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Todd Burgan of Knoxville, a multiple Tennessee Mid-Amateur golf champion, caught first-day leader Clay Homan of Mississippi at 144 with a 70 in the second round Saturday of the John T. Lupton Memorial tournament at The Honors Course. Homan, who is the reigning State Amateur champion in his state and recently retired as Mississippi State University's golf coach, had opened with a 68 on the Pete Dye-designed course Lupton founded. Benjamin Hayes is third in the Mid-Amateur division at 146, and Scott Kammann, Andrew Lawson and Mike Stamberger are at 147. Another stroke back are William Mitchell, John Smith, Parker Smith and Thad Hudgens. The Senior and Super Senior divisions are scoring by Stableford points, and 69 is the top two-round total in both: for Jack Hall in the Senior group and Bill Leonard and Steve Melnyk in the Supers. Chattanooga doctor Neil Spitalny is tied for second at 67 in Super Seniors with Fred Peel.

Running

- Lee University's Justin Brooks finished fifth and seventh in the 400- and 200-meter dashes Saturday at the NCAA Division II outdoor track and field championships at Bradenton, Fla., and joined his twin, Josiah Brooks, and Flames freshman Christian Noble from the day before as first-team All-Americans. Josiah finished sixth in the triple jump with a distance of 15.81 meters, and Noble was seventh in the 3000-meter steeplechase in 8 minutes, 56.37 seconds. Justin Brooks' 400 time was 46.38 seconds; his time in the 200 finals an hour and a half later was 21.51. Lee's Harold Smith from Bradley Central High School missed second-team All-America status by one spot with his 13th-place finish in the 800 preliminaries Friday.

- The 50th running of the Chattanooga Chase is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. Monday at Riverview Park. That is with the 8-kilometer RRCA state championship race that features the climb up Minnekahda. A competitive but relatively flat 1-mile race begins at 10. Proceeds from the oldest race on the Chattanooga Track Club calendar go to the club's September series of cross country races for elementary school children. n-site registration will begin at 6:30 a.m.

Baseball

- Former Cleveland State player Jammer Strickland from Knoxville had a two-run double in East Tennessee State's 16-6 rout of Samford in the Southern Conference baseball tournament Saturday at Greenville, S.C. The seventh-seeded Buccaneers (30-28) clinched a winning season record going into Saturday night's game against Furman for a spot in today's finals against UNC Greensboro. Samford knocked out the top two seeds. ETSU gave No. 2 seed Western Carolina its first loss, 8-6, as Strickland and Hunter Parker from East Hamilton and Chattanooga State each had two hits and an RBI and Caleb Longley from Walker Valley and Cleveland State scored a run. Strickland had two RBIs and Parker was 2-for-4 with a run scored in a 6-4 loss to UNCG, and Parker doubled and singled with two RBIs and a run and Strickland scored two and drove in one in a 12-11 shootout with VMI.

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