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Golf

Georgia team takes control in matches

Georgia opened up a big lead over South Carolina in its bid to even the overall series record in the Regions Cup Matches, which started in 1988.

The Georgia team, behind Tripp Kuhlke and Michael Phelps in the regular division, took a 34-14 lead over South Carolina after Saturday's first day of matches at Thomson's Belle Meade Country Club.

Kuhlke and Phelps each earned the maximum 6 points in their two matches. The top senior division player was South Carolina senior Jim Brisson with 41 points.

South Carolina leads the overall series 11-10-1.

Georgia won 12 of 16 matches, which featured eight best-ball and eight alternate-shot matches. Each match was worth 3 points .

Today's finale consists of 16 singles matches, which are also worth 3 points each.

- In Ann Arbor, Mich., Augusta State's women's team is in second place after Saturday's first two rounds of the Wolverine Invitational at the University of Michigan Golf Course.

The Lady Jaguars posted scores of 303 and 305 and trail leader Florida International (301-292) by 15 strokes.

Casey Kennedy shot 74-74 to lead the Lady Jags and is in fourth place, two strokes behind leader Min Yean Tan of Michigan.

Augusta State's Natalie Wille (75-76) is tied for 12th, while Kirsty Rands (74-78) is tied for 14th.

- In Canton, Ga., Augusta State golfer Jacob Carlsson shot 2-over 74 on Saturday and is tied for fifth, four shots back, after the first round of the Georgia Public Links Championship at Bridgemill Athletic Club.

William Mitchell , of Roswell, shot 70 and leads by one.

Football

Kentucky State tops Benedict in Classic

Kentucky State kept Benedict winless on the season, defeating the Tigers 26-21 on Saturday in the Augusta City Classic at Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium.

The Thorobreds improved to 2-1, while the Tigers fell to 0-3.

Cross Country

Lady Jags post win, Jags finish second

In Milledgeville, Ga., Augusta State's women's team won the Bobcat Invitational at Georgia College & State on Friday, while the Jaguar men finished second in their first competition since 2001.

The Lady Jags totaled 32 points compared to runner-up Savannah College of Art & Design's 44.

Holly Keeper (20:25), Claudia Nunez-Lopez (20:26) and Lyndsay Nichols (21:20) finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively for the Lady Jags. Celia Kresser (21:50) finished eighth, while Alicia Connolly (21:51) came in ninth.

In the men's meet, Savannah College of Art & Design took first with 37 points, three fewer than Augusta State.

Simon Hoyden (28:54) led the Jaguars with a third-place finish, while Robert Blackwelder (29:22) was fourth. Matthew Johnson (30:01) was ninth, Joey Castillo (30:03) was 10th and Dustin Ross (30:36) was 14th.

- In Rome, Ga., USC Aiken's women's team finished eighth Saturday in the 5K Berry College Cross Country Invitational.

Keely Gillespie (20:35) led the Lady Pacers and was 19th overall.

Volleyball

USC Aiken gets split on final day of play

In Aiken, USC Aiken beat Erskine 25-15, 25-13, 25-17 and lost 25-19, 25-23 25-18 to Valdosta State on Saturday, the final day of the USC Aiken Volleyball Invitational.

Shannon Byers had eight kills and eight digs for the Lady Pacers (3-5) against Erskine. Jessica Loper and Emily Maassen had seven kills each against Valdosta State. Byers and teammate Samantha Lukralle made the all-tournament team.

Soccer

Lady Pacers fall in Peach Belt opener

In Dahlonega, Ga., the USC Aiken women dropped their Peach Belt Conference opener to North Georgia 3-1 on Saturday.

Brittany Moores scored the lone goal for the Lady Pacers (0-2 overall) in the second half.


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