Olivia returns to Winning ways at Troon

first_img England’s Olivia Winning won the Helen Holm Scottish women’s open stroke play championship at Royal Troon for a second time – after a nailbiting wait.The 21 year-old from Rotherham Golf Club in Yorkshire was four shots off the lead going into the final round and surprised to find she was in with a chance of the title after closing with a 54-hole total of one-over par.All eyes had been on another Olivia, the defending champion Olivia Mehaffey from Ireland, who had topped the leaderboard after days one and two. But bogeys at 13, 14 and 15 meant she slipped back into a share of the lead with Winning.A further bogey at the 17th put Mehaffey a shot behind, leaving Winning biting her nails in the clubhouse and “freaking out” at the thought she might win. But, win she did, with her par 72 final round enough to see her through when Mehaffey was unable to pull it back on the final hole.Winning previously captured this title in 2013 and this is her first victory in any tournament since then – and it brings an end to a difficult couple of years. “I am so excited, it’s special”, she said after being presented with the Helen Holm Trophy and silver gilt medal for a second time.“It’s a difficult course but I think I’ve played it enough times now to have found my way round. I played it really well back in 2013 when I won and this year I just kept it simple. I wasn’t as mad with the birdies as I was last time, just kept it steady and it worked out in the end,” said Winning, who was an England girl international.“I’ve been working on my swing constantly in the last two years. When I came up in 2013, I was hitting it well and I knew I was hitting it well and I could go out there with confidence. This year it was a more conservative approach as my swing is not in a great place. It’s getting better but I’m still not happy with where it is, so it’s nice just to get a bit of confidence back.“I love Scotland, I love Troon, this is my favourite tournament, my favourite golf course and I couldn’t be happier. If there is one tournament I’d want to win in a year, it’s this one and to have done it twice now is incredible. I’m super happy.”Winning had rounds of 73, 72 at Troon Portland (par 72) before completing the championship with level par 72 on the Old Course at Royal Troon.Five other English players finished in the top ten: Bethan Popel (Long Ashton) and Annabel Bailey (Kirby Muxloe) tied fifth, while Lauren Horsford (Wimbledon Park), Bethany Garton (Royal Lytham & St Annes) and Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) shared seventh place.As well as winning the silver medal for her second placed scored of 218, Olivia Mehaffey won the Ladies’ Club Silver Salver for the best team performance along with Chloe Ryan of Castletroy Golf Club. The bronze medal was won by Maria Dunne of Skerries Golf Club who finished a shot behind on 219.Click here for full scoresImage courtesy Kenny Smith/Scottish Golf 24 Apr 2016 Olivia returns to Winning ways at Troon last_img read more

Draft dodgers

first_imgThis is an army that recruits and drafts its soldiers with promises of fame and fortune. You don’t have to worry about mass protests, flag burnings or multiple arrests in opposition to it. In fact when an individual is called there are celebrations commemorating this life changing event. The draft that I am referring to is the 2012 NFL draft.Draft day is fast approaching and more than a few franchises are faced with budgetary concerns such as salary cap woes. Many accountants and GM’s of the affected franchises will be burning the midnight oil in their kitchens with the burners on their Jenn-Air stoves turned up sky high as they “cook the books.”However, the team that directly concerns me is the Pittsburgh Steelers. What will the men of steel do to get everybody on their current roster paid as well as picking a bushel or two of fresh loot from the “money tree” for the incoming new kid who will be moving onto the first round draft pick block? Check out the possible number one draft choices for the Black and Gold as well as their division foes based on their needs at the position and the projected availability of the athletes.Position #24 Pittsburgh Steelers: Dontari Poe, MemphisWhy, well because with the retirement of both Chris Hoke and Aaron Smith. NT Casey Hampton suffered a torn ACL and is also due to be paid $4.9 “big ones” in 2012. Considering the team’s “cap” troubles, “Big Snack” may be history even before mini-camp. Choosing a D-lineman is a no, no, no…brainer. I have continued to say this for the last five years; a successful draft for the Black and Gold will be; first round O-line or D-line, Second round O-line or D-line, Third round O-line or D-line, and Fourth round O-line or D-line.Position #29; Baltimore Ravens: Peter Konz, C, WisconsinKonz, is being labeled by some as the Ravens center of the future. H’mm, having never played a down, I cannot see how any incoming player first round pick or not can be instantly hailed as the savior, especially in the bloodthirsty AFC North but hey, only time will tell.Position #4 (Excluding trade) Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB AlabamaThe so-called face of the Browns, Peyton Hillis may have shot his load last season claiming that he had the “Blue Flu” on several occasions and being truly dinged up a few other times. Richardson was coached by Nick Saban and if the young running back rolls into the “Brownies” training camp smokin, Hillis whose persona has shown that he will be the “ultimate” malcontent if he is forced to ride the bench may just well be the odd man out.Position #21 Cincinnati Bengals: Lamar Miller, RB, MiamiMarvin Lewis must have seen something in Miller and the “Bungles” running back Cedric Benson might just well be “Benson the Butler” on the sidelines. Oh, most of you who were born after 1970 probably have no idea of the meaning of the previous sentence.Unlike Daniel Webster, the young men of today almost plead to be chosen for battle by the NFL in order to be liberated from the shackles of poverty not realizing that there is still a macabre sort of indentured servitude attached to pro sports that will never allow the umbilical cord to be severed from the reality of “paid to play.” The NFL will take young men away from their families to fight in the trenches of Pittsburgh, St. Louis, New York, Dallas and other points of battle in strange and unfamiliar places.Boys and girls there will be no great military generals gleaned from the NFL 2012 performance draft. There will be no awe inspiring stories told around the campfire about brave individuals storming the strongholds of opponents amidst a blaze of bullets, rockets and enemy fire. The only enemy positions that the NFL “soldiers” will be storming will be the end zones of the opposing team. The only cannons being fired and fireworks being displayed during the conflict will be after a touchdown is scored or a field goal is kicked. The enemy troops will be seated in the rear with painted faces, beer spilling and spit flying.Can’t you hear this year’s draftees singing their induction song after they receive the ultimate phone call informing them that they have been selected? “I’m in the NFL now; I found my fat cash cow. I just can’t wait, you don’t have to hate. I’m in the NFL now.”(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-583-6741.) A long time ago the late great Daniel Webster fought against the military draft but there is a present day “draft” that is desired by most young men; a draft that young men dream about, prepare for and pray to be included in almost from birth. Athletes do not try to avoid this draft. As a matter of fact, their parents, guardians or anyone else associated with them insist on promoting their skills with zeal and passion so that they may be included in it. last_img read more

