Ex-Evans player tops Golf Capital
Former Evans High golfer Brad Davis shot 3-under-par 69 on Saturday to take the first-round lead in the season-opening Regions Bank Amateur Series event.
Davis has a one-shot lead over Will Rogers in the Sunbelt Nissan/Golf Capital Invitational at Mount Vintage Plantation.
Chad Blackston, David Hogan and William Garren had 72s, and defending champion Lance Johnson shot 73.
They will be chasing Davis, who won last year’s Regions event at Gordon Lakes Golf Course.
In the senior division, George Bullard and David Wright share the lead with 71s. Steve Chapman, Danny Daniels and Roger Tant are at 72.
• In McCormick, S.C., Chas Narramore couldn’t follow up his course-record tying score with another blistering round, but he still leads the NGA Tour’s Savannah Lakes Village Classic.
Narramore, who shot 62 on Friday, had 67 on Saturday. At 17-under 199, he will carry a three-shot lead into today’s final round over Bo Hoag and Erik Barnes, who both had 67 on Saturday.
Casey Johnson, the only area golfer to make the cut, is tied for 33rd place after shooting 70.
• In Greensboro, Ga., Jack Hall, of Sea Island, and Danny Nelson, of Savannah, have opened up a two-shot lead in the Georgia Four-Ball Championship at Harbor Club.
Hall and Nelson followed their opening 65 with 62 on Saturday to move to 17-under 127.
Two teams are tied at 129. David Noll, Jr., of Dalton, and Mark Strickland, of Woodstock, have shot 66-63 and Russ Cothern, of Woodstock, and Randall White, of Canton, have shot 63-66.
Augusta’s Jeff Knox and Macon’s Peter Persons are tied for 18th place after rounds of 69-68–137.
Harlem’s Jay Blackburn and Augusta’s Mike O’Grady shot 76-70–146 and missed the cut, which fell at 141.
Also missing the cut was the team of Tom Battle, of Evans, and Mike Montarbo. They shot 75-70–145, but Battle had a hole-in-one on the 180-yard 17th hole with a 6-iron shot on Saturday.
Pacers star has another homer
In Aiken, Will Tankersley homered for the second consecutive game, and USC Aiken beat Catawba 6-5.
The former Thomson star’s ninth homer of the year was a two-run shot in the first inning for the Pacers (33-16).
USC Aiken is now assured of a spot in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, which will be played May 9-13 at Golden Park in Columbus, Ga.
Seeding will be announced after the conclusion of the regular season Monday.
• In Ozark, Ala., Paine College stayed alive in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament by beating Claflin 7-5.
The Lions, who are in the losers’ bracket of the tournament, were led by Tyler Padgett and Zachary Drummond, who had two RBI each.
• In Clemson, S.C., Spencer Kierboom had a grand slam in the fourth inning and finished with five RBI in Clemson’s 13-7 victory over Georgia Tech.
Clemson (25-19, 13-10 Atlantic Coast Conference) had 17 hits. Georgia Tech drops to 26-18, 10-13 ACC.
• In Columbia, Evan Marzilli, Joey Pankake and LB Dantzler all had two RBI as South Carolina beat Alabama 9-1 to complete a sweep of the three-game series. The Gamecocks improve to 33-11, 14-7 Southeastern Conference.
• In Charleston, S.C., five Georgia Southern batters had two hits, including T.D. Davis, of Evans, in the Eagles’ 5-2 victory over The Citadel.