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SAN DIEGO—(Aug. 2, 2017)—Playing well in the U.S. Open where he tied for third was a precursor for Xander Schauffele capturing his first PGA crown, earning him San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month honors for July.
The Scripps Ranch/San Diego State grad drained a 3-foot birdie putt on the final hole for the victory in the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia. He closed with a 3-under 67 to win by a stroke at 266.
Joining the young golfer were three professionals and four amateurs.
The veteran infielder, Corey Spangenberg, went on a tear, batting .309 with four home runs, two doubles, two triples and 14 RBI.
Former Sweetwater High soccer star Joe Corona earned his award by scoring a key goal to help the United States race past Nicaragua 3-0 en route to winning Group B in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The U.S. would go on to capture the event with a 2-1 victory over Jamaica.
Cole Hamels, a star pitcher while attending Rancho Bernardo High, collected a pair of shutout wins for the Texas Rangers, hurling 7.2 innings each against the California Angels and Kansas City Royals. He allowed just seven hits, fanning 11 batters and walking only two.
On the amateur front, Destiny Littleton and Laulauga Tausaga captured international titles. Littleton, a 2017 graduate of The Bishop’s School, helped the U.S. sweep all seven games in the 3-on-3 FIBA U18 World Championships in China, scoring 37 points. Tausaga won the Junior Pan Am Games title in the discus at 194-feet, 6-inches. The former Mount Miguel athlete, now a sophomore at the University of Iowa, qualified by winning the USATF crown at 177-3.
A pair of local golfers, Taylor Bibbs and Alex Yang, were also selected. Bibbs fired a 4-under 212 to finish first by two strokes in the City Amateur Championships. Yang, a Carlsbad resident, finished the Boys 13-14 division of the Junior World Championships with a 5-under 67 for a 2-stroke win at 205 (11-under).
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