Faulkner’s team tied for the lead
In St. Simons Island, Ga., Doug Faulkner and Dave Barwick are tied for the first flight lead after the opening round of the 20th annual Georgia Senior Four-Ball Championship.
Faulkner, of Martinez, and Barwick, a former Augustan who lives in Suwanee, shot 70 at King & Prince Golf Course.
The Columbus duo of Tom Stewart and Charles Speakman also shot 70.
In the championship flight, which is being played at The Golf Club at Sanctuary Cove in Waverly, the Atlanta duo of Mark Baxter and Bill Blalock shot 60 to take a five-stroke lead over three teams.
The team of Evans’ Richard Felder and George Bullard, of Martinez, shot 72 and is tied for 28th place.
Patriots catcher to join Bobcats
Westside’s Henry Rowland has signed with Georgia College & State University, in Milledgeville.
“They’re one of the top baseball teams in the country in Division II,” Rowland said of the Bobcats. “It’s definitely exciting to sign, but I’m also excited it’s over.”
Rowland, who helped the Patriots go 16-8 this past season, still has another season left with Westside.
• Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was abducted by gunmen Wednesday from his home in his native Venezuela.
Ramos, 24, was taken away in an SUV by four armed men in Santa Ines in central Carabobo state, Kathe Vilera, spokeswoman for the catcher’s Venezuelan League team, said through her official Twitter account.
Red Kettle year will start today
The Salvation Army of Augusta’s 2011 Red Kettle Season begins today with the second annual Red Kettle Kick-Off.
The event will run from 11:50 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Washington Road Kroger at Alexander Drive.
Red Kettles representing the Georgia Bulldogs, Clemson Tigers, South Carolina Gamecocks, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Georgia Southern Eagles will be staffed by fans to encourage donations.
Last year’s 2010 Kettle Cup Champion was the Bulldogs team with nearly $500 in donations raised on the day.
In addition to the five team kettles, there will also be a “Captain’s Kettle” for those who want to donate but do not want to select a particular team to support.
The 2011 Red Kettle Season will run through Dec. 24. Red kettles will be stationed at more than 25 locations in the area.
Six Pacers earn academic honors
Five USC Aiken players were named to the Peach Belt Conference Men’s Soccer All-Academic team and one was named to the women’s team.
Chinedu Arinze, Scott Berry, Michael Poole, Jack Reynolds and Kofi Trim earned the honor.
The Lady Pacers’ Emily Dodd made the women’s All-Academic team. So did Georgia College & State’s Brittany Borror, of Evans.
Aggies open up with easy victory
In College Station, Texas, Ray Turner scored a career-high 20 points and No. 20 Texas A&M shot 65 percent from the field while cruising past Liberty 81-59 in the season opener for both teams.
The Aggies played without first-year coach Billy Kennedy, on leave following his diagnosis of an early stage of Parkinson’s disease.