Sports Columns

April 1, 2013

What's Going On: UGA fans to get a chance to rub elbows

Area alumni and fans of the University of Georgia will soon have a nice opportunity to hear from some of the school’s best known faces in athletics.

The school’s alumni and athletic associations will hold a UGA Day from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 7 at the Catoosa County Civic Center in Ringgold.

Chuck Dowdle, a former sports anchor for Atlanta’s WSB-TV, will host the event. Guests include university President Michael Adams, football coach Mark Richt and men’s basketball coach Mark Fox. Each is scheduled to speak at the event.

Cost is $20 per ticket, although children younger than 6 can attend for free, when registering online at by May 2. The cost is $30 per ticket on site the day of the event. Reserved tables for 10 guests are $350.

To learn more about the event, read the Local Sports Calendar on page 2B or contact Frances Beusse at or (404) 814-8820

• Three different golf tournaments are planned for the next couple of weeks.

On April 7 at Cohutta’s Nob North Golf Course, the Northwest Whitfield High School Tee Club will host a two-person, select-shot tournament. The cost is $75 per player and includes three mulligans, one red tee and lunch. Money raised will benefit the Bruins golf team.

On April 9 at Fields Ferry Golf Course in Calhoun, the Whitfield Baptist Church will host a four-person, select-shot competition. Entry fee is $65 per golfer, and all proceeds go to help missionary Mark Coffey and his family move to South Africa.

On April 13, the Jerry Manis Memorial Golf Tournament will take place at Chatsworth’s Spring Lakes Golf Course. It is a four-person, select-shot event and cost is $250 per team. Proceeds will go to the youth and children’s programs at Calvary Baptist Church in Dalton.

For more information on each tournament, plus how to register, view the Local Sports Calendar on page 2B.

• In the high school sports world, both Northwest’s and Dalton’s baseball teams are rolling through Sub-region 7B-4A play and are looking for another three-win week starting Tuesday.

The Bruins face intracounty rivals Southeast Whitfield while the Catamounts take on LaFayette. Northwest and Southeast play at the Raiders’ field Tuesday (at 5 p.m.) and Friday (at 5:30 p.m.) and in Tunnel Hill on Thursday (at 5 p.m.).

Dalton plays at LaFayette Tuesday and Friday and at home on Thursday. All of those games start at 5:30 p.m.

Both Dalton and Northwest are 6-0 in sub-region play after back-to-back weeks with sweeps. Dalton swept Southeast and Ridgeland, while the Bruins swept Ridgeland and Heritage-Catoosa.

• North Murray High School’s baseball team also is playing well. The Mountaineers have three straight Region 5-3A games and get the chance this week to extend it to five in a row.

The Mountaineers host Cartersville at 5:30 p.m. today and welcome Sonoraville for a 5:30 p.m. first pitch on Tuesday.

Devin Golden is a sports writer for The Daily Citizen, and he could beat any local high school basketball player in a game of “H-O-R-S-E.” Any player except for North Murray’s Zach Vess, that is. You can write to him at

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