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SPIRIT OF AMERICA NOTEBOOK

A Wells-wisher

LSU star Chris Wells wishes Alabama well when his school meets the Tide on the football field in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 3.

Wells, who is completing his senior year at the Baton Rouge school, remembers Alabama football coach Nick Saban when the two were on the campus at the same time three years ago.

"Saban is a very respected coach, and he did some great things while he was LSU," Wells said. "He'll turn the Alabama program around.

"Some folks in Louisiana are unhappy he's now at Alabama, but not me. We're pleased with Les Miles. I know there will be a lot of eyes on that game. I can't wait."

Wells gave his early prediction: LSU 24, Alabama 16.

Long drive in flops

Marc Dull of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla., added plenty of fireworks of his own on July 4 at Burningtree.

He ripped a 3571/2-yard drive in spikeless flip-flops Wednesday to win the tournament's long-drive contest and a $75 gift certificate.

Taking second, 18 inches shorter than Dull's blast, was Derek Rende of Tennessee-Chattanooga. He pocketed a $50 gift certificate.

Two yards shorter was Cameron Lawrence's tee ball. The University of Tennessee golfer was awarded a $25 gift certificate.

A first-round comeback

Five bogeys and a double bogey left Falkville golfer Kyle Pressley 7-over after his first seven holes Thursday. But the 19-year-old knew there was plenty of golf left.

He birdied the next two holes to make the turn at 40. Five birdies on the back nine gave the Northwest-Shoals golfer a sparkling 32 for a 1-over 72 total.

He is tied for 32nd heading into Day 2.

In the senior class

Former Spirit of America golfers Sam Farlow of Birmingham and Andy Bean are in the field of this week's U.S. Senior Open Championship at the Whistling Straits course in Haven, Wis. Due to persistent rain delays Thursday, neither golfer finished his opening round.

- Michael Wetzel

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