Originally created 09/29/05

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Golf

Coble-led Georgia wins national event

Augusta's Laura Coble led the Georgia team to victory in the Women's USGA State Championship while Aiken's Alex Hamilton helped South Carolina finish second in the men's division.

There were three-player teams from every state in the two-day event in Bluffton, S.C. The top two scores each day counted.

Behind Coble's 68-72-140, Georgia shot 139-146-285 to win by seven shots over Alabama.

South Carolina, which was led by Hamilton's 75-66-141, finished two shots behind Texas. South Carolina shot 149-135-284.

- In Sunriver, Ore., 15th-ranked Augusta State opened its 2005-06 season with a seventh place finish at the Ping/Golfweek Preview at Crosswater Club.

The Jaguars, who were in fourth place heading into the final round, closed with 6-over-par 284 and ended up 30 shots behind the winner, Georgia.

Major Manning closed with 1-over-par 73 to finish tied for 13th individually for the Jaguars. Jamie Miller had 72 to tie for 28th, Janne Kaske had 73 to tie for 50th, Roger Furrer had 76 to tie for 46th and Keith Guest had 76 to tie for 64th place.

Georgia, the defending national champion, was led by co-medalist Brian Harman (69-67-69-205). Freshman Michael Green, of Augusta, had a final-round 68 to tie for eighth place for the Bulldogs and teammate Kevin Kisner, of Aiken, had a final-round 70 to tie for 20th place.

Augusta State's next tournament is the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala., on Oct. 10-11.

- In Albuquerque, N.M., South Carolina closed with 2-over-par 294 to finish ninth in the 54-hole Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Intercollegiate.

The Lady Gamecocks finished 27 shots behind Pepperdine, the team winner.

Though her score didn't count for the team because she played as an individual, South Carolina's Whitney Simons, of Aiken, shot 75-73-71-219 and finished tied for 12th individually.

Volleyball

Lady Pacers' coach gets his 98th win

In Aiken, USC Aiken swept Augusta State as Lady Pacers coach Will Condon earn his school-record 98th career victory.

The Lady Pacers (7-8, 2-1 Peach Belt Conference) won by scores of 30-24, 30-27 and 30-23. Laura Williams had nine kills and seven blocks and Missy Deardorff had nine kills and five blocks for the winners. Sarah Lobstein had 13 kills for the Jaguars (3-16, 1-2).

Minor League Hockey

Rookie forward is signed by Augusta

Augusta Lynx coach Bob Ferguson announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward James Massen, a sixth-round choice of the New Jersey Devils in 2001.

Massen, who is 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, is entering his first pro season after four seasons with the University of North Dakota, where he had 23 goals and 61 points in 135 games.

- The ECHL's Toledo Storm have hired former Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia as an assistant coach under head coach Nick Vitucci.

Drulia coached the Lynx the past two seasons, but did not have his contract renewed after both teams failed to reach the playoffs.

Arena Football League

New Orleans team won't play in 2006

The New Orleans VooDoo will not play the 2006 Arena Football League season because of damage to the New Orleans Arena from Hurricane Katrina.

AFL commissioner David Baker said that the team hopes to return to the indoor league at some point, and that the ArenaBowl will be played in the city when it is logistically and economically viable.

VooDoo owner Tom Benson, who also owns the NFL's Saints, will continue to employ the team's administrative staff and head coach Mike Neu, who is a former coach of the defunct Augusta Stallions.

A dispersal draft of the players under contract to the VooDoo is likely.