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Sunday, 12 October 2014 15:41

App State Men's Soccer Ties Howard

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In its second Sun Belt Conference match, Appalachian State University men’s soccer seemingly dominated Howard in all facets of the match but still came away with a 2-2 draw on Saturday evening.

The Mountaineers (4-5-3, 0-0-2 Sun Belt) found themselves down in the match right before halftime in the 41st minute when Howard’s Kyle Celestine headed in a corner kick from Donny-Joshua Felix to put the Bison up 1-0.

It didn’t take long after intermission for App State’s offense to heat up and break through. In the 56th minute, Alex Herbst (Apex, N.C./Apex) placed a free kick quickly and found Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) and the sophomore was able to tally the equalizer. The goal for Japp was his first of the season.

Two minutes and 25 seconds later, Trey Hemphill (Asheville, N.C./T.C. Roberson) got in on the action and detonated a shot from 25 yards out to put the Apps in front 2-1. The goal for Hemphill was also his first of the season.

App State would hold the 2-1 advantage for the next 26 minutes and change before Frederick Todd III scored to tie the game in the 85th minute.

After two overtime periods, App State would tally five shots to Howard’s zero but would end up drawing the Bison after 20 minutes of overtime play. For the game, the Mountaineers outshot Howard by a staggering 19-5 advantage, including 12-3 in shots on frame.

Japp led the squad with four shots and three on target. Hemphill tallied three shots and all were on frame, while Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) also collected three shots on the night with one on goal.

Unfortunately for the Apps, two of the three shots on goal went in for Howard. Holland Hammond (Jacksonville, N.C./Jacksonville) saw all of the action in net and made one save on the night. The Mountaineers also managed an incredible 10 corner kicks to Howard’s two.

The Mountaineers will return to action next Saturday, Oct. 18 when they host Sun Belt foe Georgia State. Kick off is set for 7 p.m. from Appalachian Soccer Stadium.

Saturday, 11 October 2014 22:27

Appalachian State Football Loses in Overtime

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Behind a record-setting performance by redshirt freshman quarterback Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun), Appalachian State University football racked up 637 yards of offense but four costly turnovers and a missed field goal proved to be the difference in a 55-48 overtime loss to Liberty on Saturday afternoon at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

The game was a back-and-forth affair throughout, featuring five ties and seven lead changes. However, it was decided on two crucial Appalachian State miscues in the waning moments of the contest.

With the score tied at 48-48 and two seconds remaining in regulation, Bentlee Critcher (South Daytona Beach, Fla./Warner Christian Academy) narrowly missed a 32-yard field goal to send the game to overtime. Then, after Liberty scored on the first possession of overtime, Lamb overthrew tight end Barrett Burns (Woodstock, Ga./Etowah) in the end zone and was picked off by Liberty safety Jacob Hagen to end the game.

Unfortunately, the game-ending interception overshadowed the best performance by a freshman passer in Appalachian State history. Lamb’s 397 yards shattered the longstanding Appalachian freshman record of 334 passing yards, set by Randy Joyce against VMI on Oct. 17, 1981.

Making the fourth start of his career, Lamb completed 20-of-31 passes to six different receivers, including touchdowns of 63 yards to Simms McElfresh (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian), 60 yards to Bobo Beathard (Haymarket, Va./Battlefield) and 48 yards to Shaedon Meadors (Duncan, S.C./Byrnes). His 48-yard strike to Meadors gave the Mountaineers their first lead of the second half at 37-34 with 6:42 to go in the third quarter.

Less than two minutes later, App State extended the lead to 40-34 on a 38-yard field goal by Critcher but Liberty took a 41-40 advantage into the final period thanks to D.J. Abnar’s one-yard touchdown dive with 29 seconds left in the third.

The Flames’ one-point lead didn’t last long into the fourth quarter, as Appalachian jumped back out in front on a 60-yard touchdown run by Terrence Upshaw (Duluth, Ga./Northview) less than three minutes into the period.

