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Sports - May 24, 2013

Sports Shorts

ON THE COURSE . . . Menlo School senior Andrew Buchanan and Sacred Heart Prep junior Bradley Knox have extended their prep seasons to the fullest following Monday's NCGA/CIF Boys Golf Championships at Diablo Grand Resort in Patterson. Buchanan shot an even-par 72 while Knox shot a 2-over 74 as both were among nine individuals earning trips to the CIF State Championships, which will be held June 5 at Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel Valley. This will be the first state finals for both local players. A year ago in this tournament, Buchanan shot 75 and tied for 23rd. He missed competing in a playoff for the last individual state berth by three shots. Buchanan earned that coveted berth this time as he shot a 1-under 35 on the back nine — featuring three of the course's four toughest holes — to start his round. Buchanan had two bogeys and one birdie on the front nine for a 37. He finished with four birdies, 10 pars and four bogeys. Knox started on the front nine and shot 38, picking up three bogeys before getting a stroke back with a birdie on the 509-yard par-5 ninth. On the tough back nine, Knox carded three straight pars before registering a birdie on the 375-yard par-4 13th. He dropped another stroke on the 397-yard par-4 16th but parred in for a 36. Sacred Heart Prep, which was in third place with eight teams still having players on the course, lost out on one of the three coveted state team berths and finished tied for eighth at 399 in its first-ever NorCal appearance. Willy Lamb shot 80 for SHP, followed by Derek Ackerman (81), Taylor Oliver (82) and Bradley Keller (82).

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