GREENVILLE – Despite a sluggish start and a few defensive missteps, East Carolina avoided the proverbial letdown on Saturday.
The Pirates put aside their feel-good, non-conference victory over N.C. State last week and met Marshall’s challenge head on, cutting down their Conference USA opponent 37-10 before an announced homecoming crowd of 50,145 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
Two golfers from Cary won their first Carolinas Golf Association championships on Thursday, taking the overall titles at the sixth Dogwood State Junior Championship.
Will Thomas of Cary defeated Andrew Decker of Greenville on the first playoff hole for the boys title, and Sarah Bae took a three-stroke victory for the girls title at Jack Nicklaus-designed The Club at 12 Oaks in Holly Springs.
Grayson Murray, one of the state's most outstanding young golfers, on Monday won a sectional qualifying tournament and advanced to the 156-player field for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
Murray, a Leesville Road High School golfer who last month won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A championship, shot a second-round 66 on Monday at Bradford Creek Golf Course in Greenville for a 134 total and a one-stroke victory Jonathan Diianni of Kernersville.
Laura Wearn of Charlotte led wire-to-wire in winning her first major championship title by four strokes over defending champion Katherine Perry of Cary at the 61st N.C. Women's Amateur Championship in Gastonia.
Wearn's final round 74 was the highest round she shot throughout the N.C. Women's Golf Association www.ncwga.com event, which was played Tuesday through Thursday at the 6,024-yard, par-36-36--72 Gaston Country Club layout.
Lori Beth Adams of Burlington was third, followed by Corrine Carr of Pinehurst in a tie for fourth. Courtney Rouse of Holly Springs was seventh, and Wendell's Ashley Denton shared ninth.
Teenager Lauren Herring's bid to gain a spot in RBC Bank Women’s
Challenger, the professional tennis tournament, in Raleigh this week
ended in the second round of qualifying on Monday.
The 16-year-old from Greenville made a challenge but was eliminated in
three sets by Tiffany Welford of Australia, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1, on the clay
courts at the North Hills Club.
Another area contender will make her debut today. Green Hope High
School junior Melissa Kandinata, 15, who is the local wild-card
recipient in the main draw, will play in her first-round match at 1
p.m. against Tetiana Luzhanska of Ukraine.
This one went to the other Lauren.
In a matchup of rival Laurens, top-seeded Lauren Davis of Gates Mills,
Ohio, defeated ninth-seeded Lauren Herring of Greenville 6-1, 6-4 on
Thursday in the girls 18s quarterfinals of the 43rd Easter Bowl Junior
Spring National Championships.
Herring remains in contention for a championship, however.
Revenge could be a theme when Greenville's Lauren Herring plays her
match today at the 43rd annual Easter Bowl Spring National
Championships tennis tournament.
Playing in the girls 18s ITF
quarterfinals, Herring could be seeking a bit of revenge against an
opponent, Lauren Davis, who, in turn, might be seeking a bit of revenge
against Herring in the match at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho
Lauren Herring of Greenville found success, but it was a tough day for Triangle tennis players on Monday in California.
Herring, seeded ninth in the girls 18s singles, advanced to the round
of 32 at the 43rd annual Easter Bowl Spring Nationals tournament in
Rancho Mirage, Calif., defeating Kelly Chui of Milpitas, Calif., 6-1,
6-4, at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort, according to an event news
Raleigh's Will Baird didn't fare as well as Herring on Monday.
Lauren Herring's run at the U.S. Tennis Association's Spring International Championships has ended.
The Greenville resident, seeded No. 12, lost 6-0, 6-0 to No. 8 seeded
Sachia Vickery on Thursday in the round of 16 of the girls 18s age
division at the tournament at Carson, Calif.
Herring had opened two victories at the sixth annual ITF Junior-sanctioned event.