Leafs skills camp a success

first_imgBefore taking a job with Vernon Vipers of the BCHL, former Leaf coach Chris Shaw said he would run a hockey school for the Nelson Leafs.The former Leafs skipper delivered with the first ever Nelson Leafs Skills Development Hockey School. “We have about 40 kids,” Shaw said Thursday from the NDCC Arena during a break at the afternoon session of the younger players.This week long camp features on-ice and dryland activities daily. This is Shaw’s final official duty with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League club. He leaves for Vernon to assume the assistant coaching position with the Vipers.Taking over for Shaw is former Leaf assistant coach Frank Maida.Nelson Leafs training camp is set for August 31 to September 3 at the NDCC Arena.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more


first_imgFINISH LINES: Rebel Stakes winner Cupid worked four furlongs for Bob Baffert Thursday in 48.40, while Sorrento winner Pretty N Cool went the same distance for Baffert with Mike Smith up in 48 flat. Baffert trainee American Cleopatra, a full sister to American Pharoah, went four furlongs in 48.60 in company with an unnamed stablemate whose dam is Fortunate Queen, also timed in 48.60 . . . Santa Anita Gold Cup Betting Challenge tournament winner Hesham Ragab and horse players Carlon Rogers and Rajiv Rishi will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, respectively, 12:20 p.m., in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Tomorrow, July 1 through Sunday, July 3, the largest Asian-themed night market in the United States takes place at Santa Anita in the form of 626 Night Market. The growing entertainment tradition features merchandise vendors, games, food, music, and more. For more information, visit santaanita.com/events or www.626nightmarket.com. Fernando Perez861110813%34%$421,488 IMPROVING BEACHMARCHAIS STEPS UP IN AFFIRMEDBeachmarchais steps up from a smashing 5 ½-length victory against $75,000 maiden claiming horses to Saturday’s Affirmed Stakes, but Simon Callaghan feels the Florida-bred son of Big Drama deserves the chance.“He’s simply getting better,” the trainer said. “Stretching out in distance for the first time last out (at a mile) he showed there’s more improvement to come. He needs to step up his game but I think he’s heading in the right direction.” SUNDAY RULES SEEKS TO STAY PERFECT AT SANTA ANITALeading trainer Phil D’Amato hopes to have a bang-up Fourth of July Monday with Sunday Rules when the five-year-old mare runs in the $100,000 Spring Fever Handicap, one in the popular Golden State Series, this for fillies and mares, three and up, at six furlongs.Sunday Rules, a daughter of the late Tribal Rule owned and bred by Nick Alexander, won three straight including the California Cup Sprint on Jan. 30 before fading to ninth after setting the pace in the Grade I Madison at Keeneland last out on April 9.“She’s been training well; her last couple breezes were dynamite,” said D’Amato, who also could enter Sidepocket Sue in the Spring Fever. “We’re looking forward to running Sunday Rules back at Santa Anita (where she is unbeaten in five starts).”D’Amato is well on his way to his second straight Santa Anita training title and overall his second ever, with a 22-13 lead over runner-up Jerry Hollendorfer and only eight racing days remaining in the Spring Meet.“We’re running our horses through their conditions and they’re all firing,” he said. “We’re doing well.” The contest cards will be used to draw the winners, who will be announced throughout the day from the Winner’s Circle.One lucky fan will become the final contestant entered into the drawing for the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC presented by Rusnak/Arcadia. All 10 qualifiers will be on-track and will be assigned to a specific horse in a designated race on Monday. The contestants will watch their race from the Winner’s Circle and the winning horse will determine the winner of the Mercedes-Benz GLC.Betting vouchers worth $500 will be given away, as will four 2016 Autumn Meet “VIP Day at the Races” packages.Two Breeders’ Cup Reserved Seating Packages, including a Four-Pack for Friday, Nov. 4, and a Four-Pack for Breeders’ Cup Classic Day, Saturday, Nov. 5, will be given away.VISIT http://www.santaanita.com/events-and-tickets/ FOR CONTEST RULES PLUS ALL ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING GIVEAWAYS AND VIP PACKAGES. BAFFERT SWEET ON ‘CANDY’ IN AFFIRMEDDanzing Candy makes his first start for Bob Baffert in Saturday’s Grade III Affirmed Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, and the Hall of Fame trainer is anxious to see what he’s got.