NOTES AND QUOTES for a Thursday in the Napa Valley:
Emily Cocks, a professional triathlete from Napa, took third place in the women’s division of the Challenge Rancho Cordova on Oct. 5.
The triathlon was a combination of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run.
It was a podium finish for Cocks, who was in a large field of pro competitors.
The swim course was at Nimbus Flat State Park. The bike course took entrants through farm lands, vineyards, wooded hills, and historic Mather Field Air Force Base.
The running portion was held over a course in Rancho Cordova.
Mackenzie Mills, a Vintage High School graduate, placed 39th for the Western State Colorado University women’s cross country team at the 29th annual Rocky Mountain Shootout in Boulder, Colo., on Oct. 4.
Mills had a time of 23:17.9 for the 5.8K race on the Buffalo Ranch Cross Country Course.
Austin Aaron of Napa High and Kelsey Bridewell of Vintage are the Family Drug Center Athletes of the Week for Oct. 5-11.
Aaron caught four passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns in Napa’s 65-8 Monticello Empire League football win over Armijo. He also had four tackles and two passes defensed.
Bridewell was instrumental in Vintage’s MEL volleyball wins over Wood and Vacaville. She combined for 13 kills, six blocks, three assists, six service aces and was 27 of 28 from the service line.
Laura Davies, David Graham, Mark O’Meara and A.W. Tillinghast will be enshrined into the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum as the Class of 2015. The induction ceremony will be held on July 13, 2015 at the University of St Andrews, just blocks from the Old Course, host site of that week’s 144th Open Championship.
With more than 70 victories worldwide and four LPGA majors, Davies is considered by many to be the most successful female British player of all time.
Among his more than 20 victories worldwide, Graham won the 1979 PGA Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club and the ’81 U.S. Open at Merion.
Golf fans will remember 1998 as the year O’Meara established himself as one of the game’s greats, when he captured both the Masters and Open Championship. That season, when he birdied the final two holes at Augusta National to defeat Fred Couples and David Duval by one shot, then outlasted Brian Watts in a four-hole playoff to win at Royal Birkdale, made him, at age 41, the oldest player ever to win two majors in one year. It was no surprise when he was named the 1998 PGA Tour Player of the Year.
Born in 1874, Albert Warren (A.W.) Tillinghast took golf lessons from Old Tom Morris, was an admirer of St Andrews, and used that knowledge to become a true pioneer of American golf. He was a prolific architect, with more than 100 U.S. courses to his credit. He was also an original member of the PGA of America and authored a slew of books about the game.
Several of Tillinghast’s designs are still considered among the world’s best and used frequently for golf’s major championships. Bethpage State Park, Winged Foot, Baltusrol Golf Club, San Francisco Golf Club, Quaker Ridge and Somerset Hills are all Tillinghast designs.
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