Briefs: Local sports briefs February 15, 2009
• Trout Unlimited chapter to meet Tuesday
The February meeting of Grand Valley Anglers Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Federation of Fly Fishers will be Tuesday at the Piñon Grill at Tiaro Rado Golf Club, 2057 South Broadway.
Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the program will begin around 7:30.
This month’s featured speaker is Division of Wildlife aquatics biologist Dan Kowalski, who will discuss the Gunnison River and the introduction of whirling disease-resistant hybrid rainbow trout.
• Stanford wins LPGA’s season opener
KAHUKU, Hawaii — Angela Stanford spoiled Michelle Wie’s bid for a victory in her first start as an LPGA Tour member, overcoming a three-stroke deficit Saturday to win the season-opening SBS Open by three shots.
Stanford closed with a 2-under-par 70 for a 10-under 206 total at wind-swept Turtle Bay, giving the Texan her fourth career win and third in seven starts. Wie had a disappointing 73 for her second straight runner-up finish in the tournament.
Down by one stroke with six holes to play, Stanford used her irons to shoot her way back to the top of the leader board. She birdied three straight holes to reach 10 under and take a two-stroke lead over Wie with three holes to play.
• Johnson takes five-shot lead at Pebble
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Dustin Johnson stuck to his plan by overpowering the par 5s at Poppy Hills for a 5-under-par 67 and a 15-under 201 total, giving him a four-shot lead over Mike Weir heading into the final round at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Weir was plodding along at Spyglass Hill until he holed a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-3 fifth hole, then hit the ball as well as he ever has. Trouble is, he missed several before knocking in a 20-foot birdie putt on the last hole for a 69.
• Vonn’s fall gives Riesch slalom victory
VAL D’ISERE, France — Lindsey Vonn of the United States fell after deciding to compete in the slalom despite cutting her thumb on a broken champagne bottle, and Maria Riesch of Germany went on to win Saturday at the world championships.
Vonn landed on her side and held up her injured thumb to avoid crashing on it.
“It’s OK,” she said. “It was hurting and then I crashed, so now it’s hurting even more.”
Riesch timed 1 minute, 51.80 seconds over two runs down the steep Face de Bellevarde course. Defending champion Sarka Zahrobska of the Czech Republic finished second, 0.77 seconds behind. Tanja Poutiainen of Finland was third.