Palmetto State rivals are in hunt

In Aiken, two Palmetto State rivals are in the mix for a title at Palmetto Golf Club.

South Carolina posted rounds of 286 and 284 on Monday to share the lead with Virginia at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Invitational.

The Cavaliers (292-278) joined the Gamecocks at 570. One shot back of them is Clemson, which had rounds of 286-285 in the 36-hole opening day.

The final round is today.

Two-time defending national champion Augusta State is 17 shots back in a tie for fifth after posting 299-282.

Among those who counted for the Jaguars, Brendan Gillins (77-66–143) is tied for sixth, Robin Petersson (73-71–144) is tied for 11th, Taylor Floyd (72-74–146) is tied for 22nd, Devin Komlin (77-73–150) is tied for 52nd and Derek Chang (79-72–151) is tied for 55th.

Tournament host USC Aiken is 10th after consecutive rounds of 295.

Playing for the Pacers, J.P. Solis (74-71–145) is tied for 16th, Andrew Ward (71-75–146) is tied for 22nd, Matt Atkins (73-78–151) is tied for 55th, Brian Amick (77-76–153) is tied for 71st and Mark Dickson (82-73–155) is tied for 80th.

Other players with local ties include: former South Aiken standout Chandler Brazeal (75-72–147), who is tied for 33rd as a member of Wofford and former Richmond Academy star William Sigg (80-73–153), who is tied for 71st as a member of Presbyterian.

Virginia’s Ben Kohles (69-70–139) and Clemson’s Crawford Reeves (69-70–139) share the individual lead.

• In Villa Rica, Ga., Hunter Dunagan, of Martinez, had consecutive 74s to win the boys 11-14 division at the Mirror Lake Junior Classic, a Hurricane Junior Golf Tour event, over the weekend.

Evans’ Eunice Yi shot 79-80 to finish second in the girls 15-18 division at Mirror Lake Golf and Country Club.


College Baseball

Pacers move up in Division II poll

USC Aiken is tied for 17th in the latest Collegiate Baseball Division II poll.

The Pacers, who were 22nd last week, are tied with Harding in the poll.

USC Aiken is coming off a three-game sweep of Augusta State.



Sharapova wins exhibition match

In New York, Maria Sharapova beat Caroline Wozniacki in an exhibition at Madison Square Garden on Monday – though she lost the only point she played against Wozniacki’s boyfriend,
top-ranked golfer Rory McIlroy.

With the Dane a game away from losing 6-3, 6-4, she invited McIlroy onto the court just hours after he won the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., to ascend to No. 1 in the world for the first time.

Roger Federer and Andy Roddick were playing another exhibition later Monday night in the BNP Paribas Showdown.



Belgian captures Paris-Nice stage

In Orleans, France, Belgian cyclist Tom Boonen led a sprint finish to win the second stage of the Paris-Nice race Monday, and Bradley Wiggins, of Britain, took the overall lead.

Boonen, who won his fourth Tour of Qatar title last month, edged Jose Joaquin Rojas, of Spain, and John Degenkolb, of Germany, in the 115-mile ride from Mantes-la-Jolie to Orleans.

Wiggins took the lead from prologue winner Gustav Larson by jumping ahead of the Swede as part of a 30-man group that broke out of the main pack shortly after the midway point.