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Marty James

Marty James

Aaron Beverly of Fairfield tied for 16th place in a Safeway Open pre-qualifier on Tuesday in Seaside, Calif. Beverly, who works in the golf department at Silverado Resort and Spa, shot a 1-under-par 71 at the Bayonet course.

The medalist was Derek Trofimczuk of Northridge with a 5-under 67.

Beverly is among 32 qualifiers who advance to the 18-hole open qualifying on Oct. 2 at the Bayonet course. The low four qualifiers advance to the Safeway Open, the season-opening event on the PGA Tour’s 2017-18 schedule at Silverado Resort and Spa, Oct. 2-8.

Beverly was named as the Big Sky Conference Player of the Year for the second consecutive season for Sacramento State. The Hornets won the conference championship and qualified for an NCAA Regional.

The Golf Coaches Association of America named Beverly, a senior last year, to the PING Division I All-West Region team.

Beverly set the Sacramento State scoring record with a stroke average of 71.31 for 29 rounds last year.

He had five Top-5 finishes and was the medalist at the Big Sky Championships. He had rounds of 73, 70 and 72 for a 215 total and won by one stroke.

Beverly leaves Sacramento State with seven of the 12 lowest tournament scores in the school’s NCAA Division I era, according to the school’s website.

The Hornets finished in 12th place at the Stanford Regional in May.

Beverly went to Armijo High School. He was a first-team All-Big Sky selection for the second consecutive season last year.

He was named to the Big Sky spring All-Academic team.

Beverly tied for third place and was the low amateur at the annual Northern California Open, which was played earlier this month at the Bayonet and Black Horse courses in Seaside (Monterey County).


This weekend’s Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge at Sonoma Raceway features entrants from the Napa Valley: Diane and Malcolm Cox (Napa, 1960 MG), and David Martin (St. Helena, 1961 Genie and 1970 Datsun).

The event, now in its 14th year, has nine race groups with practice and qualifying on Saturday and the main events on Sunday. Nearly 300 vintage race cars are entered.

Sonoma Raceway is a 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course.

Since its inception in 2004, the CSRG Charity Challenge has raised $830,000 to support the success and wellness of Sonoma County children, according to a press release.

Students of all ages, along with military and veterans are admitted free with identification. Parking is free.

More information is available at or at CSRG’s Facebook page at

For tickets, go to


Napa Valley players continue to have success in U.S. Tennis Association-Northern California tournaments.

Ethan Kincaid of Napa won in the quarterfinals of boys 12 open singles over Kota Kawasaki of Cupertino, 6-0, 6-2.

Parvathi Shanker of Napa won the title in girls 16 open singles, defeating Natalie Ionescu of Concord in the semifinals, 6-3, 6-0, and Nichole Markiewicz of Walnut Creek in the finals, 6-4, 4-6, 10-7.

In the finals of National Tennis Rating Program mixed 4.5 doubles, Hunter Hollingsworth of Napa and Tyler Loney of Vacaville won, 4-6, 6-3, 10-6, over Annie Moore of Napa and Michael Fischer of Fairfield.

Magaly Otero of Napa and Jennifer Locke of Napa won in the quarterfinals of NTRP women’s 3.5 doubles, 7-6(5), 6-3, over Ana Barretto of Tiburon and Cynthia Hills of Tiburon.

In NTRP women’s 4.5 singles, Gila Freeberg of Napa won in the semifinals over May Blom of Reno.

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Executive Sports Editor

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