Tucson club pro Littrell earns spot in Las Vegas Open

2013-09-29T00:00:00Z Tucson club pro Littrell earns spot in Las Vegas Open Arizona Daily Star
September 29, 2013 12:00 am

Skyline Country Club pro Don Littrell is headed for the PGA Tour. After shooting a 6-under-par 66 in the PGA Southwest Section Regional a few weeks ago, Littrell won a playoff to get the only spot available in the Oct. 11-14 Shriner’s Hospital for Children Las Vegas Open, which is the second event on the PGA Tour’s 2013-14 schedule. Littrell’s caddy might be his fellow Skyline pro, Chris Dompier. But by shooting a 67 in the Southwest Regionals, tied for second, Dompier got a spot in the Monday qualifier in Las Vegas. … When former Tucson Toros/Padres general manager Mike Feder threw out the first pitch in Thursday’s San Diego Padres game, he looked the part of a career baseball man. He threw a strike. By comparison, ex-UA offensive coordinator Sonny Dykes, a college baseball standout at Texas Tech before he became Cal’s football coach, bounced his honorary first pitch at a recent Oakland A’s game. Either way, both men deserved their moment on the mound. … One of the top college swimming voices, SwimSwam.com, last week was critical of UA coach Eric Hansen’s recruiting and projected the Wildcats as a virtual also-ran in women’s NCAA swimming this year. It doesn’t compute: Hansen returns two of the 10 leading college women’s swimmers, Margo Geer and Bonnie Brandon, and its top platform diver, Samantha Pickens. For most teams, that would be reason to celebrate. But because the UA women’s team has finished in the top five at the last 10 NCAA championship meets, they are under a microscope. … Salpointe Catholic grad Travis Fister, a true freshman offensive lineman, has made the SMU football traveling squad so far this year.

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