Originally created 06/20/02



Smith qualifies for Dogwood event

Ryan Smith of Lincolnton, Ga., fired a 5-under-par 67 to easily qualify for next week's Dogwood Invitational amateur tournament at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta.

Smith finished second in the qualifier for the 72-hole tournament, which will begin Tuesday and runs through Friday. There were eight spots up for grabs in the qualifier.

The Dogwood Invitational is ranked in the top 10 among men's amateur tournaments. Former winners include Allen Doyle.

Smith, 18, was redshirted as a freshman last season at Augusta State, but plans to play elsewhere in 2002-03.

  • Augusta State golfer Emmett Turner is one shot off the lead following Wednesday's first round of the South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship.
  • Turner, of Greenwood, shot a 5-under-par 67 at the Country Club of Spartanburg to trail Greenville's Jake Thompson and Sumter's Matt Dura.

    Aiken's Aiken Hamilton is tied for eighth place after a 70. North Augusta's David Sligh opened with a 75.

    After today's round, the field will be trimmed to the low 32 golfers for match play, beginning Friday. Golfers at 72 after Wednesday's round were tied for 32nd place.


    49ers' Hearst wins Halas award

    San Francisco 49ers running back Garrison Hearst, who rushed for 1,206 yards after missing two seasons with leg injuries, won the Halas award as the NFL's comeback player of the year.

    The former Lincoln County standout, whose career was in jeopardy after four operations following a broken leg in the 1999 playoffs, also won the AP's comeback player award in January.

    The Halas award was voted on by the Pro Football Writers of America.

    College football

    Clemson, Georgia to be televised

    The Clemson vs. Georgia football game scheduled for August 31 in Athens, Ga., and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

    The game will mark the first time the teams have met since 1995 in Athens when the Bulldogs defeated the Tigers 19-17. Georgia has won three in a row over the Tigers.

    Clemson's last win in the series took place in Clemson in 1990, and the Tigers last win in Athens was in 1986.

    The game will kickoff at 7:45 p.m.


    Lynx announce preseason schedule

    The Augusta Lynx announced Tuesday they will play their I-20 rival Columbia Inferno on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 in a pair of preseason games.

    The Lynx will be in Columbia on Oct. 4 to start the preseason at Carolina Coliseum. The teams will have a rematch the next night in the Augusta Lynx Charity Exhibition. A portion of the proceeds will go to local charities.

    Ticket availability and ticket prices will be announced at a later date.


    Duke's Dunleavy will remain in draft

    Duke junior forward Mike Dunleavy will remain in the NBA draft, and forgo his final season with the Blue Devils.

    The 6-foot-10 Dunleavy, who averaged 17.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.3 steals least season, declared early for the NBA draft in May, but didn't hire an agent - leaving an option open to return to the Blue Devils.

    Dunleavy said he thought he would go "reasonably high" in the draft, and planned to finish his remaining courses and graduate from Duke as soon as possible.

    Dunleavy was named one of Duke's captains for 2002-2003, and it appeared he would return, but that was before he heard from several sources that he could be taken in the top five in next Wednesday's draft.

    Last season, Dunleavy became the 50th Duke player to score 1,000 career points and increased his career scoring total to 1,371 points.


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