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  • Morgan, Lady Cats' soccer team receive national recognition

    July 16, 2024 The Woodland High School girls soccer team and head coach Kyle Morgan were recognized this past week as a Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Gold Award winner by the United Soccer Coaches. Thirty-six teams across the country were recognized for exhibiting fair play, sporting behavior, and adherence to the laws of the game. The Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award is given to United Soccer Coaches members at four levels. Teams honored at the platinum level went an entire season without a player or coach receiving a yellow card or red card. Teams honored at the gold (1-10%), silver (11-30%), and bronze (31-50%) levels are based on a percentage calculated by the total number of cards received by players and coaches divided by the team’s total number of games played.

  • Athletes Beyond Bartow: Trevor Lawrence takes his swing at celebrity golf

    July 15, 2024 Charles Wilson / BartowSportsZone.com This week’s edition of Athletes Beyond Bartow includes an update on the three local Minor League Baseball players plus former Cartersville High quarterback Trevor Lawrence’s inaugural appearance at the American Century Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe. CELEBRITY GOLF TREVOR LAWRENCE — — Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL; 4th-yr. pro; QB; Clemson; Cartersville HS) … participating in his first American Century Golf Championship on July 12-14 at the 6,709-yard, par-72 Edgewood Tahoe South Golf Club in Stateline, Nevada, the 24-year-old tied for 44th place and totaled 12 points. The celebrity-laden modified Stableford scoring golf tournament attracts pro athletes from football, baseball, basketball, hockey and tennis; plus actors and entertainers. Lawrence shot rounds of 84-90-76 during the three-day event. His Sunday round included three birdies. Tennis star, Mardy Fish, won the tournament with rounds of 71-65-69 (83 points) to win by four points over NHL star Joe Pavelski. Hall of Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam, baseball Hall of Famer John Smoltz, and retired MLB pitcher Derek Lowe rounded out the top five. PGA CHAMPIONS TOUR JASON BOHN — Champions Senior Tour (Acworth, 51, 33-yr. pro; Cartersville CC member)  … following a recent layoff for several weeks, Bohn returned to action at the Kaulig Companies Championship this past week at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Bohn finished in 75th place with rounds of 79-78-74-71. The tournament was won by Ernie Els (10-under-par) by one shot over Y.E. Yang. Jerry Kelly was third at 7-under-par. MiLB MASON BARNETT — Northwest Arkansas Naturals (3rd-yr. pro; Kansas City Royals Double-A affiliate; Texas League; Auburn; Cartersville HS) … started on the mound this past Saturday and collected his fourth win of the season in a 10-9 Northwest Arkansas victory at the Frisco RoughRiders. The right-handed hurler went five innings and surrendered just one earned run on four hits and two walks. He struck out three of the 22 batters faced and was in the strike zone for 63 percent of his pitches. The 23-year-old is 4-5 this season in 17 appearances (16 starts) and has 93 strikeouts in 79-⅔ innings pitched. The Naturals (43-44 overall) are 8-10 in the Texas League’s second-half race and will resume their schedule after the All-Star break with a three-game, home series against the Tulsa Drillers. LOGAN MARTIN — Columbia Fireflies (2nd-yr. pro; Kansas City Royals Single-A affiliate; Carolina League; Kentucky; Cartersville HS) … was touched for six earned runs and was tagged with the Fireflies’ pitching loss last Tuesday (July 9) at the Charleston RiverDogs. The 22-year-old faced 18 batters in three innings and allowed eight hits and a walk. His season record dropped to 1-3. The righty has made 16 appearances this season (11 starts) and has a 4.35 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched. He has three saves in five relief appearances. Columbia (45-39 overall) is 10-9 in the Carolina League’s second-half schedule and has a three-game weekend series at home against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans following the All-Star break. ANTHONY SEIGLER — Somerset Patriots (7th-yr. pro; NY Yankees Double-A affiliate; Eastern League; Cartersville HS) … in five starts last week in games at the Erie SeaWolves, the former catcher turned second baseman was 2-for-12 with six walks, a double, and two runs scored as Somerset finished the six-game series with two wins. The 25-year-old also added his 17th stolen base of the season. Seigler has a .219 batting average with seven homers and 29 RBI in 219 official at-bats. He had a season-best, 17-game on-base streak snapped last Friday. During that stretch, the Yankees’ 2018 first-round pick was 17-for-51 (.333) at the plate. The Patriots (43-44 overall) are 11-7 in the Eastern League’s second half race. Following the All-Star break, Somerset hosts a three-game weekend series with the Altoona Curve.

