Dogs’ Douglas gets promotion
Augusta native Jim Douglas has been promoted to associate head coach for the Georgia golf team.
Douglas, the youngest son of late Augusta Municipal Golf Course operator Red Douglas, has had two tenures as assistant coach for the Bulldogs totaling 11 seasons.
“Jim will have more responsibilities with the day-to-day operations of our men’s team,” said Georgia head coach Chris Haack, who has added the title of director of golf to his title.
“This is a role he’s ready for,” Haack said of Douglas. “He knows everything there is to know about our program and the way things need to be done. He’s been my right-hand man for many years, and we are lucky to have him in Athens.”
Douglas was Haack’s assistant from 1997 through 2005, helping the Bulldogs win the 1999 and 2005 NCAA titles along with four Southeastern Conference titles. He served parts of the 2010 season as a volunteer coach and returned to the staff in January of 2011.
Haack, who will be entering his 17th season this fall as head coach, will serve as the liaison between the Athletic Association and the UGA Golf Course, and will oversee the Boyd Center and the adjacent practice facilities, and will be available as counsel to first-year women’s head coach Josh Brewer.
Guy watch list has 25 players
Louisiana Tech’s Ryan Allen, the winner of the 2011 Ray Guy Award, heads up the 25 candidates on the watch list for the 2012 award, which goes to the nation’s top punter.
The list was announced Wednesday.
Eight other semifinalists from 2011 are on the watch list. They are UTEP’s Ian Campbell, Auburn’s Steven Clark , Idaho’s Bobby Cowan, Houston’s Richie Leone, Cincinnati’s Pat O’Donnell, Oregon’s Jackson Rice, Bowling Green’s Brian Schmiedebusch and Louisiana State University’s Brad Wing.
The number of candidates will grow when the award opens for nominations in September.
The complete list of candidates will be released Oct. 26, the 10 semifinalists will be announced Nov. 9, three finalists will be named Nov. 19 and the winner will be named Dec. 6.
• Greenbrier Pop Warner will offer a free football clinic for players ages five through 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. today at Greenbrier High.
The clinic will be conducted by Ryan Bowers and AthElite Sports Training Academy.
Lyttle, Harding power the Dream
In Seattle, Sancho Lyttle scored 21 points to lead the Atlanta Dream to a 70-59 victory over the Seattle Storm 70-59 on Wednesday.
Lindsey Harding added 15 points for Atlanta (9-9).
• In Rosemont, Ill., Sophia Young and Danielle Robinson scored 16 points each to lead San Antonio to a 77-68 win over Chicago.
• In Uncasville, Conn., Asjha Jones had 22 points and Tina Charles added 17 as Connecticut beat Washington 85-73.
Serena returns with easy victory
In Stanford, Calif., four days after capturing the singles’ title at Wimbledon, fourth-ranked and top-seeded Serena Williams beat reigning NCAA champion Nicole Gibbs 6-2, 6-1 in the second round of the Bank of the West on Wednesday.
In other matches, fifth-seeded Yanina Wickmayer beat Heather Watson 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.