Pacers rally for runner-up finish
In Greenwood, S.C., USC Aiken rallied to finish second in the 18-team Bearcat Golf Classic.
The Pacers, who were in fourth place going into the final round, closed with 285 to finish four shots behind Belmont Abbey, which had 296. USC Aiken started the day 15 shots behind front-running Belmont Abbey.
In the final round, the Pacers counted 67 by JP Solis, 71 by Matt Atkins, 72 by Mark Dickson and 75 by Kyle Godsman. Taylor Welborn had a noncounting 76.
Solis (76-75-67–218) tied for third individually, Dickson (77-70-72–219) tied for fifth, Atkins (76-74-71–221) tied for 10th, Godsman (75-74-75–224) tied for 21st place and Welborn (77-81-76–234) tied for 66th.
Belmont Abbey’s Adam Hedges (69-66-71–206) was the medalist.
• In Charleston, S.C., Augusta State’s Natalie Wille and Casey Kennedy recorded top-10 finishes in the Briar’s Creek Golf Classic.
Wille tied for fourth place and Kennedy tied for seventh as Augusta State finished ninth in the 18-team field.
In a final round of 14-over-par 302, the Lady Jaguars counted 72 by Kennedy, 73 by Wille, 78 by Marit Bjerke and 79 by Stephanie Bennett. Christine Duschek-Hansen had a noncounting 81.
Willie shot 76-73-73–222 to tie for fourth, Kennedy had 79-76-72–227 to tie for seventh, Bjerke shot 81-80-78–239 to tie for 57th, Duschek-Hansen shot 82-77-81–240 to tie for 63rd and Bennett shot 84-82-79–245 to tie for 81st place.
• In Awendaw, S.C., the Augusta State men’s team finished 12th in the 15-team Hoootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate.
The Jaguars, who closed with 7-over-par 295, could never recover from their opening 316 in the 54-hole event, won by Duke.
In the final round, Augusta State counted 72 by Maverick Antcliff, 73 by Cody Shafer and 75s by Robin Petersson and Derek Chang. Alex Wennstam’s 82 was the noncounting score.
Individually, Petersson (83-71-75) and Wennstam (76-71-82) tied for 43rd at 229; Chang (77-79-75) tied for 51st at 231 and Antcliff (83-77-72) and Shafer (80-79-73) tied for 53rd at 232.
N.C. State’s Logan Harrell was the medalist. He closed with 66 to finish at 213.
South Carolina, which finished in ninth place, was led by North Augusta’s Matt NeSmith (77-72-70–215), who tied for seventh place. Augusta’s Dykes Harbin (77-77-71–225) tied for 27th for the Gamecocks.
Split is earned by USC Aiken
In Aiken, Kaitlyn White’s walkoff single in the ninth inning lifted USC Aiken to a 3-2 victory over Armstrong Atlantic State in the first game of a doubleheader.
White had three hits and two RBI in the opener.
The Lady Pirates won the nightcap 6-2 behind Alexis Mercer, who had two homers and four RBI.
USC Aiken is 18-14-1, 5-7 Peach Belt.
Flyers fare well in AAU indoors
In Birmingham, Ala., three members of the Augusta Flyers had top-three finishes in the AAU National Indoor meet.
Langston McCovery, in the 9-year-old boys division, took home first-place in the 55 meter dash.
Essence Shepard, in the 9-year-old girls division, was third in the 55 meter dash and Lavaisiette Keller was third in the girls 14-year-old long jump. Keller was also fourth in the 55 meter hurdles.
The other top 10-finisher among the Flyers was Raenyse Allen, who was sixth in the girls 14-year-old 55 meter dash.
– From staff reports