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Thornberry competes in Washington
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Ceres High grad Ryan Thornberry spent the past two weeks in the state of Washington. The Cal State Stanislaus senior golfer participated in several elite summer tournaments.

"I'm happy with how things are coming along," Thornberry said. "I'm showing some progression."

Thornberry finished in the top 64 in a field of 165 at the 104th Pacific Northwest Golf Association Men's Amateur Golf Championship, July 11-16, at Oakbrook Golf and Country Club in Lakewood.

"I played decent there," he said. "I qualified for match play. I was seeded ninth."

Thornberry advanced to the match-play portion of the event after carding a 3-under-par 139 on Tuesday, July 12.

"I got a tough draw," he said.

Thornberry and Bellevue's Richard Lee played a single-elimination 18-hole match on Wednesday. Thornberry and Lee shot 71 and 70, respectively.

"He birdied the last hole to beat me by one stroke," Thornberry said. "I was pretty disappointed about that."

Thornberry placed 33rd in a field of 48 at the 12th Sahalee Players Championship, July 6-8, at the Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish. He struggled to a 20-over-par 308.

"I didn't play that well," Thornberry said. "It was a very tough course."

Thornberry will compete in at least five more tournaments this summer, including the Northern California Amateur Qualifier in Fresno on Thursday, Merced County Amateur Championship this weekend, U.S. Amateur Qualifier in Ripon on Monday, Scratch Players Championship in Monterey in August and the State Fair Championship in Sacramento in September.

Thornberry earned second-team, NCAA Division II All-America honors and the California Collegiate Athletic Association Most Valuable Player Award in 2004-05. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier