Area tennis players captured two of the three qualifying berths in last week’s U.S. Open National Playoffs Sectional Qualifying Tournament held at IMG Academies.
ODA sophomore and Herald All-Area Player of the Year Caroline Dailey didn’t drop a set en route to capturing the women’s title.
Two-time Grand Slam champ Ellis Ferreira, of Holmes Beach, teamed with Bradenton’s Amanda Rodgers for the mixed doubles crown.
Bradenton’s Mark Oljaca fell in the men’s final.
The next stage is conducted in August at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.
A victory in that tournament earns a wild card into the U.S. Open’s qualifying tournament conducted Aug. 23-26.
Travel team wins tourney
The East Manatee River Dawgs 10-and-younger travel baseball team won the USSSA Battle to the Bone Memorial Weekend tournament in Oldsmar.
The club lost twice in pool play in the five-team tournament, but avenged those defeats with victories over the New Tampa Predators and the Osceola Powerhouse.
The River Dawgs downed the Powerhouse 13-10 for the championship, plating eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning while trailing 6-4.
Mason Kolbe, Hunter Bogumil, Tyler Reed and Matt Gelorme were credited with key hits, according to a news release.
Other team members include: Connor Landers, Harrison Thiel, Rob Arakel, Charlie George, Collin Goda, Jimmy Heyworth and Jared Dole.
Attention baseball campers
State College of Florida’s summer baseball camp, sponsored by 217 Sports, is almost here.
The former Manatee Community College is the venue for the camp, which boasts two sessions and features instruction and drills on fundamentals in all facets of the game.
SCF assistant coaches Tim Hill II and Barry Batson as well as current and former college and professional players serve as the camp instructors.
The first session is June 13-16, with session two running from July 25-28.
The cost is $85 per camper, with $5 off for each additional sibling.
Baseball Olympics, daily games, skills competitions and a Manatees T-Shirt await each camper.
For more information, call Hill II at 720-2278 or Batson at 920-3737, or email 217 Sports at email@example.com.
Golf tournament date changed to June 18
The inaugural Michael Joseph Golf-Bowl tournament, benefitting Heritage Harbor Cal Ripken Baseball, has been rescheduled for June 18.
From the original news release: bowling begins a fun-filled day at the AMF in Bradenton at 10 a.m. The golf portion starts at 1:30 p.m. on the Groves Course at The Meadows Country Club. The cost for golf, bowling, meals and other prizes is $125 per two-person (men or women) team.
For more information, contact Joseph at 753-7089.
Former IMG Academies, Saint Stephen’s and Georgia Tech alum Michael Barbosa grabbed one of three qualifying berths to the 111th United States Open in Monday’s lone Florida sectional qualifier.
Barbosa, an amateur from St. Petersburg, joined Sarasota’s Joey Lamielle, a regular on the West Florida Golf Tour, and Arnold Palmer’s grandson, Sam Saunders, in progressing from Quail Valley Golf Club in Vero Beach.
Lamielle shot 68-72--142 for medalist honors, while Barbosa and Saunders fired 141 totals in the 36-hole event. The duo secured their berths to next week’s U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. in a three-for-two playoff. Barbosa and Saunders edged out Colombia’s Andres Echavarria, a redshirt senior at the University of Florida.
Visit sports reporter Jason Dill’s The Golf Coast blog for more information.
Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or at firstname.lastname@example.org