Day two of the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship at Riviera Country Club was much kinder to Valencia High grad Max Homa.
The UC Berkeley junior shot a 1-under 71 in the second round of the tournament and moved up to 37th place.
He is 4-over after the first two rounds of the three-day tournament. The third and final round is today.
Homa had four birdies on the front nine, but ended his round with three bogeys on the back nine.
His team from Cal moved up in the standings as well. The Golden Bears are in eighth place, moving up two spots from 10th after the first day.
Thomas Pieters from Illinois leads the NCAA national championship tournament at 5-under after the first two rounds.
In high school golf, Valencia’s Jonathan Chang embarks on his quest for a CIF Southern California Golf Association title at the Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena today.
He is the only golfer from the Foothill League in the SCGA tournament competing for a spot in the CIF state match at Poppy Hills Golf Course at Pebble Beach.
The teams playing in the NCAA Softball World Series have plenty of Santa Clarita Valley players.
The University of Oklahoma and Tennessee each have two players on its roster who played in the Foothill League.
Catcher Jessica Shults, a Hart High grad, is one of the top players in the nation and plays for the Oklahoma Sooners. Canyon’s Brittany Williams is also on the Oklahoma roster.
Valencia grad Madison Shipman is the short stop for the Tennessee Volunteers. She will be playing in the World Series with Hart grad Melissa Brown.
Arizona State freshman and Valencia grad Bethany Kemp is expected to come off the bench for the Sun Devils.
Oklahoma begins play in the NCAA World Series against South Florida today. Tennessee plays Alabama and Arizona State takes on Oregon.
In soccer, the Santa Clarita Blue Heat, fresh off their first win of the season in the United Soccer League W-League, will be on the road against the Pali Blues on Saturday.
The Blue Heat beat the LA Strikers, 4-1, behind a goal and an assist from Ana Borges.
In hockey, the Kings won Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, 2-1 in overtime, against the New Jersey Devils.
Anza Kopitar scored in overtime to give the Kings a 1-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals.
Game 2 is Saturday in New Jersey.
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