The 11th annual Greater Hickory Classic kicks off today at Rock Barn Golf & Country Club in Newton.
The week-long Champions Tour event begins today at 2 p.m. with the Greater Hickory High School Classic at 2 p.m. followed by the inaugural Ladies Greater Hickory High School Classic at 3 p.m.
A qualifier will be held on Tuesday morning at Lake Hickory C.C., and the Dale Jarrett Shootout will be held at 2 p.m. with practice rounds that afternoon.
Wednesday and Thursday will be the official Pro-Am rounds, which begin at 7:45 a.m. on the Champions Course each day.
Round 1 of the four-day 72-hole tournament will begin on Friday at 7:45 a.m. The grounds will open at 7.
Rounds 2-3 will be Saturday-Sunday beginning at 9 a.m.
SD-7 TEAMS ELIMINATED FROM TOURNEY: East Lincoln, Lincolnton and West Lincoln were each eliminated from the Southern District 7 Athletic 2A Conference tournament on Saturday at Newton-Conover, and had their seasons end in the process.
Bandys defeated East Lincoln 3-1, top-seeded Newton-Conover defeated Lincolnton 3-0 and Maiden defeated West Lincoln 3-0. No other details were reported.
Representing the SD-7 in the state playoffs, which begin on Saturday, will be Newton-Conover, Bunker Hill, Maiden and Bandys.
NORTH LINCOLN 3, WEST IREDELL 2: At West Iredell, the Knights downed the North Piedmont 3A/4A’s third-place team on Thursday 26-24, 16-25, 25-23, 10-25, 15-11.
Savannah Dishman had 17 kills and 14 digs, Lyndsi Pound had 10 kills, Chandler Keller had 29 assists, Tressa Amico had 15 blocks and Olivia Loeffler had 23 digs.
The Knights (14-9, 6-8) finished fifth in the league and will travel to fourth-place Lake Norman today for a 5 p.m. game in the first round of the conference tournament.
As long as last-place Statesville does not win the tournament, the Knights will open the state playoffs on Saturday.
SD-7 CHAMPIONSHIPS TODAY: East Lincoln’s girls look to make it three-for-three in league meets today when they take part in the league cross country championships at Southside Park in Newton.
The Mustangs finished first in the previous two meets –– on Sept. 9 at Murrays Mill and Oct. 1 at Sally’s Y in Denver –– and so did freshman runner Frances Massey.
Maiden’s Corbin Boyles is looking to sweep the boys races after winning the first two, and so is Bandys’ boys team.
The boys race will begin at 5 p.m., with the girls to follow at 5:40.