Originally created 08/07/03

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Golf

North Augustan makes match play

In Gladwyne, Pa., North Augusta's Darby Sligh advanced to match play in the U.S. Women's Amateur at Philadelphia Country Club.

Sligh shot 79-73-153 to be among the 64 players in match play. Aiken's Whitney Simons failed to make the cut, which fell at 153. Simons shot 76-78-154.

Aree Song was the medalist at 71-67-138. Michelle Wie finished second at 73-67-140.

Match play begins today.

  • Aiken's Kevin Kisner lost a sudden-death playoff and a spot in the U.S. Amateur. Kisner, a Georgia golfer, shot 3-under-par 141 at Cherokee Town & Country Club in Atlanta to tie four other players for fourth place. Since the top five finishers advanced to the U.S. Amateur, there was a five-man playoff for two spots.
  • In the playoff, David Robinson of Sandersville, Ga., and Bill Hodges of Atlanta, earned the two spots. Kisner is the second alternate. Augusta's Jeff Knox shot 142 is the fourth alternate.

    Augusta's Paul Trotter shot 78 and missed the 18-hole cut.

    The U.S. Amateur is Aug. 18-24 at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa.

  • John Daly faces more turmoil off the course, although this time it's not his own.
  • His wife and her parents are charged in a federal indictment alleging they were involved in a drug ring and an illegal gambling operation.

    Sherrie Miller Daly, who married the two-time major champion in 2001, appeared in court in Oxford, Miss., with her parents, Alvis Miller, 60, and Billie Miller, 57.

    Sherrie Miller Daly, who recently gave birth to the couple's first child, faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the two counts in the indictment.

    Prosecutors said the golfer didn't know about his wife's alleged drug activities, which took place between 1996 and 2002.

    Sherrie Miller Daly is John Daly's fourth wife. They met during the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., in 2001 and married seven weeks later.

    Swimming

    Olympic hopeful competes Friday

    Joel Johnson of Greater Augusta Swimming will compete in the United States Swimming National Championships Friday at the University of Maryland in College Park.

    Johnson, a Clemson signee, is attempting to make the Olympic Trial Cut in the 100 meter backstroke.

  • Greater Augusta Swimming tryouts will be held Aug. 19-21 at Augusta Aquatics Center. Swimmers 10-and-under will compete from 5-6 p.m.; those 11-and-over will swim from 6-7 p.m. Attendance on all three days is required.
  • Hockey

    Trainer is hired by Augusta Lynx

    Trish Connolly-Leslie, the senior athletic trainer at Sports Medicine Associates of Augusta for the past five years, has been named head athletic trainer for the Augusta Lynx.

    Leslie, an Indiana State graduate, has worked with the Lynx since 1998. She has helped with rehabilitation and provided assistance with game-night medical coverage for the East Coast Hockey League team.

    Pan American Games

    U.S. women win fourth in a row

    In Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the U.S. women's basketball team routed the Dominican Republic 109-54 to finish the Pan American Games preliminary round with a 4-1 record.

    The U.S. women, who have won four consecutive games in the tournament since losing their opener to Cuba, will play Brazil in the semifinals Friday. The Americans beat Brazil in the round-robin portion of the tournament.

    In the 10-meter platform diving final, Laura Wilkinson of the U.S. placed fifth as the Americans failed to medal in the event.