Originally created 05/29/99

Overtime: Hot Rod runoff slated for today



Qualifying and runoffs in eight Sportsman classes in the International Hot Rod Association's Sports Nationals will start at 8:30 a.m. today at Carolina Dragway in Jackson, S.C. Early qualifying began on Friday.

A "Night of Fire" exhibition and Pro Mod exhibition runs will be held tonight.

With more than 400 entries in this weekend's event, final eliminations are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Tickets, available at the gate, today and Sunday are $15 each day, with children 6-12 admitted for $5. Call (803) 266-5831 for ticket information.

Competition includes Top Dragster, Top Sportsman, Modified, Quick Rod, Super Rod, Hot Rod, Super Stock and Stock.

Carolina Dragway is located in Jackson just off Highway 125.

FOOTBALL:

Georgia Tech's football game at Florida State on Sept. 11 has been scheduled for an 8 p.m. kickoff at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla., and will be televised by ABC-TV (Channel 6 in the Augusta area).

The Jackets, coming off a 10-2 record and a share of the 1998 Atlantic Coast Conference championship, have two other national television dates already scheduled for next fall, at Navy on Sept. 4 at noon on Fox Sports Net South, and a Thursday night matchup with Maryland on Sept. 30 at Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field that will kick off at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

GOLF:

Officials have closed Pinehurst's No. 2 course to give maintenance crews nearly three weeks to prepare it for the 99th U.S. Open.

The North Carolina course, which is open to the public, was shut down Thursday. The tournament runs June 17-20.

"From our perspective, we're just going to try and manicure the course," said Brad Kocher, chief superintendent of the eight courses at the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club. "When the players set foot on this, it's going to be a pretty pure golf course. As pure as we can make it."

An investment group headlined by Arnold Palmer, Clint Eastwood and former baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth hopes to close a deal soon for the purchase of the famed Pebble Beach golf course.

Palmer indicated a deal could come at any time. "I've been waiting to hear something the last couple of days," he said.

Palmer would not discuss the price but there has been speculation the Pebble Beach resort could go for between $800 million and $1 billion.

The resort properties include four golf courses -- the Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill, The Links at Spanish Bay, Del Monte Golf Course, along with two luxury hotels and the spectacular 17-Mile Drive that winds through Pebble Beach and nearby Del Monte Forest.

The 99th U.S. Amateur will be played at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill on Aug. 16-22, and Pebble Beach will play host to its fourth U.S. Open next summer.