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Tuttle wins Players golf tourney with 138

Scott Tuttle shot his second straight 69 on Sunday to win the two-day Players Invitational golf tournament at Quail Point Golf Course.

Tuttle's steady play resulted in a 2-under-par 138, three shots better than runner-up Mark DeBoer, who shot a second-day score of 72.

Tuttle pocketed $400, DeBoer $250.

Brooks Newsom placed third, shooting a 72 the second day for a 142 total. Jay Klemp, who tied the course record of 65 on Saturday, slipped to an 80 Sunday and finished fourth at 145, two shots ahead of Marshall Holman.

In net play, Mac Siliga edged three players by one shot to capture first place and a $200 prize. Siliga fired a 68 on Sunday for a 138 total.

Dan Dixon, Stan Rieter and Bill Bednar tied for second at 139.

Steenkolk leads SOU track and field athletes

ARCATA, Calif. -- Paul Steenkolk of Southern Oregon University won two events Saturday at a men's and women's track and field meet hosted by Humboldt State University.

Steenkolk won the shot put (54 feet, 8 inches) and the discus (143-8 1/2). Teammate Jim Hageman won the javelin (199-4) as the Raiders swept the men's weight events. Other SOU men's winners were Landis Reed in the 110-meter high hurdles (15.1 seconds),

Bart Platt in the high jump (6-5) and Judson Ristau in the pole vault (14-6).

Raider women winners were Rebekah Julian in the 5,000 (19:38.85), Kristina Binkerd in the 400 hurdles (1:06.24), Kristina Wurtz in the triple jump (33-5 1/2), Melody Manwaring in the high jump (5-0) and Nicole Irons in the pole vault (9-0).

Local gymnasts earn titles at state meet

Byran Austad and Nathan Prado each earned all-around titles in helping the Medford Elite Gymnastics Academy optional team from the Oregon Sports Center claim the team championship at the Oregon State Gymnastic Championships on Saturday in Bend.

Austad earned individual titles in the floor exercise, pommel horse, vault, rings and parallel bars in the Class 3, 12-13-year-old division. Prado earned victories in the pommel horse, vault and high bar in the boys Class 4, age 12-and-older division.

Austad also added a second place finish in the high bar.

Optional team coach Paul Robertshaw was awarded the 1998 USA Gymnastics Oregon Coach of the Year.

The MEGA squad was also represented well by Travis Ringo's third-place finish in the Class 4, 10-11-year-old all-around competition and Garret Jones' fourth place all-around finish in the Class 4, 10-11-year-old division.