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Augusta driver to conduct clinic

Augusta NASCAR driver Tia Norfleet will headline the Safe America Foundation’s seventh annual SafeTeen Georgia Driving Academy at Atlanta Motor Speedway on May 5.

It will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Norfleet, the daughter of former NASCAR driver Bobby Norfleet, will teach a program that focuses on precision driving skills that can help teens and adults avoid car crashes.

Tia Norfleet is the only black female NASCAR licensed driver in the group’s 67 year history.

More than 70 police, fire and EMS professionals are expected to participate.

General admission for the event is $25, which includes admission for an adult and a teen.

Tickets for this event are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.safeamericadrivers.org/ams.

Golf

Savannah Lakes leader shoots 62

In McCormick, S.C., former Middle Tennessee State golfer Chas Narramore shot a course-record tying
10-under-par 62 to take the second round lead in the NGA Tour’s Savannah Lakes Village Classic.

Narramore, of Kingston, Tenn., had nine birdies and an eagle over his final 14 holes at Monticello Golf Course to move to 12-under 132 through 36 holes.

He has a one shot lead over Brandon Brown, who won last week’s NGA Tour event. Brown, of Shelbyville, Ky., nearly matched Narra­more’s score, with 63.

Casey Johnson, of Martinez shot 68 for 142 to make the cut on the number.

Former Augusta State golfer Major Manning (74-71-145) and Augusta’s William Lanier (75-78–153) missed the cut.

• In Greensboro, Ga., Russ Cothern, of Woodstock, and Randall White, of Canton, fired a bogey-free 9-under-par 63 to take a two-shot lead after the first-round in the Georgia Four-Ball Championship at Harbor Club.

Augusta’s Jeff Knox teamed with Macon’s Peter Persons for 69. Harlem’s Jay Blackburn and Augusta’s Mike O’Grady had 76.

• USC Aiken, which is ranked 13th nationally, has earned a spot in May’s NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional, it was announced by the NCAA Division II Golf Committee on Friday.

The regional will be played May 7-9 at the Jones Course at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C.

College Baseball

Tankersley’s HR propels Pacers

In Aiken, Will Tankersley had three hits – including a homer – as 17th-ranked USC Aiken beat No. 14 Catawba 9-5 on Friday.

• In Ozark, Ala., Tyler Padgett had five RBI as Paine College beat Benedict 15-5 in the SIAC Tournament.

Paine, which is in the losers’ bracket after an opening loss to Kentucky State, takes on Claflin today.

Meanwhile, Paine first baseman William Van Winkle and catcher Louis Serrano were selected to the All-SIAC East Tournament team.

• In Columbia, South Carolina scored three runs in the ninth inning to beat Alabama 12-11 before 8,242 fans for its second victory of the night.

The Gamecocks won it on an error by Alabama left fielder Hunter Gregory.

In the first game, which had been postponed by weather on Thursday night after seven innings, Adam Matthews’ leadoff homer in the eighth inning game South Carolina a 1-0 victory.

• In Charleston, S.C., errors were the difference as The Citadel beat Georgia Southern 4-1 in a game in which all the runs were unearned.

– From Staff Reports


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