Johnny Purvis and Tracy Johanning were first-time winners in Batesville and in a bigger sense Saturday.
As overall winners of the White River 4-Mile Classic Road Race, they also notched their first-ever victories in the Arkansas Grand Prix Series. They were not, however, unknown quantities when they arrived in Batesville.
Purvis, 21, finished second to James Cheruiyot this time last year in the Classic, and he’s a senior and one of the leaders of a strong cross country team at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.
Craig Sifford, Danny Kelley and Ed Pinckard teamed to win the J.K. Southerland 3-Person Scramble golf tournament Saturday at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
The trio carded an 13-under-par 59 to win by two strokes against Cody Cox-Jed Porter-Dustin Taylor and Matt McDonald-Tonia Grace-Scott Wood.
The latter fell to third after a card off.
Sifford-Kelley-Pinckard made the winning difference with eagles on holes 7 and 14, each par 5.
“We made a long putt on seven. It was about 35 feet,” Pinckard said. “Hole 14 was pretty simple. We made about a 10-footer.”
It looks like the two defending champions aren’t returning for the 32nd White River 4-Mile Classic Road Race, but a bigger number is at hand.
By Thursday, 221 runners had preregistered for the race — the most to do so in the race’s history. So, members of the White River RoadRunners, the race organizers since 2001, have good reason to believe the number of participants will set another best-ever and break the 300 mark.
This time last year, 202 had preregistered; 274 participated.
The women’s division of the Putt-N-Putt Tournament has a new champion.
Ariel Wann shot an 84 to edge Lisa Barber by a stroke and give the women’s division its first new winner in five years.
Leslie Gitz, who had won four straight years, did not participate in Wednesday’s 20th edition of the event. Lana Earle was third with a 91.
A father-daughter combo collected top prizes. Rodney Heigle won the men’s division and daughter Brittany Heigle collected the win in the girls division.
HORSESHOE BEND — Preston Harmon and the Izard County Cougars won the Cougar Classic golf tournament which concluded Wednesday at The Course on Turkey Mountain.
Harmon needed two playoff holes to earn his victory. His Cougars didn’t. They won by 30 strokes over Trumann. Salem was 44 strokes off pace in third, followed by Highland 568, Southside 572, Melbourne 595, West Side Greers Ferry 611, Shirley 618 and Cave City 649.
The wrong first name was listed in results published Tuesday from Concord High School’s season-opening golf match.
Cameron Reesor shot a 50 to help the Pirates win a 4-team match at Tannenbaum Golf Club on Monday.
The incorrect time was given for the J.K. Southerland Classic at The Course at Eagle Mountain. The correct time for the golf tournament is 9 a.m. Saturday.
LOCUST GROVE — The 3rd Annual Rockhard Powder Coating Front-wheel Drive Special is scheduled for Friday night at Batesville Motor Speedway.
The FWD race will pay $750 to the winner. Tony Brooks won last year’s race and Jesse Brooks took the checkers in the inaugural event.
Also on the agenda Friday night is racing action from the street stocks, factory stocks, IMCA modifieds and NeSmith Late Models.
LA CROSSE — The Izard County Cougars are in command of the Cougar Classic.
After round one of the two-round golf tournament, the Cougars lead the Trumann Wildcats by 23 strokes. Izard County carded a 30-over-par 246 at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course on Tuesday. Salem is third with a 275, followed by Highland’s 279 and Southside’s 283.
Melbourne sits sixth with a 298. West Side Greers Ferry shot a 301, Shirley 323 and Cave City rounded out the boys division with a 332.
Casey Castleberry and Drew Higginbottom won the championship flight of the Eagle Mountain Four Ball Tournament at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
The tournament was played on Saturday and Sunday.
Tommy Ford and Buddy Vinson won the first flight, Rusty Gregg and Gary Vinson took the top spot in the second flight and Chris Johnson and Johnny Seiter were the winners of the third flight.
Scores and additional information were not provided by press time.
Registration days for new fall baseball leagues are this weekend at Fitzhugh Park, Grady McMahan announced.
The Independence County Youth Athletic Association league is for tee-ball (5- and 6-year-olds), pitching machine (7- and 8-year-olds) and live pitching (9- and 10-year-olds) players. Parents or guardians can register their children from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday and from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the park’s concession stand.
The cost is $40 per player.
Play is scheduled for Sept. 1 through Oct. 31.
For more information call Wade Hargrave at (870) 307-5790.