On the strength of a 5-under-par 67 Wednesday, Augusta's Vaughn Taylor moved up 14 spots in a second stage PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament on Wednesday.
Taylor, who was tied for 18th place after a 74, moved into a tied for fourth place with his 67, the second-best round of the day.
He is at 3-under-par 141 for two rounds at Kiva Dunes golf course in Gulf Shores, Ala. Brian Gay of Orlando, Fla., is the leader at 138.
The top 23 finishers in the 80-player field will make it to the final stage, scheduled for Nov. 17-23 at the Doral Resort in Miami. The top 35 finishers in the final stage earn PGA Tour cards for 2000.
David Seawell of Aiken has turned in rounds of 78-72 -- 150 and is tied for 53rd place. Richard Johnson of Martinez is tied for 64th place after rounds of 74-79.
Augusta's Charles Howell, playing at Oklahoma State University, and Tulsa's Stacy Prammanasudh were named Rolex College Golfers of the Month.
Howell, who also won the award in September 1998, won the individual medalist honors at the Jerry Pate National Collegiate Invitational with a 12-under 201 while leading OSU to a fifth-place finish. Howell is ranked third in the latest MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings.
Winged Foot Golf Club and Merion Golf Club, among the most famous courses in major championship history, were chosen as sites for the U.S. Amateur in 2004 and 2005.
Winged Foot, where Davis Love III won the PGA Championship in 1997, previously has held the U.S. Open four times and and Women's Open twice. The U.S. Amateur was last played at the Mamaroneck, N.Y., club in 1940, and the Walker Cup was played there in 1949.
Merion, located in Ardmore, Pa., will get its sixth U.S. Amateur in 2005. It has been host to the U.S. Open four times and the U.S. Women's Amateur five times.
The USGA also announced that Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, will be site of the 2004 U.S. Senior Open, while Plainfield (N.J.) Country Club will get the Senior Open in 2005.
The unbeaten Augusta Heat (11-0) will wrap up the regular season Saturday at 5 p.m. when they face the Valdosta Dawgs at Hephzibah High School.
Tickets are $6 and will be on sale beginning at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Hephzibah. For more information, call 854-PASS.
He was the man behind the scenes of one of the biggest stories in women's sports. Tony DiCicco avoided the headlines, reserving them for the players on his World Cup soccer team.
So when he resigned as coach of the U.S. women's national team Wednesday, it was no surprise that he did so without fanfare.
No news conference. No luncheon. No television announcement.
A statement from U.S. Soccer said the country's most successful soccer coach was leaving at the end of the year to spend more time with his family.
"The main reason I'm stepping down is that it's more important for me to be a world-class husband and father than a world-class coach," said DiCicco, who has boys of ages 17, 14, 12, and 8.
Andre Agassi clinched the No. 1 spot in the year-end tennis rankings for the first time, ending the six-year streak of Pete Sampras, who hurt his back and withdrew from the Paris Open.
Agassi, who won the French and U.S. Open titles and lost the Wimbledon final to Sampras, was assured the top ranking when Lleyton Hewitt upset No. 2 Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Open.
Sampras, ranked third, was hurt late Tuesday in a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) win against Francisco Clavet. That was Sampras' first match since Aug. 20, when he hurt injured his right hip in a match at Indianapolis.
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