Originally created 03/12/98

Overtime: Overcash ahead in TearDrop



Aiken's Dale Overcash fired a 5-under-par 67 Wednesday and has a four-shot lead into today's final round of the TearDrop Tour's Woodside Open.

Overcash, Cadillac Cup player of the year in 1997 who recently turned pro, will earn $5,000 with a victory today. Overcash is at 5-under-par 139 for the tournament at Woodside Plantation's Jones Course. Stephen Woodard of Charlotte, N.C., is in second place.

  • Augusta State is ranked ninth in this week's MasterCard Collegiate rankings. The Jaguars, who have won three times this season, are coming off a third-place finish in the Matlock Classic in Tampa, Fla., over the weekend.
  • In NCAA District III North, they are ranked third. The top eight ranked teams advance to the East Regional from May 14-16 at Daufuskie Island, S.C. The top eight teams from the 22-team regional advance to the NCAA Championships from May 27-30 in Albuquerque, N.M.

  • USC Aiken is ranked sixth in the latest NCAA Division II poll. Columbus State is ranked No. 1, followed by Florida Southern and Central Oklahoma.
  • BASEBALL: Augusta State outfielder Robbie Smith has been named Peach Belt Athletic Conference player of the week. The senior from Atlanta batted .500 with a home run, six RBI, a double and a triple in two games last week. In one of those games, Smith doubled home the winning run.

  • Mike Curry collected four of South Carolina's seven hits, including a two-run homer, as South Carolina posted a 6-3 victory over George Mason.
  • Curry's homer, his fifth of the season, came off Matt Williams (0-3) and capped a three-run sixth inning that broke a 2-2 tie.

    TRACK: Former Lakeside athlete Reese Hoffa of the University of Georgia has qualified in the shot put for this weekend's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Indianapolis. Throwers with the top 13 distances this season qualified.

    Hoffa, a freshman, had the ninth-best throw, of 61 feet, 9 inches in a meet Jan. 24. The top throw was by Brad Snyder of the University of South Carolina, at 66 feet, 8 inches.

    ATHLETICS: Former Clemson Sports Information Director Bob Bradley is in stable condition after suffering a heart attack Wednesday. Bradley served as the Clemson SID from 1955-1989. Bradley is hospitalized at Oconee Memorial, 298 Memorial Drive, Seneca, S.C. 29672. Bradley will be in the intensive care unit the next two days and will not receive visitors.

    OLYMPICS: An apology, and maybe a check, would go a long way toward resolving the dispute over the trashing of Olympic dorm rooms by U.S. hockey players, officials said Wednesday.

    The top two leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee said they were not ready to impose sanctions against the 23 NHL stars on the team and hoped the two or three players responsible for the vandalism still would confess.

    USOC president Bill Hybl and executive director Dick Schultz said all their options remained open, including the most severe -- banning all the players from future Olympic teams.

    TENNIS: Second-seeded Magnus Gustafsson of Sweden breezed into the third round of the $210,000 Copenhagen Open on Wednesday with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Renzo Furlan of Italy.

    The victory emphasized the Swede's return to form after having missed three months last year for shoulder surgery.

    No. 4 seed Jan Siemerink of the Netherlands easily won his first-round match, beating Arnaud Clement of France 6-1, 6-3.

    BOWLING: Pete Couture won six of eight games for the second consecutive round to retain the lead in the Professional Bowlers Association's Showboat Greater Albany Senior Open.

    Couture, who ran his lead to 218 pins over Dave Soutar, has led since the beginning of the tournament. He is averaging 236 and has dropped 8,390 total pins for the first 34 games.