Following his best tournament of the season last weekend — an 11th-place finish at the Travelers Championship — Davis High graduate Nick Watney again played well in Thursday’s opening round of a Quicken Loans National tournament that also featured the return of Tiger Woods.
Watney actually started slow with a double-bogey on No. 1, but his up and down round also included six birdies as he shot a 2-under 69. That put the former Blue Devil in a tie for eighth, three strokes behind leader Greg Chalmers.
In his first tournament since March 31 back surgery, Woods made seven bogeys in a round of 3-over 74 that put him eight shots back and in danger of missing the cut for the first time in two years. Only 19 players had a higher score in the first round of the tourney, which is being contested at Congressional in Bethesda, Marlyand.
More than 700 athletes will gather this weekend in Davis for the 2014 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games.
Events featured are track and field, swimming, bocce and tennis. All events are free, on the UC Davis campus and open to the public.
On Saturday, track and field events will run from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Toomey Field. Bocce competition will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Howard Field. Tennis events will run from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Welch Center. Swimming events will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Schaal Aquatics Center.
Events continue Sunday at the same locations with track and field from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., bocce from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., tennis from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. and swimming from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Davis resident Roxana Pana, 37, is one of 360 worldwide entrants in the Western States 100-mile Endurance Run, which begins Saturday morning.
The all-terrain test traverses the Sierra Nevada Mountains from Squaw Valley to Auburn and presents climbs of more than 18,000 feet and descents of 23,000 feet.
Pena’s fellow runners have come from as far away as South Africa, Australia, Spain, Argentina, Italy and Great Britain (among 16 other countries) to test themselves.
DHS summer baseball
When the Davis Blue Devil summer baseball squad heads to Fresno beginning Friday for the Buchanan Elite Classic it will be coming off of a title at the Dustin Pedroia Woodland tournament last weekend.
Davis won all four of its games in Woodland to improve to 9-4.
The Blue Devils opened with a 9-3 victory over Yuba City as Drew Gnos went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs, while Andrew Bolich had hits in all three of his at-bats. On the mound, Brendan Pohl tossed five strong innings before Ian Miramontes closed it out.
Next, Tyler Gibson’s walk-off double brought home Quentin McCray in the eighth to give Davis a 6-5 win over Whitney. It was Gibson’s third hit of the game and his second double, with McCray adding two hits of his own. Starter Peter Frame got a no-decision despite pitching well, and Dan Henrickson picked up the victory in relief.
Another tight game against Rocklin also went the Devils’ way as McCray’s two-out, two-run single in the fifth gave his team a 3-2 victory. The other run came on John Lagattuta’s sacrifice fly, which brought in Miramontes, while Pierce Tujo, Joe Honig and Gibson combined on the mound.
Davis’ final Woodland outing was an impressive 10-0 victory over Salinas as brothers Eric and Andrew Walker each went 2-for-3.
Trevor Halsted, a DHS graduate who will be a senior at UCD next fall, has been named a Capital One Academic All-America Division I third-team member for track and field and cross country. The award is in addition to the recent All-District accolades earned by the Aggie standout.
Halsted has excelled both academically and athletically at UCD, carrying a 4.0 GPA in mechanical engineering while being named All-Big West for both cross country and track and field.
He’s ranked in the Aggies’ all-time top 10 for the 3,000 and 5,000 races.