Alanna Loyd of The First Tee Fresno is among 70 youth players nationwide who have been chosen to compete in this week's Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.
The PGA Champions Tour event, which runs Friday through Sunday, pairs junior players from First Tee groups around the country with tour pros in a two-person best-ball format. It will be televised on the Golf Channel.
Loyd is paired with Australian pro Peter Senior. The Champions Tour field also includes ex-Fresnan Bill Glasson.
The national First Tee organization, based in St. Augustine, Fla., is a nonprofit youth development group with the mission of building character, instilling life-enhancing values and promoting healthy choices through the game of golf.
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Odyssey's Bijev, Trejo collect U.S. Soccer Academy postseason honors
California Odyssey stars Villyan Bijev and Isaiah Trejo each earned U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-17/18 postseason awards.
Bijev, a former Clovis North High standout headed for the University of Washington, was named to the All Academy and West Conference Starting XI teams as a forward. Trejo (Buchanan), who will be attending the University of Louisville, was named to the West team as a defender.
U.S. Soccer created the Development Academy in 2007 as a partnership with the nation's top youth clubs, including the Clovis-based Odyssey, to help produce the next generation of national team players.
Valley power lifters capture titles
Todd Kezerian and Bill McEwen of Fresno won masters titles at the U.S. Powerlifting Association national championships last weekend in Costa Mesa.
Kezerian won the 242-pound division in the 55-59 age bracket with a total of 1,289 pounds. McEwen won the 275-pound title in the 55-59 group with a combined 1,085 pounds in the bench press, squat and deadlift. John DeLuca of Fresno lifted 1,420 pounds for second place in the masters 40-44, 220-pound class. Peter Tapia of Tulare competed in the deadlift only and was runner-up in the open and masters 40-44, 198-pound classes. He pulled 501 pounds.