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Junior Golf

Augustan gets Sage invitation

Augusta’s Greyson Sigg became the second person in the 2012 Junior Invitational at Sage Valley field to receive his invitation by hand delivery Wednesday afternoon.

North Augusta’s Matt NeSmith was the first player to receive a hand-delivered invitation.

Sigg was supposed to receive his invitation last week, but he was out of town visiting colleges.

Sigg earned a spot into the Junior Invitational by winning the Georgia Junior Championship in June at Augusta Country Club. Inside a green box, he received a personalized invitation for the 54-hole event, which will run April 20-22.

“It’s just an honor to know I’m playing in the No. 1-ranked junior tournament in the world,” said Sigg, a 16-year-old Richmond Academy junior.

“It’s like the Masters of junior golf tournaments. All the pros work to play in the Masters. All the juniors work to play in the Junior Invitational.”

Sigg is ranked No. 70 in the American Junior Golf Association rankings, the third highest-ranked Georgian.

High Schools

Welsh is named to hall of fame

Former Thomson head football coach Luther Welsh has posthumously been named to the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame as part of the 2012 class.

A unanimous selection, Welsh won three state titles at Thomson (1984, 1985 and 2002) and retired after the 2010 season. He died earlier this year, not long after his wife died.

Welsh won 333 games in his career, winning 11 of his 13 region titles at Thomson.

The induction ceremony will be held June 2, 2012 in Dalton at the GACA Hall of Fame.

• On Wednesday, the GHSA Reclassification Committee moved Burke County to Region 3-AAAA Subregion A to make room for Hephzibah, which is taking the Bears’ place in Subregion B.

The movement is part of the new classifications and regions the GHSA will use for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years.

The Rebels join Butler, Cross Creek, Glenn Hills and Richmond Academy in Subregion B.

Burke County is with Liberty County, South Effing­ham, Statesboro and Wayne County in Subregion A.

Soccer

3-time champion is out of running

In London, three-time European champion Man­chester United was eliminated from the Champions League when it lost 2-1 at FC Basel.

United needed to avoid defeat in Switzerland to secure a 15th knockout-round appearance in 16 Champions League seasons.

Auto Racing

Formula One to race in Texas

Formula One is returning to the United States in 2012.

Formula One’s 2012 calendar, with the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin on Nov. 18, was approved Wednesday at a World Motor Sport Council meeting in New Delhi, India.

NBA

Magic CEO has decided to retire

The Magic’s retiring chairman and chief executive officer Bob Vander Weide said Wednesday that his decision to step down had nothing to do with a late-night phone call he made recently to Dwight Howard and that efforts to keep the Magic All-Star and former Swainsboro, Ga., resident continue.


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