Raymond tops Order of Merit

first_img15 Nov 2012 Raymond tops Order of Merit Neil Raymond (Corhampton, Hampshire, IoW & CI), Brabazon Trophy winner for the past two years and an England international for the same period, has won the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s order of merit for 2012. Raymond (Image © Tom Ward) 26, topped the list with 609.09 points, less than three ahead of his international team-mate Craig Hinton (The Oxfordshire, BB&O) but over 60 clear of third placed Edward Richardson (Hemsted Forest, Kent). “I’m delighted to win the order of merit and to see my name among the previous winners,” he said. “This caps off my season nicely and I’m grateful to Titleist and FootJoy for their sponsorship. “My season has been good and the highlight was winning the Brabazon Trophy again. Some of the other performances were not what I was looking for and I was disappointed not to win the English Amateur. It would have been nice to do ‘the double’. “But it doesn’t always go as planned so I’ll keep working hard over the winter and hopefully I’ll get to where I want to be next year.” Jonathan Dowdell, Titleist Golf Ball Product & Marketing Manager, commented: “As the #1 ball in golf, Titleist is delighted to have once again supported the order of merit and there can be no doubt that the title has gone to a truly worthy winner. We would like to congratulate Neil on claiming the order of merit title which is just reward for a season of great quality and consistency.” Most of Raymond’s points were gained when he successfully defended the Brabazon Trophy at Walton Heath following his initial success at Burnham & Berrow in 2011. That was his only major victory of the season although he also won the New South Wales Medal in a playoff while in Australia at the start of the year. However, he reached the quarter finals of the English Amateur Championship at Silloth-on-Solway. The bulk of Hinton’s points were gained from his victory in the Welsh Open Stroke Play while the 24 year old also finished equal fourth in the St Andrews Links Trophy. Richardson, 44, has made a successful return to top level amateur golf after battling with serious illness. An international between 2005 and 2008, he won the Hong Kong Amateur Championship last week and has enjoyed top ten finishes in at least six tournaments.last_img read more

Williams sisters lose at Wimbledon

first_imgby Stephen WilsonWIMBLEDON, England (AP)—Venus and Serena Williams were eliminated in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Monday, the first time in five years that neither sister will play in the quarterfinals at the All England Club.Defending champion and four-time winner Serena was the first to go, beaten 6-3, 7-6 (6) by Marion Bartoli of France, cutting short the American’s return to Grand Slam tennis after nearly a year out with serious health problems. DEFENDING CHAMP ELIMINATED—Serena Williams returns a shot to France’s Marion Bartoli during their match at at Wimbledon, June 27. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) Older sister and five-time champion Venus was ousted 6-2, 6-3 by Tsvetana Pironkova—the exact same score of the Bulgarian’s win in last year’s quarterfinals.“Definitely not our best day,” Venus said. “I think we both envisioned seeing this day going a little bit different.”Venus and Serena have won nine of the last 11 titles at Wimbledon, and have faced each other in four finals.In 2006, Venus lost in the third round and Serena missed the tournament. This is the first year that, when both sisters were in the draw, both lost before the quarterfinals.The last time the sisters lost on the same day at a Grand Slam was in 2008, when they fell in the third round at the French Open.“Obviously it’s not something planned,” Venus said. “We rarely lose on the same day.”After winning last year’s Wimbledon, Serena missed nearly a year after foot surgery and subsequent blood clots in her lungs. She returned two weeks ago at Eastbourne for the first time since then. Venus also returned at Eastbourne after a five-month layoff with a hip injury.Venus was clearly off the top of her game Monday, committing 16 unforced errors and converting only one of four break points. She was broken four times.“I didn’t seem to get the ball in,” Venus said. “She took her opportunities. I just didn’t put the ball in the court, simple as that. Unfortunately, I seem not to have my good days against her. But she played well.”The 33rd-seeded Pironkova, who lost in the semifinals here last year to eventual runner-up Vera Zvonareva, played steady tennis against Venus and never cracked.“I beat her two times, two consecutive years—it feels amazing to play such a champion on this legendary court,” the Bulgarian said after holding serve and stroking a backhand winner down the line on her second match point. “When I come here I just feel so relaxed. I really like the atmosphere here.”Serena saved four match points before the ninth-seeded Bartoli closed out the contest by hitting a service winner into the corner. It was Serena’s earliest exit at Wimbledon since a third-round loss in 2005.“I never came here thinking I would lose,” she said. “That’s my attitude. You win some and you lose some. Today just happened to be the one that slipped under me.”But Serena said she was satisfied getting as far as she did after such a long time away from the game.“I think I did really well just being able to come back and play and win some matches, and just really play tough,” she said. “Even today I lost, but I was able to kind of hang in there and play tough. And I can only get better. That can potentially be really scary, because I can only go up from here and I can just do so much more.”Bartoli made the Wimbledon final in 2007, losing to Venus.Serena had 20 unforced errors Monday to go with 29 winners, and managed to convert only one of five break points. Bartoli served 10 aces, two more than Williams, and kept down her errors to 17.It was the first time Bartoli has beaten the American after straight-set defeats in their previous two matches.“Beating Serena is almost like a dream come true,” Bartoli said. “Even though she didn’t play for almost one year, she’s probably one of the greatest champions in women’s tennis.last_img read more

