Kuhlke leads at Gordon Lakes
Augusta’s Tripp Kuhlke continued his strong play in the senior division of the Regions Bank Amateur Series on Saturday, shooting 2-under-par 70 to take the lead after the first round of the Gordon Lakes PING Regions Invitational at Gordon Lakes Golf Course.
The 52-year-old Kuhlke, who has a two-shot lead over Kenny Larry, is seeking his third senior victory in as many starts. He won his senior debut three weeks ago at Midland Valley Country Club and then won last week at Jones Creek.
North Augusta’s Glen Hurt is expected to be crowned the senior player of the year after today’s final round of the ninth event of the season. Hurt, who entered the season finale with a 51-point lead over Frank Perry, shot 75, as did Perry. They are tied for fifth place. Chuck Withers and Jeff Roberts are tied for third place after 73s.
In the regular division, player of the year Jeff Pope isn’t playing this week, but another North Augustan is leading the way. Lance Johnson had 71 and has a four-shot lead over Trey Keepers. James Garren Jr. had 76 and Aiken’s Chase Epting, who won last week at Jones Creek, shot 77.
Isner claims win in tiebreaker
In Winston-Salem, N.C., John Isner battled through a tough third-set tiebreaker to beat seventh-ranked Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (11-9) on Saturday for his second consecutive Winston-Salem Open title.
Isner, seeded second and ranked 10th, had 22 aces, but needed to overcome his own mistakes for his second win this season and fifth career title in the final hard-court tournament before the U.S. Open.
• In New Haven, Conn., Petra Kvitova beat Maria Kirilenko 7-6 (9), 7-5 on Saturday to win the New Haven Open, the Czech star’s second WTA tournament title in three weeks.
The second-seeded Kvitova trailed 5-2 in the second set before reeling off five consecutive games for the victory that avenged a loss to the Russian in the Olympic quarterfinals.
Valverde takes Vuelta stage
In Collado Viabla, Andorra, Alejandro Valverde overtook overall leader Joaquin Rodriguez and Alberto Contador on the final climb to win the eighth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Saturday.
Valverde surged past the pair after the last turn to cap a grueling climb over the closing miles in a winning time of 4 hours, 6 minutes, 39 seconds.
Rodriguez’s overall time of 29:59:35 allowed the Katusha rider to stretch his overall lead to 33 seconds.
• In Boulder, Colo., defending champion Levi Leipheimer opened a nine-second lead Saturday in the USA Pro Challenge overall standings, while Australia’s Rory Sutherland won the uphill sixth stage.
Leipheimer, the Omega Pharma-Quickstep rider based in Santa Rosa, Calif., began the day in fourth place – eight seconds back. He was fourth in the stage, 26 seconds behind Sutherland.
Dream fall to streaking Lynx
In Atlanta, Seimone Augustus scored 23 points, Rebekkah Brunson added 21 and the Minnesota Lynx won their sixth consecutive game with an 84-74 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Saturday.
Angel McCoughtry, who began the game leading the league with a 22.7 scoring average, finished with 14 points.