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Recent University of Tennessee at Chattanooga graduate Jonathan Hodge leads the area contingent at the Southern Amateur after he shot a 3-under 69 on Wednesday at Colonial Country Club in Cordova, Tenn. Hodge is tied for 20th, three shots off the lead shared by Jarin Todd of Washington, Jonathan Khan of Arizona and Michael Green of Augusta, Ga. Former McCallie and University of Georgia golfer Adam Mitchell is tied for 43rd after shooting 71. UTC's Derek Rende shot 72, Fort Payne, Ala., residents Will McCurdy and Blake Watts shot 73, Hixson's Paul Apyan shot 79 and Chattanooga's Keith Mitchell shot 80.

Auto Racing

* The annual Southern All Star Doubleheader will start Friday night at North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth with the Carver Distributing Budweiser 40 and conclude Saturday at Cleveland Speedway with the 19th annual SAS Budweiser Jean Johnson Memorial. "This gives the drivers two races, two purses and two chances to have a decent payday," said Monty Morrow, the promoter for both tracks. "The two races will attract a better field of cars, which will give the fans better racing and more bang for their buck." Friday, the SAS Super Late Models will run 40 laps with $4,000 going to the winner. The Saturday feature will pay $5,000 to a 50-lap winner.

Softball

* The city of Chattanooga is holding a ceremony at 4 p.m. at the Summit of Softball complex to officially open the city's spectacular 85-acre facility at 8646 Apison Pike. Mayor Ron Littlefield will be among the dignitaries in attendance, and the public is invited. Those attending can tour the complex and watch games that evening on several of the 300-foot softball fields.

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