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‘Mistake’ made, Chamblee says

Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee says it was a mistake to compare Tiger Woods’ rules violations this year to his own episode of cheating on a fourth-grade math test.

Chamblee linked Woods’ violations to cheating in a column he wrote for SI Golf Plus that appeared on golf.com.

He appeared on Golf Channel on Wednesday night, his first time on the air since the column appeared.

“In offering my assessment of Tiger to you and specifically looking at the incidents in Abu Dhabi, Augusta, Ponte Vedra and Chicago, I said Tiger Woods was cavalier about the rules. I should have stopped right there,” Chamblee told Golf Channel host Rich Lerner. “In comparing those incidents to my cheating episode in the fourth grade, I went too far.”

“Cheating involves intent. I know what my intent was on that fourth-grade math test. But there’s no way I could know with 100 percent certainty what Tiger’s intent was in any of those situations. That was my mistake.”

High Schools

Area plays host to golf tourneys

For the second time in three years, the Augusta area will play host to the Georgia High School Association Golf State Championships, the Augusta Sports Council announced.

The event, presented by E-Z-GO, returns in May 2014, two years after the city held the boys and girls tournament.

The GHSA Golf State Championships consists of 12 tournaments ranging from Class A to Class AAAAAA, with more than 1,000 golfers expected to compete.

The championships will be held May 19.

Burke County golf coach and athletic director Wade Marchman will serve as the tournament director.

Colleges

Pacers register sweep of ’Cats

In Aiken, USC Aiken’s volleyball team handled Georgia College & State’s Bobcats in Peach Belt Conference play, sweeping the visitors 3-0.

The game scores were 25-16, 25-17, 25-19.

Ashley Diedrich had nine kills, Sheila Walsh had 15 assists and Monica Cardova had 25 digs for the Pacers (16-8, 8-5 Peach Belt Conference).

• In Pembroke, N.C., the USC Aiken women and UNC Pembroke played to a 0-0 double overtime draw in Peach Belt Conference soccer play.

Claire Tracy had eight saves for the UNC Pembroke while Melissa Westpahal had two saves for the Pacers, now 8-7-2, 3-5-2 Peach Belt Conference.

• In Pembroke, N.C., the USC Aiken men’s soccer team continues to search for its first Peach Belt Conference victory of the year. The Pacers lost 2-1 to UNC Pembroke on to drop to 0-7-1 in the conference.

Sam Miles and Rico Laitinen scored early first half goals for UNC Pembroke. Jason King scored the Pacers’ goal at the 84:09 mark.

• USC Aiken’s Paul Larsen and Ronald Zimmerman have named to the Peach Belt Conference preseason all-conference basketball team.

There are five players on the team, which was voted on by the league’s head coaches.

Soccer

New Zealand ties US on a late goal

In Columbus, Ohio Hannah Wilkinson, twice denied on near goals, chipped in a 15-yard shot in the 87th minute to allow New Zealand to forge a 1-1 draw with the United States in a friendly at Crew Stadium.

Syndey Leroux scored in the 42nd minute for the Americans.


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