Liberty answered with a 12-play, 75-yard drive, capped by a 13-yard touchdown run by quarterback Josh Woodrum that knotted the score for the fifth time at 48-48 with 6:19 remaining in regulation.

Needing only a field goal to win the game, Appalachian marched 60 yards in 14 plays on its ensuing possession while milking all 6:19 off the clock. Upshaw and Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) combined to rush for 33 yards on the drive and Lamb completed 3-of-3 passes for 24 yards, including a 12-yard pass to McElfresh on third-and-six from the 23 yard line that moved the Mountaineers well within Critcher’s range.

However, two plays later, Critcher pushed the 32-yard attempt just wide of the right upright. In fact, the kick was so close that the play was reviewed but the call was confirmed and the game went to overtime.

After Appalachian State won the coin toss and elected to play defense first, Liberty needed only six plays to find paydirt on a nine-yard pass from Woodrum to Darrin Peterson.

Needing a touchdown to send the game to a second extra period, the Mountaineers picked up 16 yards on the first play of their overtime possession on a hard-nosed run by Cox. On the next play, Lamb’s errant pass was picked off by Hagen to end the game.

Appalachian State’s outgained Liberty, 637-501, while averaging a whopping 9.2 yards per play, including 12.8 yards per pass attempt and 19.9 yards per completion. However, it could not overcome its four turnovers (two fumbles and two interceptions), seven penalties for 58 yards and 1-of-4 efficiency in the red zone.

In addition to Lamb’s 397 passing yards, the Mountaineers featured two 100-yard rushers (Cox and Upshaw both finished with 111) and a 100-yard receiver (Jones — 105).

Liberty also had a 300-yard passer (Woodrum – 356), 100-yard rusher (Abnar – 129) and 100-yard receiver (Dante Shells – 164).

Defensively, Appalachian State true freshman safety A.J. Howard (Hamilton, Ga./Harris County) led all players with 13 tackles. LU’s Kenny Scott recorded five stops and two fumble recoveries, including one that he returned 39 yards for a touchdown to give Liberty (4-3) a 28-21 lead midway through the second quarter.

Appalachian State (1-5, 0-2 Sun Belt) returns to Sun Belt Conference action next Saturday when it travels to Troy (1-5, 1-1 Sun Belt). Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Troy, Ala.

NOTES: Lamb’s 397 yards were the eighth-highest passing total in Appalachian State history and the most since Armanti Edwards threw for 415 at Wofford in 2009 … Beathard’s and Meadors’ touchdown catches were the first of their careers … Meadors made his Appalachian debut on Saturday and caught a 30-yard pass on his first collegiate play in the first quarter … Mountaineer junior Aaron Krah (Durham, N.C./Hillside) also scored the first touchdown of his career when he recovered a muffed punt in the end zone in the second quarter … Jones’ 100-yard game was the first of his career … Appalachian State’s 637 yards were its most since it amassed 684 in a 55-14 win over Coastal Carolina on Sept. 29, 2012 … the Mountaineers lost for only the second time in the last 36 games that they have scored 30 points or more (the other being a 38-37 overtime loss to Illinois State in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS playoffs) … Appalachian dropped back-to-back homecoming games for the first time since it lost four-straight from 1977-80.

Saturday, 11 October 2014 22:23

Lenoir-Rhyne Football Wins Homecoming Contest

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (6-0), ranked sixth in NCAA Division II, raced to a 25-point lead then held on to defeat North Greenville (4-2), 32-21, Saturday afternoon in front of 7,821 fans on Homecoming at Moretz Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior fullback Chris Robinson (Newnan, Ga.) and senior tailback Jarrod Spears (Bunnlevel, N.C.) rushed for 145 and 133 yards, respectively, while senior quarterback Miles Freeman (Sacramento, Calif.) added two touchdown runs as the Bears continued their best start since the 1962 campaign.

