Jaguars jump up to No. 14 in new poll
The Augusta State golf team jumped to 14th in the latest Golfweek rankings after back-to-back top-5 finishes.
Senior Kalle Edberg vaulted to No. 3 in the individual ranking, after capturing his first individual victory at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. He was 10-under par in the three-round event.
Three other Jaguars are also ranked among the nation's top 33. Major Manning is 13th, Scott Jamieson is ranked No. 26 and Emmett Turner holds the No. 33 spot in the Golfweek poll.
"Rankings are important for a lot of things," Jaguars coach Josh Gregory said. "It certainly helps in recruiting, in the stature of your program and how others view your program on the national level.
"Once you're at the course and tee it up, it doesn't matter a whole lot."
Georgia Tech is ranked No. 1 and Georgia is third in the magazine's team poll.
• In Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, two Jaguars golfers are representing their team and their respective countries well at Rio Mar Country Club.
Augusta State's Edberg is 2-under after two rounds, pacing his native Sweden to a tie for third with Jaguars freshman Roger Furrer's Switzerland squad at 9-under-par 277.
Furrer shot 71-72 for a two day total of 1-under par and is tied for 29th. Edberg is tied for 17th.
Augusta plays host to French linksters
Augusta Country Club will take on golfers from Augusta's sister city, Biarritz, France, in the inaugural Augusta/Biarritz Cup at Augusta Country Club's Hill Course.
The match play tournament begins today and is provided through Sister City International, which facilitates cultural exchange.
In the first pairing (10:30 a.m.), Augusta's David E. Hudson and Edouard Servy will take on Jean Claude Manier and Marc Coper of France.
Scott Key and Warren Daniel, of Augusta, will play France's Vincent Paris and Nicolas Cano at 10:38 a.m.
In the third pairing, (10:46 a.m.), Claude Rousseau and Paul Lugat, of France, tee it up against Augusta's Dr. Bill Welsh and John Weigle.
The two day Ryder Cup style competition also includes a junior division, featuring 14-16 year-old golfers.
The juniors follow the men's pairings, with Augusta's John Wallace Hadden and Clark Palmer taking on Charles Henry Mas and Julien Molierac of France (10:54 a.m.).
The second and third junior pairings feature Rob Mcrae and R.B. McCutcheon, of Augusta, against France's Martin Viseux and Frederic Volpe (11:02 a.m.), and Augusta's Tim Lansdowne and Alex Boyd playing Wolf Kroeger and Hugo Mainguy of France at 11:12 a.m.
Armstrong looking to pick up Basso
In Paris, Lance Armstrong's team would like to sign Italian cyclist Ivan Basso but hasn't approached him yet.
Basso finished third behind Armstrong in this year's Tour de France, riding for Team CSC. He was impressive in the mountains and even edged Armstrong to win the 12th stage.
Basso, 26, is widely considered a possible future Tour champion.
But Team CSC head Bjarne Riis, the 1996 Tour winner, insists Basso will stay.
"Of course, he has a three-year contract and he will not leave the team," Riis said.
Silver Charm will stand stud in Japan
In Midway, Ky., Silver Charm, who barely missed winning the Triple Crown in 1997, has been bought by the Japan Racing Association and will stand at stud in Japan in 2005, said Three Chimneys Farm owner Robert Clay.
The sale price was not disclosed.
Silver Charm retired with earnings of $6,944,369, sixth on the list of all-time leading money winners in North America.
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