Lee Knox shares Georgia Am lead

In Roswell, Ga., Lee Knox started strong in his bid for a second Georgia Amateur golf title in the past three years.

The Augustan, who won the title in 2010, shot 3-under-par 69 on Thursday at Ansley Golf Club’s Settindown Creek course to share the first-round lead.

Knox, a University of Alabama golfer, is tied with Robert Sheats, of Alpharetta, and Scott Weeks, of Savannah.

The leaders are in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Knox is 21, Weeks is 32 and Sheats is 46.

Former Greenbrier golfer Chris Waters, now of Athens, is in a six-way tie for fourth place at 70.

Of other area golfers in the 144-player field, William Sigg had 72, Jacob Tilton and Jamie Felder had 75s, Brian Carter had 76, Austin Vick had 78, Jeff Knox had 81 and Robert Robertson withdrew.

• Two golfers with area ties are in the top 15 after two rounds of the eGolf Tour’s Southern Open, which is being played at two courses near Charlotte, N.C.

David Robinson, of Sandersville, Ga., shot
6-under-par 65 on Thursday and is at tied for 14th place at 7-under 135. Also at 135 is former Augusta State golfer Major Manning, who had 66.

Henrik Norlander, another former Augusta State golfer, had 69 and is tied for 49th. He made the cut on the number at 138.

Missing the cut were Augustans Brad Arrington (71-72–143) and Mitch Krywulycz (71-78–149).

Former Virginia Tech golfer Drew Weaver had 67 and is leading at 129, but the story of the day was former University of Rhode Island golfer Michael Sims, who shot a tour-record 59 at Country Club of Salisbury.

Sims, who opened with 71, is in second place, one behind Weaver.


Duke recipient of Gregory gifts

A total of $3.25 million in gifts from the estate of former Aiken football standout Art Gregory will support academic scholarships and the Duke football team, the university announced Thursday.

Gregory was a lineman on Duke’s football team from 1960 to 1962. He was a two-time All-American and helped the Blue Devils win three consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference titles.

Gregory was a two-time winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which honors the ACC’s best blocker, and he was inducted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989.

Of the bequest, $3 million will be used to establish a named scholarship fund to support students from South Carolina.

The remaining $250,000 from Gregory’s estate will provide unrestricted support to the football team.

Gregory died at age 71 from complications of cancer in July 2011. He served on the management team at the Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Association, where he retired as its executive director in 2001.


Regionals to be held in Augusta

Augusta will serve as host to the International Quidditch Association’s 2013 Southern Regional Championship, according to an Augusta Sports Council release.

The sport, inspired by the game in the Harry Potter book series, will bring in more than 20 college and club teams for the two-day event, the release said. The event’s date, time and location will be announced later.

“The Augusta Sports Council is thrilled to support our community by bringing new, different and exciting sporting events, like Quidditch, to Augusta,” Augusta Sports Council CEO Brinsley Thigpen said in the release.

– From staff and wire reports



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