Originally created 11/27/03



Howell plays today in South Africa

Ernie Els faces a tough field, including Augusta native Charles Howell, when he tries to become the first four-time winner of the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City, South Africa this week.

Els, of South Africa, will be joined today by former champions Nick Price and Sergio Garcia as well as Vijay Singh.

Singh has replaced Els as the world's No. 2 player behind Tiger Woods.

The 12-man field has been expanded to 18 and the previous $2 million first prize has been trimmed to $1.2 million.

David Toms withdrew because of injury but the tournament does have U.S. players Howell, Fred Funk, Jay Haas, Kenny Perry, Chris DiMarco and Jerry Kelly.

The European stars in the field are Garcia, Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington. They are joined by Australians Stuart Appleby, Adam Scott, Robert Allenby and Stephen Leaney.

Els has won seven titles around the world this year.

"I have no sense of that dominance myself," he said. "But since I broke through a couple of years ago, I know how to play the course."

  • Augusta State junior Emmett Turner finished 10th in the Western Refining College All-American Golf Classic at El Paso (Texas) Country Club.
  • Turner, who was invited to the tournament based on his selection to the 2003 PING/Golf Coaches Association of America All-American team, shot 71-68-69 for 5-under-par 208.

    Arizona senior Chris Nallen shot 196 to win the tournament by six shots over UNLV's Ryan Moore.

    Georgia's David Denham and South Carolina's Erik Johansen tied for 11th place at 209.


    Guam withdraws from World Cup

    Guam withdrew from qualifying for the 2006 World Cup - even though it already had advanced past the first round.

    Guam had been matched up against Nepal in one of seven home-and-home series in the preliminary round of Asian qualifying and automatically advanced when Nepal withdrew.

    FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot said that Guam, ranked 201st among 204 teams in the FIFA world ranking, had notified soccer's governing body of its withdrawal.

    Because of Guam's withdrawal, Maingot said that one of the losers of the six other playoffs will advance. The top loser will be determined by the following tiebreakers: points, goal difference, goals scored and position in the October FIFA rankings.

    College football

    Two Eagles make all-conference

    Georgia Southern running back Jermaine Austin and return specialist Lewis Barr were selected to the All-Southern Conference team.

    Three Eagles made the second team: place-kicker Sean Holland, defensive lineman Eric Hadley and linebacker Derrick Butler.


    The Chosen Ones take team title

    The Chosen Ones won the team title and Stephanie Nichols/Eugene Dunbar won the doubles event in the handicap divisions of the Augusta Mixed City Tournament at AMF Masters Lanes.

    The Chosen Ones, of Augusta, rolled a 2,756 to beat A-1 Roofing & Crew of Johnston, S.C., by 103 pins. The Augusta team of Nichols and Dunbar won the doubles title over Patricia Wunder and Steve Franko of Grovetown by one pin.

    Ronald Brown of Augusta had the high series for men at 1,427, and Brandi Adams of Johnston, S.C., had the high series for women at 1,551.


    Inferno offers fans of Lynx a discount

    Augusta Lynx fans attending Friday's game at Columbia between the Lynx and Inferno will receive a $3 discount on all levels of seating.

    The discounts can be purchased by calling the Inferno box office after 5:30 p.m. Friday or at the gate that night.


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