Lenoir-Rhyne raced to a 22-0 halftime advantage thanks to a pair of one-yard touchdown runs by Freeman in the second quarter and led by as many as 25 points when senior placekicker Justin Powell (Connelly Springs, N.C.) kicked a 21-yard field goal to open the third quarter.

North Greenville, behind quarterback Nelson Hughes (Roebuck, S.C.) and wide receiver Robbie Brown (Swansea, S.C.), began to rally and scored on three straight possessions in the second half to cut the margin to 11 points but couldn’t get any closer.

Hughes finished with 312 yards passing and two touchdowns while Brown added 10 receptions for 140 yards and a score but the deficit was too great to overcome.

Robinson’s 19-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter gave the Bears some breathing room as Lenoir-Rhyne was able to take advantage of a fumbled punt return by the Crusaders.

Lenoir-Rhyne, the second-ranked rushing team in the nation, finished with 368 yards on the ground and won their 11th straight home game. The Bears are also 23-1 in their last 24 contests at Moretz Stadium and are 19-1 in their last 20 games overall.

Lenoir-Rhyne also finished with three quarterback sacks while sophomore defensive back Marcus Kincaid (Morganton, N.C.) totaled a team-high 11 tackles and two pass break-ups.

The Crusaders, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end, was led by Quan Weeks (Gaffney, S.C.) with a game-high 15 tackles.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play this coming Saturday against Newberry in Newberry, S.C., beginning at 4pm.

Saturday, 11 October 2014 00:53

High School Football Results from Friday, 10/10/14

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North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central, ppd. Monday, 7pm

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 41
Hibriten: 27

Freedom: 27
Watauga: 6

South Caldwell: 35
Hickory: 28

St. Stephens: 36
Patton: 30

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 27
Draughn: 14

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 56
Bunker Hill: 0

Lincolnton: 29
Bandys: 16

Newton-Conover: 48
West Lincoln: 41

West Caldwell: 28
Maiden: 27, 2 OT

Saturday, 11 October 2014 00:48

App State Women's Soccer Wins In Double Overtime

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Senior Jenna Caudle (MIddletown, Md./Middletown) scored the most impressive goal of her soccer career on Friday night to lift Appalachian State University women’s soccer over Troy by a final of 3-2 in double overtime.

With the game tied at 2-2, Caudle was in the right place at the right time when Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) made a cross into the box right in front of the net. The senior headed the ball in perfectly to give the Mountaineers the victory.

“Tully was trying to look for me all game and she played a perfect ball in,” said Caudle. “That goal is all for my teammates. We wanted that so bad – it was one of the best moments of my life. There is nothing like running at your team after scoring the winning goal. It was such a team effort and all three goals were absolutely beautiful. We’re a team that doesn’t give up. Every single person was battling and we did not let their two goals define the game.”

“We just stayed consistent with the things that we were asking them to do. We told them to continue to work and high pressure them while relaxing in the box and opportunities would come,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “Jenna’s finish was just willing the ball into the net and was just absolute heart – that’s what she’s known for.”

Strickland continued, “Tully’s cross was incredible, but making sure that Jenna was on that back post is what we kept talking about. I think they believed that they were going to win. The sideline was incredible and the crowd was amazing

The Mountaineers (6-7, 3-1 Sun Belt) battled all game long and were rewarded with the excitement of a golden goal in the second overtime period. The Apps struck first in the match with Nicole Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) scoring her first of the season off of a free kick on the near side. It was in the 20th minute that Steyl bent a free kick and placed it perfectly in the back right side of the net.

With 51 seconds to go until halftime, the Apps would increase their lead to 2-0 when Leah Drawdy (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) ripped a shot from 25 yards out off of a pass from Sarah Moon (Cornelius, N.C./W.A. Hough) to take the momentum into the locker room. The goal for Drawdy was her second of the season.

