GOLD MEDALS . . . The New York Athletic Club, with local players on each team, closed out a banner weekend of competition at Sacred Heart Prep in Atherton as both their men and women won gold at the US Open of Water Polo. In the women's final, NYAC topped Bruin by 10-8 as former Stanford Water Polo Club team member Cassie Wyckoff of Los Altos was voted MVP. Also playing for NYAC was Menlo-Atherton High and Stanford grad Kelly Eaton while M-A grad Rebecca Dorst played for Bruin. Wyckoff, Eaton and Dorst all were named to the all-tournament team. In the men's final, NYAC's 'A" team held off Stanford, 11-10, in the title match. Stanford grad Wolf Wigo helped NYAC win the title against his former team and was named to the all-tournament team along with Stanford's B.J. Churnside and Forest Watkins. In the third-place fame, Olympic Club defeated defending champion Newport Water Polo Foundation by 9-5. Stanford grad and U.S. Olympian Peter Varellas played for Olympic Club and also was named to the all-tournament team.
ON THE LINKS . . . Incoming Stanford freshman golfer Jim Liu, 17, of Smithtown, N.Y., was upset by John Augenstein of Owensboro, Ky., on the 20th hole Thursday at the 2013 U.S. Junior Amateur Championships at the par-72, 7,740-yard Martis Camp Club in Truckee. Liu, the stroke-play medalist this week who won this title at age 14 in 2010, made his earliest exit in this tournament. Augenstein held a 1-up lead following a birdie-3 on the 314-yard par-4 16th. Liu evened the matchj with a birdie on the 227-yard par-3 17th. Both players made par on the 18th and 19th holes, but Liu bogeyed the 478-yard par-4 second to lose the match. The top-seeded Liu reached the Round of 32 by winning his opening match Wednesday with an 8-foot birdie putt on the 19th hole. Liu was runner-up in this event last year. Stanford-bound Maverick McNealy of Portola Valley also won his first-round match, but was trailing late in his match on Thursday. The U.S. Junior Amateur Championship continues with the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds Friday. The championship is scheduled to conclude with a 36-hole final on Saturday.
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