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Local golfers miss qualifying for U.S. Open

 

Former local standout prep golfers Martin Trainer, Jack Paton and Ben Scribner all know one place they won't be playing from June 16-19, and that's the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

All three failed to qualify for the U.S. Open during Monday's qualifying at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale, one of numerous sites around the nation.

Trainer, a Gunn grad who won the Pac-10 individual title last month at Stanford and helped USC win the team title in a playoff, shot 70-72-142 and missed making a playoff by three shots.

Paton, a Sacred Heart Prep grad, helped his Oregon team reach the Pac-10 playoffs against USC. He shot 71-72-143 on Monday. Scribner, a Menlo School grad who is now a professional, shot 75-71-146 to also miss out on advancing to the U.S. Open.

Dodgeball

The World Dodgeball Society (WDS), the premier co-ed sports and social organization based on nostalgia and camp of the 80s, is coming to Palo Alto starting June 28 and will be playing every Tuesday night for a 10-week season.

The league is held at Cubberley Community Center - Gym A at 8 or 9 p.m., with teams carrying a roster of no more than 20 people (minimum of five females).

Open gyms ($5 to play) will be held on June 14 and June 21 from 8-10 p.m. -- open to all adults interested in trying it out. No experience is necessary and leagues are played with soft no-sting balls, making it a fun adult sport for all skill levels.

New-to-dodgeball players can learn the rules on the first day of the season or at the open gyms. Full teams, small groups and individuals are encouraged to join.

For more information, visit: www.dodgeball4ever.com or email: jayboogie@dodgeball4ever.com.

Registration is now open at https://www.secure-sam.com/dodgeball4ever.bonzidev.com/sam/registration/reg_list.php

Hall of Fame

Palo Alto High graduate and former NBA standout Jim Loscutoff will join with former Stanford softball pitcher Tori Nyberg, one-time Sacred Heart Prep softball standout Haley Woods and seven others who will be inducted into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame on June 14 at the San Mateo County Event Center.

A reception will be held at 6 p.m., following by dinner at 7 p.m. For ticket information: peninsulashf@gmail.com. The reservation deadline is June 7.

The Hall of Fame already features the likes of Bill Walsh, Gary Beban, John Madden and Tom Brady, among others.

Tennis

Men and women at least 18 years of age who want the chance to earn free tickets to one of the premier professional women's tennis tournaments on the West Coast, can become a volunteer at the Bank of the West Classic, July 23-31 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium at Stanford University.

The Bank of the West Classic, now in its 41st year, is one of the oldest women-only professional tennis tournaments in the world and is the first stop of the 2011 Olympus US Open Series. A WTA Premier event, the Bank of the West Classic features a 28-player singles draw and a 16-team doubles draw with total prize money of $700,000.

Already scheduled to appear at this year's event are three-time Grand Slam Champion Maria Sharapova, 13-time Grand Slam Champion Serena Williams and world No. 7 Samantha Stosur.

Volunteer positions are currently available in several areas including transportation, ushers, guest services, hospitality, and tournament administration. For more information please go to www.bankofthewestclassic.com and click on "Volunteers" to apply online.

Volunteers will receive complimentary tickets to the tournament, a parking pass, and an official tournament shirt. They will be asked to work a minimum of four shifts during the event in order to qualify for these tournament benefits.

The USTA-sanctioned Palo Alto Junior Novice Tennis Tournament will be held June 25-26 at Rinconada Park from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The tourney is open to boys and girls ages 12-under, 14-under and 16-under.

Registration closes June 15. To register, go to www.norcal.usta.com and scroll to Juniors tournaments. Click on the tournament schedules, then 2011 complete tournament schedule, click June and scroll down to the event. Click the link and follow the entry instructions.

For further questions, contact Sada Chidambaram at sadachid@gmail.com or Linda Lee at LLRR@pacbell.net.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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