Wille, Jaguars falter in finale
In Sorrento, Fla., Natalie Wille and her Augusta State teammates struggled in Tuesday’s final round of the 54-hole UCF Challenge at Red Tail Golf Club
Wille, who was tied for the individual lead after opening rounds of 67-72, closed with 4-over-par 76 to tie for fifth place.
Virginia’s Briana Mao, who shared the 36-hole lead with Wille, closed with 73 to win the individual title.
In their first event of the spring season, the Lady Jaguars, tied for fourth place after 36 holes, had a final-round 15-over 303 and finished in a tie for ninth place.
North Carolina won the team title by 17 shots over Tulane.
On Tuesday, the Lady Jags counted 73 by Marit Bjerke, 74 by Casey Kennedy, Wille’s 76 and Julia Stalbro’s 80. Christine Duschek-Hansen had the non-counting score with 81.
After Wille’s fifth-place finish at 1-under 215, Kennedy tied for 12th place (218), Duschek-Hansen tied for 54th (228), Bjerke tied for 64th (230) and Stalbro was 96th (246).
Augusta State returns to action Feb. 18 at the 36-hole Central District Invitational in Parrish, Fla.
Silver Bluff star joins Limestone
Silver Bluff’s La’Darise Williams had a signing ceremony at the Petticoat Junction, S.C., school on Tuesday to celebrate his signing with Limestone College as part of its inaugural class.
Williams, who signed as a running back, helped Silver Bluff go 11-2 this season, advancing to the Class AA, Division II Lower State Championship.
Limestone is located in Gaffney, S.C.
Lady Pacers fall to 12th in poll
After splitting a pair of games last week – including an overtime loss to Armstrong Atlantic State – the USC Aiken women’s basketball team dropped seven spots, to 12th, in the USA Today Division II top 25 Coaches’ Poll.
The Lady Pacers had been ranked in the top 10 in every previous poll this season.
The Augusta State women also dropped in the poll, but just one position, to 24th.
Serena is sharp in Qatar victory
In Doha, Qatar, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova eased into the third round of the Qatar Open, dominating their opponents with straight-set victories.
Williams, who will regain the No. 1 ranking if she reaches the semifinals, showed no signs of the back or ankle injuries that troubled her at the Australian Open during her 6-2, 6-1 win over Russian qualifier Daria Gavrilova.
The third-ranked Sharapova, who won the tournament in her two previous appearances, downed qualifier Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2.
• In Rotterdam, Netherlands, Juan Martin del Potro beat Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-4 to reach the second of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
Exhibition called off after death
A snowmobile freestyle exhibition scheduled during X Games Tignes 2013 in March has been canceled, ESPN announced Tuesday, citing a review of the sport that began after the death of competitor Caleb Moore from injuries suffered at X Games Aspen.
Moore died Jan. 31 in Colorado, one week after his attempt at a backflip in the freestyle event failed.
– From staff and wire reports