Originally created 06/26/04



Carpenter heads field in Camellia

Aiken's Tommy Carpenter, fresh off a Regions Cup victory last week at the North Augusta Exchange Club/Persimmon Hill Classic, heads the field in this weekend's Camellia Classic at Thomson's Belle Meade Country Club.

Carpenter, a two-time winner this season, is the Regions Cup's points leader by 77 points. He could increase his lead because defending champion Chip Whitaker is the only player among the top five in the standings playing this weekend.

"I decided to get in at Belle Meade because I've got some momentum going," Carpenter said.

This is the fifth of nine events for the regular division. The senior division plays 10 tournaments.

Senior points leader Mike Jackson could also pad his lead, which is at 49 points.

Frank Perry, who is fifth in the standings, 70 points behind Jackson, is the only other top-five player in the field. Jackson won last week's senior title.

  • The Keller Williams Tour's Augusta series begins today at Cedar Creek Golf Club in Aiken. This is the first of eight 18-hole events in the Augusta area through Oct. 2.
  • It is open to amateurs with established U.S. Golf Association handicaps.

    The flights are championship (zero to five handicap), A flight (6-10), B flight (11-15) and C flight (16-21).

    There is a $70 season-long membership fee to play in the series, plus $80 for the Cedar Creek event.

    The tournament starts at 1 p.m., and Cedar Creek officials said golfers can enter up until the first starting time. For more information, call Cedar Creek at (803) 648-4206.

    l In Korschenbroich, Germany, former Augusta State star Oliver Wilson is tied for third place in the European Challenge Tour's Galeria Kaufhof Pokal Challenge.

    Wilson shot 4-under-par 68 at Rittergut Birkhof Golf Club on Friday and is at 6-under 138, two shots behind Gary Emerson and John Mellor.

    Disc Golf

    U.S. Championship qualifier begins

    The Augusta Disc Golf Association will hold a special qualifying tournament today and Sunday starting at 10 a.m. at Patriots Park in Grovetown.

    The tournament, which is open to anyone, has a $25 entry fee and will feature three rounds to crown a champion that will go on to the Professional Disc Golf Association U.S. Championship.

    This weekend's winner will have expenses paid to the October tournament in Rock Hill, S.C.

    A player's meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. and play will begin at 10.

    Today's action will feature 36 holes, with a final 18 to be played Sunday. On site registration is available.

    College Basketball

    Australian is latest signee for Jaguars

    Cameron Tovey, of Australia, is Augusta State coach Dip Metress' latest signee.

    Tovey, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 24 points and 9.5 rebounds as Western Australia won the bronze medal in the Under 20 Championships.

    Tovey is the sixth signee for Augusta State, which has just one starter and three lettermen back from last season.

    Pro basketball

    Kobe Bryant trial will begin Aug. 27

    In Eagle, Col., Kobe Bryant's sexual assault trial will begin Aug. 27, more than a year after he was accused of raping a 19-year-old woman.

    The trial date was set Friday by Judge Terry Ruckriegle. It is expected to last three to four weeks, including the process of questioning and choosing jurors.

    A pool of more than 1,000 potential jurors will be called. Prosecutors and defense attorneys are still wrangling over what will be included on the 115-item questionnaire.

    Bryant, 25, has pleaded not guilty, saying he had consensual sex with the woman at a Vail-area resort June 30, 2003.

    If convicted, he faces four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation.


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