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).
IN THE POOL . . . Stanford head diving coach Dr. Rick Schavone will help coach the United States at the 2013 FINA World Championships this summer in Barcelona, Spain, as announced recently by USA Diving. Having just completed his 35th season as head diving coach on The Farm, Dr. Schavone will be accompanied to the competition in Barcelona by Cardinal diver Kristian Ipsen, who qualified for Team USA in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events during the United States World Championships Trials last week in Tallahassee, Fla. The position is the latest in a long line of international experience for Dr. Schavone, as the reigning NCAA Diving Coach of the Year served on Team USA's Olympic coaching staff at the 2012 Olympics while steering Ipsen to a 3-meter synchro bronze medal. Ipsen was named NCAA Diver of the Year after winning the springboard events after Stanford secured an unprecedented four divers into the 2013 NCAA Championships. Dr. Schavone and Ipsen also earned the Pac-12 Conference's respective awards for coach and diver of the year. Dr. Schavone is one of the few individuals to twice be named conference and national coach of the year in the same season, having also earned the distinction in 2007. A four-time national diving coach of the year, Dr. Schavone has guided men's and women's divers to 11 individual national championships.