Augustan takes title in playoff

In Columbus, Ga., Augusta’s Dykes Harbin parred the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the Southeastern Amateur on Saturday at Country Club of Columbus.

Harbin beat University of South Carolina teammate Sean Kelly in the playoff after both players finished 72 holes at 2-under 282.

Harbin, who will be a senior in the fall, closed with even-par 71 while Kelly had 70.

Harbin helped Augusta Prep win the state championship in 2008, then played his next three years at Westside.

• In Saluda, S.C., Kenny Larry and Mike Jackson are tied for the senior division lead after the first round of the North Augusta Exchange Club/Persimmon Hill Classic.

Larry, who is the all-time senior division leader with 19 career Regions Bank Amateur Series titles, had 1-under-par 71 on Saturday, as did Jackson.

Jackson is tied for second in senior victories with 13. His last win came at Persimmon Hill in 2009. Larry won here in 2007 and 2008.

Glen Hurt and Billy Rangos are tied for third place at 72.

In the regular division, Aaron Ingram and John Wade share the lead with 73 while Blake Olson had 74.

Jeff Pope, who is seeking his third consecutive victory, had 75.

The final round is today.

• In Lexington, N.C., Stephen Poole finished in a tie for eighth place in the eGolf Tour’s Bolle Classic.

The Aiken golfer closed with 4-under-par 67 to finish five shots behind the winner, Jhared Hack, of Sanford, Fla.

Hack, who had one birdie through nine holes, had six the rest of the way for 64 and a two-shot victory over Drew Weaver, who had 67.

Hack, who birdied Nos. 10, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 18, finished at 17-under 266.

David Robinson, of Sandersville, Ga., tied for 14th place after 71 for 274.

• In Saint-Omer, France, Darren Fichardt shot 2-under-par 69 to take a five-stroke lead after the third round of the European Tour’s Saint-Omer Open.

Fichardt is at 7-under 206 for 54 holes.

Simon Wakefield shot 72 to climb into second place, two strokes ahead of Gary Lockerbie, Mark Tullo and Wil Besseling, who shared third at 213.

Tullo had the day’s low round, a bogey-free 67.

Former Augusta State golfer James Heath had 74 and is at 215, or nine shots off the pace. Jamie Elson, another former Jaguar, is at 218 after 75.

Fichardt won the Brazil Open in 2001 and the Qatar Masters in 2003, but his last top-three finish was third at the Qatar Masters in 2006.



Federer goes for his 75th victory

In Halle, Germany, Roger Federer will face wild card Tommy Haas today in a bid to win the Gerry Weber Open for a record sixth time.

The 87th-ranked Haas defeated defending champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (5), 7-5 on Saturday. Federer eased past Mikhail Youzhny 6-1, 6-4 to reach his seventh final.

Federer is aiming to win his 75th tour title, only two behind all-time leader John McEnroe.

• In London, sixth-seeded Marin Cilic beat American Sam Querrey in the Queen’s Club semifinals 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Querrey, who is unseeded, won the title in 2010.

• In Birmingham, England, Zheng Jie overcame the rain and a busy schedule to beat Roberta Vinci 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 and reach the semifinals of the Aegon Classic.

Zheng’s win came against the 20th-ranked Italian in the grass-court warmup for Wimbledon.


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