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Haas takes a break on winning note

Greer resident Jay Haas has enjoyed some time off this week after snapping his 0-for-2009 on the Champions Tour.

Haas, battling tendinitis in his right elbow, shot a course-record 62 Sunday to win the Greater Hickory (N.C.) Classic by two shots.

"A couple of weeks ago in Oregon, I could hardly hold onto a club," he said. "I was thinking there was something more to it than tendinitis. But two weeks ago, I got a cortisone shot from a doctor at home and started feeling better. I felt like I did four years ago."

Haas, who twice has won the Champions Tour's Charles Schwab Cup points titles, had struggled as a 55-year-old, an age where many senior pros see their games begin to fall off.

"I knew I hadn't won in a while; I may not ever (again) if I couldn't" overcome his elbow problems, Haas said. "So it was pretty sweet the way it ended up. Winning never gets old."

Hooters Tour. The Capitol Chevrolet Classic kicks off Thursday at The Members Club at Woodcreek Farms, but the NGA Hooters Tour event also features a junior clinic on Tuesday and a Wednesday pro-am.

Defending champion Major Manning will be in the field of 168, as well as money leader Ted Potter Jr., former USC player Scott Feaster and Blythewood brothers Luke and Adam Hart.

The tournament offers a purse of $200,000 with the winner earning around $34,000. A portion of proceeds benefits Ronald McDonald Charities of Columbia and Fairway Outreach.

Wise is second. Columbia's Jim Wise lost a two-hole playoff to Charlotte's John Walters at the Carolinas Amateur at Aiken's Palmetto Golf Club.

Both men finished at 6-over-par 219. In the playoff, Walters won with a par when Wise three-putted for bogey on the second extra hole.

Charleston's Frank Ford III and Durham, N.C.'s Ron Carpenter finished a shot back at 7-over 220, while Aiken's Jimmy Hamilton tied for fifth at 221.

Chip shots. Former Clemson player Sam Saunders shot 71-71 to miss the cut by three in his first professional event, the Nationwide Tour's Albertson Boise Open. ... Mark Sheftic, a former Coker College player, posted a 6 and 5 victory against Wales' James Lee to help the U.S. team to a 17 1/2-8 1/2 victory over Great Britain and Ireland in the PGA Cup, held at Loch Lomand, Scotland. ... Blythewood's Bob Stringer shot 2-over-par 146 to finish fourth at the Carolinas PGA's senior event at Beaufort's Dataw Island Club. ... Midlands Technical College and Mid-Carolina CC pro Lee Duncan will host an April 9-16, 2010 golf trip to Ireland. Courses include Tralee, Ballybunion Old and Portmarnock Old. Cost is $2,995 for golfers, with a Nov. 9 deadline to register. Call (803) 732-5256 or go to mtctraining.com. ... Newberry College won the State Farm-Laker Invitational in Atlanta. Newberry at 14-under 562 topped top-ranked Georgia College and State University by four shots. No. 17 Lander placed eighth, Coker was 13th and No. 10 USC Aiken 14th in the 16-team field. ... The 22nd-ranked Newberry women placed second in the Queens Invitational at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. ... Francis Marion placed 11th at the Adams Cup of Newport tournament in Newport, R.I. ... Kiawah Island Resort is No. 1 for the second consecutive year on Golf World's list of U.S. golf resorts. The resort also earned a "Green Star" award for environmental leadership from Golf Digest. ... Aiken's Woodside Plantation's Jones Course will host the Hurricane Junior Tour's Fall Championship, Oct. 17-18, with five age divisions. Registration deadline is Oct. 7. Call (904) 379-2697 or go to hjgt.org. ... Northwoods GC will host the Carolina Boys Home Charity Tournament, Oct. 12. Cost is $60/player or $240/team. Call (803) 786-7100 or go to carolinaboyshome.org.

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