Area juniors win their age groups
In Statham, Ga., States Fort and Harry Jones helped the East team win the Georgia State Golf Association Junior Sectional Challenge Match at The Georgia Club on Tuesday.
Fort, of Evans, won the 14-15 age group with rounds of 74-70.
Jones, of Augusta, was the 11-under winner, shooting 1-over-par 71 (34 on Monday and 37 on Tuesday).
The East team totaled 51.1, points, followed by the West (40.75), the Southeast (36.75), the Northwest (36) the Southwest (35.25), the Northeast (17) and the Middle (8.25).
This was the eighth win in the 40-year history of the Junior Sectional Challenge Match for the East section, and first since 2009 when the event was held at West Lake Country Club in Martinez.
• In Woodstock, Ga., Jacob Tilton, of Evans, is tied for third place after the first round of a 36-hole U.S. Amateur sectional qualifier at Capital City Club.
Tilton shot 2-under-par 68. He’s two shots off the lead held by Seth Reeves and Anders Albertson.
The top five after today’s round qualify for the U.S. Amateur, scheduled Aug. 12-18 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
• In Little River, S.C., former USC Aiken All-American Roberto Diaz, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., is tied for the first-round lead in the Palmetto State Open, a Carolina Series event on the NGA Tour.
The tour’s main series, the Pro Series, is off this week.
Diaz and Wesley Bryan, another Palmetto State golfer from Chapin, shot 4-under-par 68s.
North Augusta’s Kyle Bradley opened with 74.
The winner will earn $10,000.
Five area players are in elite camp
Three Strom Thurmond High players and two from Laney will be participating in the invitation-only IMG All-Madden Football Camp, which starts Friday and runs through Sunday in Bradenton, Fla.
The Strom Thurmond players are Chad Gilchrist, Kenyatta Dunbar and Jauveer Hammond.
The Laney players are Vi’cente Walker and Andrea James.
They are all members of Sleeper Recruit, an Augusta-based sports mentoring program dedicated to helping young athletes achieve their highest potential.
• A brain tumor caused the death of a northeast Georgia high school football player, Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s officials said Tuesday.
Jordan Bracken-Howley, 17, died suddenly Monday morning at his father’s house in Lawrenceville, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The teen would have been a senior at Apalachee High School in Winder, where he played as an offensive and defensive lineman.
Bracken-Howley’s football coach, Shane Davis, said the teen complained of a headache on Sunday and just wasn’t feeling good at practice.
When his father tried to wake him early Monday, the teen was unresponsive and could not be revived, Davis said,
GRU race entries being accepted
The Augusta Sports Council is accepting registration for the 2014 Georgia Regents University Augusta Half Marathon and 10K, scheduled for Feb. 22-23.
The GRU Augusta Half Marathon is in its sixth year with last year’s addition of the 10K component. The 2013 event included 1,489 registered runners.
To sign up and for more information, go to www.AugustaHalf.org.
– From staff and wire reports