Digest for 09-24-13


COMMUNITY

PB Youth Soccer meets 3 times per week

Children interested in learning about soccer are invited to join the Pine Bluff Youth Soccer club Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5-6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-noon.

Youths will learn the fundamentals of soccer, becoming better students in school and better citizens of Pine Bluff. Local soccer moms and volunteers lend a helping hand and support to the youths.

Parents and family members are encouraged to participate. If interested or for more information, contact Darlene Jones on the soccer field or Randall Hampton at 592-1056.

WH Booster Club hosting golf tournament

The White Hall Booster Club is holding the Coach Steve Edwards Golf Scholarship Tournament on Oct. 5 at the Pine Bluff Country Club.

The entry fees are $300 for team and $75 for individuals. The fees include lunch, tee gifts, greens and cart fees, flight and contest prizes, beverages and snacks on the course.

Proceeds from the tournament will be used to provide funding for the golf scholarship and the White Hall golf team’s expenses that are not covered by the school’s budget. Past recipients of the Coach Steve Edwards Golf Scholarship include Reid Stewart (2011-12), Duncan Bellingrath and Hannah Dampier (2012-13).

Lunch and registration will be held at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

For more information, to register or be a $100 hole sponsor, contact Jamie McNulty at 540-9390 or coach Rieke Stewart at 501-626-0210.

Volunteers needed for 5A golf tournament

White Hall High School is hosting the 5A state boys golf tournament Oct. 8-9 at the Pine Bluff Country Club.

Approximately 100 golfers and coaches from Class 5A will compete in the two-day event. Volunteers are needed to be monitors and spotters. Donations of bottled water, Gatorade and snacks are also needed.

Details: Coach Rieke Stewart at 501-626-0210 or Jamie McNulty at 540-9390.

LOCAL

Braves to face Nicaragua in tournament final

UNION CHAPEL — The Pine Bluff Braves advanced to the final of the 15th annual A.L. Criswell Semi-Pro Baseball Tournament by way of forfeit.

The Braves were to play the England All-Stars on Sunday, but the All-Stars were late returning to Arkansas from a tournament in Dallas that was running behind due to rain in the area last week. Pine Bluff had beaten England three times this season, one in Pine Bluff and twice in North Little Rock.

The Braves will play Nicaragua this coming Sunday in the championship. The Braves beat the Clinton Cardinals 11-2 in their opening-round game behind a strong pitching performance from Deonta Howard.

Pine Bluff defeated Nicaragua on May 27, 2012, in Little Rock.

NATIONAL

Stenson clinches Tour Championship, FedExCup

ATLANTA — Henrik Stenson led by nine shots in the middle of Saturday’s third round. With four holes to go in Sunday’s final round, that lead was down to one.

Stenson then birdied the 15th and cruised home with three straight pars to win The Tour Championship by three strokes. He shot 2-under 68 in the final round for his fourth straight round in the 60s.

The Swede finished his fourth PGA Tour title at 13-under-par 267. He also won the FedExCup, moving ahead of two-time FedExCup champion Tiger Woods.

Jordan Spieth fired a 6-under 64 for the second-best score of the day, despite a bogey at the 17th. That helped him jump into second place at minus-10. Spieth was joined there by Steve Stricker, who closed with a 65 at East Lake.

Woods carded a 3-under 67 and shared 22nd at even-par 280.

— Staff and wire reports