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Young keeps up his torrid play

In Aiken, Carson Young led Pendleton (S.C.) High to the first-round lead in the Southern Cross Junior Invitational at Palmetto Golf Club on Friday.

Young, who shot 72-70-70 and won the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley on Sunday, shot 3-under-par 68 on Friday to help the Bulldogs shoot 7-over 220. In addition to Young, Austin Langdale had 73 and Trevor Rochester shot 79. Each team played four players and counted the low three.

South Aiken, which got 69 from Alex Handy, is in second place at 223. North Augusta is 13th at 233 and Aiken is tied for 21st at 249.

Blythewood’s Bryce Howell leads the individual race with 67.

The final round is today.

• In McCormick, S.C., former Vanderbilt golfer Jon Curran shot 5-under-par 67 to take the 36-hole lead in the NGA Tour’s Savannah Lakes Village Classic. He’s at 9-under 135.

Aiken native Matt Hendrix, who opened with 65, followed with 71 and is in second place, one shot behind Curran.

The other three players with area ties missed the cut, which fell at 147. Justin Lower shot 71-78–148, Major Manning had 75-74–149 and Garland Smith shot 76-74–150.

• In Blythewood, S.C., former Clemson golfer Tanner Ervin, of Mount Pleasant, S.C., has built an eight-shot lead through three rounds of the eGolf Tour’s Columbia Open.

Ervin’s 4-under-par 67 on Friday moved him to
16-under 197.

In solo-second place is Jeff Curl, of Ellington, Conn., who had shot 68-68-69.

Ervin is seeking his first victory on the developmental tour.

Former Augusta State golfer Taylor Floyd shot 72 and is tied for 26th place at 217.

Colleges

Belcher takes loss vs. Vandy

In Columbia, Spencer Navin hit a two-run homer off Nolan Belcher in the second inning and Vanderbilt went on to beat South Carolina 3-2 on Friday.

Belcher (6-5), a former Greenbrier star, took the loss. He gave up all three runs on six hits in six innings.

• In Atlanta, Buck Farmer went eight shutout innings and struck out nine batters as Georgia Tech beat Coastal Carolina 4-2 in the opener of a doubleheader.

The visitors won the second game 7-4 to earn a
split.

• Augusta State’s home baseball doubleheader with Flagler will begin at noon today instead of the original 1 p.m. starting time.

The teams will wrap up their seasons starting at noon Sunday.

Augusta State (10-37, 3-24 Peach Belt Conference) has lost a conference-record 20 consecutive games.

High Schools

Jenkins County star takes title

In Jefferson, Ga., Jenkins County’s Mark Brannen won the state title in the 3,200-meter run in Class A public on Friday at the 2013 GHSA state meet for boys track and field.

Lakeside’s Christian Bowles placed third in the 3,200-meter run for Class AAAAA.

• Westminster’s Trey Newton and Taylor Robertson have signed with Berry College to play football, with A.J. Lewis going there for basketball.

A fourth Wildcat, Tim Nabholz, signed with Erskine College for baseball.

• Grovetown’s Jamal Cummings has signed a baseball scholarship with Middle Georgia College.

Hunter McBride, also of Grovetown, signed with Brevard College to play baseball.

– From staff and wire reports


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