CSRA Women close season this week
Four former champions, including 2002 winner Elaine Montano, are entered in the CSRA Women's Golf Association 54-Hole Championship, which begins today at Pointe South Golf Club in Hephzibah.
Montano will be joined by former winners Cathy McKie, Sandra Moody and Jan Cross in the association's season-ending tournament. Round 2 will be Tuesday at Woodside Plantation in Aiken. The final round is Thursday at West Lake Country Club in Martinez. There are 84 players in the field, 14 of whom are in the 65-and-over senior division.
UCLA's John Merrick shot a final round 71 to take a one-stroke win over Toledo's Brad Heaven, who closed with 67. Augusta State plays again today in the Ping/Golf Week Preview at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va.
Points race tight as final race nears
In Fontana, Calif., Sam Hornish Jr. won the fastest open-wheel race in history at California Speedway and made a tense IRL championship chase even tighter with one race remaining. The two-time defending series champion powered past Scott Dixon to take the lead for the final time 15 laps from the end of the Toyota Indy 400 and pulled away, driving across the finish line .356-seconds - about 10 car-lengths - ahead. Hornish won for the third time in four races. He stayed cool on the overheated desert track, with the air temperature just over 100 degrees and the track temperature soaring above 140 as the 200-lap event unfolded. "I could run wherever I wanted to today and that was the key," Hornish said. "I definitely didn't have the fastest car." His Chevrolet-powered Dallara was fast enough, though, to average a sizzling 207.151 mph - breaking the previous closed course race record of 197.995, set here last year by Jimmy Vasser in a CART Champ Car event. There was only one caution flag, for six laps in the race, brought out for debris on the track. Dixon moved into a tie with sixth-place finisher Helio Castroneves for the series lead, with third-place finisher Tony Kanaan seven points behind. Hornish cut a 41-point deficit to just 19 going into the season finale Oct. 12 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Stroll gallops to Jamaica Handicap
In New York, Stroll took the lead in the stretch run and went on to a two-length victory over Kicken Kris in the 54th Jamaica Handicap for 3-yearolds at Belmont Park.
Joe Bear finished third in a field of seven, a head behind Kichen Kris, in the Grade II, $200,000 race.
Stroll, ridden by Jerry Bailey, carried a co-high weight of 121 pounds 1 1/8 miles in 1:46 over the firm turf to earn $120,000 for Claiborne Farm. The win was the fourth in five starts this year for Stroll who returned $4.80, $2.80 and $2.30 as the favorite. Kicken Kris paid $3.60 and $2.80 and Joe Bear was $2.80.
Travelator won by 2 1/2 lengths in the co-feature, the 23rd running of the $100,000 added Schenectady Handicap for fillies and mares three and up.
Grab Bag, the favorite, was second in the field of seven, a neck ahead of Self Rising.
Travelator carried 114 pounds and Aaron Gryder six furlongs in 1:10 2-5 to earn the $60,000 winner's share.