BARRINGTON, R.I. — Chattanooga’s 21-year-old Brooke Pancake said, “I feel really old,” after her round-of-32 victory in the U.S. Women’s Amateur on Thursday at the Rhode Island Country Club, and that was before she beat 15-year-old Nicole Morales of South Salem, N.Y., 4 and 3 in the round of 16. Morales had defeated recent University of Tennessee at Chattanooga graduate Emma de Groot, who’s 23 and played even par, in the first round of match play by winning holes 17, 18 and 19 — she had birdies on Nos. 16-18 to force the extra hole — and then beat Christine Wong of Canada 3 and 1 Thursday morning. Pancake, who goes into her senior year at Alabama as a three-time All-American after winning four individual state championships at Baylor School, defeated 17-year-old reigning Maryland state champ Elyse Smidinger 2 and 1 in the morning round. Only one of the final 32 was born before 1990, and half were under 18. “It’s kind of exciting where women’s golf is going,” Pancake said in a USGA release. “The level that [the teenagers] are playing at — four years ago I wasn’t nearly at the level they are are now. It’s kind of depressing when you look at it that way, but at the same time, with everything that has been going on with the LPGA, the better they are when they are younger is going to help us.” Pancake lost her opening match in 20 holes in the Women’s Amateur last year but said she has “a lot more confidence” this time.
• Maggie Scott of Charleston and Debbie Durham of Signal Mountain finished second overall and won the first flight in the Tennessee Women’s Four Ball tournament that ended Wednesday at the Hermitage Golf Course at Old Hickory, and the Cleveland duo of Linda Mullins and Lisa Daubner were the first-flight runners-up at 143, one stroke behind Durham and Scott. The overall winners with a 5-under-par 139 were Karen Williams of Bean Station and Rhonda Switzer-Nadasdi of Brentwood. Carlene Ryon of Hixson and Kilbrey Fowler of Chattanooga won the third flight with a 154, one stroke better than runners-up Chattanooga’s Gail Fowler and Ooltewah’s Hazel Davis, and Crossville’s Beth Jones was a sixth-flight runner-up with a Memphis partner.
• HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Wesley Strader of Spring City, Tenn., had the 14th best total Thursday in the first round of the Forrest Wood Cup bass tournament, the world championship of the FLW Tour. Strader weighed a five-bass limit of 12 pounds, 12 ounces, which was three pounds more than the 35th-place total of Dayton’s Andy Morgan. Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla., leads the pro division by more than a pound with 19-2. In the co-angler division, Richard Peek of Centre, Ala., and Van Foster Jr. of Dalton are 24th and 26th with 5-14 and 5-9.
TRACK & FIELD
• The UTC track and field teams both were named 2011 all-academic teams by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, and the men’s team had the fifth best aggregate grade point average in NCAA Division I — 3.43. The Lady Mocs’ 3.37 ranked 43rd out of the 164 women’s teams making the list. Only 90 Division I men’s teams were honored. The 2011 UTC cross country season begins Sept. 9 at the Mocs’ Moccasin Bend course.
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