Aaron Beverly made his PGA Tour debut receiving the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption and was on the court for the 2022 Genesis Invitational in February at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Beverly, who previously worked in the golf department at Silverado Resort and Spa, hit the first tee shot to start the first round on Feb. 17.
The Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption, presented since 2009 by the Genesis Invitational, offers the opportunity for a golfer from a minority background to participate in the tournament. It is named in honor of Sifford, the first black player to compete on the modern PGA Tour. The Genesis Invitational is the 16th of 47 FedExCup events.
Beverly played college golf at Sacramento State and was twice named Big Sky Conference Player of the Year. He graduated in 2017.
He won the Farmers Insurance Fall Series Finals of the Advocates Professional Golf Association Tour at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles on Nov. 9.
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Genesis Invitational tournament host Tiger Woods joined Beverly at a pre-tournament press conference on Feb. 16.
“Obviously, as Mr. Woods said, everything Charlie meant to the game of golf to me embodied three things: desire, perseverance and just a passion for the game of golf. He had a desire to always play on the Tour, he had a passion for the game of golf and persevered through a lot of adversity. So trying to embody that spirit is a real honor for me,” Beverly said in a transcript provided by Tee-Scripts.com.
Beverly missed the cut after rounds of 82 and 74.
In a report to genesisinvitational.comWoods, a 15-time major champion, announced Beverly as the recipient of the Charlie Sifford Memorial Waiver for the 2022 Genesis Invitational.
“Awarded annually since 2009, the Sifford Exemption represents the advancement of diversity in the game of golf,” the report states.
Beverly is an assistant golf professional at Valley Hi Country Club in Elk Grove and is also an assistant coach at Sacramento State.
He graduated from Armijo High-Fairfield in 2012.
Mike Neu earned his 100th victory as head coach of the UC Berkeley baseball team as the Bears defeated TCU, 7-6 on Feb. 19 in the MLB4 Tournament at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Neu graduated from Vintage High and is in his sixth season as Cal’s head coach.
Jazlynn Hardy of the Pacific Union College women’s basketball team and Jason Vasquez of the Pioneers men’s basketball team received NAIA “Conference of Character” recognition, the California Pacific Conference announced in a report on Tuesday. February 25 to www.calpacathletics.com.
Hardy is a freshman and Vasquez is a sophomore.
“It’s a great honor, chosen by the head coaches,” conference commissioner Don Ott said in the report. “These student-athletes stood out among their teammates for living the values of the NAIA and Cal Pac. We congratulate everyone.
Chef Thomas Keller, owner of The French Laundry in Yountville, got the shot of the day during the Million Dollar Hole-in-One presented by Cisco.
Keller won $600,000 by hitting his ball closest to the hole at 4-foot-7 in the week-long event of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, a PGA Tour event.
“Congratulations to Chief Thomas Keller on his incredible shot…,” the tournament announced on Twitter, @attproam, on February 12.
“This will support programs to protect the natural wonders of the Monterey Bay Area.”
Thea Michovsky, a Napa junior, tied for second on bars with a season-high score of 9.850 for the UC Davis women’s gymnastics team in a meet against host State of Sacramento on February 11.
Michovsky graduated from Napa High.
Peyton Mott, a senior outfielder for the Dominican University of California (San Rafael) softball team, has been named to the 2022 preseason All-PacWest team, a report said. at dominicanathletics.com.
“I’m very proud of my team’s successes this fall,” Napa High graduate Mott said in the report. “We worked very hard and faced quite a bit of adversity, but we didn’t let it affect us – it actually made our team stronger. I’m excited and proud of myself for this accomplishment, but I have to give credit to my team. We have built such confidence on the pitch and I couldn’t succeed without the team succeeding. Softball is contagious and we feed off each other.
Mott, a Napa High graduate, led the Dominican Republic last year in batting average (.375), RBIs (20) and stolen bases (10).
Mott was a three-time PacWest Academic All-Conference team selection.
Mott started all four years at Napa High and played tournament travel ball for Napa Valley Express, Envy Gold and Bat Busters.
Nathan Schwarze of Napa High, Thomas Hatton of Napa High and Joseph Ellis of Vintage High are in the SportStars Magazine NorCal Wrestler Rankings, announced at sportsstarsmag.com February 17.
