Incoming Loyola Marymount University freshman Jason D’Amore, a recent graduate of Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, qualified for the 104th United States Amateur Golf Championship, being held this week through Sunday, August 22nd, at the famous Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.

D’Amore will enter the Lions golf program this fall, starting school just days after playing in one of the oldest golf tournaments for amateurs.

He is considered by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best golfers to come out of the Bay League.

D’Amore shot a school- and league-tournament record seven-under-par 65 at the Wilson Golf Course in Griffith Park to finish with a school-record ten-under 134 and clinch medalist honors in the Bay League tournament Thursday, May 6th.

He also qualified for the Southern Section Northern Regional tournament, where he was the reigning champion. He shot a three-under 68 last year at the Sterling Hills Golf Club in Camarillo.

D’Amore joined the Mira Costa varsity golf team as a freshman and immediately became the Mustangs’ top golfer despite never having taken a professional lesson.

He was selected the team’s most valuable golfer by coach Bob Timberlake.

Golf fans can track D’Amore’s progress throughout the tournament, which will be broadcast on ESPN2.

The second round will air from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, August 19th, and the quarterfinals will air between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, August 20th.

Semifinals will air between 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, August 21st, and the championship will air from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, August 22nd.

NEW TRAFFIC SIGNAL — Drivers traveling both north and south on Sepulveda Boulevard at Westchester Parkway are now traveling through a much safer intersection, thanks to new left-turn arrows now in operation at the location.

Turning left from Sepulveda Boulevard in either direction was often a dicey movement because of the large buses in the left-turn lanes and the way the intersection was aligned.

A realignment of the left-turn lanes not only makes it easier to see around buses and other vehicles waiting in the left-turn lane on the opposite side of the intersection, but a dedicated left-turn arrow makes that operation far safer.

In addition to the realignment of the left-turn lanes and the new turn arrow, a new traffic median south of Westchester Parkway has been installed.

This project was funded by the H.B. Drollinger Co., and The Parking Spot-Sepulveda.

ARDEN CHALLENGE — Hundreds of runners are expected for the Fourth Annual Arden Energy Challenge Sunday, September 19th.

The 5K and 10K run/walk will raise money for the Westchester Family YMCA, the Society of Protection of Cruelty to Animals LA and Children Uniting Nations.

The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. and also include a new 2K dog walk.

The 10K course will be in and around the Howard Hughes Center in Westchester and will run from the center, south on Sepulveda Boulevard, east on 74th Street to La Tijera Boulevard and south on La Tijera Boulevard to 83rd Street.

Runners will run partway down 83rd Street, then turn and retrace their steps to La Tijera, where they will continue south to Manchester Avenue.

Runners will then run west along Manchester before turning north on Sepulveda Boulevard and finishing the 10K at Howard Hughes Center.

The event is an official training run for the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon.

A free pancake breakfast will be offered for participants and there will be a Finish Line Festival with food and entertainment, $3,500 in 10K prize money, age division awards and chip timing.

Registration is $20 per person for those who register before Tuesday, August 31st, and $25 after that date.

Information or to register, www.ardenenergyrun.com or (562) 728-8829 to request a brochure and registration form.

FAMILY Y GOLF EVENT —The Westchester Family YMCA will hold its 21st Annual Golf Classic Monday, October 11th, at Coyote Hills Golf Course in Fullerton.

The event, “Fun on the Fairways Celebrating 20 Years of YMCA Magic,” will be more than just a typical golf tournament, it will be a celebration.

On every hole there will be some type of an activity, game, or food sampling provided by local businesses.

Information on sponsorship opportunities, Christina Davis, (310) 670-4316, ext. 7610.

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