SAN DIEGO—(Aug. 1, 2016)—Whether it was on the PGA Tour or locally, golf shared center-stage with the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials as eight standouts were honored as Stars of the Month for July by the San Diego Hall of Champions.
Former San Diego State golfer Scott Piercy collected a couple of hefty paychecks enroute to a pair of second place finishes. Piercy was the runner-up in the Bridgestone Open at 5-under par after making an impressive run for the U.S. Open title before finishing second.
San Diego Padres second baseman Ryan Schimpf stepped up big time in July, helping the team’s bats come to life. Schimpf batted .263 with a .371 on-base percentage and a .711 slugging average. He had nine homers in helping San Diego equal the National League record with home runs in 25 straight games.
Former Mission Bay High half-miler Charles Jock and ex-SDSU discus thrower Whitney Ashley were fitted for their Olympic gear after Ashley captured the women’s discus competition with a throw of 204-feet, 2-inches and Jock ran a strategically sound race to place third in the 800 at 1:45.48, booking his flight to Rio de Janeiro.
On the amateur front, UCSD junior Reilly Boyt, the Hall of Champions’ 2015 Challenged Athlete of the Year, broke her own American record in the S6 classification of the 100-meter backstroke in her last six swims over the three-day meet. Her time of 1:38.67 earned her a berth on the U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team for the 2016 Games in Brazil.
Solana Beach golfer Marc Hedrick, who will be a junior at Princeton this fall, captured the men’s San Diego City Amateur in a two-hole playoff while Kaho Monica Matsubara, who attends Northwestern University, won the women’s crown by seven strokes.
Luke Potter shot a sizzling 66 the first round and won a playoff on the final day to finish first in the prestigious Junior World Golf Championships. Potter won the 11-12 boys division with a score of 212 at Sycuan.
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