An opportunity to play side-by-side with the country’s top young golfer has lured Spokane’s Andy Hastings to Stanford University.
Hastings, who has a 4.0 grade-point average at Ferris High School and accepted a full scholarship to Stanford, said the fact that Tiger Woods returns was a big attraction.
“And they just have a really good program; a really good team,” said Hastings’ father, Paul.
Stanford was the 1994 NCAA champion and ‘95 runner-up.
One of Hastings’ highlights in 1995 was gaining exempt status into American Junior Golf Association tournaments.
He also won the Optimist International/Junior World state qualifier by eight strokes with a state-record 134, then tied for sixth in the Junior World in San Diego, finishing with a 69. He had the low round of the final round in the AJGA 15-18 Championships at Mission Hills, Calif., a 69, and tied for fifth.
Hastings, who had a 73.80 stroke average for 40 tournament rounds in 1995, also was on the United States’ Japan Cup team and was a member of Washington’s winning four-man Junior America Cup Team.
Gloria Thomsen likened it to child birth.
“It was a wonderful experience,” she said of her first 300 game, “but I don’t ever want to repeat it.”
Thomsen, mother of four, reached perfection en route to winning the ninth annual Spokane Queens Tournament last weekend at Colonial Bowl.
Not only was it her first, it was the first by a woman at Colonial and only the 12th by a woman in Spokane.
Thomsen said her husband, Harley, told her as the strikes mounted “to take a deep breath and calm down. I wondered why. I wasn’t nervous. Then it hit me. I thought I was having a heart attack. I couldn’t get my breath.
“It was like having a baby,” she added. “It really would be nice to do again, if it wasn’t for the pressure.”
Thomsen, who won $225 and her way paid into the Washington State Queens Tournament May 4-5 in Moses Lake, rolled a 589 three-game series in the finals to the 578 for runner-up Darci Schelling ($155).
Kim Gellhaus was third ($115), Colleen Descoteaux fourth ($80), defending champion Julie Twiss fifth ($52) and 1990 winner Sandy Hanson sixth ($45).
Hanson, the leader into the semifinals with a 949 five-game series, had a 279 game and Descoteaux had her first 700 three-game series in the qualifying. Thomsen’s 300 came in the qualifying, when she had an 899 for five.
Professional boxing will return to Spokane Nov. 25 with a five- or six-bout card at the Masonic Temple, 1108 W. Riverside.
Tickets are $18.75 and you have to be 21 to be admitted because alcoholic beverages will be served, promoters Clint Van Orman and Brian Alboucq said in their release.
Five bouts have been signed with a sixth planned.
The 10-round main event will feature cruiserweights Ed Dalton from Emmett, Idaho, and Ernie Valentine from Stockton, Calif. Doug Holiman of Beaverton, Ore., and Deano DelaPena of Vancouver, British Columbia, will meet in an eight-round light-heavyweight semimain.
Other bouts: Dexter Williams, Reno, Nev. vs. Chris Sorrenson, New Plymouth, Idaho, 6, welterweights; Mike Mitchell, Great Falls, Mont. vs. Tim Davis, Springfield, Ore., 4, heavyweights; and Steve Leveque, Springfield vs. Buddy Payne, Bend, Ore., 4, cruiserweights.
Brian Mullen of Spokane (Gonzaga Prep), a University of San Francisco freshman, was named to Soccer America’s team of the week for Nov. 6. Mullen, the Dons’ goalkeeper, had nine saves in a 1-0 win over Portland.
Kama Alsaker, a sophomore outside hitter on the Franklin & Marshall volleyball team from Otis Orchards (St. George’s), had 83 kills and 80 digs while playing a little more than half the time for the Lancaster, Pa., school. F&M; was 18-14 overall, 8-2 in finishing second in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference.
Items from the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken will be among the selections at the Pullman Greyhound Booster family auction Tuesday at the high school. Dinner and silent auction begin a 6 p.m., with the verbal auction starting at 7.
Info: Ellen Eng, (509) 334-2636; Pam Harbour, (509) 334-0562.
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