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Sports - February 8, 2008

Sports digest

Left-handed Danville golfers playing for James Cup

Three Danville residents, Steve Jacobus, Wally Mattson and Rick Rodriguez are members of the U.S. Team to play in the James Cup International Match Play Championship being held today, Feb. 8, in Christchurch, New Zealand. The U.S. Team, with a record of 4-0, will be defending the James Cup.

The James Cup is an amateur golf championship with a unique feature - all of the players are left-handed golfers. The championship is held bi-annually, and previous host countries include Spain, Canada, Ireland and Taiwan.

This year's International Team includes players from Japan, Canada, England, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand. The championship will be contested at the Clearwater Golf Club, the home of the HSBC New Zealand PGA Championship, which was held the week preceding the matches.

The U.S. Team will again cross the pond in June 2009 to Sweden, hopefully to again defend the James Cup.

Swimming in the fast lane

Madison White and Jacob Wooldridge from the Crow Canyon Sharks were awarded the most outstanding swimmers for their age group in the 2006-2007 season, at the recent Pacific Swimming 2008 Awards Banquet. White, a Danville resident, was recognized in the 11-12 age group, where she has broken five USA Pacific records in backstroke. Wooldridge was honored as an outstanding swimmer for the long course season in the 9-10 age group.

These swimmers were picked from 100 teams and approximately 12,000 swimmers in Northern California and Nevada. Pacific Swim is the third largest in the United States.

A week later, White and David Morgan of the Sharks were picked to compete at the Pacific Swim All Star Meet in Carson City, Nev. Morgan won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, and finished with six top-10 (individual races). He also helped win all four relay races in the 11-12 age group, setting three National All-Star records in the process.

White, 13, won the 100 backstroke and finished in the top-10 five times individually. She was also part of the 200 medley relay team that broke the National All-Star record that had stood for 15 years in the 13-14 age group. Marissa Neel, a Danville swimmer from the Concord Terrapins, was also part of the record-setting team. She finished fourth individually in the 100 butterfly and fifth in the 200 butterfly.

Pacific Swim scored 998.5 points to win the meet. Swimmers from Washington, Oregon, Canada and Southern California also competed.

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