Jaguars' Elson finishes third in All-America golf
Augusta State junior Jamie Elson finished third Monday in the Savane College All-America Golf Classic at the El Paso (Texas) Country Club.
Elson, a third-team All-America selection last season, shot 9-under 204 (69-68-67) to finish eight shots behind Arizona's Ricky Barnes, who set a tournament record 201 in claiming the title. Pepperdine's Michael Beard was at 11-under 202.
In fourth place was Clemson senior John Engler, the former Richmond Academy standout, who shot 71-66-69-206.
Greenbrier senior Abby Tyler, who threw nine shutouts, including four no-hitters, in the 2000 fast-pitch softball season, has been named Region 3-AAAA player of the year. She posted a 20-8 record as Greenbrier advanced to the Class AAAA state finals, where the Wolfpack lost to Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe and Heritage in the double-elimination tournament.
Greenbrier coach Garrett Black was selected coach of the year.
Joining Tyler as all-region first-team selections were teammates Eve Motlow, first baseman; Christina Large, second baseman; Nikki Smith, third baseman; and Katie Sutherland, outfielder.
Other area players on the first team were Lakeside pitcher Ashlee Pate, catcher Colleen Markyna and outfielder Tiffany Pate; Hephzibah pitcher Michelle Chavous and shortstop Angie Evans; Butler catcher Kristen Clarke; Burke County outfielder Kenyarda Berrien; Thomson designated hitter Ashley Jones; and Statesboro outfielder Amber Lanier.
Two North Carolina prep players - Gen-Nette Pulley of Wilson, N.C., and Katie Gebhardt of Charlotte - signed grants-in-aid with USC Aiken during the NCAA early-signing period. They will enter USC Aiken in the fall of 2001.
Pulley is a 5-foot-8 guard while Gebhardt is a 5-11 forward.
Sandra Walker, a Barton Chapel Middle School teacher, won the 132-pound title and was selected as female lifter of the year in the World Natural Powerlifting Federation's World Championships in Baltimore.
Other winners in Baltimore were Tee Meyers, competing in the 198-pound class, won first place in the Open competition, first place in the pro division, best lifter of the meet, male lifter of the year and set two world records. Meyers is a nine-time world champion. Also, Dwight Huell, in the 220-pound class, took first place in the squat and powerlifting and third in the deadlift.
Meanwhile, in the Georgia State Powerlifting Championships in Augusta, Al Isaac took first place in the 220-pound (47-53 years) class.
The Augusta Open will be held Jan. 13 at the Harrisburg Family Y at Eve and Fenwick streets.