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July 7, 2014

LOCAL ROUNDUP: Wallace State trio wraps up Spirit of America Classic; Cullman’s Wilson wins Dixie Section event

ADDISON — Sylas Elliott and Eli Marty continued the summertime transition between prep and college golf with modest showings at the weekend’s 47th annual Spirit of America Golf Classic at Burningtree Country Club.

Elliott, a recent Cullman High graduate, wrapped up Sunday’s fourth and final round with a 75 to tie for 16th at 4 over. He shot up the leaderboard and easily made the 54-hole cut with a 4-under front nine on Saturday.

Marty, a recent Good Hope High graduate, carded four consistent rounds in the low- to mid-70s — the last a 74 — to land in a tie for 26th at 8 over.

Arab’s Zach Weaver, who’ll join Elliott and Marty at Wallace State this fall, entered the clubhouse with a 73 Sunday to tie for 37th at 11 over.

The University of Cincinnati’s John Michael O’Toole won the tournament at 10 under, two weeks after leaving a strong amateur field in the dust at the Greystone Invitational in Birmingham.

Prep Golf

Luke Wilson isn’t letting his big brother Blaise have all the golfing glory this summer.

The former, a rising junior at Cullman High, turned in a 74 Monday to win the 13- to 15-year-old division of a Dixie Section Junior PGA tournament held at Cherokee Ridge Country Club near Arab.

Luke’s four-shot victory comes just days after Blaise, a former Bearcat and University of North Alabama golfer, roped in his second Buck Shear Memorial title at Cullman Golf Course.

Minor league baseball

Chase Mallard made his debut with the Vancouver Canadians Sunday, tossing three innings of solid relief in a 5-1 win over Spokane.

The Cullman High product notched a strikeout and allowed three hits in his first appearance for the Toronto Blue Jays’ short-season Single-A squad.

Mallard, selected in the 14th round of June’s amateur draft after a Conference USA Pitcher of the Year campaign at UAB, was recently promoted after a short stint with Toronto’s rookie club, the Bluefield Blue Jays.

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