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High Noon Highlights (6/18): Matthew Wolff could have a major impact on the PGA tour

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Matthew Wolff set to begin his PGA career this weekend:

Former Oklahoma State golfer Matthew Wolff is set to make his official debut on the PGA tour this weekend at the Travelers Championship.

the PGA website wrote a great piece how Wolff and some other young golfers could have a huge impact on the future of the game.

“Here comes Matt Wolff, here comes George Gankas, here comes a bunch of golfers who are going to change the game. They’re going to hit it 20-30 yards past what we thought were the longest players and they’re going to have an advantage.”

Wolff’s swing has inspired enough copycats, especially among Gankas’ students, that people have assumed it is a model that Gankas tries to squeeze his students into. Wolff developed that move before coming to Gankas during his freshman year of high school. Now, after seeing the results and the power that it produces, students are asking Gankas to teach them to swing like his star student.

At the top of the backswing, the former baseball player is reminiscent of another natural talent who took his sport by storm at a young age: Ken Griffey Jr. The front heel is lifted off the ground, the trail elbow is separated far from the body and their chosen implement points past their head. {}

Issac Likekele turning heads at USAB, named finalist for U19 World Cup Roster:

Issac Likele has been getting attention at the USAB training camp in Colorado City this week. He was named a finalist to make their U19 roster for the World Cup earlier this morning.

The original pool of 31 players was narrowed to 18 following five practice sessions at the Olympic Training Center. The finalists will continue training twice a day in Colorado Springs, and the final 12-member USA U19 World Cup Team will be announced prior to the team’s June 24 departure for Greece.

The 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup will take place June 29-July 7. If Likekele was named to the final roster he would become the fourth Cowboy to represent USA Basketball at the FIBA U19 World Championships, joining Matt Clark (1979, gold), Marcus Smart (2013, gold) and Jawun Evans (2015, gold).

The USA U19 squad is being led by head coach Bruce Weber (Kansas State), and assistant coaches Mike Hopkins (Washington) and LeVelle Moton (North Carolina Central). The USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee also consists of chairman Matt Painter (Purdue), Shane Battier (Athlete Representative), Tony Bennett (Virginia), Ed Cooley (Providence) and Sean Miller (Arizona). {}

Johnathan Heasley is a prospect to watch:

Joel Penfield (you might know him) wrote a fantastic break down of former Oklahoma State pitcher Johnathan Heasley for Royals Farm Review.

After several good outings from Heasley, I was finally able to watch him pitch. The 13th rounder out of Oklahoma State in 2018 relied on his fastball for most of this game, sitting mostly in the low 90s range, and occasionally touching 95. His curve, which had a nice sharp 11-5 glove-side break to it, and changeup were a distant second and third in usage, and he was able to get two of his nine strikeouts using the curve. The first two times through the order, he largely cruised, scattering only three hits, fanning six and walking one. However, signs of trouble were brewing in the 5th inning, as he gave up a single, a walk, and a HBP, with a sac fly by Ismael Munguia plating the first run. The Greenjackets got to Heasley in the 6th, touching him for 2 singles, a double, and 2 more runs. He ended the inning striking out Shane Matheny (no known relation to the longtime Cardinals catcher and manager), but his night was over. {Royals Farm Review}

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