2004: Amateurs - Doell stocks up at Preserve

Carmel, Calif.

Completing what was supposed to be a two-week tune-up for the World Amateur Team Championship later this month, Canadian Craig Doell captured the 13th annual Stocker Cup Oct. 17 at the Preserve Golf Club. Adding that title to the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Mid-Amateur title he won Oct. 5-7 at Bandon Dunes, Doell had quite a trip.

“Sometimes it’s your week,” Doell said. “This was my week.”

Doell holed a par-saving 10-foot putt on the 558-yard, par-5 17th hole and followed that with a 7-footer for birdie on No. 18 to win the title by one shot over Mark Gardner. Doell finished the tournament at 6 under par.

“I knew I had to make that one,” Doell said, referring to his putt on 17. “That was the key putt of the round.”

“He made two clutch putts there at the end,” Gardner said, “but anytime I can play four rounds at a course like this 5 under, I am happy with that.”

After three days of perfect weather, a rare October storm brought variable winds and rain for the final round.

“I’m used to adverse conditions and I am a pretty steady player,” Doell said.

That steadiness allowed Doell to stay high on the leaderboard for the first three rounds before his Sunday 71, the day’s only sub-par round.

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