Pacers move atop Division II tourney
In Deland, Fla., the 18th hole proved kind to USC Aiken, which moved within one round of its first Division II national title.
Dane Burkhart, James McGhee and Scott Brown all birdied the closing par-5, and the Pacers shot 4-over 292 to take a one-shot lead at Victoria Hills Golf Club. USC Aiken is 29-over, leading Barry by one and Chico State by two. Those three teams will play in the final five groups today, beginning at 12:20 p.m.
Clint Smith shot even-par 72 and is tied for fifth overall at 5-over. Brown closed with three birdies for 73 and is tied for eighth. Burkhart (74) is tied for 11th. McGhee (73) and Bryan Sangid (84) closed out the scoring for the Pacers.
Evans' Kris Shepherd shot 73 for Kennesaw State and is tied for 11th. Chico State's J.J. Jakovac shot the tournament's first round in the 60s - 5-under-par 67 - and is 2-under to lead the individual race.
The Jaguars close their regular season with the 54-hole tournament today and Sunday.
Augusta State begins play in the NCAA East Regional in New Haven, Conn., on Thursday.
Jaguars bounced from NCAA tourney
In Jacksonville, Fla., Augusta State couldn't overcome an emotional loss in the first round of the NCAA South Atlantic Regional and was eliminated from the tournament by Pfeiffer, 13-0 on Friday afternoon.
Playing just 13 hours after their 9-6, 13-inning loss to North Florida on Thursday night, the Jaguars (38-18) couldn't find their spark against the Falcons (41-13), who scored all their runs from the fourth to seventh innings.
"Today's game I think was dictated by last night a little bit," Augusta State coach Skip Fite said. "Our team plays on intensity - plays on a lot of heart and intensity. We had a little bit of that taken out of us last night by losing that ballgame."
Rotary Club honors scholar-athletes
The Augusta West and Augusta South Rotary Club recognized the top scholar-athletes in the Augusta area at The Double Eagle Club Thursday evening.
Westside's Obi Egekeze was honored with the Billy Prince Memorial Award, given to the most outstanding all-around scholar-athlete in the CSRA.
Richmond Academy's Michael Green was also recognized as the top male athlete. Hephzibah's Chantal Murray was honored with the top female athlete award.
Lakeside's Sam Jasinski and Cross Creek's Kimberlee McGahee were named top male and female scholar athletes, respectively. A total of 36 scholar athletes were honored from 18 area schools.
Lynx defenseman will return in fall
The Augusta Lynx announced that defenseman Treavor Peterson will come back for his second season in Augusta. Peterson led all defenseman with a plus-7 rating. He joins forward Louis Goulet and goaltender Jason Saal as players who have agreed to play for the Lynx in the 2004-05 season.
Metress makes first signing for Jaguars
Richmond Academy center Jamie Quarles signed a letter-of-intent Friday with Augusta State. He became first-year coach Dip Metress' first signee.
Peterson in doubles final at ITF Worlds
In Antalya, Turkey, Augusta native Pete Peterson and Canadian Hubert Karrasch have advanced to the final in men's 35 doubles at the World Championships sponsored by the International Tennis Federation. The No.-2-seeded duo will play top-seeded Daniel Ahl and Chris Hearn of Great Britain today for the championship.