Former Cal Poly golfer Travis Bertoni carded a 1-over 71 in the opening round of the Fort Smith Classic at the Hardscrabble Country Club.
Nathan J. Smith shot a 9-under 61 to take a three-stroke lead. Bertoni is currently in an 87th place tie with 20 other golfers.
Bertoni is playing in his fourth Nationwide Tour event this year after earning conditional status on the tour by finishing 90th at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament in December.
Bertoni missed the cut in two of his previous three Nationwide Tour events and finished 66th at the Pacific Rubiales Bogota Open in March.
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He has also played in five National Golf Association Hooters Tour events this season, collecting his first tour victory at the Sports Orthopedic Specialists Classic in April. The victory netted the three-time Big West Conference Golfer of the Year winner $30,000.
Rattlers defeat California Glory
Bobby Buckner had two hits, including a double, and two RBI to lead the San Luis Obispo Rattlers 6-2 baseball win over the California Glory.
The Rattlers pounded out 10 hits, including two each from former San Luis Obispo High standout David Schultz and Robert Vickers.
Cuesta College standout Philip Gerber took the loss for the Glory (0-1), giving up three earned runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking one.
Chad Caraccioli (2-1) picked up the win, allowing an earned run on three hits in five innings. He struck out seven and walked three.
Michael Nielbeck, Todd Simko and Marc Damon combined on four innings of hitless relief for the Rattlers (7-4).
Cal Poly women stand 14th at College National Rodeo Finals
The Cal Poly women’s rodeo team is in 14th place after the fifth day of the College National Rodeo Finals.
Gillette College leads the standings with 293.3 points while Cal Poly trails with 80.
Shannon Jones had the best third heat in the barrel race finishing in 14.30 seconds. She is in 25th place overall with a total time of 48.99 while teammate Ty Johnson is in 21st with a total time of 45.46.
Former Paso star takes over at Porterville College
Former Paso Robles High standout Jake Kiser was announced as the new baseball head coach at Porterville College.
Kiser graduated from Paso Robles in 1997 and began his college career at Allan Hancock College before transferring to Clarke College in Iowa.
As a senior at Clarke, Kiser finished second in the nation in stolen bases and was named Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference Player of the Year.
The Pirates (7-29, 6-18) finished last in the Central Valley Conference last year.
Benefit bike ride planned
The San Luis Obispo County YMCA is hosting its 10th annual Gene Cerise Memorial Country Coast Classic Bike Ride on June 26.
All proceeds from the ride benefit Cambria teens at the teen community center.
Riders chose between a 25-, 50-, and 100-mile ride with registration fees beginning at $40 per rider.
Registration includes well-stocked rest stops, a raffle ticket and a post-ride barbecue including salmon, chicken or vegetarian options.
For more information, visit www.countrycoastclassic.org or call 543-8235.