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Roseville golfers among champs at 45th Oxley Jr. Memorial

By: Roseville Press Tribune Staff Reports
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Virgie Velazquez of Roseville and Tyler Collier of Chico were the overall girls and boys champions at the 45th annual David Oxley Jr. Memorial Tournament on Monday at Diamond Oaks Golf Course.

Collier shot an 18-hole round of 70 and Velazquez a 74.

Connor Day won the boys 16-17 crown with a 73 and Brianna Areia the girls 15-17 division with a 77. Both are from Roseville.

Other winners were Louie Euer (71) of Loomis in boys 14-15, Emilee Hoffman (75) of Folsom in girls 12-14, Jay Babu (76) of Reno in boys 12-13 and Cooper Hunt (33) of El Dorado Hills in boys 10-11.

Also, Neeve Chen of Roseville placed second in girls 12-14 with an 86 and Joshua Sedeno of Roseville fired a 74 to finish fifth in boys 14-15.

The Roseville Golf Club was host to a field of 93 juniors ages 7-17 from Northern California and Nevada.

Attending the tournament for the first time was Regina Oxley, mother of David Oxley Jr. The tournament began one year after David Oxley Jr., an accomplished junior golfer, died in a swimming accident.

Roseville’s Johnson wins at Mather

Bryce Johnson shot a 7-under 65 to win the overall boys championship in The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Jr. Tour event at Mather. Johnson was an All-Sierra Foothill League player at Woodcreek High School in the spring.

Jimmy Chang of Antelope won the boys 14-15 title with a 70. Jeffrey Inouye-Wong of Roseville was third with a 74.

Drake Mendenhall of Granite Bay won the boys 12-13 crown with a 70, and Trevor O’Neil of Fair Oaks shot a 73 to win boys 16-18.

The overall girls champ was Nichole Cruz of Rancho Murieta with a 71. April Chang of Antelope also shot a 71 to beat Roseville’s Clare Sorensen by four strokes in girls 15-18.

In girls 12-14, Courtney Gaoiran of Vallejo had a 78 to beat Granite Bay’s Vanessa Richani by one and Roseville’s Neeve Chen by four.

The First Tee celebrates 10 years at Sun City

The First Tee of Greater Sacramento will hold its 10th annual Sun City Roseville Scholarship Tournament on July 13.

Also known as “The High Five,” Sun City Roseville residents work with youth golfers ages 10-17, and four seniors team up with one junior player.

“Our residents are very involved because the program serves over 2,000 kids in our local area, and we have been delighted with the efficiency, effectiveness and results we have seen over the decade,” said Bill Gould, Sun City Roseville resident program coordinator.

More than 30 scholarships have been awarded to The First Tee members over six years.

Players also will try to win a $10,000 hole-in-one contest.

Granite Bay youth qualifies for climbing nationals

Granite Bay climber Joseph Diaz qualified for the USAC National Championships for the second year in a row after finishing seventh overall in the Male Youth-A competition at the Sport Climbing Series Divisional Championships in Tigard, Ore.

Diaz, 15, has a runner-up and two third-place finishes in local competitions this year, and he helped Team Granite Arch of Rancho Cordova place third in the Northern California Regional in May in San Jose.

The National Championship competition is scheduled from July 5-8 in Atlanta.

Two from Granite Bay are All-Americans

Granite Bay lacrosse players Kenzie Gainer and Katrina Reeves were named to the Academic All-America team. Each carries a cumulative GPA of at least 3.6.

Reeves last week was named to the U.S. Lacrosse High School All-America team.