Lincoln golfer leads William Jessup in CAL PAC Championships

Warriors in Monterey May 7-8
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William Jessup University hosted the final California Pacific Conference match at Morgan Creek Golf Club last week with former Lincoln player Hayden Emerson leading the way for the Warriors. The three-round tournament took place over two days with the first two rounds being played the same day. William Jessup emerged in the lead after round one, but the 54-hole grind gradually took its toll as the Warriors eventually finished in fourth place ahead of Biola University of the Golden State Athletic Conference. Emerson carded rounds of 78, 75 and 76 over the par-72 layout for a 229 stroke total and fourth place. Emerson teammates Jessee Gardner and Matthew Robinson shot matching 75s to tie for second but both would eventually fall back to 13th and seventh respectively. Tony Bolander’s struggles continued shooting an opening 83 and Andy Cruz opened with 95. Next up, the Warriors travel to Monterey to play in a two-day tournament over the Bayonet and Black Horse golf courses, May 7-8. The event will feature CAL PAC, GSA and Cascade Collegiate conferences with the winner qualifying for the NAIA National Tournament. SOFTBALL The Warriors opened in Redding last week with a victory over Simpson University on Friday, the Red Hawks rebounded to capture a doubleheader on Saturday. William Jessup’s Emily Buhrkuhl got the 10-3 victory on Friday giving up only three runs on six hits. The Warriors’ Mallory Blodgett went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs batted in to lead a 17-hit parade. Brittany Lamar and Stephanie Rodriguez both went 3-for-4 with doubles and an RBI each. Blodgett and Lamar also had good days at the plate on Saturday. Both had home runs, Lamar’s was a career-first grand slam. Blodgett finished the weekend with seven hits, including three doubles and seven RBI; Lamar also had six RBI. Simpson swept Saturday’s doubleheader 10-8 and 7-6. The Warriors are 5-2 in conference and 18-11 overall. William Jessup and Simpson U. are tied at the top of the league standings. Jessup hosts a three-game series with Menlo College beginning Friday, 2 p.m. at Lone Tree Park in Roseville. Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 2. TRACK In the San Francisco Distance Carnival meet WJU went up against more than a dozen NCAA Division I and II schools, plus a number of junior colleges. MEN Micah Hays was third in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.60. He placed fifth in the 200, crossing the line in 23.49 seconds. Ben Burchett clocked 15:35.97 for third in the 5,000 meters. In other events, Anthony Villarreal was 21st in the 10,000 meters (34.09.83). In the 2-mile; Thomas McAtee was 13th (10:04.91), Wayne Smith 15th (10:13.24) and David Cummings 16th (10:17.32). WOMENS Emily Fernandez placed sixth in the 100-meter dash (14.30) and seventh in the 200 (29.62). Alyssa Amack crossed ninth in the 1,500 meters (5:22.38). The next meet is Friday and Saturday at the Chico Twilight Invitational. Report courtesy Jeff Bussell, WJU Sports Information Director CAL PAC Golf Championships Morgan Creek Golf Club, Par 72 William Jessup University, Fourth Place Totals for 54 Hole Tournament Hayden Emerson – 229, 4th place Matthew Robinson – 231, 7th place (tie) Jessee Gardner – 240, 13th place Andy Cruz – 264, 21st place