Duncan surges to lead at Woodside
In Aiken, Brian Duncan posted his second consecutive 66 to take the lead Friday heading into the final round of the eGolf Tour’s Championship at Woodside Plantation.
The Mount Pleasant, S.C., resident and former Clemson golfer is at 17-under-par 199 at Woodside Plantation’s Jones Course. He leads by two shots over Chesson Hadley, who shot 67 for the third day in a row.
Gordon Strother, who held the lead after the first two rounds, slipped to third after carding 71. He is three back.
David Robinson, of Sandersville, Ga., is in the hunt after posting 70 Friday. He’s tied for fourth and trails by six.
Aiken’s Stephen Poole (69, 210) is tied for 15th and former Augusta State golfer Mitch Krywulycz (76, 216) is tied for 38th.
• In Fort Wayne, Ind., McKenzie Talbert shot 3-over 75 and finished 27th in the girls portion of the Junior PGA Championship.
The Strom Thurmond High School golfer finished the tournament at 10-over 298.
Ariya Jutanugarn, of Thailand, closed with 67 to win by three shots over Samantha Wagner at Sycamore Hills Golf Club. Jutanugarn finished at 274.
Robby Shelton, of Wilmer, Ala., won the boys portion by three shots over Cameron Camp. Shelton finished at 13-under 275.
Minor League Hockey
Augusta makes trade for forward
The Augusta RiverHawks acquired forward Dennis Sicard from the Huntsville Havoc in exchange for defenseman Ed Snetsinger.
Sicard topped the 20-goal mark and added 14 assists for 34 points in 40 games with Huntsville.
Snetsinger has played two seasons with the RiverHawks. In 72 games, he scored 15 goals and added 48 assists while compiling 119 penalty minutes.
Aikenite coming out of retirement
Aikenite has come out of retirement and returned to Todd Pletcher’s barn at Belmont Park, Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell announced Friday.
The 5-year-old, a multiple graded stakes winner of $866,635, has recovered from an ankle injury that led to his retirement in March.
“We hope he can go on to win some more races for us,” Campbell said.
New Gamecocks coach inks deal
New South Carolina coach Chad Holbrook has been given a five-year contract paying him $400,000 a season.
The university Board of Trustees approved the contract Friday. Holbrook is replacing Ray Tanner, who was promoted to athletic director.
Holbrook was Tanner’s top assistant and recruiting coordinator for the past four years, including the Gamecocks national championships in 2010 and 2011 and their national runner-up finish last season.
‘Good friends’ to face off in semis
In Washington, Mardy Fish and Tommy Haas will meet in the Citi Open semifinals today.
After beating Xavier Malisse 6-3, 6-4 on Friday, the top-seeded Fish said he and Haas are “good friends.”
Eighth-seeded Sam Querrey beat third-seeded Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 in another quarterfinal. Alexandr Dolgopolov faced James Blake later Friday.