  • Clyburn ties for third at the 103rd Georgia Amateur Golf Championship

    July 14, 2024 Charles Wilson / BartowSportsZone.com Cartersville golfer R.B. Clyburn led the 103rd GSGA Amateur Championship at the midway point but slipped to a tie for 12th place at the 54-hole mark after shooting a 3-over-par 75 on Saturday. Clyburn charged back into contention on Sunday at the 6,950-yard, par-72 Augusta Country Club and shot 68 but finished in a tie for third place with Hayes Brown of Atlanta who plays golf at Wofford University. The pair finished 8-under-par for the 72-hole championship. Milton's Jake Peacock (University of South Florida) successfully defended his 2023 title by carding rounds of 68-70-67-70 (13-under-par) to edge Thomasville's Brycen Jones (Georgia Southern University) by one shot. Two players -- William Love of Atlanta who played at Duke and won the title in 2022 and Cooper Tendick of Kennesaw (University of West Florida) -- tied for fifth place at 7-under-par. Clyburn shot 69 on Thursday and 68 on Friday for the 36-hole lead. His round on Thursday included six birdies and three bogeys. On Friday he carded five more birdies with only one bogey. Saturday's round included three birdies but five bogeys and one double-bogey saw him slip behind the leaders. Clyburn bounced back on Sunday with a seven-birdie round including six birdies over his final eleven holes. The starting field of 144 players was cut to the low 60 and ties after Friday’s round. Sixty-six players made the 4-over-par cut. Two other local players — Dalton Henson of Rydal and Jake Wehunt of Cartersville — failed to qualify for the final two rounds. Henson shot 77-79. Wehunt shot 76-81. The Georgia Amateur Championship began in 1916 when 14-year-old Bobby Jones captured the inaugural title. The tournament is open to male amateur golfers who are GSGA members and are residents of Georgia. The 103rd Georgia Amateur Championship is an official USGA Exemption Event, which carries an exemption into the 2024 U.S. Amateur Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club for Peacock and an exemption into U.S. Amateur Final Qualifying for Clyburn and the remainder of the top five finishers.  As champion, Peacock also received an exemption into the 2025 Jones Cup Invitational at Ocean Forest Golf Club and an exemption into the final qualifying stage for the 2025 U.S. Amateur Championship.

  • Clyburn holds a one-shot lead at the 103rd Georgia Amateur Golf Championship

    July 12, 2024 Charles Wilson / BartowSportsZone.com Cartersville golfer R.B. Clyburn leads defending champion Jake Peacock of Milton (University of South Florida) and Cooper Tendick of Kennesaw (University of West Florida) by one shot at the midway point of the 103rd GSGA Georgia Amateur Golf Championship at the 6,950-yard, par-72 Augusta Country Club. Clyburn shot 69 on Thursday and 68 on Friday for the 36-hole lead in the 72-hole event. His round on Thursday included six birdies and three bogeys. On Friday he carded five more birdies with only one bogey. The starting field of 144 players was cut to the low 60 and ties after Friday’s round. Sixty-five players made the 4-over-par cut. Two other local players — Dalton Henson of Rydal and Jake Wehunt of Cartersville — failed to qualify for the final two rounds. Henson shot 77-79. Wehunt shot 76-81. The Georgia Amateur Championship began in 1916 when 14-year-old Bobby Jones captured the inaugural title. The tournament is open to male amateur golfers who are GSGA members and are residents of Georgia. The 103rd Georgia Amateur Championship is an official USGA Exemption Event, which carries an exemption into the 2024 U.S. Amateur Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club for the winner and an exemption into U.S. Amateur Final Qualifying for the remainder of the top five finishers.  The winner shall also receive an exemption into the 2025 Jones Cup Invitational at Ocean Forest Golf Club and an exemption into the final qualifying stage for the 2025 U.S. Amateur Championship.

