Ex-Pacer keeps up his torrid play
In Little River, S.C., Roberto Diaz maintained his lead in the NGA Tour’s Palmetto State Open at River Hills Golf Club on Wednesday.
Diaz, the former USC Aiken All-American who lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C., shot 5-under-par 67 in the Carolina Series event.
He’s at 9-under 135 for 36 holes, two shots clear of seven-time West Virginia Open winner David Bradshaw.
North Augusta’s Kyle Bradley shot 74-72 and missed the cut by two strokes.
In his past three starts on the NGA Tour’s Pro Series, Diaz has finished fourth, tied for 20th and tied for ninth.
He’s shot in the 60s in seven of his past 12 rounds.
• In Woodstock, Ga., Evans’ Jacob Tilton finished as the second alternate to the U.S. Amateur after a 36-hole sectional qualifier at Capital City Club’s Crabapple course.
Tilton, who was tied for third place after the opening 18 holes on Tuesday, shot 2-over-par 72 on Wednesday and finished seventh.
The top five advanced to the U.S. Amateur, scheduled Aug. 12-18 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
Anders Albertson, of Woodstock, Ga., was the top qualifier after rounds of 66-67.
• The girls at The First Tee of Augusta are playing host to a six-hole “Puttin’ in Pearls” ladies-only golf tournament on Friday.
The event, which starts at 9:30 a.m. with a shotgun start, benefits the monthly LPGA-USGA Girls Golf activities at The First Tee of Augusta.
Entry fee is $50, and the deadline to sign up is Friday. Go to www.thefirsttee
augusta.org to register.
There is no entry fee charge for The First Tee of Augusta girls.
Dublin 441 set to race Sunday
There will be stock car racing Sunday afternoon at Dublin 441 Speedway.
It is an makeup race from last Saturday. Arm bands from that date will be honored.
Among the scheduled races are Pitts Toyota Scion, American Crate Late Models, Georgia Sports Arena Super Street, Vidalia Auto Salvage Pure Stock, Bombers, and McCumbers Flooring Mini-stock.
Gates open at 2 p.m. Racing will start after the 4 o’clock drivers meeting.
Hewitt, Blake pushed in wins
In Norcross, Ga., Lleyton Hewitt and James Blake advanced to the third round of the Atlanta Open while Mardy Fish was eliminated.
Hewitt defeated Rhyne Williams, 7-6 (6), 6-4, and Blake beat Tim Smyczek, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-6 (4).
Michael Russell, defeated Fish, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.
• In Stanford, Calif., fifth-seeded Sorana Cirstea beat American Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-3 in the second round
of the Bank of the West Classic.
• In Gstaad, Switzerland, Stanislas Wawrinka advanced to the Swiss Open quarterfinals by edging Daniel Gimeno-Traver, 7-5, 7-6 (4).
Today, top-seeded Roger Federer competes in the clay-court event against Daniel Brands.
Olbermann will stick with sports
Keith Olbermann says he isn’t planning to talk politics on his new late-night sports show.
Olbermann’s self-titled show originates in New York and debuts Aug. 26 on ESPN2.
It will focus on the day’s sports topics through a mix of commentary, interviews, contributors, panel discussions and highlights.
– From staff and wire reports