Brown opens with 65 in second stage


North Augusta's Scott Brown is off to a strong start at one of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament second-stage sites.

Brown opened with 7-under-par 65 and is tied for second place at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville, Fla. He's one shot off David Branshaw 's lead.

Aiken's Alex Hamilton opened with 73 and is tied for 58th place in the 72-hole event. The top 19 finishers advance to the final stage.

In another second-stage event in Humble, Texas, David Robinson, of Sandersville, Ga., shot a second-round 73 for 144 and tied for 12th at Redstone Golf Club. Also at that site is Will Claxton, of Swainsboro, Ga., (72 for 145 and tied for 18th) and Aiken's Stephen Poole (75 for 148 and tied for 38th).

In McKinney, Texas, former Augusta State golfer Jay Haas Jr. opened with 72 and is tied for 29th at TPC Craig Ranch.

In Seaside, Calif., Aiken native Matt Hendrix shot 73 and is tied for 42nd at Bayonet Course.

- Annika Sorenstam will make a rare pro tournament appearance today when she participates in the Pebble Beach Invitational.

The 72-hole event at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Del Monte Golf Course features men and women who compete on the four major professional tours.

Sorenstam retired from the LPGA Tour in 2008.

Local Sports
Lady Pacers dealt first loss of season

In Milledgeville, Ga., Georgia College & State stopped the USC Aiken women's basketball team 74-55, handing the Lady Pacers their first loss of the season.

USC Aiken (2-1) was led by Hannah DeGraffinreed (12 points) and Kayla Harris (11).

Georgia College & State's Chimere Jordan had 19 to lead all scorers in the game, which was not a Peach Belt Conference contest although the two are members of the league.

- North Augusta High's Kaylee Spires has signed a national letter-of-intent to play softball for USC Aiken. She was the only player the Lady Pacers signed during the early signing period.

- The Augusta Boxing Club will hold a sparring event to benefit Toys for Tots today at the club, located at located at 1929 Walton Way.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and the club asks those interested to bring one unwrapped toy for donation. For more information, call (706) 733-7533.

Horse Racing
Zenyatta to stand at Lane's End Farm

Zenyatta is headed off to retirement in Kentucky.

The 6-year-old mare whose narrow loss in the Breeders' Cup Classic left her with a 19-1 career record will stand at Lane's End Farm near Versailles. She's expected to arrive in early December.

Agudelo, 17, lifts U.S. to 1-0 victory

In Cape Town, South Africa, Juan Agudelo became the youngest United States player to score in the modern era in the Americans' 1-0 victory over South Africa.

Agudelo, who turns 18 next Tuesday, scored in the 85th minute, giving the U.S. a 5-5-4 record for 2010.