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Two Jags to tee off in regional

Augusta State’s Alex Wennstam and Maverick Antcliff open postseason play this morning in the opening round of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional at Golden Eagle Golf & Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla.

The two earned at-large individual bids from the NCAA on May 6 when the field of 81 teams and 45 individuals were selected for the six regional sites.

• In Charlotte, N.C., former Augusta State golfers Mitch Krywulycz and Major Manning opened with
5-under-par 67s on Wednes­day and are tied for eighth, four shots back of leader Andy Bare after the first round of the eGolf Tour’s Palisades Classic at Palisades Country Club.

Jay Haas Jr., another former Jaguar, shot 68 and is tied for 13th. Taylor Floyd, another ex-Jaguar, struggled to 82.

Michael Sainz double-eagled the par-5 12th hole, while his brother, Carlos, aced the par-3 13th hole.

• In Alpharetta, Ga., Jacob Tilton, of Evans, advanced to sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open by surviving a five-way playoff for one on the last two automatic spots in a local qualifier at Atlanta National Golf Club after shooting 1-over-par 73.

Among those who failed to qualify were former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz (76), Evans residents Zac Tilton (78) and Taylor Gove (82), former Augusta State golfer Derek Chang (85) and Augusta’s Chris Holroyd (86).

Dottie Pepper is returning to golf broadcasting, signing a deal with ESPN.

Pepper retired from NBC Sports in December after eight years because she was weary of the travel and wanted to devote her time to getting more juniors involved in golf. She joined the PGA of America as one of its board members.

“It’s just the major championships, and next year I’ll work eight events. It’s fabulous,” said Pepper, who will start work in June at the U.S. Open.

Meeting

S.C. State event is on tap tonight

The Greater Augusta Alumni Chapter of South Carolina State University will hold Bulldogs Nite Out at 6:30 p.m. today at Julian Smith Casino.

Among the scheduled guests are Dr. Cynthia Warrick (interim university president), emeritus football coach Willie Jeffries, and Dr. Eddie Ellis (band director).

S.C. State memorabilia and apparel will be on sale. Proceeds will benefit the alumni chapter fund.

For more information, call Rod Pearson at (706) 627-3163 or James Quarles at (706) 831-7010.

NFL

Jets QB Garrard plans to retire

David Garrard is out of the New York Jets’ quarterback competition.

A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that Garrard plans to retire because of lingering knee issues.

Garrard, 35, was signed in March to provide veteran competition for Mark Sanchez. But Garrard is planning to step away because of knee troubles.

• Linebacker Rolando McClain has told the Baltimore Ravens that he’s retiring from the NFL.

Tennis

Murray bows out with pain in back

In Rome, back pain forced Andy Murray to retire midway through his second-round match at the Italian Open on Wednesday. He might have to sit out the French Open, too.

Rafael Nadal began his bid for a seventh Rome title by cruising past local hope Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-3.


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