GLENDALE — The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.
LOCAL GOLFERS ADVANCE TO SECTIONALS
Montrose resident John Huh and Glendale resident Marco Fortades recently advanced past the local qualifying stage for the U.S. Open.
Huh and Fortades will next compete in the 36-hole sectional qualifying round, which will take place June 2 at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City.
Huh, who played on the Crescenta Valley High boys’ golf team for several seasons, qualified locally at Industry Hills Golf Club on May 5 after carding a 70 for a two-way tie for third. Fortades, a sophomore at Loyola, qualified out of Wilshire Country Club on May 14 after shooting a 68 to finish in a two-way tie for third.
There will be 12 sectional qualifying sites in the United States, in addition to one each in Japan (May 26) and England.
According to the United States Golf Assn., 8,390 entries were accepted for the U.S. Open. Fifty-eight players are currently fully exempt. Another 288 players were exempt from local qualifying.
The U.S. Open will take place June 12-15 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. It’s one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA.
GAELS NAB ALL-HORIZON HONORS
Despite struggling to find their stride during a fifth-place season in the Horizon League, the Holy Family softball team still had some individual standouts.
Senior shortstop Lauren Arteche was named to the All-Horizon League squad for the fourth year, hitting .588 on the season with a .750 on-base percentage.
Both Arteche and Adriana Quintero were second-team selections.
Quintero, a junior catcher, hit .462 and led the Gaels with 12 runs batted in.
The Gaels also received the Horizon League Sportsmanship Award.
Melanie Reyes, who ran the 100 meters and 400 and qualified for the CIF prelims, notched all-league track recognition.
The Horizon League winter sports squads unveiled their all-league squads a little later than normal, as well.
In basketball, sophomore Jenny Fisher and freshman Gayle Lachica were first-team honorees.
In soccer, senior Stephanie Pineda and sophomore Melissa Franco were first-team picks for the third-place squad, while sophomore Diana Castellanos and freshman Monet Estrada were second-team selections.
ERDMAN TAKES STEP TOWARD REACHING OPEN
There’s no slowing down for 2000 Crescenta Valley High grad Courtney Erdman.
The Duramed Futures Tour player, who is currently 59th on the money list, took some time out of her normal routine to try and qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open.
It was a move that worked out well.
Erdman advanced through the local qualifying round on May 13 at the St. Louis Country Club in Missouri by firing a 77.
The 25 year old will next compete in a 36-hole sectional qualifying round at Skokie Country Club, which is just north of Chicago, on June 9.
Should Erdman navigate her way through the field at Skokie, the next stop will be the U.S. Women’s Open, which will be held June 26-29 at the Interlachen Country Club in Edina, Minn.
Erdman, who finished in a tie for 66th at the Futures Tour’s Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City Championship on Sunday, can also be seen each week on the Golf Channel’s reality television series “Big Break Ka’anapali” every Tuesday at 10 p.m.
In Tuesday’s airing of the show, which was filmed in December, Erdman narrowly avoided elimination to become one of the show’s seven final contestants.
The series, which is designed to give aspiring pro golfers’ careers a boost, started with 12 competitors and the winner will earn an exemption into an LPGA event later this year, among other prizes.