AROUND THE HORN
Courtney gets hole-in-one
BELOIT — For the second day in a row, a hole-in-one was recorded on the sixth hole at Westville Lake Country Club.
Linda Courtney of Hanoverton used an 8-iron to ace the 130-yard sixth hole during the Monday Night Ladies League. It was her first hole-in-one.
Playing in her group were Amber Allison of Salem, Priscilla Allcorn of Sebring and Mel Gunias of Homeworth.
All-Star Game umpires
CLEVELAND (AP) — Mark Wegner will be the crew chief and umpire behind home plate for the All-Star Game on Tuesday night in Cleveland.
A 21-year major league veteran, Wegner worked third base for the 2008 All-Star Game. He worked the World Series in 2013 and ’17.
Brian O’Nora will be at first base as part of a crew that includes Phil Cuzzi (second), Tim Timmons (third), D.J. Reyburn (left) and Jordan Baker (right). O’Nora and Timmons are Ohio natives.
Cleveland’s Terry Francona will join the AL coaching staff under Boston manager Alex Cora, and Atlanta’s Brian Snitker will be part of the NL staff under Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
Chad Broski will be the official scorer, the commissioner’s office said Sunday. He is Cleveland-based and works Indians games.
Women’s British Open prize
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — The Royal & Ancient is raising the total prize money to $4.5 million for the Women’s British Open.
R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers says the prize fund — up from $3.25 million a year ago — is an important first step toward achieving parity with the men’s game, but that it will take time.
The British Open next week has a $10.75 million purse.
The increase in prize money for the Women’s British Open comes in the first year of AIG’s five-year deal as the title sponsor.
The winner of the Women’s British Open, to be played Aug. 1-4 at Woburn in England, will receive $675,000. That makes it the second-highest payout among the women’s five majors. The U.S. Women’s Open champion, Jeongeun Lee6, received $1 million from a $5.5 million purse last month.
Gauff leaves Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Out of escapes, out of surprises, Coco Gauff knew her captivating Wimbledon ride at age 15 was nearing its conclusion.
The thousands of spectators at Court No. 1 on Monday realized it, too, so they made sure to show their appreciation for the youngest qualifier at the All England Club in the professional era and youngest Week 2 participant since 1991.
Fans, most of whom probably hadn’t heard of Gauff until last week, rose and roared as she fended off the initial two match points she faced against 2018 French Open champion Simona Halep. It was reminiscent of the way the Gauff began a comeback victory in her previous match. This time, though, Gauff could not come through, beaten by the older, more experienced Halep 6-3, 6-3.
“It was really surprising, because you don’t really expect this kind of support when you’re in another country, not your home country. I really did feel like I was probably playing in New York. I’m just really happy that people believe in me,” said Gauff, who beat Venus Williams in the first round for quite a Grand Slam tournament debut.
“I wasn’t feeling my best, I wasn’t playing my best,” Gauff said as she wiped away tears at her news conference, where she noted she wasn’t sure why she needed a visit from a doctor in the second set, “but they were still supporting me, no matter what.”
While Gauff couldn’t get past former No. 1 Halep, another American, 55th-ranked Alison Riske, stopped the 15-match winning streak of the current No. 1, Ash Barty, eliminating her 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
“Right now, Ash is playing well,” Riske said. “I believe that I am, as well.”
She improved to 14-1 on grass courts this season and reached the first major quarterfinal of her career in 30 appearances.
It’ll come against yet another player who has topped the WTA rankings, Serena Williams, who will be participating in her 14th quarterfinal at Wimbledon alone.
Barty began perfectly, winning the first game of the match this way: 112 mph ace, 102 mph ace, 110 mph ace, 108 mph ace. She hit another pair of aces in her next service game and finished with 12. But Riske simply played so cleanly, delivering twice as many winners as unforced errors, 30-15, and won her fourth consecutive three-setter in the tournament.