Ladies Spring Classic set for May 10
The Ladies Spring Classic golf tournament has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 10 at City Park Golf Course.
The event will feature an 18-hole, two-player scramble with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.
The entry fee is $30 per player and includes tournament rounds with a cart, tournament prizes and lunch after final round. Registration deadline is May 7 or until the field is filled.
Participants may register at any BREC course.
The field is limited to the first 18 teams, slotted after the opening round based on the number of participants. BREC golf gift cards will be awarded to the top finishers in each flight. The number of places and the amount awarded will be on the size of the field.
For more information call City Park Golf Course Pro Shop at (225) 387-9523.
Simmons, Andry to be inducted into Hall
Former LSU coach Jerry Simmons and nationally-ranked seniors player Peggy Andry will be inducted into the Louisiana Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday at the New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club.
Simmons coached for 11 years at Louisiana-Lafayette and for 15 at LSU, where his teams compiled a 492-197 record. Among his other accomplishments, Simmons created the UTSA/UTF junior circuit and introduced corporate sponsorships to college tennis.
Andry is the first female member of the NOLTC to be inducted because of her playing accomplishments, beginning as a junior girls champion. She is currently ranked in the Top 10 nationally in women’s 60 and 65 singles.
Nadal’s struggles continue with loss
BARCELONA, Spain — Top-ranked Rafael Nadal’s clay-court struggles worsened Friday as his 41-match winning streak at the Barcelona Open ended with a three-set loss to Nicolas Almagro in the quarterfinals.
Nadal was looking for his ninth title in Barcelona but lost 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, a week after going out in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters to David Ferrer. Nadal, widely considered the greatest clay-court player of all time, hadn’t lost in Barcelona since his debut as a 15-year-old in 2003, although he missed the tournament in 2010.
He had not dropped a set here since the 2008 final.
The 20th-ranked Almagro converted his second match point, smashing a forehand down the line for his first career victory over his fellow Spaniard on the 11th try.
Earlier, Kei Nishikori of Japan and Ernests Gulbis of Latvia overpowered opponents to set up a semifinal meeting.
Phelps uses 50 free to perfect his butterfly
MESA, Ariz. — Michael Phelps competed in the second event of his comeback and failed to advance to the 50-meter freestyle final.
The 18-time Olympic gold medalist used Friday’s preliminaries at the Arena Grand Prix to fine-tune his butterfly stroke instead of doing freestyle like everyone else in his heat. He finished seventh in a time of 24.06 seconds, missing out on the eight-man evening final.
Phelps finished 42nd overall, shutting him out of any of the three consolation finals, which involve the top 32 qualifiers.
Competing for the first time since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics, Phelps finished second in the 100 butterfly on Thursday, tying the fourth-fastest time in the world this year.
He won’t compete on Saturday, the meet’s final day. Phelps will head to high-altitude training in Colorado next month.
From staff and wire reports