USC Aiken is rated No. 1 by Golfstat

USC Aiken, which has finished second in both of its fall tournaments, is ranked No. 1 in the first Golfstat NCAA Division II Head-to-Head Standings of the year.

The Pacers’ Kyle Godsman is ranked as the top individual.

USC Aiken currently has a Golfstat rating of 90.621 percent.

Golfstat takes into account numerous statistical data and ranks teams based on potential head-to-head competition.

Godsman leads the Golfstat Cup standings in Division II with a 69.67 scoring average.

The Golfstat Cup is awarded by Golfstat, Inc. in every division to the men’s collegiate golfer with the lowest yearly scoring average.

• In Aiken, defending champion Mina Hardin had a late birdie and held off Patty Moore to win the Women’s Southern Senior Amateur Championship at Palmetto Golf Club.

Hardin, a Texan who led by six shots over Moore after 36 holes, closed with 75 , thanks to a birdie on No. 17.

Moore, of Charlotte, N.C., shot 71, with a birdie on No. 18, to finish two shots back.

Augusta’s Mary Helen McElreath closed with 78 and finished solo ninth.

• In Gordonsville, Va., Travis Ross was among the fortunate ones to finish his second round before dark Thursday, and the Minnesota resident took the lead in the eGolf Tour’s Bushnell Classic.

The tournament has fallen behind schedule after a rain delay on Wednesday. Many players will have to come back this morning to finish their second round. The cut to the low 45 and ties will then be made.

Ross shot 3-under-par 69 on Thursday and is at 8-under 136. Andrew McLardy is one back after rounds of 70-67.

Augusta native and former Wake Forest golfer Cortland Lowe, who now lives in Charlotte, N.C., followed an opening 68 with 77.

Dave Hill, a 13-time winner on the PGA Tour who made three Ryder Cup appearances and won the 1969 Vardon Trophy for the tour’s lowest scoring average, has died. He was 74.

Hill died Tuesday in Jackson, Mich. He suffered from emphysema for several years, brother Mike Hill – also a former PGA Tour player – told the Jackson (Mich.) Citizen Patriot.

Hill played in the Masters Tournament 12 times – from 1968 through 1979 – with his best finish coming in 1970 when he was fifth.

Hill finished second in the 1970 U.S. Open at Hazeltine in Minnesota, making headlines for saying the course “lacked only 80 acres of corn and a few cows to be a good farm.”



Woodbat Classic returns in October

Four area USSA 17-under teams will take part in the third annual Lake Olmstead Woodbat Classic, which is sponsored by the Augusta GreenJackets.

The tournament will be played Oct. 8-9 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The teams are the A’s, the Blue Jay, the Firesticks and the Stealers.

Five games will be played on Oct. 8, starting at 9 a.m. Admission is $5.

• Augusta State pitching coach Augie Rodriguez will return for a second year as the St. Cloud River Bats’ pitching coach.

The Bats play in the North­woods League, a collegiate summer baseball league. Their home games are played at the Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud, Minn.



Ankle injury forces Sharapova to exit

In Tokyo, Maria Sharapova twisted her ankle while serving and quit her Pan Pacific Open quarterfinal against Petra Kvitova in a rematch of this summer’s Wimbledon final.

Kvitova was ahead 4-3 in the first set when Sharapova was injured. Sharapova limped to her chair and pulled out after speaking with her trainer. She went to a hospital for an MRI.

Kvitova, the fifth-seeded Czech, will next face fourth-seeded Vera Zvonareva, who defeated Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-3 in an all-Russian match.

• In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, top-seeded Nicolas Almagro advanced to the Malaysian Open quarterfinals, beating Spanish player Albert Ramos 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4).