State sports briefs
YOUTH BASEBALL Cal Ripken tourney kicks off
The opening ceremony for the Cal Ripken 12-Year-Old Major 60 Southwest Regional Baseball Tournament will be at 6 p.m. today at C.L. “Charlie” and Willie George Park.
The Southwest Regional Tournament consists of 10 teams from Arkansas and Texas in a double-elimination format today through Sunday. The winner of the tournament will advance to the Cal Ripken World Series in Clemmons, N.C.
ADULT SOFTBALL Fall league registration under way
The City of Fayetteville Fall Adult Softball League registration is now open. Registration ends Aug. 21 and games will begin Sept. 11. The cost is $450 for each team.
There will be multiple competition levels. Games are played at Gary Hampton and Lake Fayetteville Softball Complexes.
Registration can be done online at www.fayetteville.online signup.org or in person at the Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department, 1455 S. Happy Hollow Road.
For information, contact Mark May at 718-7681 or email@example.com.
GOLF Eoff returns to defend ASGA title
Two-time defending champion Austin Eoff of Benton leads the field today for the start of the Arkansas State Golf Association Championship at Desoto Golf Club in Hot Springs Village.
Eoff, a four-time NCAA All-American at Purdue who was recently named assistant golf coach at Rutgers, won the 2015 championship in a three-way playoff over Bryon Shumate and Seth Garner at the Country Club of Little Rock. He won last year’s title by a stroke over Kerry Lott and Garrett May at Hot Springs Country Club on his way to being named the ASGA player of the year.
Also included in this year’s field are Garner, the 2014 champion at Texarkana Country Club, and multiple winner Wes McNulty, who is tied for first in the player of the year standings with Nick Zimmerman, who also is entered.
The three-round tournament concludes Saturday.
Anday lone U.S. Amateur qualifier
Arjuna Anday of Murfreesboro, Tenn., shot a two-round 3-under 139 on Monday at Pine Bluff Country Club to earn the lone qualifying spot for this year’s U.S. Amateur Championship, which will be played Aug. 14-20 at Riveria Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Matt Cooper of Memphis finished second (142) with Ben Sanders of Magnolia, Matthew Cole of Fayetteville and Jackson Howes of McKinney, Texas, tying for third with a 2-over 144.
Luke Long of Fayetteville and Luke Cornett of Drasco tied for sixth (145). Fayetteville’s Fisher Vollendorf (eighth) and Conway’s Carson Roberts (10th) also earned top-10 finishes.