Local PGA professional David Carr carded the low professional round, firing a 5-under 67, to win the fourth annual El Macero Country Club Pro-Am on Monday. The local charitable event was staged in conjunction with the Northern California PGA and featured 17 Northern California club professionals along with their four-person teams.
Jonathan Sparks, a 51-year-old Special Olympian, kicked off the event by singing the national anthem. Sparks is a special needs athlete from The First Tee of Greater Sacramento’s California Eagles program. He is a veteran to Special Olympics of Northern California games, competing in golf and other sports.
“We are proud and gratified to have hosted an event that assures participants have an enjoyable day while also raising significant funds for local charities,” said David Knox, PGA head golf professional at El Macero. “Our entire staff pitches in to give back to our community. It’s a long day and we all head home tired, but with an incredible sense of satisfaction about doing some good for others in need.”
Sara Scarlett, a Woodland High School graduate, delivered the keynote address to participants at the after-golf dinner. Scarlett explained her passion for golf and her appreciation for her college scholarship from the Morton Golf Foundation. She will be playing college golf in the fall at the University of Texas, Austin.
Proceeds from the event will be split among the Morton Golf Foundation, the Northern California PGA Foundation and the men’s and women’s golf teams from UC Davis.
UC Davis standouts Alycia Cridebring, Kellie Grigg, Sarah Sumpter and Lauren Wallace have each earned United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic honors after complementing outstanding 2013 track seasons with achievement in the classroom.
Student-athletes must have achieved at least a 3.25 GPA, been ranked among the top 96 individuals or top 48 relays in their respective events during the indoor season, or participated either at the NCAA Prelim Meet or NCAA Championship Meet during the outdoor season.
Cridebring, a senior, is majoring in environmental science and management. She is the Big West Conference record-holder in the 5,000-meter run (15:49.05) .
Grigg completed her junior season this spring, moving on to the postseason in the 400 hurdles after finishing second at the conference championships.
Sumpter, who will finish her collegiate career in cross country this fall, won the 10,000 at the Big West Championships for the second consecutive year and also set the school record (33:18.51) in the event this spring.
Wallace, a senior, earned All-America first-team honors in the 800 as set a school record (2:02.91), won a conference title and advanced to the national final. The senior was also part of the Aggies’ Big West-winning 4×400 relay.