Figure skating club expands learn to skate with introduction of Tiny Tots program

first_imgThe Nelson Figure Skating Club is expanding its learn to skate programming in 2012 with the introduction of Tiny Tots. Targeted at children aged 3 – 4 years of age, Tiny Tots will provide children with a head start on skating fundamentals and learning to enjoy being on the ice.Using teaching aids, music and a wide variety of activities, the coaches offer a fun and relaxed environment that promotes learning and prepares skaters for Stage 1 or Stage 2 of CanSkate.Designed by Skate Canada, the program allows for parents to be on the ice or to leave everything in the hands of the coaching team. Registration for all January programs including CanSkate, Junior Academy and StarSkate closes December 18th.See complete details at nelsonfigureskatingclub.ca.last_img

Simon lifts Portugal Ladies Open title

first_img17 May 2011 Simon trailed France’s Gwladys Nocera by one shot heading into the third and final round after rounds of 66 and 67 had left her on 11-under-par. Nocera had led by two shots from Simon, fellow South African Stacey Lee Bregman and Australian Sarah Kemp after the first round. ‘I just had to play my own game’Interviewed by the Ladies European Tour (LET) afterwards, Simon said: “The conditions were very difficult this morning, a lot of wind, and I knew I just had to play my own game. She sank four birdies and carded one bogey over the outward nine and followed that up with a further four birdies, as well as two bogeys, over the inward nine to end with an astonishing eight birdies over the last 18 holes. Birdie spreeNeeding to make up only one shot in the final round, Simon responded with a birdie spree, littered with the occasional bogey, to pull comfortably clear. Reflecting on her second LET title, Simon said: “It’s basically exactly four years ago since I had won. I was 18 at the time, very young, and I’ve been working hard for about a year-and-a-half now, so it feels very rewarding.” South African golfer Ashleigh Simon closed with a superb five-under-par 67 in tough, windy conditions to win the ISPS Handa Portugal Ladies Open by three shots at CampoReal Resort and Spa near Lisbon on Sunday. Young South African Connie Chen, aged just 18, was a victim of the difficult conditions on the last day, tumbling to a six-over 78, to finish tied for 38th on five-over-par 221. With rounds of 66, 67 and 67, Simon finished on 16-under-par 200. Nocera posted rounds of 64, 68, and 71 to claim second on 13-under 203. It was the second professional victory of the 22-year-old’s career. Her first came in only her third tournament as a pro at the 2007 Catalonia Ladies Masters in Spain. “I was six ahead with three to play and I dropped at 16 and Gwladys birdied so all of a sudden it [the lead] went to four [shots], but then, after the birdie on 17 and the drive down 18, I knew that it [the title] was mine.” ‘I putted well’She pinpointed her short game as the reason for her success, saying: “I think my short game really saved me. I putted well and when I had to make the up-and-downs I did.” “I started off with a birdie, which is always a good thing, and I just played really solidly throughout the day and kept steady and wasn’t really watching leaderboards or worrying what Gwladys (Nocera) was doing. Simon also said she felt comfortable throughout the event because the conditions were similar to those back home in South Africa. It was a spectacular effort in testing conditions, a fact which was underlined by the fact that Nocera and Bregman’s 71s, four shots worse off than Simon, were the second best rounds of the final day, during which many players ballooned to well over par. For Nocera, the final round went awry from the start with successive bogeys, but she fought back well to finish under-par for the day. Bregman sixthStacey Lee Bregman was let down by a 73 in the second round, but bookended that effort with solid rounds of 66 and 71 to finish in sixth place along with England’s Georgina Simpson on six-under-par 210. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Christel Boeljon of the Netherlands, who recently won the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open, finished third, seven shots behind Simon on nine-under-par 207.last_img read more

