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Of local note: Amateur golf, pro tennis and baseball

Stanford's Ziyi Wang beat Menlo School's Sophie Siminoff in the semifinals of the California Women's Amateur Championships. Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics.

Menlo School senior Sophie Siminoff reached the semifinal round of the CWAC California Women's Amateur Championships on the Quail Lodge golf course in Carmel on Friday, where she fell to Stanford sophomore Ziyi Wang, 6 and 4.

Siminoff, who played in the Central Coast Section tournament the past two years, and Wang were all square after five holes before Wang won eight of the final nine holes for the win.

Sophie Siminoff
Siminoff finished the first two rounds of stroke play as one of four golfers under par

In the quarterfinals, Emilee Hoffman held a 3up advantage after seven holes. Siminoff used 3 pars and a birdie to take a 1up edge on the 12th hole.

Hoffman got back to all square on the 13th hole and the two golfers remained tied through 18 holes.

On the first extra hole, Siminoff hit par while Hoffman double-bogeyed.

The top-seeded Sabrina Iqbal held a 1up lead after four holes but Wang responded by winning the next three holes and never looked back.

Wang iced it with a birdie on the par-3 17th hole. Her three birdies made up for her only double-bogey of the round.

Wang meets Manteca's Brooke Riley in Saturday's championship round. Riley is headed into her sophomore year at Northwestern.


Stanford incoming freshman Tom Tawa extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a three-hit effort in PUF Caps' 4-1 victory over the host Humboldt Crabs on Friday night.

Starter Trenton Denholm and Adam Seminaris combined on a two-hitter, with Seminaris getting the win after 3 1/3 hitless innings. He struck out four and walked one.

Denholm struck out 11 in his 5 2/3 innings of work.

Tawa has hit seven home runs and a pair of doubles during his recent streak.

The Caps (28-7) and Crabs 33-7) meet again Saturday at 7 p.m.

Women's tennis

Atherton resident CiCi Bellis is the eighth seed for the Bank of the West Classic. The main draw begins Monday morning at the Taube Family Tennis Center on the Stanford campus.

The 43rd-ranked Bellis will meet France's Alize Cornet in the first round.

Stanford grads Nicole Gibbs and Kirstie Ahn are also in the main draw. Gibbs drew junior Wimbledon champion Claire Liu in the first round while Ahn drew a qualifier.

Stanford sophomore Emma Higuchi and future Cardinal Michaela Gordon are both in the qualifying tournament and will play Saturday.

Higuchi meets Asia Muhammed on the stadium court sometime after 10 a.m. Gordon's match against Arina Rodionova follows.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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