Golfer Buchanan finishes 40th in Calif. Amateur

Collegiate golfer Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills finished 40th in last week’s California Amateur Championships at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City.

Buchanan, who’s entering his junior year at Southern Methodist University, came up eight places shy of qualifying for match play.


Charlton's Chambers

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Longtime Los Altos resident Bruce Charlton served as lead architect on the Chambers Bay Golf Course, site of this week’s 115th U.S. Open Championship.

While other 10-year-old boys aspired to be astronauts, pro athletes and firefighters, Bruce Charlton was charting a course toward an unusual dream job. He was fixated on designing golf courses.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid,” the Los Altos resident said. “I drew golf holes on the back of the church programs instead of listening to the minister.”


Kim, Cardinal claim crown

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Los Altos native Lauren Kim, a junior, posted the best scoring average on the Stanford women’s golf team this season.

For Los Altos native Lauren Kim and the rest of the Stanford University women’s golf team, a season of highs and lows couldn’t have finished on a higher note.

The Cardinal – which opened the year ranked No. 1 in the nation, only to fall to 17th – closed the season by winning its first NCAA championship. Stanford beat Baylor 3-2 in the match-play final May 27 at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.


St. Francis High junior Heitel shines at CCS, earns return trip to NorCal championships

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St. Francis’ Matt Heitel shot a 3-under-par 68 at last week’s Central Coast Section boys golf championships in Carmel.

No player posted a better score at last week’s Central Coast Section boys golf championships in Carmel than St. Francis High junior Matt Heitel, yet his 3-under-par 68 still wasn’t good enough to dethrone the defending champ.

Evergreen Valley’s Justin Suh also shot 68 on Rancho Cañada Golf Club’s West Course, forcing a playoff the senior won on the first hole. Suh shot par and Heitel bogeyed the hole.


St. Francis girls finish fourth at state golf championships

No golf team from Northern California beat the St. Francis High girls this year – the Lancers followed an undefeated regular season by claiming section and regional titles – but three Southern California squads did at last week’s state championships.

St. Francis finished fourth at the Nov. 18 event, which featured the top three teams from each region. The Lancers shot 412 at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga, putting them behind Diamond Bar (381), Torrey Pines (401) and Rancho Bernardo (405).


Lancers repeat as NorCal golf champs

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The St. Francis High girls golf team shows off its hardware after winning last week’s Northern California girls golf championship in Salinas.

With their depth and grit on full display, the Lancers won the day at last week’s Northern California girls golf championships at The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch in Salinas.

Overcoming disastrous starts by two players and over-par rounds by the entire team, St. Francis High shot 401 to defeat runner-up Dougherty Valley by seven strokes Nov. 10.


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