Pacers in eighth after two rounds
In Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., third-ranked USC Aiken is in eighth place after two rounds of the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional on the par-72, 6,928-yard El Campeon course at the Mission Inn Resort & Club.
The Pacers followed their opening-round 295 on Monday with 303 on Tuesday and are at 598 with 18 holes to play.
Top-ranked Nova Southeastern leads at 571 (287-284). Second-ranked Barry is next at 580 (284-296).
USC Aiken is two shots behind Columbus State and West Florida, who are tied for sixth.
The top seven teams and top two players not with a team after stroke play advance to the finals May 20-24 in Hershey, Pa.
JP Solis shot 2-under 70 on Tuesday to lead USC Aiken and is in third place at 142. Matt Atkins (82) is at 152, Mark Dickson (77) is at 153 and Taylor Welborn (76) and Hayden Letien (80) are at 157.
Nova Southeastern’s Ricardo Celia (69-72) and Ben Taylor (70-71) are tied for the individual lead at 141.
• Lexie Brent has joined the staff of The First Tee of Aiken as the new program director.
Brent comes to The First Tee from Woodside Plantation Country Club where she was the assistant golf professional.
USC Aiken racks up league honors
In Greenwood, S.C., Peach Belt Conference regular-season champion USC Aiken had eight players earn all-conference accolades on Tuesday night at the conference’s banquet.
In addition, coach Kenny Thomas was tabbed Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year, while Sean Miller was named the conference freshman of the year.
Six Pacers – Ty Barkell, Bill Gerstenslager, Bryce Baur, Ryan Metzler, Derek Beasley and Taylor Grover – made first-team all-conference.
Josh Miller and Ryan Milewski were named to the second team.
Players honored for work in class
Augusta State and USC Aiken both placed two players each on the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team.
Making the team from Augusta State were Lauren Yeargen (3.90 GPA) and Laura Brown (3.79), while Victoria Burkett (3.857) and Brandy Bossle (3.843) made it from USC Aiken.
Penske records a small victory
NASCAR’s chief appellate officer issued a mixed ruling on penalties levied against Penske Racing on Tuesday. Although most everything was upheld, suspensions for seven key employees were reduced from six points races to two.
NASCAR docked Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano 25 points each, and fined crew chiefs Paul Wolfe and Todd Gordon $100,000 each. NASCAR also suspended Wolfe, Gordon, competition director Travis Geisler, car chiefs Jerry Kelley and Raymond Fox and engineers Brian Wilson and Samuel Stanley for six races.
All suspensions were reduced to two points races, plus the All-Star race.
Semifinals to air on cable in 2014
The Final Four’s first two games are moving to cable next year.
The national semifinals will air on TBS in 2014 and 2015, with the title game remaining on CBS.
– From staff and wire reports
TBS will televise the entire Final Four in 2016 and CBS in 2017.
– From staff and wire reports