Junior Blind Summer Games take place this week


The Foundation for the Junior Blind will be hosting its annual Summer Games for blind and visually impaired children on Sunday. The foundation’s Camp Bloomfield, a 40-acre residential camp located on Mulholland Highway near Leo Carrillo Beach in the Santa Monica Mountains, will host nearly 200 blind, visually impaired and multiple-disabled children from throughout Southern California.

More than 200 kids who are blind or visually impaired ages 5 to 12 will team with sighted “buddies” of their age and compete in Olympic-style events, including track and field, archery (with sounds) and aquatics. Medals will be presented to all participants, and hundreds of community spectators are expected.

Shuttles and free parking will be available along Mulholland Highway, and all in attendance will be admitted free of charge. The Torch Parade begins promptly at 9 a.m. with events continuing throughout the day.

For more information about the Summer Games or the Foundation for the Junior Blind, contact Lauri Gavel at 323.295.4555 ext. 225 or via e-mail at lgavel@fjb.org or contact Britta Ribitsch at 323.295.4555 ext. 266 or via e-mail at bribitsch@fjb.org.

Pepperdine alumnus has good showing in golf’s U.S. Open

Former Pepperdine golfer Jason Gore was tied for second going into the final day of the U.S. Open on Sunday in Pinehurst, N.C. At one point on Saturday, he was actually in the lead. But a 14-over-par outing on the final day of competition dropped Gore to 49th place.

Despite Gore’s poor performance on the final day, he amazed a lot of people with his dazzling play in the first three rounds of the tournament. Gore was a member of the 1997 Pepperdine national championship team.

National baseball team invites Wave for tryout

All-American sophomore Pepperdine catcher Chad Tracy was invited to participate in the 2005 USA Baseball National Team trials. Tracy was one of 16 collegiate players to accept the invitation. The trials will be on June 27-30 at North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C. The trials will consist of 39 finalists. The final, official 20-man team will be announced on July 1.

Starting all 64 games, Tracy led the West Coast Conference with a .367 average, 94 hits, 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 61 RBIs.

Former and current Wave golfers qualify for U.S. Open

Sophomore Eileen Vargas and former Pepperdine golfers Katherine Hull, Lindsey Wright, Lisa Chang and Nadina Taylor qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open, which takes place this week at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colo.

Vargas became an honorable mention All-American after helping Pepperdine to a fourth place finish at the Division I Women’s Golf Championships in May. Hull is a three-time All-American (2001-03) and the 2003 Division I College Player of the Year. She is in her second year on the LPGA Tour. Wright is a four-time All-American (2000-03) and a member of the 2003 Pepperdine team that finished second at the NCAA Championships. She is in her first year on the LPGA Tour. Chang was a member of the Pepperdine golf program from 1998-2001. Chang is in her third year playing on the Futures Tour.

-Tiffany Linder and Jonathan Friedman