Ray Guy winner selected tonight
The Ray Guy Award will be presented to college football’s top punter during a ceremony tonight.
Memphis’ Tom Hornsey, Texas A&M’s Drew Kaser and Purdue’s Cody Webster are the finalists.
All three will be in attendance at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., when the winner is announced during an awards show that starts at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
The winner is determined by a national voting body of sports writers, college coaches, sports information directors and past award winners.
The Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award in 2000 to honor Guy, a Thomson native who is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
• North Augusta baseball player Bryson Conner has signed with Coker College in Hartsville, S.C.
Conner signed as a middle infielder.
Area trio begins Web.com quest
In La Quinta, Calif., three players with area ties begin play today in the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament.
The six-round event at PGA West’s TPC Stadium and Nicklaus Tournament courses will determine Web.com Tour status for 2014.
The area players in the 152-player field are former Augusta State golfer and current Augusta resident Mitch Krywulycz, Aiken native Matt Hendrix and former USC Aiken All-American Robert Diaz, who lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Krywulycz will have a veteran caddie on his bag in William Lanier, of Augusta. Lanier caddied for Krywulycz’s former Augusta State teammate Henrik Norlander on the PGA Tour last year and is on David Toms’ bag for 2014.
The winner is exempt for the 2014 Web.com Tour season and from periodic re-order. The top 10 and ties are exempt until the third periodic re-order.
After the top 10 and ties, the top 45 and ties are exempt until the second periodic re-order of the 2014 season.
The balance of the field will receive conditional status.
• In Durban, South Africa, England’s Daniel Brooks shot 8-under 62 to take a one-stroke lead in the rain-suspended first round of the Nelson Mandela Championship.
Play at the Mount Edgecombe Country Club began seven hours late after rain left many of the fairways waterlogged. More than half the field failed to complete their rounds.
Brook is being pursued by a group of French players, led by Francois Calmels with 63 and followed by Edouard Dubois and Romain Wattel, who are two strokes back.
Brooks, who kept his European Tour card after November’s Qualifying School, produced eight birdies in his bogey-free round.
The course was reduced to a par-70 track – the 320-yard par-4 fifth hole was converted into a 142-yard par-3 because of the waterlogged fairway.
• The 2014 season could be David Duval’s final year on the PGA Tour.
The former Georgia Tech star, a 13-time winner and former world No. 1, sent out a series of tweets Tuesday evening suggesting that 2014 would be a make-or-break year for him, according to pgatour.com.
Although the former British Open champion remains confident about the work he’s putting in with instructor Chris O’Connell, Duval has made just five of his past 28 cuts.
His world ranking has dropped to No. 1,521.
“As a player you need to perform and if I don’t do that in 2014 I will do something else,” the 42-year-old tweeted.
Marseille is in knockout stage
In Marseille, France, Borussia Dortmund beat 10-man Marseille 2-1 with a late goal from Kevin Grosskreutz to top Group F and advance to the Champions League knockout stage.
Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski beat the offside trap to open the scoring for last season’s runner-up with a chip in the fourth minute. But Marseille defender Souleymane Diawara headed in a rebound to equalize in the 14th.
The hosts were reduced to 10 men in the 34th when Dimitri Payet was shown a second yellow card for diving inside the area.
Brussels Open is discontinued
The WTA’s Brussels Open has folded after three years because it has become too expensive to stage.
The tennis tournament was a clay-court event in the week before the French Open, and drew top players like Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska and Marion Bartoli.
The tournament says “the current economic context and the ever-increasing investments to meet the demands of the WTA for the Premier label made it a difficult, near impossible task.”
The 2013 edition, which offered $250,000 in prize money, was hit by bad spring weather and poor crowds. Kaia Kanepi of Estonia won the title.