Originally created 09/09/04


Amateur Golf

Augusta's Scurlock in Senior Amateur

Augusta's Greg Scurlock shot 2-over-par 74 on Wednesday at Aiken's Woodside Plantation, then survived a sudden-death playoff to qualify for the U.S. Senior Amateur.

Scurlock, 56, tied for medalist honors with five other players. Since there were only four spots available, they went to a playoff. Scurlock parred the first hole to secure his place in the U.S. Senior Amateur, scheduled Oct. 9-14 at Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles.

It is the first time Scurlock has attempted to qualify for this tournament, which is for golfers 55 and older.

The qualifier was played at the soggy Jones Course at Woodside.

Augusta's Ed Payne shot 75 to be among the alternates.

Former Augustan Frank Perry, of Fayetteville, Ga., qualified for the Senior Amateur last week.

  • E. Harvie Ward, one of the greatest amateurs in golf history and an 11-time Masters Tournament competitor, died Saturday at age 78.
  • Ward, a native of Tarboro, N.C., who spend his later years in Pinehurst, N.C., won the NCAA tournament (1949), the British Amateur (1952) and the U.S. Amateur (1955 and 1956). He also played on three Walker Cup teams, finishing with an undefeated record.

    His best finish in the Masters came in 1957, when Ward finished fourth, and was the low amateur.

    Ward later became a well-known golf instructor. Among his students was the late Payne Stewart, who won the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, with Ward in the gallery.

    Minor League Hockey

    Duo from Norwich signed by Augusta

    Two members of Norwich University's 2003 NCAA Division III national championship team have signed with the Augusta Lynx.

    Defenseman Lou DeMasi and forward Matt Schmidt will add scoring punch to the Lynx.

    Schmidt had 73 goals and 54 assists at Norwich, which is located in Northfield, Va. DeMasi had 21 goals and 80 points.

    Pro basketball

    Houston is latest stop for Mutombo

    Hoping to find the rugged low post presence they've been sorely lacking, the Houston Rockets acquired veteran center Dikembe Mutombo in a trade with the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.

    The Rockets sent reserve guards Adrian Griffin, Eric Piatkowski and Mike Wilks to the Bulls.

    An eight-time All-Star and four-time defensive player of the year, Mutombo has averaged 11.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.22 blocked shots in 13 seasons with New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Denver. He is fourth in NBA history with 2,996 blocks, trailing only Hakeem Olajuwon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Mark Eaton.

    Horse Racing

    Baffert is dropped by outspoken owner

    Bob Baffert no longer trains horses for Jim McIngvale.

    McIngvale, the outspoken owner of Louisiana Derby winner Wimbledon, moved his horses from Baffert to Nick Hines on Wednesday.

    Hines said he'll be receiving 13 horses owned by McIngvale and trained by Baffert, including several 2-year-olds and the 3-year-old Wimbledon, who won the Louisiana Derby but missed the Triple Crown races with an injury.


    Brigham Young star injured in accident

    In Provo, Utah, Kassi Andersen, Brigham Young's six-time All-America runner, was injured in a biking accident, putting her out for six to eight months.

    Andersen broke the left side of her pelvis while cross training with her brother down the Alpine Loop of American Fork Canyon on Saturday morning.

    Andersen, a graduate student, was expected to be the No. 1 runner for the Cougars this year, who were cross country national champions in 2002. The team opens the season Saturday in Provo.


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