Marty James

Marty James

Kansas State announced the addition of Connor Chesky, a freshman who is from St. Helena, to its men’s golf program.

Chesky redshirted last year at South Carolina and will receive a one-time transfer exemption to be immediately eligible, Kansas State announced on its website.

“Connor is someone we recruited and watched quite a bit in high school, so we were excited when he reached out to us,” coach Grant Robbins said. “He was a highly-ranked junior golfer, and his experience at a top-ranked SEC program like South Carolina should help him transition well to K-State.”

Chesky, who makes his home in St. Helena, was a nationally ranked junior player.

He had an extensive junior background, playing in American Junior Golf Association, U.S. Golf Association, Future Collegians World Tour, Junior Tour of Northern California, and PGA Junior Series events around the country.

Chesky took courses with the Laurel Springs Academy, a private, online school based in Ojai, California.


Vintage High School graduate Scott McCarron continues the PGA Tour Champions’ season this week at the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship, which begins Friday at Bear Mountain Golf Resort’s Mountain Course in Victoria, British Columbia.

McCarron, a former Napa resident, has held the No. 2 spot in the Charles Schwab Cup standings 12 of the 20 weeks this year.

His season earnings ($2,267,585) are a career-high since turning professional in 1992.

McCarron is coming off a runner-up finish at the Japan Airlines Championship, and has four wins this year.


The Oklahoma State men’s tennis team won the team title at the Silverado College Invitational. The four-day men’s tennis tournament ended on Sunday at Silverado Resort and Spa.

Oklahoma State had 13 total wins.

The Cowboys were No. 15 in the ITA Rankings at the end of last year’s season.

The tournament, now in its sixth year, also had UC Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, University of Tulsa, University of Hawaii, Dartmouth, UNLV and the University of San Diego.

The event is hosted by Silverado and the Napa Valley Tennis Association. The tournament benefits the Vintage High School tennis court fund.

“Overall, it was a great start for the Dons on the fall season,” USF head coach Pablo Pires de Almeida said on the Dons’ website. “All the matches played this weekend were extremely competitive and I am proud of the class our players showed daily. We were competitive in every match and had opportunities to win every match. We gained a lot of confidence.”

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Executive Sports Editor Marty James has been with the Napa Valley Register since 1979. He is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors, California Prep Sportswriters Association, and the California Golf Writers Association. He was inducted into the