Area briefs: Hannon gets ace at Irish Creek
From staff reports
Kannapolis golfer Olan Hannon apologized for shooting an 80 at the Club at Irish Creek on Saturday.
“But I guess it’s not too bad,” Hannon said. “Not for a 72-year-old with back trouble.”
The Club at Irish Creek is a tough layout, and its ravines coaxed a couple of double bogeys out of Hannon.
Still, he made one shot he’ll always remember.
Hannon pulled out his 7-iron on the 146-yard No. 15 hole and knocked in his 10th career hole-in-one. That’s right ó his 10th.
“Eight at the old Kannapolis Country Club and one at Mount Mitchell,” Hannon said. “This is the first one on this course.”
Hannon was playing with Darrell Fullem, Barry Bagwell , Bill Mason and Chris Newsome.
The Club at Irish Creek plays 6,847 yards from the back tees and opened in 2007.
– GARS outing
Forty-five GARS members played at Crescent Golf Club on Monday.
Low ‘A’ flight player was Winsten Mahaffey with a net of 86.88.
Low ‘B’ player was Ed Lockhart with a net of 71.52. Low ‘C’ player was Guy Schenk with a net of 72.21. Low ‘D’ player was Bobby Bryant with a net of 70.08.
– Prep golf
Green Hope (4A), Forestview (3A), Cardinal Gibbons (2A) and Topsail (1A) were first-day leaders in the NCHSAA golf championships.
Ledford was three shots back of Cardinal Gibbons and tied for second place.
– Catawba to play Florida Tech
Catawba (40-16) opens play in the South Regional baseball tournament in Tampa on Thursday at 7 p.m. against Florida Tech.
Catawba is the No. 3 seed, while Florida Tech (35-18-1) is seeded fourth.
The tournament runs through May 18, and the winner moves on to national competition.
The SAC has three teams in the event. No. 2 Tusculum (40-13) will play fellow SAC member Carson-Newman (41-16), the No. 5 seed, in the first round. No. 1 seed Tampa (38-9-1) will face No. 6 Stillman (26-24).
It marks the second time in three years and third time in the past five seasons that the Indians have made the postseason tournament. Catawba also made the trip to Tampa in 2006 and advanced to the regional final.
This season, Catawba won the regular season SAC Championship and reached 40 wins for the third time in school history.
– Catawba basketball camps
Catawba basketball is holding 10 camps this summer. This is the 44th year of the camps.
Head men’s coach Jim Baker directs the camps, along with assistant coach Bill Haggerty.
Individuals camps for boys and girls ages 7-15 and beginners camps for boys and girls ages 5-8 will be held at Catawba on June 16-19 and July 7-10 and at Concord’s Covenant Classical on June 23-26 and July 14-17.
Basketball “Skills and Drills” camp will be held from 4-6 p.m. at Catawba on June 16-19 and at Covenant on June 23-26 for boys and girls ages 8-15.
Call 704-637-4473 for information or go to www.e-timeout.com to register online.
– Intimidators break loose
The Kannapolis Intimidators pounded Delmarva 17-3 on Monday at Fieldcrest Cannon to end a three-game losing streak.
Ronnie Gaines doubled, homered and knocked in five runs. Jose Martinez scored four runs. Logan Johnson had three hits. Sergio Morales had two doubles.
Starter Levi Maxwell went six innings for the win.
Kannapolis plays Delmarva again tonight at 7:05 p.m. Call 704-932-FANS for ticket information.
– American Legion
South Rowan Legion players will practice at the South field today at 5 p.m.
* Kannapolis plays at Concord on Friday to open the Legion season in the area.
– Kannapolis baseball camp
The Kannapolis Police Department is once again hosting the “Wendy’s Summer Classic” baseball camp.
The camp is held June 23-26 at Northwest Cabarrus and is free.
The focus will be on baseball skills and also making good life decisions.
Baseball coaches include Catawba’s Jim Gantt, Pfeiffer’s Mark Hayes, Northwest’s Joe Hubbard, A.L. Brown’s Empsy Thompson, Robinson’s Jason Sarvis and China Grove’s Joe Gragg.
The camp is open to the first 100 players.
Players must register at the Kannapolis Police Department.