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Jaguars are 9th in Macon event

In Macon, Ga., Augusta State is in ninth place after the first round of the Brickyard Collegiate Championship.

The Jaguars opened with 7-over-par 295, or 15 shots behind leader Georgia, which counted 1-under-par 71 by former Lakeside golfer Brian Carter. He’s tied for 11th place individually.

The Jaguars were led by sophomore Cody Shafer, who also had 71. Alex Wennstam had 73, Derek Chang shot 74 and Meechai Padung had 77. Robin Petersson’s 78 was the non-counting score.

Georgia sophomore Nicholas Reach is the individual leader after 68 at Brickyard Riverside course.

• In Johns Creek, Ga., Augusta’s Brad Jones was ousted in the first round of the Atlanta Amateur Match Play Championship.

Jeff Belk stopped Jones 6 and 5 at Rivermont Golf and Country Club.

Belk remained hot, beating Tom Price Jr., 5 and 4 in a battle of Marietta residents.

• In Antaya, Turkey, most of the second round of the World Amateur Champ­ionship was suspended by weather on Friday.

Only a handful of players finished the round, which had a delay of more than six hours.

The United States team of Chris Williams, Justin Thomas and Steven Fox had a three-shot lead over Korea after the first round of the 72-team tournament.

The format has each team counting the low two scores. On Thursday, the U.S. counted 8-under-par 64 by Williams and 67 by Thomas. Fox had 71.

Cross Country

Georgia State is double champion

Augusta State placed four runners in the top 10 and finished second in the Jaguar Invitational at Blanchard Woods Park in Evans on Friday.

Georgia State won it with a team time of 2:11:36.38. Augusta State had 2:13:13.65.

The Jaguars were led by Jaiden Brandt, who finished second at 25:39.71.

Also for the Jaguars, Dustin Ross was sixth at 26:24.15, Jordan Herbert was seventh at 26:25.08 and Josh Stockton was 10th at 27:03.33.

Georgia State’s Austin Boetje won it with a time of 25:39.71.

• In the women’s Jaguar Invitational, Augusta State and USC Aiken placed runners in the top 10.

Georgia State, which had the top six runners, won it with a time of 2:00:01.11.

The Lady Jaguars’ Jessica Carpenter, one of three Augusta State runners, finished seventh with a time of 25:13.02.

USC Aiken’s Keely Gillespie was ninth at 25:19.39.

Georgia State’s Katharine Showalter was the winner with a time of 23:09.52.

USC Aiken finished sixth at 2:25:18.66.

Auto Racing

Fall Shootout is scheduled today

Gordon Park Speedway’s Fall Shootout, featuring the Southern Outlaw Super Street Series will be held today.

There will also be Crate Late Model and Stock V8 racing. The driver’s meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., with racing to follow.

WNBA

Charles-led Sun turn back Fever

In Uncasville, Conn., Tina Charles scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 76-64 win over the Indiana Fever in the opener of the Eastern Conference finals.

The WNBA’s MVP added 15 rebounds and blocked four shots for Connecticut, which used a 14-2 second-half run to open up what had been a tie game at halftime.


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