Area golfers part of Challenge Cup

Area golfers part of Challenge Cup

October 11th, 2012 by Staff Reports in Sportlocal

The 45th annual Tennessee Challenge Cup Matches pitting top Tennessee PGA professionals against amateur golfers in the state will be played Saturday and Sunday at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, and 10 current or recent Chattanooga-area players will be involved on both sides in the Ryder Cup-style format. The 10-man professional team includes Bruce Etter from Chattanooga Golf and Country Club, Keith Burdette from Bear Trace at Harrison Bay, Henrik Simonsen from The Honors Course, former Chattanooga G&CC assistant Matt Brock from Lawrenceburg G&CC and Greg Wyatt from Crossville and the Golf Capital Learning Center. Their amateur counterparts include Council Fire member Chris Schmidt and former Lee University golfer Matt Robertson, now affiliated with Avalon Golf Club. The six senior amateurs in the competition include Chattanooga G&CC member Tom Baird and Tennessee Wesleyan College coach Mike Poe of Springbrook in Niota. Springbrook's Jack Oliver is on the senior pro team. The players were determined by standings throughout the year. The pros lead the Challenge Cup series 27-17, but the amateurs have won the last two competitions.


• One day after moving up into a tie for 15th in the NAIA rankings, the Bryan College men's soccer team won its Appalachian Athletic Conference game Wednesday at Reinhardt in overtime, 2-1. Rasheed Malcolm scored from a Tom Hemmings assists midway through the first half for the Lions (10-1-1, 6-0-1), but Reinhardt equalized early in the second half. Jordan Devlin's score at 91:10 from a double assist by Gustavo Angel and Daniel Bradley won for Bryan, which had a 15-7 edge in shots. Reinhardt won the women's game 7-1 with two goals and an assist from Amanda Ducey. For Bryan (2-10-1, 1-5-1), Jennifer Fortmiller scored and Stephanie Gagnon made 10 saves.

• Tennessee Wesleyan swept its AAC soccer doubleheader Wednesday at St. Andrews, 3-1 in the women's game and 2-0 in the men's matchup. The Lady Bulldogs jumped ahead with three goals in the first half, two by Abigal Fannin and one by Madelyn Thomas. Samaira Khan assisted on both of Fannin's goals, and Kaitlyn Poulakis got the assist on Thomas' goal. In the men's game, TWC broke open a scoreless tie with an unassisted goal by Josh Martin in the 78th minute. Ronnie Couch added an insurance goal in the 89th minute with an assist by Daniel Cardona.

• Ruth Terry and Kara Lee scored late-second-half goals as Covenant College defeated Spelman 2-0 in Great South Athletic Conference women's soccer Wednesday on Lookout Mountain. The Lady Scots (10-2-1, 5-0) dominated in shots, 23-2, but didn't break the deadlock until Rachel Bernard assisted Terry at 83:50. Lee scored off the goalkeeper's tip just over a minute later.

• The Covenant men's soccer team left with a 1-1 tie Wednesday night at Birmingham-Southern. Garrison Dale scored from a Danny Knight assist in the 23rd minute for Covenant (7-6-1), but Brooks Busby's diving header a 58:21 sent the match to overtime. Shuler Polk made 10 saves for the Scots, as BSC (5-4-3) outshot them 17-10.


• The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga cross country teams are hosting their Front Runner Invitational meet Saturday on the Moccasin Bend course, with Austin Peay, Kennesaw State, Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee State, UT-Martin and Bryan College also participating. The women will run a two-mile race beginning at 3 p.m. with the men competing in a 5-kilometer run at 3:30. There is no charge for spectators.

• Sewanee's Ansley McDurmon was the Southern Athletic Association's women's cross country student-athlete of the week after her first-place 19:33:46 5k time in her school's Tiger Twilight Invitational meet including other SAA teams last Friday. The Sewanee women were the team winners as well.


• The Tennessee Temple University wrestling team lost 21-12 to the University of Tennessee club team Wednesday but got two wins by pin from Tyler Crawford, at 141 and 149 pounds.


• The UTC Blue-Gold softball game is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Jim Frost Stadium, and the Lady Moc RBI Club will provide a cookout for fans and players after the game. There will be no charge for either event, but donations to the softball program will be accepted.