Johnson leads area contingent

In Elgin, S.C., North Augusta’s Lance Johnson is the top local player through two rounds of the South Carolina Golf Association’s Amateur Championship.

Johnson shot 1-over-par 72 in Friday’s second round and is at 1-under 141.

He’s nine shots behind leader Ben Fogler, but only five shots out of second place.

Fogler, a resident of Elgin who will be a junior on the Vanderbilt golf team, has fired consecutive 66s at his home course, The Members Club at Woodcreek.

Carson Young, of Pendleton, had 70 and is in second place, four shots back.

The area players to make the cut, which fell at 147, are Johnson, Jeff Pope (69-75–144), Alex Handy (72-72–144), Kyle Bearden (73-72–145) and Ben Lown (72-74–146).

Ryan Carpenter (76-72–148) Hayden Ploeger (77-76–153), Christopher Liner (78-85–163) and Dustin Hoang (79-86–165) failed to qualify for the final two rounds.

• In Davidson, N.C., former USC Aiken All-American Roberto Diaz finished second in the eGolf Tour’s River Run Classic.

Diaz started the final round tied with Frank Adams III, of Laurinburg, N.C., but couldn’t stay with the veteran.

Adams shot 3-under-par 69 to finish at 12-under 204 for his seventh career eGolf victory. Diaz had 71 to finish two back and earn $10,000.

• In Roland, Ark., North Augusta’s Matt NeSmith failed to advance to the match play portion of the Western Amateur at the Alotian Club.

After four days of stroke play, it took 5-under-par 283 to make the top 16 for match play. NeSmith finished at 285 after rounds of 68-70-73-73.

• In Thomasville, Ga., former Evans resident Ashlan Ramsey won the Georgia Women’s Golf Association Championship, edging Mariah Stackhouse, who will be a sophomore on the Stanford golf team this fall.

Ramsey, who now lives in Milledgeville and will be a freshman at Clemson in the fall, started the final round tied with Stackhouse. Ramsey closed with 71 to Stackhouse’s 72.

Ramsey opened with 70-69 while Stackhouse, of Riverdale, had 69-70.

Augusta’s Laura Coble shot 76-76-73–225 to win the Championship B flight by six shots over Christian Liggin.



Money is needed for 2016 Games

Olympic organizers say they might have to use $700 million in government money to meet the operating budget for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

Leo Gryner, chief operating officer of the organizing committee, said Friday that as conditions now stand “we need this $700 million.”

Gryner told The Associated Press earlier this week the operating budget could be as much as $4 billion. The original budget estimate of $2.8 billion was submitted before Rio won the games in 2009.



Federer will not play in Montreal

Roger Federer pulled out of the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Friday, following three consecutive surprising exits from tournaments.

The Swiss star gave no reason for the withdrawal from the tournament, which begins Monday.

He won the Rogers Cup in Toronto in 2004 and 2006.

• In Washington, Dmitry Tursunov overcame 13 double-faults with the help of 15 aces and beat a cramping Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4) at the Citi Open to reach the semifinals.

Tursunov made it to the semifinals at Washington’s hard-court tournament for the first time since 2006.