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Kevin Wentworth aces Hall of Fame honor
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WHAT: Manteca Sports Heroes Hall of Distinction
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 28, 5 to 9:30 p.m.
COST: $35 per ticket
MORE INFO: Call the Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau at 823-7229

Kevin Wentworth was recently recognized by Golfweek Magazine as one of the top 25 collegiate players of the past 25 years.

A 1987 graduate of Manteca High, he ranked No. 21 on the prestigious all-time list.

Thrice, Wentworth, who attended Oklahoma State from 1987 to 1991, was a first-team collegiate All American.

In 1990, he was recognized as the top college player, earning the Ben Hogan Award.

Meanwhile, his Oklahoma State squad coached by Mike Holder captured a pair of NCAA regional titles and two Big East championships.

Wentworth, who took up golf at age 7 in the local junior golf program – he was a former state junior champion – went on to play on the PGA circuit from 1998 to 2001. His best finish on the tour was second place in the 2000 Honda Classic.

“I’m still a fan of the game,” he said on Tuesday. “But now I mostly play for recreation, some charitable events, or just for fun with friends.”

Wentworth, 40, will be joined by friends and family at Saturday’s Manteca Sports Heroes Hall of Distinction awards dinner at the Big League Dream sports complex.

“It’s a great honor to be among the second-ever (Hall of Distinction) class,” he said.

Included will be retired sports official Robert “Bob” Scharmann, former race car driver Ron Strmiska Sr., Major League Baseball catcher Ken Huckaby, coach Mike Morenzone, legendary San Francisco 49er pass-catcher / administrator R.C. “Alley-Oop” Owens, East Union High athletic director Bill Stricker, and the 2006-07 East Union girls golf team.

A noted lefty, Wentworth also played football and basketball at Manteca High.

But golf was his game, and he was a student of his trade.

But that was only part of his formula for success.

“It all starts with God-given talent, hard work and the support of a good family,” he said.

Wentworth, in fact, continuously emphasized hard work.

“It’s so important to always work to get better,” he added.

Today, Wentworth dabbles in his real estate investments.

“It’s just enough to keep me busy,” he said.

For more information on the Hall of Distinction awards dinner, call (209) 823-7229.