Matt Hadden and Richard Spangler with 72s in the regular division and Neil Spitalny and Scott Patton with 72s in the senior division led the qualifying Thursday for match play in the 2017 Chattanooga TPC golf tournament Thursday at Council Fire. The low 12 in the regular division join four players exempt from qualifying — David Watts, Mikey Feher, Jay Potter and Matt Crowder — in match play today, while the seniors' low six join exempt top seeds Richard Keene and Mike Poe for quarterfinal matches. The other four senior qualifiers Thursday were Tom Baird, Pat Corey, Larry McGill and Stewart Lawwill. The other 10 in the regular division were Steve Johnson, Greg Privette, Tom Schreiner, Cres Dodd, Chase Deck, Shonn Weldon, Joe Markham, Jeff Greeson, Hunter Vest and Josh Baker.
* Mike Nance of Calhoun is tied for 26th place at 3-over-par 73 after the first round of the 2017 Georgia Senior Championship at Idle Hour Club at Macon. Bob Royak of Alpharetta leads after a 64 Friday, and Jim Stormont of Atlanta is second at 66 in the three-day event. Randy Bowman of Summerville shares 39th place at 75.
* Tee times were announced Thursday for the first two rounds of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship next weekend at two Atlanta golf courses, and Chattanooga businessman Mark Harrell of Lookout Mountain, Ga., will tee off Oct. 7 at 8:40 a.m. at Atlanta National and Oct. 8 at 1:14 p.m. at Capital City-Crabapple. David Watts of Cleveland, Tenn., is set for an 8:18 a.m. start that Saturday at Atlanta National and a 1:03 p.m. tee time the next day at Crabapple. After those 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying the 264-player field will be cut to 64 for match play.
* Covenant College lost 3-0 in an NCAA Division III volleyball match Thursday evening at nationally third-ranked Emory in Atlanta. The set scores were 25-15, 25-14, 29-27 in favor of the Eagles (12-1). Schuyler Moore had 19 assists and eight digs and Ginny Moore had eight kills with nine digs for the Lady Scots (8-7), while Emily Moore and Jessica Seehorn had 13 and 10 digs.