Ex-Patriot takes medalist honors
In Duluth, Ga., South Carolina’s Dykes Harbin, a former Westside golfer, won his first collegiate individual title, taking the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic by two shots.
Harbin, a senior who led by three shots going into the final round, closed with 1-over-par 72 to finish at 3-under 210. He opened with rounds of 66-72 in the 54-hole event. South Carolina tied for seventh place.
In the first three fall events this season, Harbin has finished first, sixth and tied for 14th.
South Carolina freshman Matt NeSmith, of North Augusta, tied for 67th place after rounds of 77-78-78–233. NeSmith had tied for 19th and tied for seventh place in his first two starts.
USC Aiken, the lone NCAA Division II team in the field, tied for 10th place after a final round of 6-over 290, its best round of the week by 14 shots.
For the Pacers, J.P. Solis (76-76-72) tied for 27th place, Kyle Godsman (79-78-71) tied for 47th, Matt Atkins (77-78-75) tied for 54th, Mark Dickson (72-81-78) tied for 60th and Andrew Ward (80-80-72) tied for 64th.
Georgia Southern won by seven shots over Georgia State.
• NeSmith and former Augustan Ashlan Ramsey have been honored by the American Junior Golf Association as Rolex Junior All-Americans.
NeSmith made the 12-player boys first team and Ramsey, who now lives in Milledgeville, Ga., made the girls first team.
• In Aiken, North Augusta’s Ashley Rose has a share of the first-round lead in the Women’s Eastern Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship at Houndslake Country Club.
Rose shot 75, as did Peg Brady, of Stanley, N.C.
Patty Moore, of Charlotte, N.C., had 76 and Pat Brogden, of Garner, N.C., turned in 77.
The event continues today and concludes Thursday.
Red Devils take Irish’s old spot
Lincoln County’s prize for beating Aquinas 20-13 last Thursday night is the Irish’s former position.
Lincoln County moved up two spots to No. 3, which was the spot Aquinas had held, in the newest Associated Press Georgia high school football poll for Class A.
The Irish dropped to No. 6 after their first loss of the season.
In the other classes, all the ranked area schools remained in the same spots.
In Class AAA, Thomson and Washington County, both undefeated, stayed at Nos. 2 and 3, though the teams’ meeting Oct. 26 will lead to a shake-up.
Lamback event set this weekend
The Augusta-Aiken Swim League is playing host to the Fred Lamback Disability Swim Meet, the area’s first Para-swim meet, Saturday and Sunday at the Augusta Aquatics Center.
More than 60 swimmers with disabilities from across the nation are expected to compete.
Venus Williams cruises in return
In Luxembourg, Venus Williams cruised through her first match since the U.S. Open, beating 15-year-old WTA rookie Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-1 in the first round of the Luxembourg Open.
• In Stockholm, Patrik Rosenholm beat defending champion Gael Monfils 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the Swedish Open.
• The United States and Brazil will play a first-round Davis Cup match Feb. 1-3 in Jacksonville, Fla.