North Augustan is 2nd in age group

In Okatie, S.C., North Augusta's Matt NeSmith was the runner-up in 14-15 age group in the Carolinas Junior Championship at Chechessee Creek Club this week.

NeSmith, 14, shot 72-76-70--218 to finish four shots behind Robert Register of Burlington, N.C. NeSmith finished 14th overall.

In the 16-18 age division, Aiken's Chandlear Brazeal tied for 11th place after rounds of 75-66-75--216.

Michael Marshburn of Cary, N.C., won the overall title with a 212. He beat Mark Joye of Columbia on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.

- In Edgefield, S.C., former Regions Cup winners Rusty Flanders and Randy Sapp are making rare appearances in the amateur tournament series this weekend.

The pair, who are three-time winners but seldom play anymore, are entered in the Perry Watson Memorial at Pine Ridge Plantation, which begins today.

Two of Sapp's victories have come in this tournament (2001 and 2005).

The top four finishers from the 2007 Perry Watson are in the field, headed by winner Doug Weiss. He's joined by runner-up Wes Herlong , and Ryan McCook and Allen Tipton , who tied for third place.

With three tournaments to go, Weiss has a 33-point lead in the race for player of the year honors. Yong Lee , who is entered this weekend, is second in points.

In the senior division, Kenny Larry will defend his Perry Watson title.

Minor League Baseball

GreenJackets game won't be made up

In Columbus, Ga., the Augusta GreenJackets' game with the Columbus Catfish was washed out by rain in the third inning at Golden Park on Friday night.

It won't be made up because the South Atlantic League teams aren't scheduled to meet again this season.

Columbus led 6-5 when the game was called with two outs in the top of the third inning. Nick Noonan and Garrett Baker had homered for Augusta.

This was supposed to the finale of a four-game set. Augusta returns home to play Savannah today and Columbus is at Asheville.

- Minor league baseball officials have fined and suspended 15 players and two managers for their roles in a massive bench-clearing brawl.

The Midwest League did not identify the players suspended Friday as a result of the July 24 melee between the Class A Peoria Chiefs and the Dayton Dragons.

League president George Spelius said it would be up to the clubs to identify the players.

Suspensions ranged from three games for most players, to 60 days for one.

Girls Basketball

Lady 76s are third in Georgia event

In Norcross, Ga., the Lady 76s, who consisted of players ages 15-17 from Richmond and Columbia counties, finished third in their division in the Southern Premier Hoops.

They played in the under-16 Platinum division of the NCAA sanctioned event.

Bicycle Motorcross

Augusta track plays host to regional

The NBL Southeast Regional begins this morning at Augusta BMX track at 2050 Division Street, with more than 350 riders from across the region competing in the National Bicycle League event.

Racing starts at 11 a.m. today and 8 a.m. on Sunday.

This is the last qualifier for the southeast regional championship on Oct. 18 in Lexington, S.C.

Air Pistol and Rifle

'Train the Trainee' program is Aug. 5

Pinetucky Gun Club in Augusta will be the site for an air rifle and pistol program called "Train the Trainee" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

The instruction course is being sponsored by Champions Made from Adversity, U.S. Paralympic Miltary Sports Program and Pinetucky Gun Club.


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