Brand South Africa launches Play Your Part School Activations

first_imgTshwane, Atteridgeville, 15 May 2018 –  Inspired by the need to promote active citizenry amongst South African Youth, Brand South Africa – the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s Nation Brand reputation, is launching nationwide school activations.Brand South Africa in collaboration with the renowned comedians Goliath and Goliath, who are also Play Your Part ambassadors, will be running a series of masterclasses aimed at grade 11 and 12 learners. The objective is to promote innovation and entrepreneurial culture under the theme “Play Your Part, turn your ideas into currency”.The Play Your Part masterclass will promote entrepreneurship in order to culminate a spirit of business minds at an early stage. Commenting on this initiative, Brand South Africa’s General Manager of Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntombela said: “This initiative comes at a time when the citizens are hopeful of a new dawn, when a spirit of contribution is the new song, particularly post the state of the nation address speech by the honourable President Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, now known for its call to action #Thumamina which means send me”.The county’s vision articulated in the National Development Plan speaks of a South Africa we have remade, a South Africa that is economically prosperous and, a South Africa that is admired globally. This vision will come to life when each and every one of us play our part especially the youth, who are future active custodians and contributors to economic growth.The digital campaign launch will take place on 15 May 2018 and the actual activation will take place at Dr WF Nkomo Secondary School in Atteridgeville, 16 May 2018 from 12- 3 pm.Follow the conversation on #PlayYourPart #GetInvolvedlast_img read more

Wangs rises to the occasion, stuns CEU

first_imgMichael Juico. PBA IMAGESWangs Basketball showed its character late and pulled off the thrilling 88-87 come-from-behind victory over Centro Escolar University Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Down 10, 82-72, the Couriers pounced on the Scorpions in the final 2:41 of the game and went on a 16-5 finishing kick, capped off by a pair of free throws from Jason Riley to shove Wangs up, 88-87, with 22.9 ticks remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Rod Ebondo and Mark Cruz had a pair of chances to help CEU recover down the stretch, but they muffed both of their chances late as the Scorpions suffered the humiliating meltdown in their conference-opener.“The boys are just thirsty for a win. They followed our gameplan and it was really our defense which made the difference,” said a triumphant coach Pablo Lucas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingMichael Juico unloaded 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, on top of eight rebounds, and two assists, while Tim Habelito got a near double-double of 12 markers and nine boards.Christian De Chavez also chimed in 11 for Wangs. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ CEU squandered its 15-point lead, 48-33, in the third quarter and spoiled Ebondo’s dominant showing, where he tallied 27 points, 20 rebounds, and four blocks.JK Casiño also added 17 markers and four assists in the losing effort for the Scorpions.The Scores:WANGS 88 – Juico 26, Habelito 12, De Chavez 11, Amboludto 8, Asuncion 7, Riley 5, Herndon 4, Montemayor 4, Sorela 4, King 3, Arambulo 2, Importante 2.CEU 87 – Ebondo 27, Casiño 17, Cruz 12, Uri 8, Manlangit 7, Aquino 6, Intic 4, Wamar 4, Arim 2, Baconcon 0, Guinitaran 0, Jeruta 0, Saber 0.ADVERTISEMENT Quarters: 12-14, 33-42, 57-60, 88-87.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Gilas set to face China in 2017 Fiba Asia Cup group stage Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARlast_img read more

11-15 years old? TFA wants YOU!

first_imgTFA is proud to announce the development, piloting and introduction of the AusSquad program. TFA is focused on the continued development of junior participation in sport and the growth of community links in sport. The AusSquad program will become a key element in the TFA junior framework and a key link between the AusTouch Program and pre-elite senior competition.11 to 15-year-olds are the target of the launch, which will involve a demonstration of the program’s clinics and will be conducted by a number of Australian Open players and coaches. The participants need to be there at 5.00pm for the launch to commence at 5.30pm. The participants are then encouraged to stay at the fields to watch the National Training Squads take on the Alliance in their first ever encounter. The participants will receive a free AusSquad shirt as well as a free barbecue taking place on the night. To be a part of the launch, please contact TFA’s National Sport Development Coordinator, Adam Raptis on [email protected] by Thursday, 9 September 2010. Please click on the attached flyer for more information. Related Filesaussquad14-jpglast_img read more