Schwarze is No. 12 at 170 pounds.
Hatton is No. 15 at 195 pounds.
Ellis is No. 14 at 220 pounds.
Emmanuel Johnson, who played for Napa Valley 1839 FC, has signed with Hibernian FC, it was announced on Twitter by @NapaValley1839 on February 10.
“Congratulations to #NV1839 and #NPSLAlum Emmanuel Johnson on signing his first professional contract with @HibernianFC,” said Napa Valley 1839 FC.
Chris Jones, primary point guard for the Pacific Union College men’s basketball team, has been named the All-California Pacific Conference Second Team, it was announced Feb. 25 at calpacathletics.com.
Jones is originally from Augusta, Georgia.
Lizette Moreno, a junior point guard for the Pacific Union College women’s basketball team, was named honorable mention to the Pacific Conference All-California team, it was announced at calpacathletics.com February 25.
Moreno is from Selma, Calif., and is a transfer from Gavilan College in Gilroy.
St. Helena High graduate Harper McClain finished fourth in the women’s 3,000-meter open section for the University of Oregon track team at the Windy City Invitational in Chicago on February 12.
McClain, a freshman, clocked a personal best time of 9:37.34 during the indoor competition at the Track & Field Center Gately Park.
McClain placed in two events for Oregon at the 2022 Pac-12 Indoor Invitational, Feb. 25-26, in Seattle, Washington.
McClain was sixth in the 5,000 meters clocking 16:42.86.
McClain was 22nd in the 3,000 meters in 9:47.33.
Napa Christian’s Prolific Prep is No. 1 in the Week 11 Top 9 Grind, announced by The Grind Session on Twitter, @thegrindsession, Feb. 25.
Former Justin-Siena head coach Tom Bonfigli moved up to No. 7 on the California high school basketball coaches all-time winning list as he led Paul-Petaluma’s St. Vincent to a 49-42 win over Technology-Rohnert Compete in the CIF North Coast Section Division 5 playoffs on Feb. 15.
Bonfigli, in his second year at St. Vincent de Paul, has 833 wins in a coaching career that spans 42 years. All state training records are compiled and maintained by Cal-Hi Sports.
“The victory was much more important than the milestone,” Bonfigli said in a report to prep2prep.com. “It’s the first playoff game they’ve won in a long time.”
“I like my seniors and I have three good ones. The children played well. We’re playing hard and we’re a good defensive team, and we made a few plays at critical times in the game that we needed to make. It’s a big win, the numbers matter, the milestone matters, but the win is always the most important thing.
Bonfigli spent 12 years at Justin-Sienne, earning his 500th victory during his years with the Braves. He quit coaching Justin-Siena in 2007 after leading the program for 12 years, compiling a 225-120 record.
He was also at Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa.
De La Salle-Concord is #4, California-San Ramon is #16, and Clayton Valley-Concord is #20.
Teams on the bubble include College Park-Pleasant Hill, San Ramon Valley-Danville and Tamalpais-Mill Valley.
Heritage-Brentwood is No. 4 and Livermore is No. 23.
Teams on the bubble include Clayton Valley-Concord, Foothill-Pleasanton and Redwood-Larkspur.
Eight teams from the CIF’s North Coast section feature in SportStars magazine’s Season-Opening NorCal Baseball Top 20, announced at sportsstarsmag.com February 25.
De La Salle-Concord is at No. 1.
The Top 20 also includes: No. 5 California-San Ramon, No. 6 Clayton Valley-Concord, No. 8 San Ramon Valley-Danville, No. 10 College Park-Pleasant Hill, No. 16 Granada-Livermore, No. 17 Sailor Catholic-Kentfield, No. 19 Redwood-Larkspur.
Six teams from the CIF’s North Coast section feature in SportStars magazine’s season-opening NorCal Softball Top 20, announced February 24 at sportsstarsmag.com.
Heritage-Brentwood is No. 2.
The Top 20 also includes: No. 5 Livermore, No. 9 Foothill-Pleasanton, No. 12 Redwood-Larkspur, No. 14 Marin Catholic-Kentfield, No. 20 Freedom-Oakley.
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