Briefs: BREC golf consultants seek input at meeting; Evangeline turf race field set for Saturday _lowres

Associated Press photo by CTK, Jaroslav Ozana American Justin Gatlin, center, wins the 100-meter dash at the Golden Spike meet Tuesday in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

BREC golf consultants seek input at meeting

Consultants from the National Golf Foundation have been hired to evaluate all aspects of BREC’s golf operation, collect ideas from players and residents and use that information to develop a long range operations plan for BREC golf.

These consultants will lead a public panel discussion from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at BREC’s Milton J. Womack Ballroom at 6201 Florida Blvd.

Residents can also contribute their ideas through the online forum MindMixer by logging onto The National Golf Foundation is also conducting a scientific survey to collect ideas from the East Baton Rouge community.

Since January, BREC has been collecting public input to create a strategic plan for all 182 parks in the system.

The golf and zoo divisions will create their own plans because of the nature of those areas. These plans will be presented to the BREC Commission for approval at the end of the year.

Evangeline turf race field set for Saturday

O pelousas — Ten sprint specialists, including $800,000 plus lifetime earners and Graded Stakes winners Gantry and Sum of the Parts, were entered Tuesday in the inaugural running of the $300,000 Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint to be run on Saturday at Evangeline Downs.

Also in the field for the five-furlong race is the fastest Louisiana bred horse in training in Heitai, as well as Grade 3 Stakes winners Lemon Drop Dream and Berlino Di Tiger.

The Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint is just one of five stakes on the program that is worth more than $775,000 on the late Saturday afternoon card that will kick off at 3:50 p.m.

Gatlin wins 100 meters at Golden Spike

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — American sprinter Justin Gatlin won the 100 meters at the Golden Spike meet Tuesday, clocking 9.86 seconds to improve his own world-leading time of the year.

Gatlin has been unbeatable this season and pulled away from the rest of the field from the start, easing to victory despite facing a head wind of 0.4 meters per second.

Gatlin had set the previous world-leading time of 9.87 at the Beijing World Challenge meet last month.

In a 1-2 finish for the United States, Mike Rodgers came second in 10.08 ahead of veteran Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis, who was third in 10.12.

In other events, LaShawn Merritt took the 400 in 44.16 while U.S. sprinter Allyson Felix won the women’s 200 in 22.75.

Summitt adds Burton, Thompson to Tech staff

RUSTON — Louisiana Tech coach Tyler Summitt announced two new additions to his staff as Eric Burton and Ashley Thompson have both joined the Lady Techster basketball program.

Burton will serve as the director of basketball operations and video coordinator while Thompson will service as the multimedia and creative services associate for the program’s social media accounts.

Azarenka happy with comeback despite loss

EASTBOURNE, England — Victoria Azarenka was reasonably satisfied after losing her first match in more than three months, a three-setter in the first round of the Aegon Championships on Tuesday.

Azarenka, the former No. 1 recovered from a left foot injury, lost 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 to Camila Giorgi of Italy after 2 hours, 46 minutes.

“That’s exactly what I wanted,” Azarenka said. “I wanted to have a competitive match. I wanted to test myself, to play for a long time, see how my body is going to react.

“I’m pretty pleased with what happened. Obviously the result is the result, but that’s a beginning. It’s a starting point. There are a lot of positive things that I can take from what happened today.”

Third seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia was also beaten, going down 6-3, 6-3 against American Madison Keys, and second seed Petra Kvitova also struggled before beating fellow Czech Lucie Safarova 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (4), winning the last five points to claim victory on her third match point.

Giorgi had previously demonstrated her grass-court skills by reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon as a qualifier in 2012, and she was a third-round finisher last year.