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Of local note: Gunn grad wins golf title; Sherman a 49er

 

Martin Trainer was 12 when he first took up golf at Palo Alto Muni. By the time he was a senior at Gunn High, Trainer was a CIF NorCal golf champion.

After Sunday, Trainer is a professional champion on the PGA web.com tour. He won his first web.com title after opening the final round two strokes shy of the lead.

Trainer won the El Bosque Mexico Championship by Innova, finishing in a four-day total of 274 (67-70-68-69) and earning exempt status through 2019. It was his first web tour victory. His previous best was a 16th-place finish at the 2017 Ellie Mae Classic in Hayward.

Trainer had to win a three-way playoff just to earn a spot in the tournament. He took advantage of the opportunity.

“I was extremely nervous today,” Trainer told the PGA Tour website. “I hit a bunch of shots that I was kind of like, ‘where did that come from?’ because it was so uncharacteristic, but that’s what happens under pressure – it’s just a different kind of golf. But thankfully I was able to scrape through and pick up the win.”

Martin had previously won in 2016 on the PGA Latinoamerica Tour and was the 2011 Pac10 Champion while at USC.

The $117,000 first place check puts him fifth on the 2018 Web.com money list.

Stanford grad Joseph Bramlett finished 68-73-73-65—279 to place sixth and Stanford grad Maverick McNealy came in with a 64-76-74-73—287,

Sherman signed by the 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers announced the signing of Stanford grad Richard Sherman to a three-year deal as a cornerback on Sunday.

“Richard is one of the premier competitors Kyle and I have ever encountered,” said 49er General Manager John Lynch, himself a Stanford grad. “We look forward to him sharing his wealth of experience and his passion for the game of football with our team. Richard has long been looked at as the prototypical corner in our scheme and the opportunity to have him mentor our players was one we needed to attack. Most importantly, we are excited to have a championship caliber corner on the field for the 49ers.”

A four-time Associated Press All-Pro (First Team – 2012-14; Second Team – 2015) and four-time Pro Bowl selection (2014-17), Sherman (6-3, 195) spent each of the past seven seasons (2011-17) with the Seattle Seahawks after the team selected him in the fifth round (154th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. With the Seahawks, he appeared in 105 regular season games (99 starts) and registered 364 tackles, 99 passes defensed, 32 interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one sack. He ranks first in the NFL in both passes defensed (99) and interceptions (32) since 2011. In addition, Sherman has started 10 postseason contests, adding 42 tackles, 10 passes defensed and two interceptions.

In 2017, Sherman started each of Seattle’s first nine games of the season and registered 35 tackles, seven passes defensed, two interceptions and one fumble recovery before he was placed on the Injured Reserve List on November 14.

At Stanford, he appeared in 52 games (37 starts) both as a wide receiver (27 games played and 15 starts) and cornerback (25 games played and 22 starts). Sherman registered 81 receptions for 1,340 yards (16.5 average) and seven touchdowns at wide receiver and 112 tackles and six interceptions at cornerback.

Palo Alto grad signs NHL contract

Paly grad Ken Wexler was hanging out at the San Jose Sharks practice facility watching a friend when he got the news.

He was signed as an emergency goalie by the St. Louis Blues and spent Thursday's game in the locker room just in case.

One of the Blues goalies hurt his neck on Thursday and could not play. St. Louis recalled another goalie who could not join the team until Saturday.

"Ninety-nine percent of the time you don't get called," Wexler said after the Sharks beat the Blues. "There are a group of guys who could have been called. My day was today."

Wexler was too busy playing club hockey to play other sports at Paly, though he was attending the school during a golden age of athletics. Some of his peers include Joc Pedersen, Davante Adams and B.J. Boyd.

Wexler played hockey at Illinois and graduated last May. Although he didn't see any playing time Thursday, he did spend the day on the St. Louis Blues official roster and, yes, he enjoyed every second.

"It was a great chance to get out there and take some shots," Wexler said.

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