ALAMEDA --Windy conditions during the final round of the 87th annual Alameda Commuters Golf Tournament on May 4 at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex did not deter Jonathan De Los Reyes.
De Los Reyes, playing on Earl Fry Course, calmly drained a par putt on the final hole to tie a tournament record with a 72-hole score of 266 -- 18 strokes under par -- in claiming this year's title.
De Los Reyes's score matches that of 2002 champion Matt Bettencourt.
"It was tougher than the earlier rounds (because of the wind)," said De Los Reyes, an Antioch resident and 2011 De La Salle High graduate. "I had the tournament record in the back of my mind and I was trying to be more aggressive. It only cost me one shot (a bogey on the 12th hole)."
A junior at St. Mary's College who is redshirting this season, De Los Reyes impressed throughout a tournament that, as per tradition, runs on consecutive weekends. After shooting rounds of 68 and 67, respectively, on April 26-27, De Los Reyes earned medalist honors as lowest scorer through the first two rounds.
Returning to action on May 3, De Los Reyes posted a sizzling 7-under-par third-round score of 64 to enter the final day with a tournament record 14-under 199 through 54 holes. He completed the tournament with a final-round score of 67.
"I never tied any tournament record before," De Los Reyes said. "(To do that) your play has to be consistent, so that's how I played."
As winner, De Los Reyes received both the championship award and the Bob Blomberg Medal, given in honor of six-time winner and Alameda resident Bob Blomberg, who died in June.
De Los Reyes put an emphatic stamp on this year's tournament with an 11-stroke cushion over Jason Anthony and Matt Williams, who tied for second place with 7-under scores of 277. Sebastian Crampton, Dash Lindsell and Austin Roberts finished in a three-way tie for fourth at 280.
Adam Stone and Shintaro Ban tied for seventh at 281. Alameda High's David Na and Cameron Shaw each finished at 282 to tie for ninth place. Defending champion Pace Johnson finished at an even-par 284 for 13th place.
In addition to the main event, Casey Boyns of Monterey followed a round of 68 on May 3 with one of 72 on May 4 to win the 27th annual Alameda Commuters senior championship by one stroke over 2013 champion Gary Vanier. Boyns and Vanier were the only competitors to finish the 36-hole event under par at 140 and 141 (-2 and -1, respectively).
Alameda's Mark Merrigan finished tied for 22nd at 152.
For winning, Boyns was presented the inaugural Jack Cummings Award, named for honorary tournament committee member Jack Cummings (who was present), a longtime golf pro at the course.