So far, Jennifer Welch is on course to add another Arkansas Women’s Golf Association title to her list of accomplishments.
After two rounds of qualifying play, the Little Rock native and Arkansas State golfer leads the way in the AWGA’s Stroke Play Championship at The Course at Eagle Mountain. Welch shot a 146 in two days of qualifying, firing a tournament-low round of 70 on Tuesday.
Welch won the AWGA Match Play championship and she also leads the Player of the Year points standings.
The Lady Pioneer and Pioneer golf teams should get stern tests when they open the high school season Monday at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
Scheduled to visit Batesville High’s home course are teams from Mountain Home and Paragould. The first tee time is 9 a.m., which is the usual starting time until school starts on Aug. 19.
The Mountain Home Lady Bombers and Bombers each finished in the top four of the Class 6A State Tournament last season. The Bombers were third-place finishers.
The Melbourne Bearkatz have a long way to go if they are to defend their state championship.
The 2009 Class 2A boys state golf champions are a completely new team with the exception of one player. Brad Lamb, a sophomore, is the only returner from the championship team.
The coaching position is included in the makeover. Coach Mike Watson resigned recently to pursue a career with State Farm Insurance. Coach Kelly Webb was hired as Watson’s replacement as the golf coach. Watson’s basketball coaching position was filled by Jeremiah Quattlebaum.
FAYETTEVILLE — Jerry Franklin begins the Arkansas Razorbacks’ August preseason rating second-team All-SEC by the SEC coaches and thumbs up first-team with his own coaches.
Franklin didn’t seem to rate that highly with the Arkansas coaches last spring.
In fact, sometimes it didn’t appear linebacker Franklin of Marion rated at all. Head Coach Bobby Petrino, Defensive Coordinator Willy Robinson and linebackers Coach Reggie Johnson often left their 2008 and 2009 leading tackler in the weight room while the Razorbacks practiced this spring.
Whitney Abbott, an infielder from Center Ridge, has committed to play softball for Coach Jason Miner’s Lyon College Scots, according to a news release from the college.
Abbott was a 2-time all-region and all-district player while at Nemo Vista High School, and was a member of the 2010 Arkansas State High School Coaches Association All-Star team.
JONESBORO — The Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes finished fourth in the Southwind Conference Meet here Saturday.
The Jonesboro Jets AAU team won the overall title with 1,052.5 points. The Mountain Home Hurricanes finished a distant second (890.5) points. Stone County placed third with 412.5.
The Torpedoes also finished fourth in the girls and boys divisions. The boys chalked up 226 points. The girls added 173.
Batesville Motor Speedway owner and promoter Mooney Starr recently announced that the 3/8-mile clay oval will host a new “crown jewel event” for late models in May.
Starr said additional details will be released at the Topless 100 next month, but added the payout for the new event will be in excess of $150,000, making it the third largest payout in the country.
LOCUST GROVE — “Kid Smooth” returned to victory lane at Batesville Motor Speedway.
Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville collected his third Isle of Capri Late Model Series win Saturday night. Moyer swept the opening round and split round four over the weekend. He is sixth in the points standings, 86 points back.
Jeff Floyd of Walnut Ridge took the Isle of Capri checkers Friday night.
Points leader Bill Frye of Greenbrier was second each night. He holds a 46-point lead over Cave City’s Jeff Taylor. Floyd is in third, 56 points off the pace with one round remaining.
Coach Kevin Jenkins has rounded out his 2010-11 Lyon College Scots’ recruiting class with three final recruits, according to a news release from the college.
Freshman guards Anthony LaBellarte and Zach Givens and freshman swingman Christian Knight are the newest members of Lyon’s mens basketball team.
LaBellarte is a 6-foot guard from Nixa, Mo., Givens is a 5-10 guard from North Little Rock and Knight went to high school at North Pulaski in Jacksonville.
ST. JOE (AP) — Jonah, the Old Testament character who spent some time in the belly of a fish, has nothing on Kyle Baker.
The young St. Joe man has been in the belly of Godzilla. Unlike the reluctant Jonah, however, Baker is more than willing to enter the belly of the beast. In fact, he sees it as a chance to further his career.
The pre-registration deadline for entering the White River 4-Mile Classic Road Race is July 30, announced Joe Pool, one of the race organizers.
Those who register before race day, Aug. 7, will play $5 or $10. The lower amount is for students (18 and younger). The day-of costs are $10 and $15.
Pool also reminded runners that training runs on the course are scheduled for each Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:30 and at 6 a.m. on Saturday. On Saturday July 31, the training run is set for 7:30 a.m., the same time of the race the next Saturday.
Batesville’s 10-year-old All-Stars won two baseball tournaments and finished second in the Cal Ripken North Arkansas State Tournament.
After winning the Gold Ring Classic and the District 3 tourney, they reached the title round of the state tourney before falling to the host team. Batesville defeated Bentonville 8-5, Johnson County 11-0 and Springdale 11-1. They fell to Mountain Home in two 1-run contests (6-5 and 8-7).