Three golfers with close ties to the Chattanooga area will begin competition in the second stage of the PGA Tour's Web.com Tour qualifying tournament today. Former McCallie and UTC golfer Bryce Ledford will continue his quest for a Web.Com tour card today at Plantation (Fla.) Preserve Golf Course and Club. So will former Rhea County and Middle Tennessee State standout Hunter Green. They will be playing for spots in the Q-School championship. "I'm very focused," Ledford said. "My mindset is to play smart golf and give it everything I've got." Former McCallie and University of Georgia golfer Adam Mitchell will be competing at Shell Landing Golf Club in Gautier, Miss., for his spot in the final tournament.
• Coffee County High School's Matt Johnson has become the first 2014-15 signee for the Lee University golf program. He was the Red Raiders' player of the year and MVP this past spring, and also in 2013 he was 10th in the TSSAA Class AAA state tournament and part of the winning Tennessee Junior Cup East team. He had multiple top-two finishes on the TGA Junior Tour this year. "We are very excited about adding Matt to our program," Lee coach John Maupin said in a school release. "He is an excellent fit all the way around. Matt had a very good junior golf career and has proven that he can play under pressure. All that said, I think Matt has only scratched the surface of what he can do as a golfer." Johnson said Lee's inviting campus -- "one of the nicest in the country," he called it -- and welcoming coaches and team members led to his decision.
• Katie Bishop from Cleveland finished first in the girls' 15-18 age group of the Hurricane Junior Tour's Chattanooga Junior Shootout this past weekend at Bear Trace at Harrison Bay, with Signal Mountain's Bethany Burns tied for second, and Gavin Noble of Ooltewah shared the boys' 11-14 title with Micah Knisley of Jefferson City. The rain-aborted tournament included more than 50 golfers in four divisions, and Chattanooga's Logan Price finished second by a stroke to Bristol's Chase Roswell in the 27-hole 15-18 boys' division.
• Sewanee senior Ellie Quinn and freshman Shelby Meckstroth were first-team All-Southern Athletic Association women's soccer selections for 2013, and teammates Olivia Glascoe, Elizabeth Eidson and Jamie Samociuk received honorable mention. Junior Ford Emerson represented Sewanee on the men's All-SAA second team with Holden Foster and Brian Maloney earning honorable mention. Emerson led the 8-8-2 Tigers with eight goals and added an assist. Meckstroth had 12 goals and five game-winning scores for the female Tigers, who went 11-6-1, and Quinn provided leadership and solid all-around play as a defensive midfielder.
• Elliot Johnson had 15 points, eight rebounds and four steals as Tennessee Temple edged visiting Tennessee Wesleyan 67-63 in college men's basketball Monday night, after the undefeated Wesleyan women nipped the Lady Crusaders 70-67 in a doubleheader moved from Athens because of a problem in Robb Gymnasium. Hampton Mack and Jarrett Smith scored 13 and 12 points and also had eight rebounds apiece for Temple (4-1), Smith adding four assists and three steals, and Weedlens Beauvil and Rashaul Bell added 11 and 10 points. Shannon Smith had 18 points and Tyler Burse added 16 plus eight rebounds for the Bulldogs (3-2), who got 12 points and 10 rebounds from Devante' Jenkins. TWC was 2-of-17 on 3-point shots while TTU was similarly cold at 4-of-24. Armeka Booker had 26 points and Courtney Gobble and Alli Moreland scored 15 and 12 for the Lady Bulldogs (4-0), coming off an exhibition loss Saturday at Lee, and Gobble had four steals while Moreland had four assists. Cody Houck, the reigning Appalachian Athletic Conference women's player of the week, had nine rebounds with eight points in the win. Amanda Rector had 20 points, seven assists and three steals and Angel Foster had 15 points, 16 rebounds and four steals for the Lady Crusaders (0-3), while TaQuasha O'Neal scored 13 points.
• Sewanee freshman Carrie Anderson made the Great Lakes Region first team for field hockey, and senior teammate Caroline Williams was a second-team selection. Anderson had team highs of 15 goals and 35 points, a school record, and Williams excelled defensively.
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