LA QUINTA — Bakersfield High graduate Bhavik Patel shot a 1-under par 71 on Friday but slipped to 66th place after three rounds of the PGA Qualifying Tournament at PGA West Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course.
South Korea’s Meen Whee Kim shot a 5-under 67 to maintain a one-stroke lead after the third round of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament.
The 20-year-old Kim had an 18-under 131 total in the six-round event. The final top 25 and ties will receive 2013 PGA Tour cards and the next 50 and ties will earn Web.com Tour cards.
Sweden’s Robert Karlsson was second after a 65. The 11-time European Tour winner also played the Nicklaus course. Edward Loar was 16 under after a 66 on the Nicklaus course, and two-time PGA Tour winner Vaughn Taylor had a 69 on the Nicklaus course to top the group at 15 under.
Camilo Villegas, a three-time winner on the tour, had a 66 on the Nicklaus course to jump from a tie for 23rd to a tie for ninth at 13 under. Ross Fisher also was 13 under after a 65 on the Nicklaus course.
Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton was tied for 17th at 11 under after a 68 on the Nicklaus course.
Former UCLA star Patrick Cantlay was tied for 108th at 2 under after a 71 on the Stadium course. Kevin Tway also was 2 under after a 69 on the Stadium course.
JC soccer playoffs
WALNUT — Taft College’s run in the state playoffs and an undefeated season came to an end when host Mount San Antonio College held for a 2-1 victory in the men’s soccer semifinals.
Mount SAC (20-3-1) scored just 1:18 into the game and added another goal late in the first half to build a 2-0 lead.
Taft (17-1-6), ranked No. 1 in Northern California, cut the deficit in half when Juan Carlos Gonzalez scored off a pass from Julio Lopez with less than four minutes left in the first half.
The Mounties advance to play City College of San Francisco in Sunday’s championship at 10 a.m. San Francisco (19-0-4) defeated Golden West, the top seed from Southern California, 1-0 in the other semifinal match.
In women’s semifinal play, Santiago Canyon defeated American River, 5-0, and Cerriots topped Sierra 2-1 to advance to the championship game.
Coleman Hammond picks CSUB
Coleman Hammond, a senior at Bakersfield High who enters this season ranked No. 2 in the state at 152 pounds, has signed a letter of intent to wrestle at Cal State Bakersfield starting next season.
Hammond will join his brother Bryce. Coleman Hammond is expected to wrestle at either 149 or 157 at CSUB and has been a two-time state placewinner for the Drillers.
Also signing with CSUB are Immanuel Barber from Moreno Valley-Canyon Springs High, and Adrian Panduro from Corcoran High.
Barber is projected to compete at 184 or 197 pounds. He is expected to wrestle at 182 this year as a high school senior but is ranked No. 1 in the state at 170 after placing third in the state last spring.
Panduro, projected to be a 125-pounder at CSUB, enters his senior year ranked No. 4 in the state at 120. He was eighth in the state meet last March.
Four swimmers sign with CSUB
CSUB Director of Swimming Chris Hansen has announced four letters of intent signings for his program.
Alex Kotliarsky, a distance freestyler from Lone Tree, Colo., will transfer to CSUB from Indiana where he was a three-year letterwinner. Kotliarsky sill sit out the 2012-13 season as a redshirt and has one year of eligibility remaining.
The other three are high school seniors. They are Taylor Niemann from Thousand Oaks, Luka Seles from Croatia and Sarah Christiansen from Thousand Oaks.
Niemann (breaststroke) and Christiansen (breaststroke) both compete for Class Aquatics club team. Seles (backstroke, butterfly, freestyle) was on Croatia’s junior national team.
3 water polo signings for CSUB
Three high school athletes have signed letters of intent to play water polo at Cal State Bakersfield starting next fall.
They are Kristen Jensen, an attacker from Rancho Cucamonga-Los Osos High; Katie Benson, an attacker from Las Crescenta-Crescenta Valley High School; and utility player Tancy Aldridge from Lomboc-Cabrillo High.
JC women’s basketball
SANTA ANA— Haley Huntington hit a pair of late free-throws to give Bakersfield College a 55-53 victory over San Diego Mesa at the Santa Ana Tournament.
Andrea Harris led the Renegades (3-3) with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
BC will play Mira Costa College today at noon for the consulation championship.
Five Cal State Bakersfield wrestlers — Timmy Box (141 pounds), Tyler Iwamura (125), Ian Nickell (133), Adam Fierro (157) and Bryce Hammond (174) — each advanced to today’s action at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational wrestling tournament.
Box won his first two matches before being pinned by to Michael Nevinger, who is ranked No. 9 in Division I. Iwamura, the No. 5 seed at the tournament, lost for the first time this season in the second round to Harvard's Jeffery Ott. Iwamura bounced back to defeat Arizona State's Dalton Miller, 3-2.
CSUB is in 18th place (20.5 points) in the team scoring race. No. 5 Ohio State (85) leads the 32-team field.