Originally created 07/17/02

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Golf

North Augustan leads local effort

North Augusta's Wesley Carter led the charge of area golfers who qualified for the 71st annual South Carolina Golf Association Amateur Championship.

Carter was one of only eight players who shot under par at the Country Club at Woodcreek Farms, shooting 35-35-70 to finish in a tie for third, two strokes behind medalist Kevin Walsh, of Columbia.

David Sligh, of North Augusta, had 72. Tray Williamson, and Dale Haas, both of Aiken, and Rusty Flanders, of North Augusta, all shot 74s. North Augusta's Chad Blackston and Howard Horton, and Aiken's Ben Cook, Tom Wyatt, Alex Hamilton and Berry Crain Jr. failed to qualify.

One final round of qualifying will be Thursday at South Carolina National Golf Club in Beaufort. Thirty spots remain open for the amateur championship, which will be Aug. 1-4 on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

  • Kevin Kisner, of Aiken, was named a captain's selection for the 13th annual Canon Cup at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill., Aug. 5-8.
  • Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Canon Cup features the 40 top junior players in an East vs. West match-play competition.

    Swimming

    Teen-ager wins state's top honor

    Christian Kata, of the Aiken-Augusta Swim League was named the Most Outstanding Male Georgia Swimmer last weekend at the Georgia Senior State Swimming Championships in Atlanta.

    Kata won the 200-meter freestyle (1:57.66) and the 400-meter individual medley (4:40.99) and placed in the top eight in seven other events to earn the high-point title. His winning times rank in the top 16 in the nation for 15- and 16-year-olds.

    Kata, his brother Justin, and Chris Lietzow earned spots on the Georgia Zone Swim Team, which will compete against 14 other states in San Antonio later this month.

    Aike-Augusta Swim League placed fifth overall, and Greater Augusta Swimming placed 15th.

    Wheelchair sports

    Grovetown couple racks up at games

    A Grovetown couple competed last week in the 22nd National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Cleveland, Ohio.

    William and Jerry Braun, formerly of Brackettville, Texas, went home with six gold medals and one bronze.

    Jerry Braun took gold in five events, including air guns, discus, javelin, powerchair 220 and shot put. She also placed first in the exhibition trap shoot. William Braun won gold in the javelin and bronze in the discus. He also competed in the archery, shot put and softball competitions.

    The wheelchair games featured nearly 500 athletes from 44 states, Puerto Rico and Great Britain. All athletes are military veterans.

    Football

    South Carolina's Goodman signs

    The Detroit Lions signed rookie cornerback Andre Goodman on Tuesday.

    The Lions drafted Goodman, 5-foot-10 and 182 pounds, in the third round (68th overall) of the 2002 NFL draft. He had 86 tackles, four interceptions and 20 pass deflections during his four-year career at South Carolina.

    As a senior, Goodman started 10 regular-season games and the Outback Bowl at left cornerback, recording 43 tackles (36 solo), eight pass deflections and three interceptions.

  • Former Detroit Lions defensive lineman Alonzo Spellman was arrested after a report of a home invasion and reckless driving in Dearborn, Mich., police said Tuesday.
  • Police received a call about 8 p.m. Monday that someone was threatening the occupants of a house and had kicked in a door. At the same time, many other calls reported someone driving recklessly in the subdivision.

    Police found Spellman standing next to a sport utility vehicle and arrested him. The person who made the home-invasion report refused to press charges, but Spellman was charged with three misdemeanors: drunken driving, driving on a suspended license and destruction of property worth less than $1,000.

    He was released Tuesday afternoon on $600 bond. It was not immediately known when he would be due in court.