Clear Creek picked to host 1A golf tournament|[04/11/07]

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 11, 2007

St. Aloysius will have home-course advantage when the Class 1A state golf tournament is played on May 7 and 8.

The Flashes will host the tournament at Clear Creek Golf Course in Bovina. Twice in the last decade St. Al has hosted the tournament, but each time it was held at the Vicksburg Country Club.

Clear Creek, the county-owned and operated course in Bovina, played host to the inaugural state girls golf championship. Then-assistant pro Kathy Hester spearheaded the drive to get a women’s tournament.

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Current Clear Creek pro Kent Smith, former pro at the country club, has aided in the Flashes playing home matches at Clear Creek instead of VCC.

The country club provided opponents a challenge because of the signature hills. Clear Creek is a flatter, yet longer course.

&#8220We’re going from the hills and hollows to the flat ground, but I don’t think it will bother anyone,” St. Al golf coach Jim Taylor said.

Attracting the state golf championships is the latest in a full schedule of postseason matchups for the Flashes.

The Division 7-1A champion Lady Flashes fast-pitch softball team will host a playoff series on Saturday against either Ethel or Sebastopol. Two games are scheduled for Saturday in the best-of-three series. If a third game is needed, it would be on the road Monday.

The Flashes’ baseball team will battle in the Division 7-1A Tournament starting Thursday afternoon. St. Aloysius will play Enterprise-Lincoln or West Lincoln at Cathedral, which finished the division schedule undefeated, including two wins over St. Al.

Rainy weather delays local sports

Porters Chapel’s baseball field usually floods with a slight drizzle. Yet on Tuesday, coach Randy Wright said there was no standing water on the field despite a day full of rain.

Wright, though, postponed the game against Riverfield until Thursday at 3 p.m. Mississippi State signee Michael Busby will be making a home start on the mound.

After the Riverfield game, PCA’s JV team will play Veritas before a varsity game against Veritas at 7 p.m.

PCA’s was not the only event to get washed away. Vicksburg’s baseball game at Northwest Rankin was postponed until Friday night at 7.

In addition, the Gators will be playing a home doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. against Pearl.

Warren Central is scheduled to play a makeup game of a previous rainout Thursday at home against Northwest Rankin at 7 p.m. WC’s game Tuesday at West Ouachita, La., was rescheduled for tonight at 7.

On the track, the Division 3-5A track and field meet scheduled for Tuesday at Memorial Stadium was postponed until Thursday because of rain.

The four-team meet, hosted by Vicksburg High, will start at 4 p.m., with field events. Track event finals should begin at 6 p.m.

Warren Central, Madison Central, Greenville-Weston and Vicksburg are entered in the meet.