Hannah Sodersten and Asia Adell are among 156 golfers from 33 states and 15 foreign countries vying for the U.S. Women's Amateur starting today at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, R.I.
Sodersten, who will be a senior at Clovis East High, tees off in the first group on hole 10 at 7 a.m. local time today. Adell, a 2010 graduate of Clovis West, tees off on hole 1 at 8:17 a.m.
The entire field will play two rounds of stroke play today and Tuesday with the low 64 scorers advancing to Wednesday's first round of match play. The two survivors following five rounds of match play will play 36 holes in Sunday's final.
Sodersten and Adell earned their spots in a July qualifier at North Ridge Country Club in Fair Oaks.
Television coverage of the U.S. Women's Amateur begins Wednesday on the Golf Channel from noon to 3 p.m.
Kaeding extends series streak to 3
Tim Kaeding won the King of the West 410 sprint car series 30-lap feature Saturday night at Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway in Hanford.
Kaeding was never seriously challenged as he roared to his third straight series win. His Fresno-based Roth Motorsports team is headed to Iowa for this week's Knoxville Nationals.
Brian Burns (IMCA modifieds) and Ron Hurt (IMCA stocks) won Saturday's other features.
Clovis West tennis player advances
Clovis West High tennis player Billy Griffith advanced to the third round at the USTA boys 16 nationals in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Griffith defeated Parker Eversten of Marietta, Ga., 6-2, 6-2 and advanced to face No. 9 seed Spencer Papa of Edmond, Okla. Griffith has won both his matches in straight sets.
Force 14-U team fifth at nationals
The Fresno Force softball team finished fifth out of 103 teams at the ASA/USA 14-U nationals in Midland, Texas.
The Force, coached by Russ Reynolds, went 6-2 at the double-elimination tournament. It's the best showing of any Central California squad since the Force's 16-U team won nationals in 1997.
Team members are Alyssa Avila, Aubrey Blankenburg, Kaylynn Burt, Demi Danell, Alex Flores, Maddy Forester, Rachel Rodriquez, Taylor Rowley, Megan Salazar, Jilee Schanda, Claire Stucker, Madisyn Turman and Julia Zuniga. Reynolds and Art Cervantez are the coaches.