Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Lee-Anne Pace, Laura Diaz share Marathon Classic lead

SYLVANIA, Ohio — South Africa's Lee-Anne Pace, seeking a breakthrough win in the United States, shot 3-under 68 Saturday for a share of the lead with Laura Diaz in the LPGA Tour's Marathon Classic.

Pace, 33, an eight-time winner on the Women's European Tour, bounced back from bogeys at 11 and 12 to join Diaz at 11-under 202. Diaz, 39, the leader after each of the first two rounds, nearly holed her drive on the short par-4 ninth before settling for eagle. But she left a 7-foot birdie putt short on the 18th to finish at 71.

Maguire wins

OOLTEWAH, Tenn. — M.J. Maguire of St. Petersburg won the 108th Southern Amateur, shooting 1-under 71 on a wet, windy day at the Honors Course. The senior sports management major and golfer at North Florida in Jacksonville finished at 4-under 284 for the three-shot victory. Maguire earned a berth in the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando. "This is by far the biggest win of my amateur career," said Maguire, who played for St. Petersburg High.

public links: Byron Meth beat Doug Ghim on the first playoff hole after blowing a three-hole lead down the stretch to win the U.S. Amateur Public Links title in Newton, Kan. Meth, who plays for the University of Pacific, evened the match on the 36th hole of regulation when 18-year-old Ghim, who'll play for Texas, made double bogey. … China's Fumie (Alice) Jo, 15, beat 14-year-old South Korean Eun Jeong Seong 3 and 2 in the 36-hole championship match of the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship in Dupont, Wash. This is the final year of the Public Links events. They'll be replaced by four-ball championships.