Men’s College Golf
Jaguars come up short in regional
In West Lafayette, Ind., the Augusta University men’s golf team was one spot away from advancing to the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season.
The Jags shot 299 in the final round at the Kampen Course on Wednesday to finish tied for sixth with St. Mary’s (Calif.) at 21-over 885 in the West Lafayette Regional, missing the cut by three strokes.
South Carolina also failed to qualify, finishing ninth at 895 after closing with 302.
The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional advance to the finals, scheduled for May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
UNLV shot 299 in the final round to finish at 8-over 872 and win the regional by three strokes over Auburn, which closed with 296. The other qualifiers were Illinois (878), New Mexico (880) and Purdue (882).
New Mexico’s Andrej Bevins (71-68-74–213) and Illinois’ Nicky Hardy (71-72 -70–213) shared medalist honors.
Competing as an individual, Illinois State’s Trent Wallace (68-70-79–217) finished in seventh place and edged Augusta senior Emmanuel Kountakis (73-70-75–218) by one shot to earn the low individual title and earn a spot in the finals.
Kountakis led the Jaguars and tied for eighth place overall. Jake Marriott (73-75-71–219) tied for 10th, Broc Everett (78-74-71–223) tied for 21st, Viktor Edin (72-74-82–228) tied for 44th and Gustav Andersson (80-72-84–236) tied for 72nd.
In College Grove, Tenn., Georgia finished 10th in its regional on Wednesday and failed to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
The Bulldogs shot 13-over 301 in the final round and finished at 23-over 887 at the NCAA College Grove Regional. The University of Central Florida (1-under 863), Vanderbilt, Kennesaw State and Clemson (all 865), and Lipscomb (869) advanced to the NCAA Championships.
Augusta’s Greyson Sigg finished at 4-over 220 and tied for 17th overall for the Bulldogs.
3 Atlanta games are rescheduled
Atlanta United has rescheduled three MLS matches at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which had to push back its opening because of retractable roof issues.
The expansion team will play the first regular-season professional sporting event at the $1.6 billion stadium on Sept. 10 against FC Dallas. The match, originally set for Sept. 9, was pushed back one day to be televised nationally on FS1.
Two other games originally set for August were also rescheduled. Atlanta will host LA Galaxy on Sept. 20 and fellow expansion team Minnesota United on Oct. 3.
Nadal breezes to 16th win in a row
In Rome, Rafael Nadal won his opening match at the Italian Open on Wednesday to extend his winning streak to 16 matches when Nicolas Almagro retired in the first set with an apparent injury.
Top-ranked Angelique Kerber, meanwhile, lost her opening match at the Foro Italico to qualifier Anett Kontaveit 6-4, 6-0. She joined Andy Murray, the top-ranked men’s player, on the sidelines after Murray’s loss to Fabio Fognini on Tuesday.
Olympic silver medalist Juan Martin del Potro defeated Kyle Edmund 7-5, 6-4; fifth-seeded Milos Raonic defeated veteran Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-3; and 16th-seeded Alexander Zverev beat Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-4.
Venus Williams, the 1999 champion, eliminated Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-3.