With App State in command most of the first half, Troy then came out in the second half determined to tie the game. In the 60th minute, Abby Reynolds brought the Trojans to within one goal off of a Chelsey Williams rebounded shot on a Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) save.

Roberson made four saves in the game and kept the lead and tie in tact many times in the second half.

Just over two minutes later, Troy was gifted a penalty kick and Chelsey Williams was able to bury the equalizer to bring the score to 2-2.

Both sides would get more aggressive and physical as the second half would play on. The Mountaineers wouldn’t stray from their style of play and it ended up paying off in the end.

Troy would outshoot Appalachian 18-15, but App State would put seven shots on goal to Troy’s six. Both teams attempted five corner kicks in the match.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Sunday, Oct. 12 when they host Sun Belt foe South Alabama. Kick off is set for 1 p.m. from Appalachian Soccer Stadium.

Saturday, 11 October 2014 00:45

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Edges Out Anderson

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Team (4-6-2, 4-3) picked a 2-1 double overtime victory over Anderson (5-6, 4-3) in a South Atlantic Conference match Friday afternoon at Trojan Stadium.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Ben Meredith (Perth, AUSTRALIA) scored both goals including the match-winner at the 102:02 mark of the second half.

The contest-winning goal was scored in the box off a pass from senior midfielder Ben Jones (Dagenham, ENGLAND). Jones assisted on both goals for the Bears. Meredith now has four goals on the year.

Anderson tied the score at one in the second half at the 63:32 mark on a goal from Magnus Larsen (Broenby, DENMARK). Larsen connected on a free kick from 30 yards out.

Freshman goalkeeper Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) earned the win for the Bears, who snapped their two-match losing streak. Anderson's goalkeeper, Bo Haug (Stuttgart, GERMANY), took the setback despite making three saves.

Lenoir-Rhyne does not play again until Sunday, October 19, at 3:30 p.m., in a South Atlantic Conference match against Tusculum in Greeneville, Tenn.

Saturday, 11 October 2014 00:43

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Sweeps Queens

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (13-5, 7-4) swept Queens (5-13, 2-8) in a South Atlantic Conference contest Friday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Bears, winners of two straight matches, swept the Royals by scores of 25-15, 25-12 and 25-12.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore middle blocker Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 12 kills and junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) added 22 assists in the victory.

Junior outside hitter Morgan Bunker (Mount Airy, N.C.) tallied a match-high 15 digs for the Bears, who finished with 10 service aces and hit .307 in the victory.

Queens lost its second consecutive match despite seven kills from both Elizabeth Bialkowski (Raleigh, N.C.) and Meredith Jones (Blythewood, S.C.) and 23 assists, a match-high, from Sydney Kunz (Germantown, Wis.).

The Royals, however, hit just .019 for the match in suffering their eighth defeat in their last nine contests.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Anderson in a South Atlantic Conference match on Tuesday night in Anderson, S.C., beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, 11 October 2014 00:38

App State Volleyball Drops Third Conference Match

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Appalachian State University volleyball lost their third conference match on Friday night, falling to Texas State in three sets with scores of 25-21, 25-23 and 25-22.

The Mountaineers (15-3, 5-3 Sun Belt) lost only their third match of the season against the the Bobcats (12-8, 7-1 SBC), who currently have second-place standing in the Sun Belt.

The Mountaineers jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first set, finding three kills from Emily Corrigan. The Bobcats were able to gain momentum, tying the score at seven, before taking an 12-8 lead.

The Apps began to fall behind as Texas State found several kills to lead 17-11, but Appalachian pulled within three to make the score 21-18. It would not be enough as Texas State took the first set 25-21.

The Mountaineers quickly fell behind in the second set, 13-9. The Mountaineers were able to stay within three points until the Bobcats found a kill to go up 20-14.

