NeSmith is tied for Rolex lead

In Alpharetta, Ga., North Augusta’s Matt NeSmith shot 2-under-par 68 on Tuesday and is one of five players tied for the lead after the first round of the American Junior Golf Association’s Rolex Tournament of Champions.

NeSmith shares the top spot at Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course with Cody Cox, of Milford, Pa.; Brad Dalke, of McKinney, Texas; Vincent Martino, of Southlake, Texas; and Austin Padova, of Hudson, Fla.

Greyson Sigg, of Augusta, opened with 72 and is tied for 29th.

In the girls division, North Augusta’s McKenzie Talbert shot 73 and trails co-leaders Marijosse Navarro, of San Antonio, and Karen Chung, of Livingston, N.J., by four strokes. Talbert is tied for 17th.

Jessica Hoang, of North Augusta, had 75 and is tied for 28th.

Former Martinez resident Ashlan Ramsey, who now lives in Milledgeville, Ga., shot 78 and is tied for 47th.

• In Alpharetta, Ga., Eunice Yi, of Evans, shot 72 to tie for third Tuesday in a U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship qualifier at The Manor Golf and Country Club.

She will compete in the Junior Amateur to be held July 16-21 at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, Calif.

Megan Sabol, of Martinez, shot 77 and finished 13th.

• In Myrtle Beach, S.C., States Fort, of Evans, won the boys 11-14 division of the Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy Junior Shootout on the Resort Course at Grande Dunes.

Fort posted a two-day total of 76-67–143 to win by a stroke over Kohler Karavan, of Myrtle Beach.

Alex Wells, of Evans, tied for ninth at 79-75–154, while Joseph Daniel Kim, of Martinez, finished 12th

In the girls 11-14 division, Rylie Marchman, of Waynesboro, Ga., finished second at 97-82–179, six shots behind Kathleen Sumner, of Charleston, S.C.

• In Alpharetta, Ga., Doug Hanzel, of Savannah, Ga., shot 2-under-par 70 on Tuesday to claim medalist honors in a U.S. Senior Open qualifier at Atlanta National Golf Club.

Tommy Brannen, the head pro at Augusta Country Club, just missed out, shooting 73.

The Senior Open will be held July 12-15 at Indianwood Golf and Country Club in Lake Orion, Mich.


Dream win their second in a row

In Atlanta, Angel McCoughtry scored 22 points, Sancho Lyttle added 17 and the Atlanta Dream won consecutive games for the first time this season with a 70-58 victory over the Indiana Fever on Tuesday.

McCoughtry went without a point in the first quarter, but got hot and scored 18 over a stretch during the second and third quarters.


Spain, Portugal set to square off

For Spain it’s more about stopping one man, while for Portugal it will be about containing a whole team when the two meet in today’s European Championship semifinal in Donetsk, Ukraine.

While Cristiano Ronaldo holds the keys to Portugal’s chances of taking a step closer to a first major trophy, Spain’s charge toward an unprecedented third consecutive tournament title is anchored in teamwork.

Spain simply does not need a Ronaldo, Portugal desperately does.

After a difficult start to the tournament, Ronaldo has stepped up when it matters, scoring three goals in the past two games to move Portugal within touching distance of its first final since Euro 2004, where it lost on home soil to outsider Greece.

– From staff and wire reports



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