FAIRFIELD GLADE, Tenn. — Chattanooga’s Brooke Pancake finished second in the Tennessee Women’s Open after a stirring final-round battle Saturday with Jefferson City’s Kendall Martindale at Stonehenge Golf Club. Pancake, an Alabama senior who won four individual state high school titles at Baylor, shot a 70 to finish at 9-under-par 207 for 54 holes. That was nine shots ahead of four players who tied for third and one behind Martindale, a Vanderbilt freshman who led after every round in adding the State Open title to her State Amateur championship from last month in Jonesborough. Martindale did fall behind Pancake on Saturday, but her 71 was enough for the win when a 6-foot birdie putt didn’t fall for the Chattanoogan on the final hole. Jordan Britt, a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore who played at GPS and then Signal Mountain, finished 10th at 221, and former Lee University standout Rachel Ingram from Benton tied for 16th at 226. Tullahoma’s Morgan Hale closed with a 69 to tie for 21st at 227, and former UTC golfer Kayla Stewart tied for 30th at 231.
• A dozen young area golfers are entered in the 38th annual GSGA Junior Sectional Challenge Match being held Tuesday and Wednesday at The Georgia Club at Statham. The event includes boys and girls from seven sections of the state competing against others in their age groups. Area players on the Northwest team include Chatsworth’s Chris Kazmierski and Calhoun’s Blake Urbano in 16-17 boys; LaFayette’s Josh James, Kurt Ingram and Keaton Stanfield in 14-15 boys; and Trion’s Ethan Dendy and Calhoun’s Seth Culpepper and K.J. Sturkey in 12-13 boys. They will play 18 holes each day. Playing nine holes a day will be Calhoun’s Katie Rose Rawls in 12-13 girls, Chatsworth’s Savannah Satterfield in 11-under girls and LaFayette’s Gage Smith and Dalton’s Davis Smith in 11-under boys. The Northwest section finished second to the Southwest last year.
• OKLAHOMA CITY — Former Ridgeland High School and Chattanooga State baseball player J.D. Genter from Chickamauga, Ga., was on the United States men’s slowpitch team that run-ruled Canada 25-3 in four innings in the Border Battle III game held Saturday in conjunction with the Women’s World Cup fastpitch tournament. Team USA outhit Canada 28-4 and scored 10 runs in each of the first and third innings; the U.S. did not bat in the fourth. Genter has been part of all three U.S. Border Battle teams.
• Chattanooga’s James Gamble won an exciting Steel-Head Late Mode race Friday night at Boyd’s Speedway. Riley Hickman was second with Todd Morrow third and John Owenby, Jamie Perry, Lamar Scoggins and Ronnie Johnson completing the top seven. With his 21st victory at all tracks this year, Jason Welshan of Maryville won the Crate Late Model race again with Jeff Smith second and Robbie Mason third, and Jody Hixson of Soddy-Daisy got his first feature win by holding off Len McNeese in A-Hobby, with Brandon Stanfield third. Patrick Wilson won in B-Hobby with Drew Kennedy the runner-up, and Thomas Gilbert took the Front Runner win with Daniel Burnette second.
• KNOXVILLE — Tennessee women’s basketball guard Kamiko Williams had surgery Friday morning on her injured knee, Jenny Moshak announced later in the day. Moshak is UT’s associate athletic director for sports medicine. Williams tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee while playing July 7 in the Women’s Pilot Rocky Top League in Knoxville. Moshak said the surgery by team orthopedists Greg Mathien and Russell Belcher went well and Williams will begin rehabilitation immediately.
• DALTON, Ga. — It was an all-Alabama football final Saturday at the Southeastern 7-on-7 Championship at Harmon Field. Bob Jones High School of Madison, Ala., routed Fort Payne High 42-6 in the title game after edging pre-tournament favorite Martin Luther King Jr. from Atlanta in the semifinals, 37-36. Fort Payne downed Pearl, Miss., in the other semifinal. M.L. King defeated Pearl 23-20 in the third-place game.
• Jack Crockford, whose name is on a wildlife management area at Pigeon Mountain near LaFayette, Ga., died July 16 in Atlanta at the age of 88. His funeral was Thursday. The Michigan native and World War II veteran was hired by the Georgia Game and Fish Commission as a wildlife biologist in 1947 and is considered the “father” of the state’s deer restoration program. He served from 1972 to ’78 as director of the commission, now called the Wildlife Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resources. The state’s white-tailed deer population was estimated at 3,000 when Crockford joined the agency but now is more than a million, beginning with extensive restoration work in the 1950s and ’60s. He created the “Cap-Chur” tranquilizer dart gun that still is used in capturing and transplanting animals, according to WRD officials.
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