Matt Hansen, a Morro Bay High grad from Los Osos, qualified for his third straight U.S. Amateur Championship thanks to his showing at the par-72 Arrow Creek Country Club’s challenge course Monday.
Hansen, who was recently named the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year after reaching the national championships at UC Davis, shot a first-round 68 before carding a second-round 73 to finish at a first-place 3-under for the regional qualifier. He beat the 21-player field by one stroke.
The Amateur Championship will be held Aug. 22-28 in Erin Hills, Wis.
UC Santa Barbara's Johnson makes U.S. team
The Cal Poly men’s basketball team will face off against a member of Team USA’s amateur squad next year.
On Sunday, USA Basketball announced its 14-man roster for the upcoming World University Games, and UC Santa Barbara senior wing Orlando Johnson was among those to make the cut. Twelve players will be active and head to China for competition from Aug. 13-22, with two alternates to be determined.
Johnson, a 6-foot-5 back-to-back Big West Conference Tournament MVP, recently tried his luck in the NBA Draft but didn’t hire an agent at the time and ultimately chose to return for his final season with the Gauchos after not being projected as a sure-fire pick during the pre-draft process.
Johnson, who’s from Palma High in Seaside and transferred from Loyola Marymount, was one of 22 players to try out over three days for the team. He’s the first UCSB player to play internationally since Brian Shaw in 1986.
Big names among the other 13 players chosen include Michigan State’s Draymond Green, Syracuse’s Scoop Jardine and Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier.
The Mustangs will play UCSB on Jan. 2 in Mott Gym and Feb. 26 in Goleta.
Two area runners medal at USATF meet
Two Central Coast youth runners from Paulding Middle School in Arroyo Grande earned medals this past weekend at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships amid record-setting heat conditions topping 100 degrees.
Competing in the boys 11- to 12-year-old division, Christian Ricketts finished fourth in the 3,000-meter run in 10 minutes, 34 seconds, and was seventh in the 1,500 at 4:57.
On the girls side, Talley Hill placed eighth in the 1,500 with a time of 5:11. Hill also ran in the 3,000, coming in 18th at 12:05.
Top-eight finishers were awarded medals.
Cal Poly's Miller wins Alaska league MVP
Mike Miller, a senior shortstop at Cal Poly, was named the Alaska Baseball League MVP following a season in which he hit a league-best .359 for the Peninsula Oilers.
Miller, a former Cuesta College star, had 21 RBI and stole a team-best 12 bases this summer. He also was honored with the league’s Gold Glove award in a vote by coaches and broadcasters.
Gym camps offered
Central Coast Gymnastics is offering daytime summer camps from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, with half-day sessions (9 a.m. to noon) also available, until the end of this week and then also Aug. 8-12 and Aug. 15-19.
For more information, call 549-8408.