Georgia leads South Carolina

Tripp Kuhlke led Georgia to a 21½ to 14½ lead over defending champion South Carolina in the first day of the 24th annual Regions Bank Amateur Series Matches at Belle Meade Country Club in Thomson.

Kuhlke, a senior rookie in the matches, earned the maximum 6 points.

He teamed with Kenny Larry in best ball to beat Jeff Roberts and David Clark 3-0, with Kuhlke striking for eight birdies.

In the afternoon alternate shot, Kuhlke and Owen Chivers beat Clark and Jim Brisson 3-0.

Georgia’s lead would have been bigger if South Carolina’s Chase Epting and Lance Johnson hadn’t beat Will Rogers and Ryan McCook 3-0 in the regular division in the final match of the day.

North Augusta senior Glen Hurt tied Kuhlke with 6 points.

The matches conclude today with 12 singles matches, which are worth three points each, meaning there are 36 points on the table.

South Carolina leads the series 12-11-1.

• In Sugar Grove, Ill., the Augusta State men are tied for eighth place in the darkness-delayed Northern Intercollegiate.

The Jaguars shot 25-over-par 309 in the morning round of their season opener, but three players did not finish their second round. They will complete it this morning, with the final round to follow.

Sophomore Robin Petersson had 74 to lead Augusta State. Senior Derek Chang and freshman Meechai Padung had 78s and junior Alex Wennstam had 79. Sophomore Cody Shafer had a non-counting 82.

Padung (80) and Chang (81) were the only Jaguars to compete their second rounds. Petersson is 1-over after 15 holes, Wennstam is 9-over after 15 and Shafer 10-over after 15.

Indiana (308-291) has an eight-shot clubhouse lead over St. Mary’s (Calif).

• In Lake Forest, Ill., two homestate residents are among the four players tied for the lead after the first day of stroke-play qualifying in the U.S. Mid-Amateur.

Michael Castleforte, of Chicago, and John Ehrgott, of Peoria, shot 2-under-par 69, as did John Rudolph, of San Diego and Matthew Mattare, of New York.

The two golfers with area ties are off to slow starts. For­mer Greenbrier golfer Chris Waters had 76 and Augusta’s John Engler shot 77.

The low 64 of the 264 entrants after today’s second round will advance to match play.

The winner earns an invitation to the 2013 Masters Tournament.


Lady Pacers get split after rally

In Aiken, USC rallied from two sets down to beat Nova Southeastern and split a pair of volleyball matches on the final day of the USC Aiken Invitational.

The Lady Pacers opened the day by losing to Palm Beach Atlantic 3-0 (25-11, 25-11 and 25-16), then fell behind 19-25, 24-26 against Nova Southeastern.

USC Aiken then won the next three games (25-20, 25-11, 15-12) for a 3-2 victory to even its overall record at 4-4.

Danika Maggard had 14 kills and Hannah Tierney13 to lead the Lady Pacers’ rally.

Augusta State also split its two matches Saturday – just as it did on Friday.

Augusta lost its opener on Saturday to Wingate 3-0 (25-17, 25-10 and 26-24).

The Lady Jags came back to win the nightcap over Nova Southeastern 3-1 (23-25, 26-24, 25-18 and 25-22) as Kristen Koch had 15 kills and Krystin Wahlig had 36 assists.

Augusta State is 4-3.

• In Brevard, N.C., Scott Newby scored as the USC Aiken men’s soccer team played Brevard to a 1-1 double overtime time.

– From staff reports