10 months agoHuddersfield join race for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke

first_imgHuddersfield join race for Liverpool striker Dominic Solankeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town have joined the race for Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke.Sky Sports says Huddersfield will battle Crystal Palace to snap up Liverpool forward Solanke.The Terriers were keen on the 21-year-old earlier this season and want to sign him on loan.But Palace, who sit 14th in the Premier League table, will challenge Town for the signature of Solanke, who is yet to make an appearance for the Reds this term. Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is also watching developments. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month ago​Brighton midfielder Stephens: I’ve never played in a team like this

first_img​Brighton midfielder Stephens: I’ve never played in a team like thisby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Dale Stephens admits that he has never played on a team with such quality.The Albion have gone through a change in style this summer, with manager Graham Potter favouring a possession based, attacking game plan.And Stephens admits that having so much of the ball in games is a change for him, given the way his teams have usually played throughout his career.Asked by reporters if he has played in such a team before, Stephens responded by saying:”No, honestly not.”It’s the first time I have played in a system that probably suits me better, I would say.”It probably suits the players and individuals we have at the club at the minute.”Everyone is enjoying playing in a team that is dominating possession.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

I am done with public life says former BC premier Christy Clark

first_imgVANCOUVER – Former British Columbia premier Christy Clark says a disappointing finish on election night had her feeling like she should leave politics, but her head didn’t catch up with her heart until shortly before she told her caucus of her decision.Clark, 51, looked relaxed and relieved as she gave her last news conference Monday with her teenage son Hamish at her side, calling her 6-1/2 years as premier “an incredible journey.” She announced Friday that she would be resigning as leader of the Liberal party.“I took a long walk along the lakeshore on Friday morning and I knew it was time to leave,” she said of the decision that had been percolating since the May 9 election, when the Liberal party finished one seat shy of a majority.“I didn’t want to leave in the midst of chaos so I stuck around,” Clark said, adding thoughts about resigning grew last month when Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon asked NDP Leader John Horgan to govern.Clark said she had the full support of “every single person” in her caucus the day before she made her announcement, but felt her departure would give the Liberal party a chance to renew itself and prepare for the Opposition benches after 16 years in power.She said the timing of her exit is good for both her and the party because she doesn’t believe there will be an election in the fall.She will also be giving up her seat in the legislature, triggering a byelection in Kelowna West within six months.“I am done with public life,” Clark said. “There is nothing worse than a politician hanging on because they think they’re irreplaceable.”Clark said she’s proud of her party’s accomplishments, including five consecutive balanced budgets and the creation of the Great Bear Rainforest.However, she was widely criticized last month for abandoning long-time Liberal ideals with a throne speech that adapted promises from the NDP and Greens, including a commitment to a poverty-reduction plan and adding $1 billion over four years for child care and early childhood development.Her party was ultimately defeated in a non-confidence vote following an NDP-Green deal. That alliance will have a two-seat majority when Clark vacates her seat.Clark said she has no immediate career plans but will do some gardening and “get Hamish to do his homework because Grade 11’s a busy year.”Mom and son said they’re looking forward to going to the theatre and Clark said she’ll likely be a “stage mom” to Hamish, who she said is a talented actor.Clark was elected to the B.C. legislature in 1996 but left politics in 2004 to spend time with her son. She made a failed bid for mayor of Vancouver the following year before launching a successful leadership bid for the Liberals in 2011.Hamish Telford, a political science professor at the University of the Fraser Valley, said Clark could still make a political comeback if the Liberal party drafts her back into the fold, especially if the potentially fragile New Democrats fall in the coming months.He said that in 1979, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau left politics when the Progressive Conservatives had a minority government under Joe Clark.“Then the Clark government fell before the Liberals had a new leader. Caucus asked Trudeau to come back and he did and his greatest accomplishment in politics came after that with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982,” Telford said.However, the former premier dismissed a return to politics, even saying she won’t be getting involved in any leadership campaigns for candidates vying for her job.“I’m not planning on going back, that’s for sure. Politics isn’t a happy job. It’s not a fun job. It’s a fulfilling job.”— Follow CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more