The Mountaineers tied the match 23-23 after three attack errors from Texas State, but the Bobcats pulled it out, taking the second 25-23 and going up 2-0.

The Bobcats went up 2-0 in the third, but Appalachian quickly tied the score at three. Texas State began to pull ahead again after a couple tied scores, leading 14-10. The Apps found a kill from Gray to propel to them to a 7-3 run to tie the score 17-17.

Texas State scored three-straight points but Appalachian did the same, tying the score again at 20. With the Apps trailing 23-22, the Bobcats would pull out the third set, 25-22 and take the match 3-0.

Corrigan led the team with 12 kills, while Paige Brown assisted 23 kills in the match.

Kati Stammen led the Mountaineers on defense with 12 digs, followed by Meghan Mahoney with 10 of her own.

Kelsey Weynand led Texas State with 18 kills in their win.

The Apps hit just .160 on the match while the Bobcats posted a hitting percentage of .215. Each team tallied seven blocks.

The Apps play UT Arlington on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Saturday, 11 October 2014 00:34

Appalachian State Field Hockey Falls to Liberty

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Appalachian State University field hockey failed to win its second-straight match against the Lady Flames of Liberty. After dropping last weekend’s match in Lynchburg, Appalachian lost at home on Friday by a final of 6-2.

Liberty got on the score sheet first via a penalty stroke with 18 minutes left in the first half. Maddie Phillips (Virginia Beach, Va./Floyd E. Kellam) earned a defensive save moments before the penalty was awarded. The penalty stroke was converted by Hannah Jones, her second goal of the season.

The Montaineers trailed by two goals at the half, but fought hard to stay in the game. After Liberty scored a third goal just a minute into the second half to make it 3-0, Appalachian’s Savanna Sheridan (Hertford, N.C./First Colonial) shot and scored with 25 minutes left in the second half, which brought the Apps back to within two goals.

Liberty began to pull away after shots from Ashlee Krulock, Sara Gipe, and Helen Doolittle hit the back of the net. Gipe finished with three goals and one assist, and Krulock had one goal and tallied three assists.

The Mountaineers tried to claw back with a late unassisted goal from Robbi Jensen (Ridgeway, Va./Carlisle), but it wasn’t enough.

The Black and Gold used two goalkeepers for the second-straight game. Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va./James Madison) played the first half and recorded four saves. Jordan Yaukey (Carlisle, Pa./Big Spring) came in at half time and recorded three saves in 35 minutes.

The Mountaineers are back in action on Sunday at home where they will face the Eagles of Boston College. BC enters the contest ranked No. 16 in the country.

Saturday, 11 October 2014 00:27

Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn Field Set

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The field is now set for next week’s Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn, and the exemptions have now been finalized, the tournament announced today. The 12th annual Champions Tour event begins Monday at Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C.

Among the Champions Tour professionals in the field are World Golf Hall of Famers Colin Montgomerie, Tom Kite, Larry Nelson and Nick Price as well as 2013 Champions Tour player of the year Kenny Perry, 2013 Champions Tour rookie of the year Rocco Mediate, two-time Major winner Mark O’Meara, former Greater Hickory Kia Classic champions Michael Allen, Fred Funk, two-time winner Jay Haas, the United States captain for the 2015 Presidents Cup, Mark Wiebe, Gary Hallberg, Andy Bean and Craig Stadler as well as Champions Tour rookies Lee Janzen, Paul Goydos, Kevin Sutherland and Wake Forest University alumnus Billy Andrade. In all, 20 of the top-25 golfers in the Oct. 6 Charles Schwab Cup point standings are in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic field.

