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Spurrier, Daniel step away from fields of play

Steve Spurrier on a golf course? No surprise there. But Beth Daniel on a pitcher’s mound?

As the summer winds down, South Carolina’s Head Ball Coach and Charleston’s LPGA Hall of Famer recently enjoyed a couple of cross-sports moments.

Spurrier, an avid player who puts away his sticks when USC football arrives, closed out his “golf season” by firing a 2-over-par 74 in the final round of the American Century Celebrity Classic in Lake Tahoe, Nev.

The USC coach tied for 32nd with ex-NFL quarterbacks Jim McMahon and Joe Theismann, each scoring 32 points in the modified Stableford scoring system that awards six points for eagles, three for birdies and one for pars, while deducting two points for double bogeys or worse.

Former USC coach Lou Holtz finished with minus-46 points.

Daniel, who is working at LPGA events for Golf Channel while preparing to be captain of the 2009 U.S. Solheim Cup team, threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park last Wednesday prior to the Boston Red Sox-Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim game. Daniel was in Boston to play in a charity event.

She wore the No. 14 jersey of South Carolina native and former Red Sox star Jim Rice. Earlier this summer, Daniel threw out the first pitch for a game at Wrigley Field.

Kreger to head CGCSA. Tim Kreger, director of programs for the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association and former director of development for the S.C. Junior Golf Association, will become the CGCSA’s executive director in 2010 when Chuck Borman retires.

Kreger, a Clemson graduate who joined the CGCSA last November, helped the SCJGA increase its net assets by more than $500,000. The superintendents’ association has about 1,800 members in the two states.

Tigers at U.S. Amateur. The U.S. Amateur Championship, Aug. 18-24 at Pinehurst’s famed No. 2 course, is shaping up as a late-summer gathering of Clemson players.

Jacob Burger of Orangeburg, a freshman this fall, won the U.S. Amateur sectional qualifier at Bluffton’s Colleton River Plantation, giving coach Larry Penley’s squad three sectional winners and four players overall.

Anderson’s Phillip Mollica won a qualifier in Pinehurst, while Sam Saunders won in Haines City, Fla., by 14 shots. Those three join Kyle Stanley, a junior this fall, who is exempt into the Amateur by virtue of playing on the U.S. Walker Cup team.

Chip shots. Columbia’s Mark Joye took Michael Marshburn of Cary, N.C., into sudden death before losing in the Carolinas Junior at Okatie’s Chechessee Creek Club. Both players will play in the Carolinas-Virginias Junior Team Matches, Saturday-Aug. 10, in Kannapolis, N.C. Elgin’s Ben Fogler finished sixth in the 14-15 age division... . Edgefield’s Anne Marie Covar shot a 2-under 70 to win by three shots in the Twin States Girls Championship at Gaffney’s Cherokee National GC. Irmo’s Nicole Chin shot 2-under 34 (nine holes) to win the sub-junior division by four shots over Blythewood’s Kelsey Badmaev... . The Midland Valley CC team of pro Brooks Blackburn, Jimmy Miles, Randy Holley and Glyn Luke shot 15-under to win the 39-team Carolinas PGA Section McGladrey Team Championship and advance to the national championship, Aug. 20-22, in Pinehurst, N.C... . Anderson’s Boscobel GC hosts the Danny Ford Classic, Aug. 25-26, to benefit the Upstate chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Call (864) 331-3300 or e-mail DannyFordGolf@namigreenvillesc.org.

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