TERRE HAUTE — Chad Collins had a nice weekend playing golf in Utah.
The Cloverdale golfer had rounds of 66-60-68-69 to tie for third in the webcom tour event (Utah Championship) with a 19-under-par 263 score. He had a two-shot lead going into the final round when Steven Alker and Ashley Hall shot 66 and 65, respectively, to tie for first with 262 scores.
Alker won a playoff and took home $112,500.
Collins earned $32,500 and nearly doubled his season winnings, hiking that total to $76,045. He tied his previous best finish, having tied for third in the Mid-Atlantic Championship.
Collins had one eagle and nine birdies in going 36-27 to finish with that 11-under-par 60 score. In his four rounds, Collins had 26 birdies, 38 pars and seven bogeys for a super weekend.
Locally, the first two rounds of the Terre Haute Golf Association/Show-Me’s city championship were played in some of the best conditions, i.e., dry, of the season.
Phillip Myers and Tom Jones are tied for the lead going into the final two rounds. Travis Turpen and Darrell Shouse are tied for third with Ted Kaperak fifth and Chris Cassell sixth, just three shots back of the leaders.
Kaperak has won nine city titles, Jones seven and Cassell one. Turpen, Shouse and Myers all are gunning for their first championships.
Justin Spieth had been playing in PGA Tour events with sponsor exemptions until winning the John Deere Classic. Now, the 19-year-old is eligible for the Fed-Ex playoffs, two years on the tour and the British Open.
In auto racing, Scott Dixon was struggling in IZOD IndyCar Series events until winning three straight races. Now, he is second in the point totals and has a great chance to win another series title.
The driver from New Zealand has always been one of our favorite drivers. We hope he does well.
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Tom-Cattin’ It — Dab Simonds has been hired as associate head coach for baseball at Indiana. He has been head coach at Miami of Ohio since 2006.
Purdue has a new men’s golf coach, hiring Rob Bradley. He has been an assistant at Alabama which won the NCAA championship last season.
Purdue men’s basketball assistant Micah Shrewsberry has resigned to become a member of Brad Stevens’ staff in Boston.
* Former Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday will join ESPN as an NFL analyst. He spent 12 seasons with Indy and one season with Green Bay before signing a one-day contract to retire as a Colt.
* Pittsburgh ended a little slump in baseball by beating Oakland 5-0 last week. That was the first victory for the Bucs over Oakland in 12 games.
The Pirates went on to beat the New York Mets twice last week and have the second-best All-Star break record in club history.
* Ole Miss has suspended basketball player Marshall Henderson indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
* Derek Jeter finally got to play for the New York Yankees last week after being hurt but was hurt again, incurring a thigh muscle injury.
* Metta World Peace is looking for a new home in the NBA after being let go by the Los Angeles Lakers. He once was known as Ron Artest and played for the Indiana Pacers.
* The Indianapolis Indians have a 13-game lead over Louisville in the West Division of the International League heading into a short break.
* NFL camp business begins next week for most teams with rookies reporting to camps starting Saturday. Some veterans will report Sunday.
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