North Augustan makes Mid-Am

In Johns Creek, Ga., North Augusta’s Ashley Rose qualified for the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship on Thursday.

Rose shot 4-over-par 76 to finish second to Margaret Shirley (73) at Rivermont Golf and Country Club.

The top three finishers qualified for the Mid-Amateur Championship, which will be held at Biltmore Forest Country Club in Asheville, N.C., starting Oct. 5.

The tournament is limited to golfers ages 25-over.

• In Savannah, Ga., five of the seven area players in the Georgia Senior Championship made the cut, but none are in contention for the title going into the final round of the 54-hole event for golfers age 55-over.

Mike Jackson, of Martinez, leads the local contingent after rounds of 78-77–155 at The Landings Club’s Deer Creek course. He’s tied for 38th place, 22 shots behind the leader, Jack Hall.

Hall, of Sea Island, shot a tournament record 8-under-par 64 on Thursday and is at 11-under 133, eight shots ahead of second-place Jack Kearney, of Peachtree City (69 on Thursday).

Hall’s 64 is the competitive senior course record on the Deer Creek course.

In addition to Jackson, the other local players to make the cut are Kenny Larry (80-76–156), Doug Faulkner (82-76–158), Frank Perry (81-77–158) and Robert Samuels (74-84–158).

Missing the cut were Mike Kelley (85-82–167) and George Bullard (74-no card).

• In Southern Pines, N.C., Mikel Martinson shot 29 on his back nine for 7-under-par 65 and a share of the lead in the eGolf Tour’s Mid Pines Classic.

Martinson, of Lubbock, Texas, is tied at 12-under 201 with Jordan Walor and T.J. Howe, who have shot identical scores of 64-68-69.

Former Augusta State golfer Taylor Floyd had 66 and is tied for fifth place at 203. One of his former college teammates, Mitch Krywulycz, had 72 and is tied for 30th place at 209.

• In Elgin, S.C., former USC Aiken All-American Roberto Diaz is tied for the lead after the first round of the NGA Tour’s Woodcreek Classic.

Diaz shot 8-under-par 63, as did Jamie Sindelar and Blake Sattler.

Aiken native Matt Hendrix had 69 and Garland Smith, of Johnston, S.C., had 71.



Ironman in need of volunteer help

Volunteers are being sought for the Ironman 70.3 Augusta, which is scheduled for Sept. 29.

Lifeguards, bike course marshals, transition aids and assistance with athlete check-in are needed.

Contact Michelle Naval at (706) 722-8326 (ext. 235) to sign up or for additional information.



Suns deal Butler after signing Len

The Phoenix Suns have signed first-round draft pick Alex Len.

The team announced the signing Thursday moments after confirming a trade that sent Caron Butler from Phoenix to the Milwaukee Bucks for point guard Ish Smith and center Viacheslav Kravstov.

The 7-foot-1 Len, the fifth overall pick in the draft, played two seasons at Maryland after coming to the United States from his native Ukraine.

He averaged 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in his sophomore season at Maryland. Len, just 20 years old, has a 7-foot-4 wing span.

He had 20 points and seven rebounds in an ACC Tournament game against North Carolina and had a career-high 23 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots against Kentucky.