Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rhoden Shares Medalist Honors

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rhoden Shares Medalist Honors

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Former major league pitcher Rick Rhoden, a St. Augustine resident, shared medalist honors with Gene Jones in the Champions Tour's National Qualifying Tournament in Coral Springs, securing a spot next year into open qualifiers at all co-sponsored events.

Rhoden, the winner of 50 celebrity golf titles, closed with a 3-under 69 to match Jones (68) at 9-under 287. They each earned $24,425.

FIELD OF 16, MINUS SORENSTAM, PURSUES $1 MILLION PRIZE

Annika Sorenstam was eliminated in a 3-for-2 playoff at the ADT Championship in West Palm Beach when she was among three players desperate to claim the last two spots in the chase for $1 million.

Ai Miyazato of Japan and Natalie Gulbis each made two pars in the playoff and were among 16 players who advanced to today's third round.

DICKERSON TIED FOR LEAD IN PGA TOUR QUALIFYING EVENT

Bubba Dickerson of Fernandina Beach shot 69 at the Lake Jovita Golf Club in Dade City to earn a share of the lead after three rounds of a PGA Tour second-stage qualifier. Dickerson and Scott Parel of Augusta, Ga., are at 13-under-par 203 entering today's final round. Josh McCumber of Jacksonville shot 72 and is tied for 12th at 8-under 208 with another former University of Florida player, Matt Every (70).

In another second-stage qualifier at the Woodlands, in Houston, UNF GolfPlex teaching pro Rob Bradley held onto his lead after a third-round 70. Bradley is 9-under 207, and leads by two shots.

FORMER REDS BROADCASTER NUXHALL DIES AT 79

Joe Nuxhall, the youngest major leaguer at age 15 and later a beloved broadcaster as "the ol' left-hander" in Cincinnati, has died. He was 79.

Nuxhall died Thursday night while hospitalized for treatment of pneumonia, the team said. He was awaiting surgery to insert a pacemaker, and had been slowed by a recurrence of cancer since September.

Brought up by Cincinnati to pitch during World War II -- just out of junior high classes, he unraveled at the sight of Stan Musial in the on-deck circle -- Nuxhall worked more than six decades for the Reds.

AROUND BASEBALL

The Braves made an offer to Tom Glavine, moving quickly to lock up a deal that will allow the left-hander to finish his career in Atlanta. …

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