Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers topped the 16 match-play qualifiers Friday in the 111th Western Amateur, shooting a 3-under 69 at The Alotian Club for a record 18-under 270 total.
The Bay Area’s Casie Cathrea beat defending champion Minjee Lee with a par on the 19th hole Thursday to advance to the U.S. Girls’ Junior quarterfinals at Sycamore Hills.
Billy Joe Tolliver won the American Century Championship for the fourth time, beating fellow former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien with a par on the third hole of a playoff Sunday. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry tied for fourth.
University of California junior Michael Kim and Oklahoma State sophomore Jordan Niebrugge each won two matches Friday at Laurel Hill to advance to the 36-hole final in the U.S. Amateur Public Links.
Former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien had an eagle and three birdies Friday to take a two-point lead after the first round of the American Century Championship at at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
California senior Michael Weaver, the runner-up last summer in the U.S. Amateur, was tied for second.
Davis Love III has agreed to play in next month’s Reno-Tahoe Open. Last year’s Ryder Cup captain will make his first visit to the tourney at Montreux Golf & Country Club on the edge of the Sierra Aug. 1-4.
Pro golf broadcaster Gary Koch may not be behind the mic for coverage of this week’s U.S. Senior Open in Omaha because he qualified to play in the tournament.
The PGA Tour will return to the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa when the Frys.com Open plays there as the first event of the PGA Tour schedule in early October 2014.
A federal judge in San Francisco has awarded $386,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs to six environmental groups that filed a lawsuit seeking to protect two imperiled species at the Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica.