AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — As Phil Mickelson strolled up to the 18th green, his third green jacket locked up, he wondered if his wife would be waiting for him.
She’d been there the first two times he won the Masters, but he would’ve understood if she decided to skip this victory celebration.
Yet there she was, waiting with an embrace they’ll remember for a lifetime.
“I normally don’t shed tears over wins,” Mickelson said, his eyes watering. “When Amy and I hugged off 18, that was a very emotional moment for us. I’ll cherish every moment of this week.”
Don’t expect to see Mark Bartlett atop another Arkansas State Golf Association tournament leader board anytime soon.
“Looking at the ASGA schedule and the baseball schedule, I’ll probably not play another event until July,” Bartlett said shortly after winning The Course at Eagle Mountain Men’s Stroke-play Tournament, the first ASGA designated event of the season.
The 41-year-old from Searcy won by one stroke over Trey Schaap of North Little Rock and 2-time all-state golfer Justin Burns (Izard County, 2005) of Franklin.
NEWPORT — The Newport Greyhounds scored three runs in the fourth inning to overtake the Cave City Cavemen and went on to win 7-6 in nonconference high school baseball action here Friday.
Cave City led 3-0 after two innings. The hosts scored one in the third and three each in the fourth and sixth innings. The visitors scored three in the top of the seventh and had the tying run at second base when the game ended.
William Boyd hit two for four for Cave City. Dalton Bell drove in two for the 11-6 Cavemen.
Newport’s Kordre Taylor hit three for three and drove in three runs.
LOCUST GROVE — The 2010 points racing season took the green flag Friday night at Batesville Motor Speedway.
Defending factory stock champion Andy Carpenter picked up where he left off last season with a feature win. He was chased by David Hagler and Heath Grizzle.
Terry Brooks edged last year’s street stock champion, Joe Payne, for Friday night’s feature win. Chuck McGinty was third.
The IMCA Modified trophy went to Richie Tosh, who left Ronnie Jeffrey, Jason Wilkey and the rest of the field in his dust.
Batesville registered another pair of shutouts in 5A-East District high school soccer action when the Lady Pioneers won 2-0 and the Pioneers won 6-0 over Greene County Tech’s teams in Pioneer Stadium on Friday.
Lady Pioneer senior Mildren Garcia scored in the first half and was assisted by classmate Danielle Goodwin. Junior Kali Foreman scored in the second half with an assist from freshman Lainey Rumans.
The Lady Pioneers outshot the Lady Eagles 30-4. Yesenia Gutierrez, Batesville’s senior goalie, recorded four saves.
HARRISON — The Southside Lady Southerners won three of four softball games over the weekend.
The lone loss was in the championship game of the Greater Ozarks Invitational in Harrison on Saturday.
Rosebud won the title 10-4. Southside advanced to the championship with a 15-6 win over Berryville and an 8-2 tilt against Lincoln.
Chelsea Harmon and Tandra McPherson were credited with doubles in the loss to Rose Bud. Haley Mourer took the loss, dropping her to 9-5. She also pitched the three wins.
PULASKI, Tenn. — The Lyon College Pipers left 10 runners on base in a 6-2 game-one loss to No. 24 Martin Methodist and then lost 12-1 in a run-rule shortened nightcap Saturday during a TranSouth Conference doubleheader.
Saturday’s twinbill sweep was preceded by the same Friday against Freed-Hardeman.
The Pipers (11-19, 1-5) have lost nine straight and have been defeated in their last five TranSouth games. They are last in the standings.
Martin Methodist (32-11, 6-4) has won five in a row and are third in the standings. Freed-Hardeman (14-18, 5-5) is fourth.
The No. 17 Union Bulldogs swept the Lyon Scots in a 3-game series over the weekend at Scots Field.
Lyon began the TranSouth series well Friday afternoon with a 7-0 lead. However, that was about the only enjoyment the Scots would get throughout the weekend. Union rallied for a 12-7 win in the opener and then swept Saturday’s doubleheader 7-1 and 12-3.
The Batesville teams started fast and dominated while winning the Junior Pioneer Pepsi Relays in Pioneer Stadium on Thursday.
Led by Emprea Childress, the Junior Pioneers won five of the six field events and, led by Jaron Stigger, won nine of 10 running events while piling up 260.2 points and winning by better than 200 points over the second-place Clinton Junior Yellowjackets.
Stigger won two events and the high-point award with 46 points.
JONESBORO — Westside Consolidated swept Southside in conference soccer matches here Thursday.
Westside won the girls match 2-1 and the boys match 3-1.
“One of best games played this year,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said of the Lady Southerners. “We’re dinged up pretty good from our game with Mountain View on Tuesday, but the girls played hard.”
Southside trailed 2-0 at halftime. The deficit was cut in half when Alex Burroughs netted a penalty kick. Burroughs scored both of Southside’s goals against Mountain View.
The Arkansas State Golf Association is slated to begin the mens division of its 2010 schedule this weekend at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
Ron Mangold won the championship division of the tournament last season. The Pocahontas man fired a 4-over-par 76 on day one and followed it with a 77 for a total of 153. That was three strokes less than series champion Nick Benton.
Batesville’s David Bell was the lowest shooter. He fired a 77-72—149 to win the senior division.
CAVE CITY — Joey Barnett pitched a 2-hitter and the Cave City offense took care of the rest in a 10-0 run-rule shortened victory over Bay.
Barnett struck out five, walked one and pitched all five innings for the nonconference shutout.
Tyler Booth hit two for four with a 3-run homer in the fourth inning. Seven other Cavemen recorded a hit and six were credited with at least one RBI.
Leadoff hitter Taylor Milligan missed the game due to an illness, but Kyle Satterwhite filled in nicely with an RBI double in the fifth inning.