LEE LEAVING WINDHAM
After building his own baseball program from scratch, Derek Lee will step down at Windham High School.
“The toughest part was giving up the coaching position,”said Lee, who will move on to be the Social Studies Department head at Pinkerton Academy. “We reached the state semis in our third year of varsity competition.”
Lee was 22-32 in his three seasons, but the program is clearly on the upswing, at 13-7 this past spring with only one impact senior lost to graduation.
After a handful of troubled weekends on the Web.com Tour ended abruptly this week for Rob Oppenheim of Andover.
Oppenheim made the cut, then fired rounds of 69-65 over the weekend to work his way all the way up to a tie for 11th overall at the Air Capital Classic in Wichita. He had missed 2 of 10 cuts on the season, heading into this week and picked up a solid $14,300 check yesterday.
Up next this week on the Web.com Tour is the Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, N.C.
HOT SHOTS READY FOR HEALEY
Ran into a couple of heavy hitters late Saturday afternoon, teeing it up Bradford Country Club.
Both URI’s Joe Leavitt, the defending champion, and Boston College’s Nick Pandelena confirmed they will be competing later this month in the Joseph F. Healey Memorial Championship.
The Healey, the top amateur event in the region, will be held over June 26, 27 and 29 at Haverhill Country Club, Crystal Lake Golf Club and Atkinson Country Club.
Leavitt took the Healey last year in a thrilling playoff. Pandelena will be playing the event for the first time.
JUNIOR GOLF SMORGASBORD AT GARRISON
If you are a junior golfer looking to hone your game, Garrison Golf Center in Haverhill has what you are looking for this summer.
First, the legendary Saturday morning clinics continue under the tutelage of Ted Murphy as they have for over 40 years now.
The walk-in clinics for ages 8-14 are held from 8-10 a.m. and 10 a.m.-12 noon with a cost of $12 per session, which includes a round on the 9-hole par-3 course.
Garrison will also run a series of junior tournaments 11 a.m. on the mornings of June 25, July 11, July 23, August 6 and August 15.
The cost is $20 per event and includes 9 holes of golf, practice on the range, lunch and prizes.
Garrison will host a pair of two-day junior golf camps, Session I on July 9-10 and Session II on July 30-31.
The Tuesday-Wednesday events will run from noon to 3 p.m. Cost of the camps are $75 per session, and space is limited.
Finally, for the younger set, players ages 4-7, there are one-hour clinic sessions held on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons.
Tuesday programs run from June 4-June 25, July 9-30 and August 6-27. Thursdays run June 27-July 25 and August 1-22.
Cost is $50 per golfer per session.
DOYLE MISSES CHANCE
Opportunity knocked for Salem’s Terry Doyle as the major league Boston Red Sox continue to scratch and claw for arms at the big league level.
Sending Rubby De La Rosa back down to Pawtucket, the Sox decided to a right-handed pitcher to the active roster and the 40-man roster. Their choice was Pedro Beato from Pawtucket. Beato is 4-1 with a 1.89 ERA out of the PawSox pen.
Doyle, who is spot-starting and relieving for the PawSox, is now 4-5 with a 5.16 ERA. He remains an innings-eater for the PawSox, having logged 66.1 so far.
SOSA BACK ON THE FIELD
It’s been a trying time for Lawrence’s Ruben Sosa in the Astros’ organization.
Sosa was bumped up to Triple A and actually went 2 for 5 in two games, but the roster space closed, leaving him on an inactive list.
In this case, a demotion back to the Single A Midwest League was a good thing for Sosa, who is back on the field regularly at Quad Cities. The 22-year-old second baseman is playing regularly and hitting .205. He’s hit well over .300 over his minor league career, so expect Sosa to heat up as the summer months start to cook.