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Leslie Folsom’s string of Seattle Women’s Golf Association city championships was finally snapped Thursday as Lauren Sewell defeated the five-time defending champ 7 and 6 on the 30th hole at Fairwood Country Club in Renton.

Sewell, a senior-to-be at Oregon State who attended Kentridge High School, was playing on her home course.

Folsom, from Rainier G&CC in Des Moines, is the only player in the 86-year history of the event to win five consecutive times.

Sewell got to the championship match with a semifinal win Wednesday over Cassie McKinley, while Folsom beat Sue Ursino in a rematch of last year’s final.

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Folsom earlier shot 72 for medalist honors in the field of 88.

Jockey Mitchell back at track

Emerald Downs jockey Gallyn Mitchell, who suffered a heart attack at his home in April, was back at work at the Auburn track after being cleared by doctors.

Mitchell, who turns 51 in August, began the season with track-leading totals of 1,347 victories, 76 stakes triumphs and $13,847,580 in purse earnings.

He has also worked as a stunt rider and appeared in the movies “Seabiscuit,” “Little Big Man” and “Planet of the Apes.”

Memorial service for Erickson set

A public memorial service for Melissa Erickson will be at 5 p.m. Friday at Alaska Airlines Arena on the University of Washington campus.

The former UW basketball player died June 5 after a seven-year battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). She was 34.

Erickson helped UW reach the NCAA Elite Eight in her senior season in 2001. The family requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the ALS Therapy Development Institute’s “Young Faces of ALS.”


Raychelle Santos beat Gonzaga teammate Ciera Min 4 and 3 and Oklahoma’s Chirapat Jao-Javanil 2 and 1 to reach Friday’s quarterfinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship in Norman, Okla.


Former Washington State rower Lisa Roman was named to the Canadian Senior Team, which will compete in The Netherlands June 29-30 and in the World Rowing Cup in Switzerland July 12-14.

From sports-information reports; freelancer Matt Massey contributed.

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