indeed, the Stocker Cup returned to the Tom Fazio design in the hills above Carmel after a year’s absence, and perhaps the tournament’s strongest field came with it.

Exber had been a perennial contender in Stocker Cups past, and in fact won the Tatum Trophy – presented to the player over 50 with the lowest score – four times, but finally broke through with the championship last year.

He tore into the final round looking to repeat the title, making birdie on the opening three holes. “I felt someone else was playing golf in my body,” the champion said of his hot start.

After his second shot landed up against a divot on No.5, Exber made bogey. His round became something of a grind then as he played even-par golf for the next 12 holes.

Coming up the final hole, the seven-time Southern Nevada Golf Association player of the year thought he needed a little more to pull away. “I was in the fairway thinking I might need birdie,” he said. “So I didn’t want to be too safe.” Exber’s approach was short, and his chip left a little too much work to make par. His third bogey of the round (and only seventh overall for the event) mattered not. He won by three shots. Exber was the only player in red numbers in all three rounds.

Exber became the first repeat champion since 2009-10 (Kevin Marsh). The champion won in wire-to-wire fashion in 2014. Except for being out of the lead after the first round in 2015 – Brad Wilder held that advantage – Exber has held the lead in the past five of six Stocker Cup rounds. At age 59.

“For me to win a mid-am event (for players aged 25 and older) with the great players here….it’s a huge thrill,” the TPC Summerlin member said.

Gene Elliot of Glen Oaks CC and first-round leader Brad Wilder tied for second. Elliot earned the Tatum Award for the low senior in the event. Elliot had the low round of the tournament, a second-round, 6-under 66.


Jason and Jack Anthony held onto their second-round lead to capture the team gross championship. The father-son duo posted a 198 total, powered by a final-round 65 that matched their second round. Jason Anthony has been a factor in NCGA events for years, but it was his father that drive the team early in the final round, making five birdies to card a stellar 31 on the front nine. (Jason and Jack are pictured right with tournament chairman George Kelley and Erik Stocker).

“I didn’t hit the ball very well yesterday so my son gave me a tip and it made a big difference,” the elder Anthony said. And the magic tip that would produce a 31 on the stout Tom Fazio-designed Preserve GC: “Drop it in the slot.”

Exber and partner Dusty Allen took second with a 203 total. Third went to Brad Wilder of Valhalla GC in Louisville and Nick Fezcko of Sharon Woods in Cincinnati at 206.

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The team of Jerry Ledzinski of Monterey Peninsula CC and AmateurGolf.com’s Pete Wlodkowski captured the team net event with a 195 total. Tyler Crawford and Brandt Kuhn of the Plantation GC took second, two back of the champions while Mark Sear and Michael Lebbin of Los Angeles CC took third.

Defending champion Brady Exber takes lead after the second round of the Stocker Cup

exberCARMEL, Calif. – Defending champion Brady Exber has taken the lead after the second round of the Stocker Cup at The Preserve GC.

Exber, who plays out of TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, carded a 4-under 68 highlighted by six birdies. Exber, who was a perennial contender in the Stocker Cup before breaking through with his first win last year at Sonoma GC, stands at 6-under total.

Exber is being chased by Tyler Crawford of The Plantation Club and Jerry Ledzinski of Monterey Peninsula CC, who are one back. Two shots back are first-round leader Brad Wilder of Valhalla GC and Jason Anthony of Green Valley GC.

Past champion Craig Doell had perhaps the shot of the day, making double eagle on the par-5 10th hole.


Jason and Jack Anthony grabbed the lead in the team gross event, a best-ball tournament. The Anthonys stand at 133 after a 7-under 65 today.

Craig Doell and Erik Stocker (Peter Stocker’s son), Jerry Ledzinski and AmateurGolf.com’s Pete Wlodkowski and Brady Exber and Dusty Allen are one stroke back.


The Anthonys are tied with Ledzinski and Wlodkowski in the net event, and best-ball using handicaps. The low score is 14-under 130. Four teams are one back setting up a tight final round.

The Olympic Club’s Sam Nunes had a run any player would dream of, making natural birdies on Nos. 3,6,7 and 8 on the front nine. Toss in two other net birdies against one bogey, and the 5-handicapper carded an impressive net 31.

Eagle usually yields a skin, but not at the 2015 Stocker Cup. There were also two 2s made on No. 7, a short par 4.

Wilder takes first round lead at 2015 Stocker Cup

CARMEL, Calif. — Kentucky’s Brad Wilder leads by a stroke over Jerry Ledzinski, and by two over the defending champion Brady Exber, at the Stocker Cup Invitational through the opening round.

After a year absence from The Preserve Golf Club, the tournament has returned to its regularly hosted site in the hills above Carmel. Wilder, who reached the semifinals at the 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur, birdied three of his last four holes to post his solid first-round score.

Ledzinski, of Carmel, had a couple birdies of his own down the stretch to card 69, while Exber overcame two mid-round bogeys to shoot 70.

Craig Doell is the only other player under par, at 71, while five players sit tied for fifth place at 72.


The second-place holder Ledzinski, who is paired up with AmateurGolf.com founder Pete Wlodkowski, are on top in the team portion of the competition. They best-balled 6-under par 66 and are a stroke ahead of Wilder and his partner Nick Fezcko.

Behind them is a four-way tie for third place at 4-under, including the reigning individual winner Exber and his partner Dusty Allen, who both hail from TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. Craig Doell and Erik Stocker, as well as Jason and Jack Anthony are also in after 18 holes at 68. Stocker is the son of Pete Stocker, the tournament’s name sake.


Tied at 64 are the teams of Brad Wilder and Fezcko and Jerry Ledzinski and Pete Wlodkowski. The are trailed by a pack of 66s that includes TPC Summerlin members Brady Exber (the 2014 individual winner) and his partner Dusty Allen, a former Major League Baseball player. Also at 66 are father and son team Jason and Jack Anthony, Craig Doell and Erik Stocker, as well as 2015 USA Walker Cup team member Mike McCoy of Iowa and his partner Mike Machette of Piedmont, California, a former professional tennis player.

One notable “B Player” performance was by Andrew Doll of the Olympic Club. Doll, a 10 handicapper, recorded an amazing 5 natural birdies including one on the hole that drove a few players to tears, the 4th. With a pin placement on the right edge of the green’s top tier, and surfaces running at 12-13 on the stimp, Doll cooly rolled in a 24 foot putt for birdie, with 3 feet of break.