2014 Greater Hickory Kia Classic at Rock Barn Field:

Anders Forsband
Jeff Hart
Mike Goodes
Andy Bean
Jeff Maggert
Nick Price
Bill Glasson
Jeff Sluman
Paul Goydos
Billy Andrade
Jim Thorpe
Peter Senior
Bob Gilder
Joe Durant
Rocco Mediate
Bob Tway
Joey Sindelar
Rod Spittle
Bobby Clampett
John Cook
Roger Chapman
Bobby Wadkins
John Harris
Russ Cochran
Chien Soon Lu
John Inman
Scott Dunlap
Chip Beck
John Riegger
Scott Hoch
Colin Montgomerie
Jose Coceres
Scott Simpson
Corey Pavin
Kenny Perry
Skip Kendell
Craig Stadler
Kevin Sutherland
Stephen Ames
Dan Forsman
Kirk Triplett
Steve Elkington
David Eger
Larry Mize
Steve Lowery
David Frost
Larry Nelson
Steve Pate
Doug Garwood
Lee Janzen
Tom Byrum
Duffy Waldorf
Loren Roberts
Tom Kite
Esteban Toledo
Marco Dawson
Tom Pernice, Jr.
Fred Funk
Mark Brooks
Tom Purtzer
Gary Hallberg
Mark Calcavecchia
Tommy Armour III
Gene Sauers
Mark McNulty
Wayne Levi
Gil Morgan
Mark O'Meara
Wes Short, Jr.
Hal Sutton
Mark Wiebe
Willie Wood
Jay Haas
Michael Allen

While the field is technically set, seven additional golfers will join the field following Tuesday’s qualifying tournament set for the Catawba Spring Course at Lake Hickory Country Club. The Greater Hickory Kia Classic field above includes five sponsor’s exemptions: Chip Beck, David Eger, John Harris, Bobby Clampett and Skip Kendell.

Beck, a native of Fayetteville, N.C., will play in his eighth-consecutive Greater Hickory Kia Classic this year – he has four top-seven appearances here. He recorded the second 59 in PGA TOUR history during the third round of the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational. He made 13 birdies and no bogeys at Sunrise Golf Club and sank a three-foot putt on the final hole to join Al Geiberger as the only sub-60 shooters in TOUR history at the time. Beck will be a part of Wednesday’s “Club 59” Breakfast at 8:45 a.m. in the Rock Barn Golf & Spa clubhouse. He will join Paul Goydos and Kevin Sutherland who have also recorded the magical 59 in official tournament play.

Eger, a four-time Champions Tour winner, is one of only four Champions Tour professionals that has played in all 11 previous Greater Hickory Kia Classic tournaments. His best finish here came in 2011 when he finished tied for eighth. He is 32nd in all-time career Greater Hickory Kia Classic earnings with $180,361. Eger will join Champions Tour rules official Joe Terry during Monday’s lunch entitled Greenside Chat: Inside the Ropes at Noon in the Rock Barn Golf & Spa clubhouse. Tickets to Monday’s lunch and Wednesday’s breakfast can be purchased through the tournament office at (828) 459-4000.

Harris is another of the golfers that has played in all 11 previous editions of the Greater Hickory Kia Classic. The other two are World Golf Hall of Famer Larry Nelson and Bobby Wadkins – all four are now in the 2014 field. Harris finished tied for fourth in 2005 for his best Greater Hickory Kia Classic finish. He is 47th in all-time career Greater Hickory Kia Classic earnings with $124,902.

Clampett will make his fifth-consecutive appearance in the Greater Hickory Kia Classic. His best finish came in 2010 when he finished tied for 17th. He has played in 15 Champions Tour events this season and is 69th in the Charles Schwab Cup standings. He is a native of Monterey, Calif., and now lives in Bonita Springs, Fla. He also worked in television for several years.

Kendall is a Champions Tour rookie; he tied for 40th in his Champions Tour debut Sept. 21 at the Pacific Links Championship in Kapolei, Hawaii. A week later, he open-qualified for the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and was in contention down the stretch. He trailed by just one stroke on the back nine Sunday but dropped out of contention after a bogey at the par-three 17th hole. He made more than 400 career starts on the PGA TOUR but never won a tournament.