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Sports briefs: Raber hits an ace in Reno

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Former Blue Devil and Aggie golfer Tyler Raber — shown here taking a swing while playing for UCD — made a hole-in-one last week at the ArrowCreek Open in Reno. The event is part of the eGolf Pro Tour. Todd & Barbara Photography/Courtesy photo

Tyler Raber thought he’d lost his ball. He finally found it in the last place he thought it would be: the hole.

Raber, a former Davis High and UC Davis standout, made a hole-in-one Thursday on the par-4 17th hole of the eGolf Pro Tour’s ArrowCreek Open in Reno — a feat that’s been accomplished only once on the PGA Tour. The hole was playing 279 yards in the final round.

“We heard it hit the pin,” Raber said, according to the Golf Channel. “We couldn’t see it, but we looked at each other and said, ‘That hit the pin.’ We looked all around the green before finally looking in the hole, and there it was. It was the craziest thing ever.

“My first hole-in-one or double-eagle in a tournament, so I guess I killed two birds with one stone.”

The only par-4 ace in PGA Tour history came courtesy of Andrew Magee in 2001 at the FBR Open.

Raber lost the ArrowCreek Open to Craig Barlow in a three-man playoff.

According to the eGolf Pro Tour’s website, its tour is an avenue for players who are chasing the opportunity to someday play on the PGA Tour. It bills itself as “the country’s de facto No. 3 tour. Our goal, simply put, is to provide the best developmental tour in order for you to play your way up to golf’s highest levels, as countless eGolf Tour members have done before.”

ITA tennis at UCD

For the second consecutive year, the UCD men’s tennis program is set to host the second leg of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Northern California Summer Circuit this weekend at the Marya Welch Tennis Center. The event begins Saturday at 9 a.m. and runs through Monday.

ITA’s NorCal circuit began play last weekend at San Jose State and continues with events at the University of the Pacific (July 19-21) and Sonoma State (July 26-28).

Each region feeds into the ITA/USTA National Summer Championships, hosted by the University of Indiana in Bloomington on Aug. 9-12.

More information is available at www.itatennis.com/Events/ITA_Summer_Circuit.htm and www.ucdavisaggies.com.

Former Devils earn awards

A pair of DHS grads who are now standout track and field athletes at North Central College — freshman Spencer LaHaye amd senior Derek Nelson — were selected recently to the Academic All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Academic Team for the spring season.

To make the squad, student-athletes were required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 and earn a varsity letter.

Lahaye, an interactive media studies major, posted a season-best indoor pole vault clearance of 14-1.25 on two occasions and placed fifth at the CCIW Indoor Championships. He won the pole vault at the Carthage Invitational and, during the outdoor season, cleared 14-10 and took fourth at the Championships.

A sports management major, Nelson had outdoor season bests of 53.59 in the 400-meter hurdles and 181-11 in the javelin, placing second in both events — as well as fourth in 4×100 relay and fifth in 4×400 — at the CCIW Outdoor Championships. Nelson’s other accomplishments included winning the javelin at the Wheaton Invitational and earning All-America honors at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships with a fifth-place finish as part of a 4×400 relay team.

AquaStarz show

Music from across the pond will be featured at the Davis AquaStarz’s annual synchronized swimming water show, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Community Pool, 201 W. 14th St. in Davis.

The show boasts “amazing costumes, hot British music and show-stopping synchro moves performed by the undefeated Davis AquaStarz,” a news release said.

Tickets are $5 if ordered in advance at www.aquastarz.org or $8 at the door.

Lacrosse camps

Registration is now open for the Davis Lacrosse Association’s summer boys and girls camps, which are designed for players of all skill levels — grades two through eight — who are interested in developing and refining their playing skills.

The next boys beginner and intermediate camp, which costs $135, is July 14-17 and runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A boys advanced camp is set for Aug. 4-8 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. at a cost of $260.

The girls beginner and intermediate camp, which costs $135, is from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 11-14.

For more information or to register, visit www.davislax.org.

Youth volleyball camps

The Davis High volleyball program will host six youth camp sessions this summer, where boys and girls who will be in sixth through eighth grades next year can receive instruction from head coach Julie Crawford and Blue Devil players.

Sessions on July 21, 23 and 25 will make up an All-Skills Camp, while workouts on July 28 and 30 and Aug. 1 are skill-specific.

All sessions are 4 to 6 p.m. at the The Cage.

For more information, visit the Davis High School Athletics page online or email Crawford at [email protected]

Junior Blue Devils

The Davis Junior Blue Devils football and cheer organization is accepting applications for the upcoming season.

Youngsters ages 6 to 14 may apply. The football cost is $350 while the cheer cost is $325.

Practices begin July 22 and families can sign up at www.juniorbluedevils.com.

Staff and wire reports

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