State Sports Roundup: Kelly in contention at the US Open
Jerry Kelly of Madison is tied for 16th place after the first day of the U-S Open golf tournament near Philadelphia. Kelly shot an even-par 70 in his first round yesterday - four strokes behind Luke Donald, who was at four-under after 13 holes. Almost half the field did not complete their first rounds due to a three-and-a-half-hour rain delay in the morning. Both Kelly and Steve Stricker of Madison got their rounds in. Stricker is tied for 35th after shooting a one-over-par 71. He had trouble in the middle of his round, but he rallied at the end with two birdies in his final three holes. On the third hole, Stricker was questioned by U-S-G-A vice-president Thomas O'Toole. That was after someone thought they saw Stricker trying to improve his lie on a shot near the green, by trampling on an area where he was planning to take a drop. Stricker had taken a one-shot penalty for an unplayable lie on the edge of a bunker with a tree in the way of his swing. O'Toole ruled that Stricker did nothing wrong.
In the Northwoods League, Saint Cloud and Thunder Bay went beyond a slugfest yesterday. The two teams combined for 36 runs, tying a league record, as Saint Cloud beat the Border Cats 24-to-12 at Thunder Bay Ontario. The 24 runs by the Rox tied a Northwoods mark for the most runs by a single team. Chris Paul went 4-for-7 with four R-B-I's for Saint Cloud. Thunder Bay drew 12 walks. Green Bay and Madison both pulled off one-run victories last evening. La Crosse dropped into tie with Lakeshore for first-place in the South Division, as La Crosse fell to Battle Creek 4-3 while Lakeshore topped the Wisconsin Woodchucks 4-1.
It was "Wisconsin Day" yesterday at the Milwaukee Bucks' pre-draft workouts. The Bucks auditioned Badger graduates Jared Berggren and Mike Bruesewitz. The 6-10 Berggren has now worked out for five N-B-A teams in advance of the June 27th Draft - and he has three more teams to visit during the next week. Bruesewitz had his first N-B-A team workout. He said he felt totally healthy after a severe right leg injury just before last season. Bucks' scouting director Billy McKinney says Berggren might be taken in the second. McKinney said Badger players often need to make a big adjustment to the faster pro game, after playing under Bo Ryan's deliberate and effective style in Madison. U-W Milwaukee senior guard Paris Gulley also auditioned with the Bucks yesterday - along with Farmingdale State forward A-J Matthews, Santa Clara guard Kevin Foster, and Colorado forward Andre Roberson.
Helio Castroneves has the IZOD Indy Car series lead going into tomorrow's Indy-Fest 250-mile race at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis. Castroneves won his first race of the season last weekend in Fort Worth Texas. He has also finished second-and-third this season, with seven Top-10 finishes. Milwaukee is the ninth race in the 19-car Indy series. Last year's Indy-Fest winner, Ryan Hunter-Reay, will go for a repeat at State Fair Park. The Indy Car drivers will have two practices at 11 and 1 today, before a late afternoon qualifying. A Pro Mazda race is scheduled tonight, and a Firestone Indy Lights event tomorrow just before the main event.