SPENCER, Iowa (Aug. 7) – Hunter Marriott has to have Clay County Fair Speedway on his list of favorite tracks.So does Kelly Shryock.Marriott led the last half of Monday’s Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour main event, earning $2,000 along with the IMCA Modified checkers. He’d also won the tour event at Spencer last year and now owns four career series victories.Shryock raced all the way back to finish second after exiting for the pits following an early caution and restarting at the back of the field. He’ll take a 12-point advantage over Joel Rust into the tour finale Wednesday at Buena Vista Raceway.Ryan Ruter, Mike Jergens and Tom Berry Jr. completed the top five. Ten states and Canada were represented by the Modified entries.Ruter drew the pole and led the first of 30 laps. Nick Meyer, making the quick transition from a Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod, was alongside and just ahead of Ruter when the second circuit was scored.A long green flag run finally ended with a caution on lap 14. Marriott drove from third to the lead on the higher line while Ruter shuffled Meyer to third.Three more cautions came out over the last half of the race but Marriott, already on the ballot for next year’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, couldn’t be caught.Rust was late getting to the track Monday, missed his heat race and started last in his 10-car “B” feature. He ended in fourth, started 20th in the feature and ended a credible 10th.Other winners Monday at Spencer were Derek Green in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Doug Smith in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Chad Lonneman in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Cory Peters in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.The 26th annual Harris Clash is Tuesday at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City. The Aug. 9 Hawkeye Dirt Tour finale at Alta pays $1,000 to win, plus a bonus of $100 from IMCA for every HDT event that driver competed in this season.Both the gates and the grandstand at BVR open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.Both the Harris Clash and the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour event at BVR will be broadcast by IMCATV.Feature results – 1. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 2. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 3. Ryan Ruter, Clear Lake; 4. Mike Jergens, Plover; 5. Tom Berry Jr., Medford, Ore.; 6. Chris Mills, Sioux City; 7. Tim Ward, Harcourt; 8. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 9. Nick Meyer, Whittemore; 10. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 11. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 12. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 13. Clayton Christensen, Spencer; 14. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 15. Tyler Limoges, Redwood Falls, Minn.; 16. Corey Bosma, Ocheyedan; 17. Chris Palsrok, Sibley; 18. Stacey Mills, Webb; 19. Cody Knecht, Whittemore; 20. Jim Mathieson, Sioux City; 21. Jay Noteboom, Hinton; 22. Kyle Brown, Madrid; 23. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 24. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 25. Kevin Eder, Ashland, Wis.1st heat – 1. Abelson; 2. Ruter; 3. Berry; 4. Strickler; 5. Shryock; 6. Jason Fisher, Lakefield, Minn.; 7. Rick Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb.; 8. James Slawson, Spirit Lake.2nd heat – 1. Meyer; 2. Eder; 3. Chris Mills; 4. Brown; 5. Palsrok; 6. Scholpp; 7. Bosma; 8. Murray.3rd heat – 1. Money; 2. Stacey Mills; 3. Ward; 4. Derrick Barglof, Sioux Rapids; 5. Dotson; 6. Jergens; 7. Christensen; 8. Jason Briese, Cleghorn.4th heat – 1. Marriott; 2. Limoges; 3. Knecht; 4. Noteboom; 5. D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif.; 6. Mathieson; 7. Josh Bonnstetter, Slayton, Minn.1st “B” feature – 1. Strickler; 2. Shryock; 3. Dotson; 4. Jergens; 5. Christensen; 6. Briese; 7. Fisher; 8. Slawson; 9. Stephan; 10. Barglof.2nd “B” feature – 1. Noteboom; 2. Brown; 3. Scholpp; 4. Rust; 5. Bosma; 6. Palsrok; 7. Bonnstetter; 8. Shannon; 9. Mathieson; 10. Murray.
