Monday news notes….

Good Monday morning. There’s a lot of news this morning, so let’s get to it.

Golf: Boeing Classic comes down to wire once again
If there is one thing that fans have gotten accustomed to watching the Boeing Classic Champions Tour pro golf tournament at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge golf course in Snoqualmie each year for the past ten, it’s that the finishing stretch in Sunday’s final round will be exciting all the way to the end. And that proved once again to be the case yesterday.

Scott Dunlap, a pro from suburban Atlanta, held off a strong rally from Texas challenger Mark Brooks to take the Classic in a playoff. Dunlap, who came into the final round yesterday with the lead, fired a 68 to finish at -16 under par 200, earning him his first Champions Tour victory, and first pro golf victory of any kind since 2008. Brooks’ rally on the back nine included six birdies, one of which happened on the 18th hole, which, along with a missed birdie opportunity by Dunlap on that same hole in regulation, forced the extra hole. For that extra hole the two golfers went back to the 18th tee, and Dunlap hit his second shot on the par-5 onto the green just feet from the hole, enabling him to birdie and win that hole and the tournament. Had Brooks ended up winning the tournament, by the way, that would have been his first pro victory in nearly 20 years.

The moment was seen by a record crowd; according to tournament organizers, 94,000 fans attended this year’s tournament, a 10 percent increase from last year, and the tournament set records for single-day attendance all three days, a great sign for this tournament and hopefully a great economic boost for the businesses on the Ridge.

As for the three players with Washington ties in the field, Seattle’s Fred Couples carded a 66 and finished eight under par to take top spot amongst the threesome, with Blaine’s Jeff Coston and Seattle’s Rick Fehr both firing 72’s on the day; Coston ended the tournament four under, while Fehr finished six over.

The Champions Tour pros now head to Canada for their next tournament, which is in Calgary, Alberta.

Baseball: Kimbo back to work on mound in minors
Mount Si grad Josh Kimborowicz’s pro baseball season with the minor-league Bowling Green Hot Rods is winding down, but not before he got another chance to pitch yesterday for the Tampa Bay Rays’ class-A affiliate team.

“Kimbo”, a 2010 Mount Si High School grad, pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief, allowing a run on three hits and striking out two, as Bowling Green (KY) fell on the road to the Fort Wayne (Indiana) TinCaps, a San Diego Padres affiliate, 6-3.

The Hot Rods have one more week of games left, so there’s probably one or two more outings left for Kimborowicz this season; he is 0-0 in 15 games this summer with a solid 2.93 earned run average. In 30 2/3 innings, in a variety of situations, he’s allowed 10 earned runs on 22 hits, walking seven and striking out 26. Good stuff for sure for the former ‘Cat pitcher.

Women’s College Soccer: Scoreboard
There were two games yesterday in college women’s soccer involving class of 2012 Cedarcrest High School grads.

Sacramento State 1, Pacific (CA) 0 (2OT)– The Hornets won the game at home in Sacramento with the contest’s lone goal with seconds left in the second overtime session; Duvall’s McKenna Swanson started on defense and played the full 110 minutes with no stats of note for Sacto, while teammate – and fellow CHS ‘12er Maggie Pleis, from Carnation – came off the bench and worked 78 minutes, with two shots, neither of which reached goal.

North Texas 1, Oregon State 0 – The Beavers finished their Texas season-opening road trip with a loss to the Mean Green in Denton, TX. Defender Gwen Bieck, from Duvall, started on the back line for OSU and worked all 90 minutes, with no stats of note.

High schools: Previews
We will be sending out our preview questionnaires today to all Mount Si and Cedarcrest High School fall sports coaches, and hope to have team previews for you starting later this week right here at the SVSJ.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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