Hendrix has lead on the NGA Tour
In McCormick, S.C., Aiken native Matt Hendrix used a putter he borrowed from a friend this week to shoot 7-under-par 65 and take the first round lead in the NGA Tour’s Savannah Lakes Village Classic on Thursday.
Hendrix, a former Clemson standout who now lives in Greenville, S.C., leads former Auburn All-American Blayne Barber by one stroke.
Augusta’s Justin Lower had 71, former Augusta State golfer Major Manning shot 75 and Johnston’s Garland Smith had 76.
• In Blythewood, S.C., former Clemson golfer Tanner Ervin shot 63 to build a four-shot lead after 36 holes of the eGolf Tour’s Columbia Open.
Erwin, a five-time U.S. Amateur participant, is at 12-under 130.
Seamus Power is in second place after a pair of 67s.
Former Augusta State golfer Taylor Floyd rebounded from an opening 74 to shot 65 and make the cut. Mitch Krywulycz (71-72–143), another ex-Jaguar, missed the cut, as did Brad Arrington (72-76–148).
• Carson Young and Austin Langdale, who play at Pendleton (S.C.) High School, head up the Southern Cross Tournament high school tournament, which begins today at Aiken’s Palmetto Golf Club.
Young is coming off a victory in last week’s Junior Invitational at Sage Valley.
Langdale tied for second place at Sage Valley and is the defending champion of the Southern Cross, which features 25 teams and eight individuals.
The local teams in the field are Aiken, South Aiken and North Augusta.
Richmond Academy’s Carson Spears is one of the eight individuals in the tournament.
Patriots star is player of year
Westside swept player and coach honors on the boys
3-AA All-Region team as Tyler
Brabenec was the player of the year and Jamie Brabenec was coach of the year.
Westside’s Keaton Craw, Mikel Merino and Tim Liebernecht made the All-Region team, as did Harlem’s James Overby, Santiago Rodriquez, A.R. Johnson’s Julius Cherry and Billy Cleveland and Laney’s Roy Lee Jones Jr.
• In Jefferson, Ga., Sean-Michael Rand, of Cross Creek, finished second in the high jump for Class AAAA during the first day of the GHSA state boys track and field meet. Devon Diamond, also of Cross Creek, placed fifth at triple jump.
Screven County’s Bryce Johnson was fourth in the discus throw in Class AA, while Washington County’s Quintavious Latimer was fourth in the shot put in Class AAA.
Greenbrier’s Dominique Brown finished third in Class AAAAA for the high jump.
Jenkins County’s Mark Brannen was third in the Class A public competition for the 1,600-meter run. Chase Fowers, of Lakeside, came in fifth for the 1,600-meter run in Class AAAAA.
SEC, ESPN agree on 20-year deal
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN on Thursday announced a 20-year agreement to operate an SEC network that is scheduled to debut in August 2014.
Betsy Bingo is set for Saturday
Martinez-Evans Little League will be holding its annual fundraiser on Saturday at Kelly Park.
The Spring Season kickoff and community festival’s Betsy Bingo will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission charge.
For more information, go to www.mellbaseball.org.