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McCullough hitting stride at right time

What a great week for Richland High graduate Drew McCullough.

The standout golfer had a strong finish Sunday at the 27th Rosauers Open Invitational in Spokane, finishing second after rounds of 63 and 65 on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

He was the top amateur in the field and finished 11-under-par.

Only Tim Feenstra of Broadmoor Golf Club was better. He won the tournament at 13-under when he tied the MeadowWood Course record with a 61 on Sunday.

“It was a lot of fun,” said McCullough, who fired a 74 on the first day of the tournament Friday. “I was just a little more confident on that course Saturday and Sunday. Friday was the first day I saw the course.”

It was the youngster’s second time playing against some of the top Northwest professionals.

“On that second day, standing on the tee at 16 and being that far under par, I was starting to get a little nervous,” McCullough said. “I tried to stay within my game, just trying to keep it in the fairway.”

But he admits the key was his putting.

In his other time against the pros, McCullough was 5-under after three days at the Northwest Invite Open at Wine Valley Golf Club.

“I don’t know what it is,” he said. “I think it makes me focus when I play against these guys.”

He has more work today when he plays in a qualifier at Tumble Creek for the U.S. Amateur, then Wednesday at Wine Valley for the East Qualifier for the Washington State Amateur.

Prep football opener

The Prosser Mustangs will open its 2014 football season in Seattle.

Prosser will be part of the Emerald City Kickoff Classic, set for Saturday, Sept. 6 at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.

The Mustangs, a Class 2A team, will play Class 4A Emerald Ridge at 4 p.m. in the stadium.

Other contests scheduled in the quadruple-header include a Class 2B showdown between Bridgeport and Darrington at 10 a.m.; Class 3A Mt. Spokane taking on Class 4A West Valley of Yakima at 1 p.m.; and Seattle’s Roosevelt playing Portland’s Benson Tech at 7 p.m.

Football camps

Before the Seattle Seahawks begin training camp this Friday, a few of them have one last Gatorade Camp to run, and it’s scheduled for Lampson Stadium on Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m.

No sense in trying to get your youngster into it — the camp has been full for months — but it might be fun for Seahawks fans to see which players show up for it.

No worries. Tri-Cities Fever star Lionell Singleton is going to hold a camp from kids, called Lionell Singleton’s Family Camp, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Lampson Stadium.

Cost is $10, and kids can go to multiple stations.

Register at, or call 440-3502.

All-Star Game

Southridge High graduate Shawn O’Malley got to pinch hit in the Triple-A All-Star Game last Wednesday, striking out in his only plate appearance.O’Malley is currently batting .335 for the Salt Lake Bees, the Triple-A affiliate for the Los Angeles Angels.

He has one home run and 15 RBIs this season.

Track stars

Congrats to Hermiston High grad Emma Murillo for making it to the NCAA Track and Field finals last month. A junior, Murillo hit her stride at the right time in the javelin for Eastern Washington University. Murillo had a top throw of 137 feet, 3 inches during the season. But at the Big Sky Conference Championships, she threw a 158-2 to win the title.

That advanced her to the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in Arkansas. There, she threw a 156-11 to place 10th, with the top 12 advancing to nationals.

She finished 16th at nationals with a toss of 156-3, and she earned second-team All-America honors.

w Richland’s Lindsey Bradley, a senior this fall at Richland High School, placed fourth in the women’s 3,000 meters final on July 5 at the United States Track and Field Junior Championships in Eugene. Bradley covered the run in 10 minutes, 3.88 seconds.

Meanwhile, Kamiakin graduate Elisa Grandemange placed 10th in the women’s hammer throw with a toss of 156 feet, 2 inches.

Grandemange will compete next spring at Kent State University, where she will throw the hammer.

w Richland graduate Michael Williams will run for Washington State University this fall.

Basketball note

Tri-City area basketball fans might want to follow the Seattle Pacific University men’s basketball this coming winter.

Head coach Ryan Looney has signed Richland High standout Nathan Streufert, as well as Kennewick High grad Bryce Leavitt — who played one season at Washington State University and one at North Idaho Community College.