  • Branton misses final cut at British Senior Amateur Championship

    July 11, 2024 A tough day for Cartersville’s Chad Branton brought his participation in the 2024 R&A British Senior Amateur Championship to a close on Thursday. The 55-year-old followed his first two rounds of 76 and 75 with an 82 and missed the tournament's second cut. The field was narrowed to 43 players following Thursday’s third round. Branton missed the final cut by one shot. Chris Dinsdale of Wales leads the Championship after 54 holes at 6-over-par. Dinsdale had recorded rounds of 71-73-75 and led England’s John Kemp by one shot. Brent Paterson of New Zealand is third and two shots back. Todd White (Spartanburg, SC), Paul Simson (Raleigh, NC), David Mulholland (England), and Paul Moultrie (Northern Ireland) are tied for fourth place at 9-over-par. Mark Strickland, a former Cartersville resident who now resides in the San Diego area, is tied for 26th place heading into Friday’s final round. Strickland, who now works for Yamaha Golf Car Company in southern California, has carded rounds of 76-76-77. The 2024 British Senior Amateur Championship is being contested in Saunton, England with the final 36 holes of the Championship on the 6,700-yard, par-71 Saunton-East Course.

  • Bartow County wins Georgia Junior Little League state championship

    July 11, 2024 Charles Wilson / BartowSportsZone.com The Bartow County Little League 14U baseball team won the 2024 Georgia Junior Little League state championship July 6-10 by going 4-0 in the double-elimination tournament hosted by Hamilton Crossing Park. Bartow County had wins over Peachtree City, Vine-Ingle, and two wins over Hart County to win the title. The local team outscored opponents 51-8 en route to the championship. Bartow advances to the Southeast Region Junior League tournament on July 19-23 in Bridgewater, Virginia. In last Saturday’s 12-1 win over Peachtree City, Hunter Dudley collected the pitching win by working into the fifth inning on the mound. He yielded just one, unearned run on two hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Darren Cole (1.1 IP, 2BB) and Nicholas Robinson pitched in relief. Robinson struck out the only batter he faced. The locals needed just seven hits in the opening round while taking advantage of 13 walks issued by Peachtree City pitchers and five errors. On Sunday, Bartow 14U was outhit by Vine-Ingle six to five, but a seven-run fifth inning helped lift the local team to a 10-5 victory. Elijah Bryant picked up the pitching win in relief of starting pitcher, Tyler Parker. Bryant entered in the third inning and went 3-⅓ innings while allowing just one earned run on three hits and two walks. He struck out three. Parker yielded three earned runs in the first two innings on two hits and five walks with two strikeouts. Bartow utilized three other pitchers to close out the victory — Landon Farmer (2BF, 2BB), Grayson Isham (1.1 IP, 1ER, 1H, 1BB, 2K), and Kasey Jacobs (0.1 IP, 2BB). Dustin Wallin tossed a four-inning, no-hitter on Monday as Bartow County blanked Hart County, 16-0. Wallin walked three and recorded five strikeouts, facing only 13 batters. Bartow outhit Hart 9-0. After Hart County won an elimination game on Tuesday to earn a rematch with Bartow on Wednesday, the locals completed their run to the state title with a 13-2 victory. Jacobs and Isham combined on the mound to limit Hart County to two runs on four hits and eight walks in six innings. Jacobs fanned three as Bartow outhit the visitors 12-4. In the four games of the state tournament, Isham and Wallin paced the Bartow County offense with six hits. Isham had five doubles and one triple with seven RBI. Wallin homered and doubled. He drove in nine runs. Robinson totaled five hits in the tournament with six RBI. David Vigil followed with four hits including a double and one RBI. Farmer collected three hits and three RBI. Parker (double, three RBI), Bryant (RBI), and Jarrett Jackson (four RBI) produced two hits in the tournament. Wyatt Garlin (double, three RBI), Cole (three RBI), Dudley (two RBI), and Jacobs (two RBI) added one hit each. Editor’s note: Game data provided by Bartow County Little League.

  • Branton in top 20 at British Senior Amateur Championship

    July 10, 2024 Charles Wilson / BartowSportsZone.com Chad Branton of Cartersville shot 75 on Wednesday to move into the top 20 at the midway point of the 2024 R&A British Senior Amateur Championship. Combined with his opening round of 76 on Tuesday, Branton is tied for 19th place and trails tournament leader, George Wilson of England, by nine shots. The tournament is being held on the Saunton-East and Saunton-West courses in Saunton, England. Through 36 holes, Wilson (even par, 71-71) leads fellow countryman David Mulholland by one shot. Bob Royak (Alpharetta, GA), Chris Dinsdale (Wales), and Paul Moultrie (England) share third place at 2-over-par. Competitors played one round on each Saunton course during the first 36 holes of the Championship. The 168-player field was cut to the low 50 players and ties following 36 holes. 53 players advanced with scores of 13 over par and better. Branton, 55, is one of twenty Americans to make the first cut. The field will be trimmed to the low 40 players and ties following Thursday's round. The final 36 holes of the Championship will be conducted on the 6,700-yard, par-71 Saunton-East Course.

