Taylor Bickell of Napa finished 21st in the girls division of the Trader Joe’s Junior Championship hosted by Pat Hurst. Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the event was played last week on the Hill Course at Castlewood Country Club, a par-70, 5,529-yard layout in Pleasanton.

Bickell had rounds of 78, 79 and 78 for a 235 total.

The 99-player field featured 72 boys and 27 girls from 10 states, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Mexico and the Philippines. It was a 54-hole stroke-play event.

Esther Lee of Los Alamitos, Calif., won the girls division, shooting 72-72-68 — 212.

Beau Hossler of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., took the boys division, firing 67-66-69 — 202.

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. The AJGA provides exposure for scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and 30 countries.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf.


Danielle Mirda won two matches in the girls 16s singles division of a U.S. Tennis Association/Northern California tournament earlier this month.

Mirda beat Kristen Chui of Foster City in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 6-2, and beat Cindy Liu of Foster City in the semifinals, 3-6, 6-1, 10-6.


Kevin Alexander of Napa is entered in a U.S. Amateur qualifying on Monday at El Macero Country Club.

The U.S. Golf Association event is Aug. 23-29 at Chambers Bay at University Place, Wash.


The Women’s Premier Soccer League’s Pacific Conference tournament began Saturday in Pasadena for the North Bay Wave, which has three Napa Valley players: Zoë Carroll, a midfielder, who will start her freshman year at San Diego State in the fall; Macy Jo Harrison, a midfielder/forward, who plays for UNLV; and Natalie Loyola, a midfielder, who plays for Solano Community College.

North Bay, Ajax America of Los Angeles, Sacramento Storm and LAFC Chelsea advanced to the semifinals of the playoffs.


Single-game tickets for 2010 UC Berkeley football home games are on sale now. Visit CalBears.com or call 800-GO BEARS to purchase tickets for any of the seven contests on the team’s 2010 home schedule. 

Cal will open its final year of action in the current configuration of Memorial Stadium before it undergoes retrofit and renovation, on Saturday, Sept. 4 vs. UC Davis. The upcoming season also includes visits from Colorado (Sept. 11), UCLA (Oct. 9), Arizona State (Oct. 23), Oregon (Nov. 13), Stanford (Nov. 20) and Washington (Nov. 27).

The Golden Bears head into 2010 having recorded the second-most victories by a Pacific-10 Conference team over the last eight seasons since the arrival of head coach Jeff Tedford.

Cal has enjoyed an extremely successful run at Memorial Stadium in recent years, boasting a 33-6 home mark over its last 39 home contests and averaging over 60,000 fans per contest during the past six seasons.


ANNIKA Vineyards will be celebrating the release of its newest wine, a 2008 Chardonnay, today at Wente Vineyards in Livermore. Hall of Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam will host an all-day affair at the winery for consumers to be among the first to sample the wine.

During her 15-year Hall of Fame career, Sorenstam rewrote the LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour record books and won countless awards. She amassed 89 worldwide professional victories, including 72 LPGA wins, 10 of which are major championships. She stepped away from professional golf after the 2008 season to focus on her family and the ANNIKA brand of businesses.

The Chardonnay is available for purchase at www.annikavineyards.com

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

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