Foursome faring well in Q School

The four area players in the second stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying School Tournament are in good shape at the halfway mark of their respective events in Texas.

Keven Kisner, Patrick Reed and Stephen Poole are playing at Redstone Golf Club’s Member Course in Humble, Texas, where the top 19 after 72 holes advance to the final stage.

Kisner (68-67) is tied for third, one shot out of the lead. Reed (68-68) is in seventh place. Poole, who was tied for 25th after a first-round 71, came back with 67 and is tied for 11th at 138.

Henrik Norlander also moved up at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, where the top 20 advance to the finals. After opening with 69 and being tied for 13th place, Norlander had 67 on Wednesday and is tied for sixth, three shots out of the lead.

The finals start Nov. 28 at PGA West in LaQuinta, Calif., where the top finishers will earn PGA Tour cards for 2013.

• In Columbus, Ga., Augusta’s Jimmy Rigsby and his partner David Hathaway, of Macon, combined for
4-under-par 67 and are tied for second place after the first round of the Georgia Senior Four-Ball Championship.

Defending champions Mark Baxter and Bill Blalock, both of Atlanta, lead with 66.

Don Marsh, of Johns Creek, and Larry Clark, of Kingston, are tied with Rigsby and Hathaway for second place in the 54-hole event.



Hill has big night for Lady Pacers

In Aiken, point guard Brittany Hill had 15 points, seven assists and seven steals as the fifth-ranked USC Aiken women stopped Wingate 72-49 on Wednesday.

Daniela Tarailo hit five 3-point goals en route to 19 points for the Lady Pacers
(2-0). Kayla Harris had 13 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists.

Wingate (2-1), a 2011-12 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional finalist, was led by Janitsha Williams’ 11 points.

The Pacers will play host to Catawba at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The teams met last season in the quarterfinals of the 2012 NCAA Division II Southeast Regional, with USC Aiken winning 71-69.

• USC Aiken’s volleyball team dropped another spot in the latest NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings, to 10th. The Lady Pacers were eighth two weeks ago and ninth last week.

The top eight teams from the Southeast Region will receive an invitation to the NCAA Division II Volleyball Championships.

There are two other ways to make the national tournament. An automatic bid is given to the winner of the Peach Belt Conference, which begins Friday in St. Augustine, Fla. The Lady Pacers are the third seed.

And, the next five highest ranked teams in the rankings will earn an at-large berth into the national tournament.



US earns tie on injury time goal

In Krasnodar, Russia, Mix Diskerud scored his first international goal in the third minute of injury time, giving the United States a 2-2 tie against Russia on Wednesday in an exhibition game.

Michael Bradley, who scored in the 76th minute, sent a long ball into the penalty area toward Terrence Boyd, who was battling defender Sergei Ignashevich. The ball rebounded off Ignashevich to Diskerud, who had entered in the 87th minute. He bounced a
20-yard, right-footed shot in off a hand of goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov.

The 22-year-old was playing in just his third game for the U.S.



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