Grier has overnight wait at Publinx

June 26, 2004


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Hagerstown's Ashley Grier spent 14 hours at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club on Friday and needs to return at 7:30 a.m. today to finalize what she hopes will be a spot in the eight-player quarterfinal field of the 28th U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.

After three key birdies helped her defeat Sara Brown, of Tucson, Ariz., 3 and 2 in the morning battle of match play, Grier and Ya-Ni Tseng of Taiwan went 20 holes all square before play was suspended due to darkness.

All matches, except for Grier's, were completed as golfers weathered a three-hour rain delay on the 6,159-yard Green Course.

Grier had a 2-up advantage through the first seven holes and was 1-up through 10. After a bogey and several halved holes, Grier regained the 1-up margin through 17 holes with a birdie. Tseng came right back and birdied 18, a 466-yard par-5 while Grier suffered a bogey.


"I hit a bad drive in the hazard and had to take a drop, but she birdied the hole anyway," Grier said. "It was a long day and I made some mistakes in the afternoon round and I think it was because my legs were getting tired."

If Grier can defeat Tseng, she will have a quick turnaround for the regularly scheduled match-play quarterfinal against Hannah Jun of San Diego at 8 a.m. A victory in that match would put her in this afternoon's semifinals.

The championship is a 36-hole affair Sunday.

Schultz jumps into 17th place

NASHPORT, Ohio - Hagerstown's Dirk Schultz jumped 31 positions into a tie for 17th place following a 3-under par 69 during the second round of the 37th PGA Club Professionals Championship at Longaberger Golf Club.

Schultz, who posted a 1-over par 73 in the opening round Thursday, had eight birdies, but his round was offset with a double bogey and three bogeys on the 7,225-yard course.

After three pars to open the round, Schultz had a double bogey on the par-4, 411-yard fourth but followed with three straight birdies and finished his front nine with a 34.

Schultz is making a bid to at least finish in the top 25, which would automatically give him an exemption in the 2004 PGA Championship.


Funkstown goes 2-0 to open tourney

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Funkstown Post 211 erupted for 33 runs on 30 hits in 10 innings, opening the Utica Blue and Gold Tournament with a pair of mercy-rule wins. Funkstown beat Parkhurst (N.Y.) 16-4 and Clark (N.J.), 17-6.

Against Parkhurst, B.J. Soto pitched a complete-game six-hitter with six strikeouts, while Josh Bowers had two hits and four RBI and Drew Crawford and Andy Taylor each had two hits and two RBI.

Phil Powell had three hits and two RBI to lead Funkstown in the second game, while Crawford and Tim Kellinger each had three hits and an RBI and Nathan Himes and Kyle Robinson each had two hits and two RBI. Taylor was the winning pitcher.

Funkstown (16-3) plays twice today. The tournament concludes Sunday.


Maryland District 9 & 10 Tournament

American 7, West End 5: Aaron Staley had two hits for American. Brandon Hess had two hits, including a home run, for West End.

Maugansville 8, Frostburg 7: Brent Mentzer had the game-winning RBI single, while Matt Daley and Mike Churchey each had two hits for Maugansville. Dan Stietbeck had two hits for Frostburg.

Halfway 7, South Mountain 6: Winning pitcher Henry Gigeous had four hits and drove in three runs and Chris Kiley added two hits to lead Halfway. Joseph Minoglio led South Mountain with two hits.

Valley 5, Hancock 3: Robby Hougue had eight strikeouts for Valley. Nick Smart had three hits, while Noah Smart and Joe Lashley each added two for Hancock.

Halfway Minor League Tournament

UAW went undefeated to win the Halfway Minor League Tournament. Jospeh Garrish led the way, allowing just one hit and striking out 26 in nine innnings. He did not allow an earned run and posted a .750 batting average. Tyler Wirfs also hit .750 and Brandon Allen batted .500.

Valley Minor League

Norm Scott Drywall 18, Hampton Inn 10: Gregg Hoffman had three hits while Dillan Harbaugh, Richie Rostek, Alek Redenbo and Matthew Redenbo each added two for Norm Scott Drywall, which took the league title with the win.

Hagerstown PONY League

Eagles 6, Firefighters 4: Kyle Hoffman struck out 12, while Dee Stubbs had two hits and Daniel Myers homered to lead Eagles. Patrick Phillips homered for Firefighters.


Hagerstown Area Church Softball

Nazarene 17, Otterbein of Pa. 8: Brian Mehalko, Dan Daniels, Darryl Brown and Steve Gearhart each had three hits for Nazarene.

Hagerstown Grace Brethren 15, New Life 14: Dave Odell and Eric Cave each had three hits for Grace Brethren. John Davidson had three hits for New Life.


Team Maryland to play for fifth place

NORMAN, Okla. - After opening the Sun Belt Classic with a win over Oklahoma on Tuesday, Team Maryland dropped four straight games over two days, losing to California, Texas, Florida and Ohio at Oklahoma University.

Maryland came back to beat Georgia and Arizona for a 3-4 record, earning a spot in the fifth-place game of the tournament today at 1 p.m.

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