Lloyd Harris led South Africa to victory over Bulgaria in their Europe/Africa II Davis Cup tie at Kevin Grove Club on Saturday.Harris defeated Dimitar Kuzmanov 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) to give South Africa an unassailable 3-1 lead in the tie.The local hero dominated the opening set but came unstuck early in the second, going down a double break.But Harris showed grit and determination to fight his way back in the set, eventually forcing a tie-breaker which he comfortably won 7-3.On what was a slow hard-court, both players struggle to hold serve with each claiming only two aces.Harris lost his serve three times in the match but crucially capitalised on five of nine break points.Harris said after his game he was greatly relieved that the team had achieved their target of winning the tie. South Africa had lost its last two home ties.“It was tricky, but we succeeded in getting over the line,” said an emotional Harris. “Bulgaria played well and did a tremendous job. I drew great inspiration from the crowd, they were electric. At times, they gave me goosebumps. I felt their energy. As the game wore on, I felt more positive and felt the crowd’s energy.”He continued: “There was breeze blowing and it made conditions a little different from yesterday. My serve went well, and I was happy with my play from both ends. Both of us were aggressive and there were times when could use my forehand to good effect.”Earlier on Saturday, Raven Klaasen and Ruan Roelofse beat Gabriel Donev and Alexander Donski 6-3, 6-2 in the doubles to give the hosts a 2-1 lead.The tie was level at 1-all after Friday’s first day, with Harris beating Alexandar Lazarov 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3 and Roelofse losing 7-5, 7-5 to Kuzmanov.In the final match of the day, rookies Phillip Henning (SA) and Gabriel Donev (Bulgaria) played the final reverse singles, a dead rubber. Henning won 6-2 6-3 for an eventual 4-1 tie victory for South Africa.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.
FARMINGTON — Clay Ogden isn’t a member of Oakridge Country Club, but he lives about 30 seconds from the club, just down Shepard Lane.Even though he doesn’t play the course regularly, he must get good vibes from it, living so close. Ogden has played the Utah Open well ever since it came to Oakridge in 2007, winning it that year, finishing fifth in 2008 and fourth in 2009.Ogden is off to another good start at this year’s Siegfried & Jensen Utah Open as he fired an 8-under-par 64, which is good enough for a share of the first-round lead with Arizona pro Chris Satterlee.Ogden and Satterlee set the pace in the morning wave when most of the good scores were produced. Of the top 16 scores of 68 or better, all but two came in the morning when conditions were ideal. Actually there was no wind in the afternoon either, but perhaps the unseasonably hot temperatures near 100, kept golfers from going low.California’s Doug Garwood, who finished second here in 2009 is one of four golfers at 66 along with St. George’s Nick Killpack, Ohio’s Nick Latimer and Salt Lake amateur Mike Branca.Among the players at 67 are defending champion Nick Mason, James Drew, Luke Swilor, Christopher Shoop, Zenon Brown and Stu Gold, who just turned professional this week.Ogden didn’t have a bogey all day and said his round was nothing special as he didn’t make any long putts or chips.”I hit a lot of good iron shots, and I putted well,” said the 26-year-old former BYU golfer.Ogden, who made a splash on the national scene in 2005 when he won the U.S. Amateur Public Links and earned a spot in the Masters, has been playing well this summer, playing in state opens and on the National Pro Golf Tour where he has a couple of third-place finishes.He said his driving was off a bit Friday, but all four times he hit into the trees he was able to escape with a par.The diminutive Satterlee, who stands 5-foot-3, has played in several state opens and last month lost in a playoff at the Sedona Open in Arizona.”I started off hitting the ball well and it continued all day,” said Satterlee, who hit all but one green in regulation.Satterlee was atop the leaderboard most of the morning and got it to 6-under through 12 holes. However he made his only bogey of the day at No. 15 before finishing with an eagle at 16 and a birdie at 17.Gold, who was runnerup at the 2010 Utah State Amateur, recently decided to turn pro and is playing in his first tournament as a professional. On his first swing, he knocked his drive across the road out of bounds. But after making a double bogey, he settled down and played 7-under par the rest of the way.The only two golfers to break 68 in the afternoon were Brown of Arvada, Colo., who shot 67 and South Jordan’s Ryan Ellis, who came in at 68. Those two will get to play in the morning Saturday, while the Friday morning players will play in the afternoon.The low 60 players plus ties will make the cut for Sunday’s final round. With 72 players with scores of 72 or better Friday, the cut is expected to be around even par.email: [email protected] Open leaderboardClay Ogden 64Chris Satterlee 64Doug Garwood 66Nick Killpack 66Nick Latimer 66a-Mike Branca 66Nick Mason 67Luke Swilor 67Stu Gold 67James Drew 67Christopher Shoop 67Zenon Brown 67