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Golf

Coble rallies for sudden-death win

In Carrollton, Ga., Augusta's Laura Coble rallied past 15-year-old Mariah Stackhouse to win the Georgia Women's Match Play Championship on Friday at Sunset Hills Country Club.

Coble beat Stackhouse 1-up with a conceded par on the third hole of sudden death.

It was the first win in more than 21 months for Coble, who has won this tournament seven times, but last won it in 2005.

Stackhouse, of Riverdale, had ended Coble's 10-year streak as Georgia State Golf Association Women's Player of the Year last season.

Stackhouse was 3-up on Coble after 10 holes, but Coble birdied the 18th hole to force extra holes.

"I was so nervous all day," Coble said. "She (Stackhouse) is such a quality young lady and a great player. She's going to win a lot of events in her career."

Coble started the tournament with a victory over fellow Augustan Mary Helen McElreath, who ended up winning the championship flight's consolation bracket with a 1-up victory over Corrie Christensen, of Norcross.

- In North Augusta, Alabama-Huntsville holds a three-shot lead over Mississippi State after two rounds at the Collegiate Disc Golf Championships.

Tyler Harbin and Nathan Pitts paced the Chargers, combining to shoot 17-under-par.

Arkansas' Will Scott leads all individuals at 11-under. Georgia Southern's Mark Wilhelmy , an Augusta native, is five shots back in fifth.

Augusta State is in sixth in its first national championship.

- Clemson's Kyle Stanley is among 10 semifinalists for one of college golf's top awards.

Stanley is up for the Ben Hogan Award, which goes to the top collegiate golfer and takes into account his or her performance in college and amateur tournaments. Clemson's D.J. Trahan won the 2002 Hogan award. Stanley, a junior, leads the Tigers this year with a 71.67 stroke average.

Meeting

Richt to speak at Bulldog Club event

Georgia football coach Mark Richt will be the guest speaker at a Bulldog Club meeting April 27 at the St. Mary on the Hill gym.

New men's basketball coach Mark Fox will also be on the program, which starts at 6 p.m. with a buffet dinner. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for children 10-under. For more information, go to augustabulldogclub.org.

Softball

Pacers, Jaguars win their openers

In Florence, S.C., Jessica Strickland homered to lead third-seeded USC Aiken past sixth-seeded Columbus State 2-0 in the first round of the double elimination Peach Belt Conference Tournament.

Fifth-seeded Augusta State topped fourth-seeded Armstrong State 2-1 on Kristen Jones' run scoring single in the top of the ninth inning .

USC Aiken (32-12) takes on seventh-seeded Francis Marion at 11 this morning. Also at 11, Augusta State (31-17) meets top-seeded North Georgia.

- Augusta State shortstop Kacee Camp was named Peach Belt Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Conference team in a vote of the league's head coaching. Teammate Jessica Thornton made the first team as a designated player/utility player. USC Aiken's Strickland made the team as a catcher and teammate Toni Flessate was selected among the pitchers.

Tennis

USC Aiken women open up with win

In Jonesboro, Ga., USC Aiken's women won their opener in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament, stopping UNC Pembroke 5-1. The Lady Pacers play Armstrong Atlantic at 8 a.m. today. The Augusta State women open play, also at 8 this morning, against Clayton State.

On the men's side, Armstrong Atlantic blanked Augusta State 5-0. USC Aiken plays this morning at 8 against Francis Marion.

- Augusta State's Nathalia Rodrigues made the women's all-conference team and USC Aiken's Bruno Seves made the men's first team.

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