Junior tournament will begin today
The Sertoma/North Augusta Country Club Junior Invitational tournament begins today and will continue through Thursday. Tee times will start at 8 a.m. each day.
Forty-five golfers ages 13-18 will be competing in the tournament. The field will be divided into five flights after today's round.
Defending champion Wesley Carter of North Augusta will not be returning to defend his title, having surpassed the age requirement.
Armstrong Atlantic hires Marshall aide
Marshall University assistant coach Jeff Burkhamer has been named men's basketball coach at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., Marshall officials said Monday.
Burkhamer, a native of Williamson, has been at Marshall for the last four seasons and was named assistant coach last season. He also was head coach at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla., where his teams won two Mid-Florida Conference titles. He led Santa Fe to a school record 28 victories during the 1995-1996 season.
"We are very fortunate to find a new head coach with such a successful background in Jeff Burkhamer to join us at Armstrong Atlantic State University," said Armstrong Atlantic Athletic Director Eddie Aenchbacher.
Harry Birdwell, a university vice president, was named Monday to replace Terry Don Phillips, who resigned unexpectedly last week to take the same job at Clemson.
Birdwell, a 1972 OSU graduate, has been the school's vice president for business and external relations since 1994 and has been closely involved in major athletic department projects.
Carey was considered to be the future star of the Cardinal basketball team after being picked as Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2000. But after sustaining a concussion a few weeks before the 2000-01 season, Carey sat out the next two years.
The NCAA has granted Carey two years of eligibility and Texas could petition for a third year because Carey has played just one college season.
Holmes coming out of retirement
Former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes is coming out of retirement to fight Eric "Butterbean" Esch.
The 53-year-old Holmes, who retired less than two years ago, will face Esch in a 10-round bout on July 27 at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.
"Some things are worth come out of retirement for," Holmes said in a statement. "This is to get rid of some of the gaudiness and honky-tonk from the sport."
Holmes said this will "really, truly" be the final fight of his career.
The former WBC and IBF champion is 68-6 with 44 knockouts. Holmes' 20 consecutive title defenses is the second-longest streak next to Joe Louis' 25 straight.
Esch has a 46-1-2 record with 35 knockouts against unheralded opponents.
Haas' parents injured in wreck
The parents of Tommy Haas, the No. 3-ranked tennis player in the world, were seriously injured when they crashed their son's motorcycle in Sarasota, Fla.
Authorities said Monday that Peter and Brigitte Haas, both 54, were riding their son's Harley-Davidson when they collided with a truck making a left turn around 1 p.m. Saturday.
Both were airlifted to Bayfront Medical Center in nearby St. Petersburg. Peter Haas was being held in intensive care, while his wife was in fair condition, hospital spokeswoman Cassandra Morrell said.
Team Velocity wins class event
Team Velocity, which includes Augusta's Chuck Ivey, won the WERA/GMD Computrack 6-hour endurance race for medium weight Superstock-class (MSS) motorcycles Saturday at Roebling Road Raceway in Bloomingdale, Ga. Ivey finished seventh overall, regardless of class.
On Sunday, Ivey finished second individually in the WERA National Challenge 600 Superbike Expert race and 10th in 600 Superstock Expert, also at Roebling. Ivey and Team Velocity will travel to Talladega (Ala.) Grand Prix Raceway this weekend to race in the same events.
Track & Field
Butler's Green signs with Memphis
Butler High School sprinter and basketball star Willie Green signed a track and field letter of intent Saturday to compete for the University of Memphis.
Green ran a 10.84 to win the 100-meter dash at the Georgia Class AAAA state championships at Jefferson, Ga., last month, and was runner-up in the 200-meter. Butler finished 10th in the meet.
Green was also a first-team Augusta Chronicle All-Area basketball selection as the Butler's point guard this year, leading the Bulldogs to an appearance in the Class AAAA Sweet 16.
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