ON COURSE . . . Atherton resident Jonathan Garrick remained alive in the 102nd California Amateur Championships with another impressive golf effort in the Round of 16 on Thursday at the Dunes Course at Monterey Peninsula Country Club in Pebble Beach. Garrick, who earned the final berth in the 32-man field for match play after winning a seven-player playoff on Tuesday, eliminated two-time NCGA Amateur Match Play champion Jon Catlin of Gold River, 3 and 2. Catlin was seeded No. 17 while Garrick is No. 32 and now just two wins from playing in Saturday's 36-hole championship match. In order to do that, he would have to win his quarterfinal and semifinal matches, both on Friday. Against Catlin, Garrick started the day just like the day before by winning the first hole when Catlin bogeyed the 410-yard par-4. Garrick bogeyed the second but went 1-up again with a birdie on the 370-yard par-4 third. A bogey by Garrick at the sixth squared the match before Garrick took advantage of Catlin's bogey on the 403-yard par-4 eighth to go 2-up. Garrick then came up with a career shot as he double-eagled the 484-yard par-5 ninth by holing his second shot from the fairway to go 3-up. Catlin gained a stroke back with a birdie on the 13th, a par-5, but he bogeyed the next hole as Garrick went 3-up. The two halved the next two holes to give Garrick the victory. Garrick advanced to the second round with a 4-and-3 upset of co-medalist and No. 1 seed Xander Schauffele of San Diego on Wednesday. The only other player to reach match play was Sacred Heart Prep grad Dalan Refioglu of Foster City, the No. 6 seed. He was eliminated on Wednesday by No. 27 Pace Johnson of Fresno, 2 and 1.
TOP ATHLETES . . . Senior Mark Appel and junior Chiney Ogwumike were honored as co-recipients of the Al Masters Award at the annual Stanford Athletic Board Awards Luncheon, highlighting Stanford's athletic success during the 2012-13 campaign. It was the first time two student-athletes shared the Al Masters Award since 2008, when Rachel Buehler (soccer) and Arianna Lambie (cross country/track) shared the highest honor. Additionally, Ogwumike became the first female recipient of the award in five years. Overall, 31 varsity programs were represented during the ceremony while 53 student-athletes walked away with awards.
TENNIS CHAMPS . . . Winning tennis titles is nothing new for Palo Alto's David Ball and Atherton's Lane Leschly, who helped the Menlo School boys sweep the Central Coast Section and NorCal crowns once again this spring. Both players continued their successful prep seasons by winning titles at their respective USTA NorCal Junior Sectional tournaments this week. At the NorCal 16s at Harbor Bay Club in Alameda, the No. 6-seeded Leschly upended top-seeded Andrew Gu of El Cerrito, 6-4, 6-2, in Monday's finals. Meanwhile, Ball helped win another title on Sunday as he teamed with Logan Staggs of Tracy to capture the Boys' 18 doubles crown at Sacramento State. The No. 4-seeded tandem of Ball and Staggs defeated Corey Pang (Carlmont) and Eric Spence (Los Gatos) in the finale, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.