Aiken golfers Matthew Hendrick and Michael Carlisle have earned spots in next month's U.S. Amateur at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
In a qualifier Thursday at Orangeburg (S.C.) Country Club, Hendrick, a rising sophomore on the Clemson golf team, was the medalist with rounds of 67-67-134.
Carlisle, the USC Aiken golf coach, shot 70-66-136 to tie for second-place with Hilton Head's Kevin King (69-67). USC Aiken golfer Scott Usher shot 69-68-137 and is the first alternate.
This will be the first U.S. Amateur appearance for Hendrick. Carlisle made his debut in the tournament last year.
Other area golfers in the Orangeburg Country Club qualifier were Aiken's Alex Hamilton (68-73-141), North Augusta's Wesley Carter (71-75-149), North Augusta Bryan Covar (75-75-150), Augusta's Chip Cochran (75-79-154), North Augusta's David Sligh (76-WD), North Augusta's Kyle Bradley (82-WD), Thomson's Matthew Ricks (85-WD) and Augusta's Bennett Bowers (WD).
The top local finisher in another qualifier at the Camden (S.C.) Country Club was Augusta's Jimmy Garren Jr. He shot 76-73-149 to miss qualifying by six shots.
The U.S. Amateur will be held Aug. 20-26.
Nick Faldo got married for the third time Saturday, to 28-year-old Swiss public relations executive Valerie Bercher.
About 20 family members and friends attended the ceremony in London, while 110 guests from the sports and entertainment world gathered at the couple's home for a reception.
Faldo, a three-time Masters and British Open winner, met Bercher four years ago at the European Masters tournament in Switzerland.
Henry Liaw joined Tiger Woods and Mike Brannon as the only 15-year-olds to win the U.S. Junior Amateur, beating Canada's Richard Scott 2 and 1 Saturday in San Antonio, Texas.
"Everyone on this trophy is really great," Liaw said. "It's a great honor to be part of the list. I made some really good putts and shots. In the first match, I was stuttering my putts."
Liaw, from Rowland Heights, Calif., is the third youngest winner in the 54-year history of the tournament. Woods is the youngest champion, winning in 1991 at 15 years, 6 months, 21 days. Brannon won the 1971 tournament.
Liaw and Scott received spots in the U.S. Amateur in Atlanta on Aug. 20-26.
Chile's Nicole Perrot, 17, won the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, beating Whitney Welch of Las Vegas 3 and 2 at Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills, Kan.
Perrot and Welch earned spots this week in the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at Flint Hills in Andover, Kan.
DIXIE BOYS BASEBALL: Columbia County National advanced to the Dixie Boys World Series on Saturday with a 7-4 victory over North Macon.
Playing in Forsyth, Ga., the Nationals rallied for five runs in the top of the seventh inning to take the state championship and a trip to the World Series.
Chris Gamblin and Adrian McCladdie hit home runs to lead the Nationals in the championship game. Gamblin and McCladdie, who was the winning pitcher, each had two hits in four at-bats. Chris Banker was 2-for-3, including a double.
BOXING: Authorities are investigating a woman's allegation that former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson sexually assaulted her at a rental home last week.
The woman contacted the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday and alleged she was sexually assaulted by Tyson a week earlier at a Big Bear City, Calif., home he rents during training, sheriff's spokesman Chip Patterson said Friday.
There was no arrest and "we have not determined whether there was criminal wrongdoing," Patterson said.
Tyson, 35, who was in Phoenix, hasn't been interviewed.
"We are seeking to interview him," Patterson said. "There have been discussions with his attorney. We have not identified him as a suspect."
Tyson served more than three years in an Indiana prison after being convicted in 1992 of rape and other charges. He has repeatedly fought abuse claims from women, including his first wife, actress Robin Givens.
SOCCER: Landon Donovan gave an All-Star performance worthy of the United States' greatest young soccer hope.
Donovan, the San Jose Earthquakes' 19-year-old rookie forward, scored three goals in the first 18 minutes - and a fourth 83 seconds into injury time - as the West All-Stars played to a 6-6 tie with the East on Saturday in the sixth MLS All-Star game in San Jose, Calif.
Donovan's four goals doubled the previous All-Star game record. He won the game's MVP award for his remarkable show for his home fans at a packed Spartan Stadium.
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