  • Branton competing internationally; Clyburn takes West Pines title

    July 9, 2024 Cartersville’s R.B. Clyburn carded rounds of 65-67 — 132 (10-under-par) on Monday and Tuesday to win the Georgia PGA Section 2024 West Pines Classic in Douglasville. During Monday's round, Clyburn recorded one eagle, five birdies, and one bogey at the 6,673-yard, par-71 West Pines Golf Club. On Tuesday, he made five birdies with just one bogey to win by a single shot over another amateur, Rahul Rajendran, of Alpharetta. Todd Ormsby was the low professional with an 8-under-par total. BRANTON 4TH IN CANADA; COMPETING IN THE BRITISH SENIOR AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP At the 2024 Senior Friendship Cup on June 25-27, Cartersville’s Chad Branton fired rounds of 76-73-72 — 221 (5-over-par) to place fourth behind winner Neal Barfield (Dallas, TX) who finished 69-73-70 (4-under) to win by three strokes. Bryan Hancock (Hoschton, GA) was runner-up at 1-under par. Michael Arason (Auburn, AL) finished third at 3-under-par. The 54-hole tournament was contested over the 6,700-yard, par-72 Ussher’s Creek Course in Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada. Branton competes this week at the R&A’s Senior Amateur Championship in Saunton, England. The 55-year-old opened the Championship with a 5-over-par 76 on the 6,759-yard, par-71 East Course. He is tied for 28th place following the first round. He moves to the Saunton-West Course on Wednesday. The 168-player field will be cut to the low 50 and ties following 36 holes. The field will be narrowed to the low 40 scores and ties after 54 holes. Todd White (Spartanburg, SC) leads the British Senior Amateur following an opening round 68. He is followed by Bob Royak (Alpharetta, GA) with a 70. Four players — Brent Patterson (New Zealand), George Wilson (England), Chris Dinsdale (Wales), and Miles McConnell (Canada) — shot 71 in the first round.

  • Athletes Beyond Bartow: Local MiLB Player Updates

    July 8, 2024 Charles Wilson / BartowSportsZone.com MiLB MASON BARNETT — Northwest Arkansas Naturals (3rd-yr. pro; Kansas City Royals Double-A affiliate; Texas League; Auburn; Cartersville HS) … received no decision in a five-inning pitching start last Friday that was an eventual 4-3 win for Northwest Arkansas at the Springfield Cardinals. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed two earned runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out eight of the 24 batters he faced. Barnett is 3-5 this season with a 5.79 ERA in 16 appearances covering 74-⅔ innings. He has made 15 starts and has recorded 90 strikeouts. The Naturals were 1-5 against Springfield last week and have a 5-7 record in the Texas League’s second-half schedule. Northwest Arkansas plays six games at the Frisco Rough Riders through Sunday. LOGAN MARTIN — Columbia Fireflies (2nd-yr. pro; Kansas City Royals Single-A affiliate; Carolina League; Kentucky; Cartersville HS) … made a five-inning pitching start last Monday (July 1) and received no decision in an eventual 10-2 home loss to the Augusta GreenJackets. The 22-year-old righty allowed six earned runs (seven total) on eight hits and one walk. He fanned three. Martin is 1-2 with three saves this season in 15 appearances (10 starts) covering 59 innings. He has 54 strikeouts and a 3.66 ERA. The Fireflies have a 9-5 record in the Carolina League’s second half and play six games this week at the Charleston RiverDogs. ANTHONY SEIGLER — Somerset Patriots (7th-yr. pro; NY Yankees Double-A affiliate; Eastern League; Cartersville HS) … in five starts last week against the Reading Fightin’ Phils, the second baseman was 7-for-17 at the plate including three walks, three doubles, and three RBI. He also stole three bases as Somerset went 4-2 for the week. Seigler has a .222 batting average this season in 207 official at-bats. The 25-year-old has seven homers, 29 RBI, and 16 stolen bases. Through the first dozen games of the Eastern League’s second half, the Patriots are 9-3 and leading the Northeast Division. They play a six-game series this week at the Erie SeaWolves.

