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SOUTHERN CRESCENT NOTEBOOK

Pro Tour event coming to the Southern Crescent

Clayton State coach Gareth O’Sullivan’s team has been selected to finish fourth in the Peach Belt Conference in a preseason coaches poll. (Special Photo)

Clayton State coach Gareth O’Sullivan’s team has been selected to finish fourth in the Peach Belt Conference in a preseason coaches poll. (Special Photo)

The Eagle’s Landing Classic will take place Monday through Aug. 25 at the Eagle’s Landing Country Club. The tournament is part of the NGA Pro Golf Tour (formerly the NGA Hooters Pro Golf Tour.

Like all NGA TOUR Pro Series events, the tournament at Eagle’s Landing will feature a week full of festivities, starting with a local qualifier and sponsor’s pro-ams before concluding with a four-day, 72-hole professional tournament .

The NGA Pro Golf Tour is the No. 3 Men’s Professional Golf Tour in the United States after the PGA and Web.com Tours and is the No. 1 recommended developmental tour by more PGA and Web.com Tour Professionals.

Monday is the qualifying rounds starting at 7:30 a.m. Practice rounds will take place Monday through Wednesday at the course. The first round starts on Thursday and runs Through Sunday, Aug. 25 with a 7:30 a.m. start each day. The awards ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m.

Admission is free each day.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

If Peach Belt Conference coaches are right, Clayton State women should finish in the upper-tier of the 12-team league again this season.

In the conference preseason poll, which was released on Friday morning, the league coaches tabbed the Lakers to finish fourth. It is the second straight season they have been picked that high in the preseason.

Clayton State received 90 total points in the preseason poll of 12 league coaches. Columbus State, ranked 13th in the nation, edged 5th-ranked and defending PBC champion Armstrong Atlantic State by two points (111-109) for the top spot. North Georgia, ranked 16th, was picked to finish third. Behind Clayton State in fourth, Lander rounded out the top five.

“The Peach Belt is one of the strongest, if not the strongest conference in NCAA Division II women’s soccer, so to be selected in the top-four reflects positively on us,” said Laker head coach Gareth O’Sullivan.

Under third-year coach O’Sullivan, the Laker squad has high expectations for the 2013 season, as the team is coming off its first 10-win season since 2006. The Lakers finished with a 10-7-2 record last year and tied for fourth in the league.

Earlier this week, midfielder Alicia Robinson was named to the preseason all-conference team. Last season, the England native played in 17 of the team’s 19 matches with 16 starts. She scored three goals on the season and had two assists.Season highlights include scoring a game-winning goal against Queens College. She also scored a goal against then-No. 11 Columbus State. Her other goal came against conference opponent North Georgia in a 4-2 loss in the conference tournament quarterfinals in Dahlonega.

Prior to signing with Clayton State, Robinson starred at Hutchinson Community College, helping the team to a 17-3 record in 2011, which included being ranked No. 3 in the nation. In her final season, the England native led the nation with 27 assists during the 2011 season.

She finished her career at Hutchinson with 24 goals and 42 assists.

Clayton State will open its exhibition season on Saturday as it travels to face NCAA Division I and metro Atlanta opponent Kennesaw State at 7 p.m. The Lakers open the regular season on Sept. 5, hosting Wingate in a 6 p.m. match.

ADVOCARE 500 RACE

To better server customers purchasing event tickets and camping spaces, the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office has extended ticket office hours through the AdvoCare 500 on Sept. 1.

The extended ticket office hours are: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. During race weekend, the ticket office will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

AdvoCare 500 weekend experience upgrade opportunities include pre-race pit passes and stage front passes for Sunday’s Fast Cars & Guitars pre-race concert featuring Billy Currington presented by Bad Boy Buggies.

A pre-race pit pass for the Labor Day race weekend is $125. A Saturday only pre-race pit pass is $75 and a Sunday only pre-race pit pass is $100. Stage front access to the Fast Cars & Guitars pre-race concert featuring Billy Currington presented by Bad Boy Buggies is $49 and also includes stage front access to the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver introductions.