Top seed suffers Public Links upset
Tele Wightman, the 64th and last player to make the field for match play, upset top-seeded Isaac Jimison 1-up in Wednesday's opening round of the U.S. Amateur Public Links championship at Orchards Golf Club in Washington Township, Mich.
Michigan State senior Eric Jorgensen, who was seeded second, defeated Nick Becker, while third-seeded Alan Hill and No. 4 Lee Williamson also won.
Fifth-seeded Derek Tolan, who played in last month's U.S. Open at the age of 16, lost to No. 60 Jake Grodzinsky.
The winner of Saturday's 36-hole final will receive an invitation to the 2003 Masters Tournament.
The Public Links is open to amateur golfers who do not have playing privileges at a private course.
Simons shot a 74 at Cliffs Valley Golf Club to advance to the U.S. Golf Association tournament.
Admission is $10, with all proceeds benefiting the Augusta State men's and women's golf programs.
Sampson is the author of seven books, including one on the Masters Tournament.
Hors 'doeuvres and refreshments will be available. For more information, call Craig Calvert at 738-4514.
North Augusta team makes title game
Nick Godwin pitched a complete game and North Augusta came back from an early deficit to defeat Summerville in the semifinals of the 17-18 year old Dixie Youth Baseball Tournament on Wednesday.
North Augusta fell behind 3-0 in the first inning but rallied to make the state championship game. North Augusta will play at North Charleston today at 4:30 p.m.
Vahjen, Moen top student-athletes
Lander's Brian Vahjen and USC Spartanburg's Thea Moen have been named male and female student-athletes of the year by the Peach Belt Conference.
Vahjen helped lead Lander to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II national tournament. In the classroom, the senior had a 4.0 grade point average in biology for his four years.
Moen completed her senior year with a 3.997 grade point average in business and marketing. She sparked the Lady Rifles to the Peach Belt championship in 2002, leading the team in goals with 18.
Track and field
Aiken pole vaulter is in national meet
Aiken's Beth Jordan has qualified for the Junior Olympics National Championships later this month in Omaha, Neb.
Jordan, a senior at Aiken High, earned a spot in the nationals by finishing second in the young women's pole vault in the USA Track and Field Region III Junior Olympics in Richmond, Va. The top three finishers advanced to the nationals.
School schedules physicals for today
Butler High School will hold physicals today for students interested in playing football.
They will be given in the school weight room at 5 p.m. The cost is $10.
Practice will begin Monday at 6 p.m. at the school.
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