Miller Barber, two-time PGA Tour winner in Napa, dead at 82

NOTES AND QUOTES for a Friday in the Napa Valley
2013-06-13T23:06:00Z 2013-06-13T23:25:31Z Miller Barber, two-time PGA Tour winner in Napa, dead at 82MARTY JAMES Napa Valley Register
June 13, 2013 11:06 pm  • 

Miller Barber, a longtime PGA Tour and Champions Tour golfer who died Tuesday, was a two-time winner at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa. He was 82.

Barber won the 1969 Kaiser International Open Invitational and the 1977 Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic, both PGA Tour events.

“We are saddened by the passing of Miller Barber,” PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement released Wednesday. “He was a wonderful player who made his mark on the PGA Tour with 11 victories and then really excelled on Champions Tour, becoming one of its best players in the Tour’s formative years. Miller and the Champions Tour’s other early stars helped establish the Tour and make it the tremendous success it has become. Golf has lost a great man and competitor.”

Barber made a record 1,297 combined starts in PGA Tour and Champions Tour history and was a dominant player after turning 50. He won 24 times on the Champions Tour, which is made up of players age 50 and over.

Barber ranks fourth on the Champions Tour all-time wins list.

He finished in third place at the 1990 Transamerica Senior Golf Championship, shooting 72-72-64 — 208 on the Silverado South Course, earning $36,000. Lee Trevino won that year.

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Justin-Siena High School’s Kathleen Scavo shot a third-round 71 Thursday and was tied for 11th going into the final round of the Rolex Girls Junior Championship.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, it’s a 72-hole invitational that is being played at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Scavo, a Benicia resident, will start her junior year in the fall.

The event features 72 girls, ages 12-18, from 23 states and eight countries. They are playing the course at 6,472 yards.

The AJGA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours.

AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.

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Carson Teague of Benchmark Civil Construction and Joe Carnozola of Fire are the Family Drug award winners for their performances in the Napa Little League major division city championships at the Royce Hall Complex at Garfield Park last week.

Both players were named as the KVON 1440 AM players of the game.

Teague was 3 for 4 with four RBIs while also pitching the last two innings of the title game, allowing one run on one hit, striking out two and waking three.

Carnozola hit two home runs and a sacrifice fly, accounting for five RBIs. Carnozola also pitched, giving up three runs on five hits, striking out five and walking three.

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Napa Valley players remain active in U.S. Tennis Association-Northern California tournaments.

Isabella Heidenreich of Napa and Sarah Hu of Oakland won in the quarterfinals of girls 18 doubles, beating Vanessa Nommensen of San Jose and Siena Saltzen of Cameron Park, 8-6.

In men’s 65 doubles, Michael Price of Napa and Abraham Yang of San Rafael won in the quarterfinals, beating Ronald Wihlidal and Clinton Lukeroth of Stockton.

Maribella Zamarripa of St. Helena lost in the semifinals of girls 12 singles to Lauren Seale of Novato, 7-5, 6-1.

Email Napa Valley Register Executive Sports Editor Marty James at mjames@napanews.com or call 256-2223.

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