  • Surcey qualifies for the 2024 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

    July 2, 2024 Christina Surcey of Cartersville carded a 2-under-par 70 on Monday at The Farm in Rocky Face and survived a four-player playoff to earn one of three spots in the 2024 U.S. Woman’s Amateur Championship. The qualifier was conducted on The Farm’s 6,304-yard, par-72 layout near Dalton.   Siuue Wu shot 68 to capture medalist honors in the 67-player field. Four players — Surcey, Ga Eun Athena Yoo, Ava Merrill, and Madison Holmes shot 70 and went to a playoff for the final two qualifying spots. Surcey and Yoo earned the qualifying spots in the playoff. Merrill and Holmes collected alternate spots.  The three qualifiers advance to the 2024 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship on August 5-11 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

  • Athletes Beyond Bartow: MiLB leagues move into the second half of their schedules

    July 1, 2024 Charles Wilson / BartowSportsZone.com MiLB MASON BARNETT — Northwest Arkansas Naturals (3rd-yr. pro; Kansas City Royals Double-A affiliate; Texas League; Auburn; Cartersville HS) … made two pitching starts last week but received no decision in either. On Tuesday (June 25) the righty allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks. He struck out four in an eventual 8-6 win at the Wichita Wind Surge. On Sunday at Wichita, he went five innings allowing just one unearned run on five hits and two walks. The Naturals eventually lost 7-3. Barnett is 3-5 this season in 15 appearances (14 starts) covering 69-⅔ innings. He has 82 strikeouts. Northwest Arkansas finished the first half of the Texas League schedule with a 35-34 record and finished third in the North Division. The Naturals were 4-2 last week as the second-half schedule began. It continues through September 15. Northwest has three home games with the Springfield Cardinals on Monday through Wednesday before playing three more at Springfield on Thursday through Saturday. LOGAN MARTIN — Columbia Fireflies (2nd-yr. pro; Kansas City Royals Single-A affiliate; Carolina League; Kentucky; Cartersville HS) … made a brief pitching start last Wednesday (June 26) and worked two scoreless frames but received no decision. The right-hand hurler allowed two hits, no walks, and struck out three of the nine batters he faced. Columbia won 7-2 at the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers and five of six games in the series. Martin is 1-1 this season with three saves. He has appeared in 14 games (nine starts) covering 54 innings. He has recorded 51 strikeouts. The Fireflies have started the second half of the Carolina League slate with a 6-3 record after finishing the first half with a 35-30 record. They were second in the South Division. Columbia hosts six games this week with the Augusta GreenJackets. ANTHONY SEIGLER — Somerset Patriots (7th-yr. pro; NY Yankees Double-A affiliate; Eastern League; Cartersville HS) … made five starts last week at the Richmond Flying Squirrels and went 6-for-19 at the plate as the Patriots won five of six games to begin the second half of the Eastern League slate. Seigler had two doubles, walked three times, scored six runs, drove in seven runs, and stole two bases. The 25-year-old lifted his season batting average to .205 in 190 official at-bats. He has seven homers and 26 RBI. Somerset finished the first half with a 32-37 record and was fourth in the Northeast Division. The Patriots play three games this week at the Bowie Baysox and will host Bowie on Thursday through Saturday.

  • Surcey fourth at the 95th GSGA Women's Amateur Championship

    June 30, 2024 Charles Wilson / BartowSportsZone.com Cartersville resident and Cartersville Country Club member, Christina Surcey, finished fourth this past weekend (June 28-30) at the 95th GSGA Georgia Women’s Amateur Championship held at Country Club of Columbus. Already a GHSA Class 2A champion this year competing for North Cobb Christian, Surcey carded rounds of 70-69-77— 216 (Even par) to finish four shots behind 2020 champion Sara Im of Duluth. Im shot 69-69-74—212 (4-under-par) in her victory on the par-72, 6,188-yard layout. Loralie Cowart of Douglasville finished second with rounds of 69-71-73—213 (3-under-par). Mary Miller of Savannah (71-70-74—215) finished third in the 93-player field.

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