Central Catholic junior golfer Tyler Ward has passed the first test in qualifying for the U.S. Open.
Ward shot a 1-under-par 70 at Granite Bay and tied for third in a field of 84 at Local Qualifying at Granite Bay. He and four others, including UNLV junior and medalist Shintaro Ban of San Jose (68), will advance to 36-hole Sectional Qualifying on Monday, June 5.
Ward was one of 8,979 who attempted to qualify for the national championship, and 525 advanced to the second stage. Granite Bay was one of 114 sites for Local Qualifying.
The U.S. Open will be held at Erin Hills, Wis., June 15-18.
Stanislaus State 14th – Stanislaus State’s Ash Patel shot a 2-over-par 72 Tuesday, but the Warriors (29-over-par) fell to 14th place at the NCAA Division II Championships at the Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Fla.
Patel is in 12th place in the individual tournament after carding four birdies against four bogeys and a double-bogey. He’s at 1-over-par for the tournament after an opening round 1-under 69 on the Watson Course.
John Burke shot a second straight 74 for the Warriors and is tied for 55th at 8-over 148. He’s followed by teammates Jordan Koelewyn (76 second round, 149), Jahaan Nargussi (79, 152) and Chad Kubes (78, 159).
Barry University, a private Catholic school in Miami, is in first at 8-under par followed by West Florida (4-under) and Florida Tech (1-over).
Cal State Monterey is ninth at 20-over.
Tuesday’s second round was delayed because of lightning.
Stanislaus basketball camp – Cal State Stanislaus welcomes boys aged 8 to 13 for its annual Warrior Basketball Summer Camps, to be held at Turlock High. Two sessions are scheduled: June 12-16 and June 19-23, and the program is held each day from 1 to 5 p.m.
Men’s assistant coach Clinton Tremelling, women’s assistant coach Rachel Finnegan and current Warriors Jordan Santa Maria and Parker Griffin will lead instruction. The fee is $140 per entry, and the deadline is June 8. To register, visit warriorathleticscamps.com. or call 667-3938.
Warriors’ Voumard and Kron honored – Stanislaus standout pitcher Nick Voumard, who led the nation with 15 saves, earned first-team honors on the NCAA Division II All-Region team. He’s the first Warriors in five years to be selected to the regional first team.
Named to the second team was Stanislaus starter Jordan Kron, who went 8-4 with a team-leading 2.13 ERA. He became the first Warrior pitcher to record back-to-back eight-win seasons.
Heading to nationals – Hammer throwers Gary Randolph and Lindsay McKee and pole vaulter Ryan Pust will represent Stanislaus State at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday at Bradenton, Fla.