Langham tied for second in Q-School
In Winter Garden, Fla., former Thomson resident Franklin Langham and Aiken's Matt Hendrix are off to fast starts in the 108-hole PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.
Langham opened with 6-under-par 66 and is tied for second place, two shots behind leader Michael Allen.
Hendrix, a former Clemson golfer, had 67 and is tied for sixth place
After Monday's final round, the top 30 finishers and ties of the 165 in the field receive playing privileges on the 2006 PGA Tour. The balance earn status on the Nationwide Tour.
Augusta native and 1987 Masters Tournament champion Larry Mize had 72 and is tied for 72nd place. Augusta resident John Engler and former Augustan Stiles Mitchell had 73s, which put them in a tie for 91st place.
Augusta's Scott Parel opened with 76 and is tied for 142nd place.
Langham and Hendrix had bogey-free rounds. Langham's six birdies came in bunches - they fell on Nos. 5-6, 13-14 and 17-18.
- First-team junior college All-American Michael Gordy has signed a national letter of intent to play for Augusta State University.
As a freshman last year at Darton College in Albany Ga., Gordy helped his team win the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship by 37 shots, finishing fifth individually.
This fall, Gordy has a 70.67 stroke average, a victory and a second-place finish in four events.
"Michael is the kind of player who could step right in and make an impact for us," Augusta State coach Josh Gregory said.
"He'll have two seasons of experience under his belt and that will be important with still so many young guys on our team. He's had success at every level he's played at and we think he's ready to come on board and make a significant contribution."
Ready, Harris make Cactus Bowl roster
Two area players have been named to play for the East team in the Cactus Bowl, which is the NCAA Division II All-Star Game.
Former Aiken wide receiver Corey Ready, of Catawba, and former Silver Bluff defender Shawn Harris, of Tusculum College, will play in the game, scheduled Jan. 6 in Kingsville, Texas.
The game will be carried by FOXsports at 6 p.m.
Conference play starts for Paine
Paine College begins its Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Confence schedule with a pair of home games tonight against Kentucky State. The women's contest begins at 5:30, while the men's game tips off at 7:30 at Carter Gym.
The Paine women (2-1) won the Clark Atlanta Tournament before falling to Georgia College & State 84-63 on Tuesday.
In the loss to Georgia College & State, Kisha Lucette led Paine with 18 points and 15 rebounds.
The Paine men (1-1) opened the season with a home win over Augusta State, but gave up 102 points in a road loss to St. Augustine's.
The Kentucky State women are 1-2, while the men have a 1-0 record.
Paine will return to action Saturday when it plays host to conference rival Lane College at 5:30 (women) and 7:30 (men).
Rams boss doubts Martz will return
St. Louis Rams president John Shaw says he would be shocked if Mike Martz got medical clearance to return to coaching this season.
Martz stepped down Oct. 24 on doctors' orders while suffering from endocarditis, a bacterial infection of the lining of the heart.
"I would be totally shocked if Mike got cleared," Shaw told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "At the time he left it was pretty clear to him that he couldn't come back. But he's a coach and you get anxious."
On Tuesday, Martz told TV station KMOV that "This is the best I've felt. And when you feel this good, you feel like you should be working."