South Carolina leads matches
In Thomson, Trey Keepers, Dustin Hoang and Lance Johnson led the way as South Carolina took a three-point over Georgia after the first day of the Regions Matches at Belle Meade Country Club.
Keepers had 5½ points out of a possible 6 and Hoang and Johnson recorded 5 points each as South Carolina took a 19½-16½ lead after two team matches.
There will be 12 singles matches today to decide bragging rights in the matches, which are tied 12-12-1.
In the morning best-ball matches, Keepers teamed with Steve Foss to beat Cully Poston and Josh Chamineak 3-0. In the afternoon alternate shot matches, Keepers and Matt Jackson won 2½ points from John Wade and Chamineak.
Chuck Withers and Mark Ernyei had 5½ points each for Georgia.
• In Okatie, S.C., Aiken’s Ron Schroder shot 1-over-par 73 in Saturday’s second round of the South Carolina Golf Association’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Oldfield, dropping him six shots off the pace.
John Patterson shot his second consecutive 69 and carries a two-shot lead into today’s final round over fellow Bluffton resident J.D. Hoft and Honea Path’s Josh Branyon. Hoft and Branyon have both shot 70-70.
North Augusta’s Jeff Pope, the only other area player in the field for golfers 25-over, has shot 75-77 and is at 152.
• In Lake Lanier Island, Ga., Beau Minkley, of Atlanta, shot even-par72 to take a one-stroke lead over four players after the first round of the Georgia Public Links Championship.
Three Evans golfers are in the field. Jacob Tilton had 79, States Fort 81 and Andrew Duffie 89.
Wennstam lifts Jags in Illinois
In Olympia Fields, Ill., Georgia Regents University’s Alex Wennstam shot 1-under-par 69 on Saturday to move into a tie for sixth place in the Olympia Fields Country Club/Fighting Illini Invitational.
Behind Wennstam, the Jaguars shot 8-over-par 288 and moved up from 10th to seventh. They are only five shots out of second place because defending national champion Alabama is running away with the event.
The Crimson Tide had 277 on Saturday and leads second-place Texas by 21 shots.
In addition to Wennstam’s 69, GRU counted 72s by Maverick Antcliff and Jackson Stroup and 75 by Cody Shafer. Meechai Padung’s 79 was the noncounting score.
• In Aiken, USC Aiken lost both its volleyball matches in the USC Aiken Invitational on Saturday, falling to Lincoln Memorial and Valdosta State by identical 3-2 scores.
Lincoln Memorial lost the first two sets 25-17 and 25-23, then came back with 25-16, 25-20 and 22-20 set victories.
Taylor Stratton had 13 kills and Amanda Bologna had 27 assists for the Lady Pacers in that match.
Valdosta State beat USC Aiken 22-25, 25-17, 17-25, 25-17 and 16-14. Stratton had 10 kills and Bologna 23 assists.
USC Aiken is now 6-3.
• In Gaffney, S.C., the USC Aiken men’s soccer team is still looking for its first victory after losing 3-2 to Limestone.
The Pacers’ Sajih Daychoum scored in the 71st minute and Armin Lang scored with 29 seconds left in the match.
USC Aiken is 0-3-1.
American can take title today
In Alto De L’angliru, Spain, American Christopher Horner closed in on the biggest victory of his career by building his lead in the next-to-last stage of the Spanish Vuelta.
Horner leads by 37 seconds.