“It will be interesting,” Baffert said between workers Thursday morning. “His last two races were sort of disasters. We taught him how to harness some of that speed. He’s got a good post and we should have options from there (No. five in a field of five).”Danzing Candy won the Grade II San Felipe Stakes last March when trained by Cliff Sise Jr. prior to finishing fourth by 13 ¼ lengths in the sloppy Santa Anita Derby and 15th by 20 lengths in the Kentucky Derby after leading both races.The Affirmed marks the first race under Baffert’s supervision.“I’m looking forward to seeing if what we’ve done has made a difference and to see what we have,” Baffert said.The field for the Affirmed, named for the 1978 Triple Crown winner: Curlin Rules, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Dalmore, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Beaumarchais, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Prince of Arabia, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1; and Danzing Candy, Rafael Bejarano, 2-5. (Current Through Sunday, June 26) Mark Glatt6411131017%53%$406,666 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Joseph Talamo12023171719%48%$1,378,763 LIVING THE LIFE LOOKS FOR PASSING GRADE SUNDAYLiving the Life, a versatile Irish-bred mare trained by Gary Mandella, moves from a Grade III victory on Golden Gate’s synthetic Tapeta surface back to dirt Sunday when she runs in the $75,000 Southern Truce Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.The six-year-old bay daughter of Footstepsinthesand has run in eight straight graded stakes prior to Sunday’s Southern Truce.“It would be nice to get a win with her on dirt,” Mandella said, “but her races sprinting on it were really good against a little tougher competition than what she’ll see on Sunday.“Obviously, you always have more confidence with her on synthetic, but she traded punches with some very nice fillies like (Grade I winners) Tara’s Tango and Taris on dirt and I’m happy to be away from them.” Tyler Baze17028332716%52%$1,401,534 Flavien Prat12433191727%56%$1,649,387 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Philip D’Amato862217726%53%$1,475,698 Rafael Bejarano15839302825%61%$2,178,245 Bob Baffert46119624%57%$684,203 Edwin Maldonado13122211317%43%$893,666 FANS CAN WIN MERCEDES-BENZ AND MORE ON DOLLAR DAY, JULY 4Monday, July 4, is Fan Appreciation Day at Santa Anita. Fans can enter to win a chance at a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC, presented by Rusnak/Arcadia, reserved seating for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Nov. 4 and 5, VIP packages good for the track’s Autumn Meet which begins Sept. 30, and $500 betting vouchers.Veterans and active duty military will receive free General Admission Monday at Santa Anita as well. Monday also is also Dollar Day, with one dollar beers, sodas and hot dogs available throughout the day.Following are details on Santa Anita’s Fan Appreciation Day offerings: Each fan (with paid admission) will receive a contest entry card as they enter Santa Anita. The card, once completed, can be placed in a number of designated contest locations or bins throughout the facility. All entries must be submitted by 3 p.m. Martin Garcia771261316%40%$646,734 DANZING CANDY DEBUTS FOR BAFFERT IN AFFIRMEDD’AMATO EYES BANGUP FOURTH WITH SUNDAY RULESVERSATILE LIVING THE LIFE RETURNS TO MAIN TRACKFAN APPRECIATION DAY, DOLLAR DAY MONDAY, JULY 4 Mike Puype48104521%40%$312,130 Jerry Hollendorfer681371319%49%$925,543 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mike Smith37117130%51%$846,437 Santiago Gonzalez15617222511%41%$909,200 Peter Miller541012719%54%$463,660last_img read more