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Carman-Ainsworth product Devin Willis

Carman-Ainsworth product Devin Willis

First collegiate season wrapping up

GRAND RAPIDS — After all the trials and tribulations faced during a tough indoor track and field season at Marysgrove College, Carman-Ainsworth grad Devin Willis will finish her freshman season running outdoors for the Lady Mustangs starting today at the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference championships. The former Lady Cavalier will then compete on May 11 at the Last Chance Meet in Allendale hosted by Grand Valley State University. — M.S.

Race 2 Grace laces up

BURTON — Faithway Christian School in Burton will host the Race 2 Grace 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run/Walk, Kids Fun Run and Cross Course Challenge (a military style obstacle course with mud) on Saturday, May 18. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K begins at 9 a.m. Details: Visit or call 810-625-479. — L.P.

FJGA registration now open for season start

BURTON — The Flint Junior Golf Association has online registration through Monday, May 13, with play beginning on June 17.

Entry fees are $60 for the 5-hole division (ages 8-11), $70 for the 9-hole division (up to 14 for boys and 15 for girls) and $90 for the 18-hole division (ages up to 18). The entry fee is the only fee paid all year and covers weekly golf fees, a bag tag, rulebook, eight seasonal instruction clinics, a chance to win medals during weekly play and a chance to win trophies in the season-ending tournaments.

For the second straight year, FJGA will extend an invitation to junior golfers from Holly, Lapeer East, Lapeer West and Brandon high school districts. These schools are under the umbrella of the Flint Metro League.

Online registration will be accepted by logging onto and following the disrections. Registration forms will also be available at King Par Golf and local participating golf courses. — D.N.

Family Golf Day May 4

BURTON — A Family Golf Day is slated at

IMA Brookwood Golf Club on May 4 from noon-3 p.m. The free day of fun includes Golfzilla, a 25-foot dinosaur that the kids can hit golf balls at, the Dennis Walters Golf Show, and stations that include free golf lessons, SNAG Golf, a putting green course, chipping and bunker station, fit and fun zone, and a lunch and vendor area. The Dennis Walters Show is a one-hour demonstration of precision golf from Walters, who is paralyzed from the waist down puts on an amazing show of trick shots along with his opening act Super Dog. The show runs noon-1 p.m. A special morning session will be held for kids from YouthQuest, an innovative afterschool enrichment program for K-8 youth in Genesee County that Brookwood golf pro Joe Simpson provides golf instruction to through the IMA Recreation Association. Details or to sponsor: Diane Wojciechowski at (810) 249-7060. — L.P.

Place your wager on The Kentucky Derby

SWARTZ CREEK — Sports Creek Raceway opens the doors Saturday, May 4 at 9:30am with the first race from Churchill Downs at 10:30 a.m. Fans can wager on all the races from Churchill Downs including the Kentucky Derby as well as races from over two dozen other tracks throughout the day. Sports Creek will offer breakfast specials as well as a special Derby Day menu. Details:, Facebook or call 810- 635-3333. — L.P.

UM-Flint named Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly University

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The League of American Bicyclists (LAB) announced on April 15 that the UM-Flint has been named a Bicycle Friendly University Bronze Level.

“College campuses are natural places to integrate bicycling — and UM-Flint recognizes the small steps needed to make bicycling a safe and easy option for students and staff,” said League President Andy Clarke. “Young people are driving less and riding more, and UM-Flint has embraced that trend.”

There are now 58 BFUs in 30 states across America. In a press relese, the LAB noted that the Bronze Level BFC award recognizes UM-Flint’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

Theresa Landis, Director of Auxiliary & Recreational Services and Greg Rybarczyk, Assistant Professor of Earth and Resource Science are co-chairs of the UM-Flint Walk & Bike Work Group. They said “the Bronze Level designation would not have happened without assistance from dedicated members of the group and Programming Intern, Ali Harris and Research Intern, Laura Gallagher. This award is a stepping stone in a long planning process to make this campus more walkable, bikeable, and ultimately safer for everyone. We also want to thank the University for ongoing support and encouragement.”

Details: university. — L.P.

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