THACKERVILLE, Okla. – Look past the lights. See through the smoke. The Volvik World Long Drive Championship offered up another high-octane spectacle Wednesday under the primetime spotlight at Winstar World Casino and Resort, where Justin James and Sandra Carlborg each left with a championship belt. Even as the word “spectacle” hits the page, the footsteps can be heard of golf purists heading for the exit. But slow the stampede. Sure, there are no putters in the golf bags on this particular driving range. The only hazard these players face is missing a grid that seemingly runs for miles and looks more like a runway than a fairway. There isn’t any rough, and there aren’t any scrambling opportunities. No one is turning in a scorecard. It isn’t golf as we know it – but it isn’t threatening golf, either. Over the past few months, and even years, there have been plenty of voices wondering aloud about the health of the sport, be it through participation numbers or television ratings. The ardent pursuit of a younger demographic remains a key focus from golf course operators to tournament directors. Volvik World Long Drive Championship: Articles, photos and videos Volvik World Long Drive Championship scoring and brackets So what’s the harm with mixing in a little smash factor with your strokes gained-putting? The World Long Drive Tour continues to carve out a niche and establish itself as a viable offshoot of a more traditional sport. It’s a path first trod by the likes of beach volleyball, and perhaps more recently the 3-on-3 professional basketball league that turned some heads over the summer. But what a few years ago may have been a discipline that revolved around a single event on the calendar continues to grow in scope. It’s very much a “tour” out here, with the familiar faces of long drive traversing the country from coast to coast while flashing their eye-popping Trackman numbers for new audiences both in-person and on TV. Like with any burgeoning outlet, increased attention has garnered increased competition. Despite a format change designed to create a larger sample size for the best players, this year’s world championship was rife with upsets as the men’s quarterfinals kicked off without the defending champ or the top two players in the world. Just as the gap between No. 1 and No. 100 in the OWGR has thinned over the years, so too has the advantage the elite long drivers once had over their closest competition. “I think 2017 is the hardest field in world championships history,” said No. 1 Maurice Allen, who won three events this season but was knocked out in the Round of 32. “Like I’ve said many, many times, this sport is growing. The guys are getting better and the competition is getting stiffer, so that’s why when you get a win you truly try to cherish it. You don’t know when a win will be your last.” It’s a sentiment that shows that long drive continues to take itself seriously as more than just an adrenaline-fueled exhibition – and rightfully so. “It’s just getting out to more people now, and the proof is even in the competitors as well,” said 2016 world champ Joe Miller, whose title defense ended in the Round of 16. “It’s not just the fans and who it’s reaching, but the guys. You’re getting people that come in every year now, new fresh faces that can swing out of their shoes. That’s just a direct result of how many people it’s getting out to. It’s building every year.” Granted, long drive is not for everyone. Many will see it as a two-dimensional stunt, one that caters more toward bodybuilders than golfers. But any questions about athletic prowess can be answered by watching James connect with incredible speed, or Kyle Berkshire nearly levitate while taking a mighty lash. Berkshire would never be mistaken for a weightlifter, and like many in this week’s field he is in fact an elite golfer who reached a +4 handicap while at the University of North Texas last year before pursuing long drive on a full-time basis. Berkshire’s background in golf is more common than you might expect. Stroll the range at dusk as players warm up before walking onto the tee and you’ll see the same crisp wedge shots or high-flying long irons that might be on display before the opening round at a Web.com Tour event. Around these parts, possessing a scratch handicap is largely the rule – not the exception. “That’s why I do well even as a newcomer, because I have the speed but I’m also a really good golfer,” said Berkshire, 20, who lost to Mitch Grassing in the semifinals. “I can flight it, I can hit the ball where I want to and I have more control over it than a lot of people might realize.” So yes, long drive is a little different, and it packs a whole lot of flair. And of course, few groups fear change and cling to tradition quite like the game of golf. But this is an elastic landscape, one that should be willing to cater to new disciplines and outside-the-box thinking with an eye toward the future. No one is playing less golf, or turning away from PGA Tour coverage, because of their newfound interest in the emergence of long drive. If anything, it’s a way to engage more casual fans who pay attention to 400-yard shots much more than four-hour final rounds. This is an additive proposition, not a zero-sum choice. The lights may have been turned off in Thackerville for another year, but the sport of long drive won’t be dimming anytime soon. And that’s probably a good thing, even if more traditional golf fans remain shrouded by the smoke.
Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. International Summer School on Migrants and Cities, Turkey → Similar Stories LinkedIn 0 UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference 2019 Reddit +1 International Telekom Beethoven Competition for Pianists ← ARCOmadrid/BEEP Electronic Art Awards Share 0 Journalism Traineeship at Deutsche Welle Pocket January 22, 2011 Published by Site Default Deadline: 31 May 2011Open to: pianists from all over the world from 17-31 years oldRegistration Fee: 50 EURAward: 3 finalists will receive cash prizes worth EUR 60,000 and be offered concert dates in Germany and abroadEligibilityPianists from all nations as well as stateless persons can take part in the Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn; your year of birth must be between 1979 and 1993 inclusive. A selection commission will choose 24 participants from all the completed registration forms received; they will be invited to the first round in Bonn.AwardsThe three finalists will receive cash prizes from Deutsche Telekom AG worth EUR 60,000 in total, as well as being offered numerous concert dates in Germany and abroad during the 2012/2013 season. You can view full details of all the prizes here.Application ProcessThe application phase for the fourth International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn has begun. Send us the application form through the post by May 31, 2011 or apply online. With your application, you must submit recordings of yourself playing pieces from the qualification-round repertoire, along with a self-presentation. The registration fee is EUR 50. Please send your application, including all necessary additional documentation, to the following address:Telekom Beethoven CompetitionDeutsche Telekom AG, ZentraleFriedrich-Ebert-Alle 14053113 BonnGermanyThe three finalists will receive cash prizes from Deutsche Telekom AG worth EUR 60,000 in total, as well as being offered numerous concert dates in Germany and abroad during the 2012/2013 season. You can view full details of all the prizes here.Please do not hesitate to contact the Project Office at any time on +49 228 181 11 181 if you have any questions.The official website. Tweet Global Landscapes Forum Social Media Officer
Following the 2016 presidential election, The Get Right Band channeled its anger and frustration into a stomping new song, “Pulled Up Root”. Today, as the country sits less than two months away from another election cycle, The Get Right Band has shared a new music video for the track off its latest album, Itchy Soul.From the first pounding notes of “Pulled Up Root”, it’s immediately apparent how angry the band—comprised of guitarist Silas Durocher, bassist Jesse Gentry, and drummer Jian-Claude “JC” Mears—was back in 2016, and how much of that anger it still holds onto. Yet, even with all of the raw emotion that’s contained in “Pulled Up Root”, the vicious air guitar and air drumming adds some levity to the video as it makes fans realize how silly they must look in the crowd at concerts.Related: Bob Weir, Dave Matthews, Lenny Kravitz, More Join HeadCount/Global Citizen ‘Just Vote’ InitiativeIn recent months, The Get Right Band has marched alongside Black Lives Matter protestors as the country also faced a myriad of other issues both economic and social justice related to the outbreak of COVID-19. Once again the band felt “Pulled Up Root”—once again, the song became all too-relevant.“When I wrote ‘Pulled Up Root’ I was feeling so beat down by Trump being elected and all the things that represented–that so many people in our country, at best, weren’t concerned with his misogynistic, racist, bigoted words and actions, and at worst, actively supported them,” Durocher said. “Music is usually the best place for me to deal with my emotions, and I knew the song that was coming out of these feelings had to be a basher. If we could rock hard enough, if JC could smash the drums loud enough, if Jesse and I could get distorted enough and jump around the stage enough, if band and audience could all yell together in unison… maybe we could force that anger and heartbreak for the country into something cathartic for ourselves and for our fans.”Watch the new music video for “Pulled Up Root” by The Get Right band.The Get Right Band – “Pulled Up Root” (Official Music Video)[Video: The Get Right Band]For more information about The Get Right Band, head to the band’s website.
Related The fourth edition of Challenge Barcelona-Maresme, on Sunday 30 September, drew close to 1,400 participants from over 30 countries to take part in the most popular long-distance triathlon in mainland Spain.The adverse weather conditions the days before the event added extra work to the organisers and volunteers. Nevertheless, as Agustí Pérez, Race Director, mentioned, this is an event that involves the whole local community, and their support made it possible for the organising team to again produce a very successful event.(On Sunday morning the weather had gone back to normal and we went on to see a great event dominated by Lucy Gossage (8:58:43) and by Bas Diederen (8:20:07). In addition, Miquel Blanchart (4th position overall) and Gurutze Frades collected the Spanish LD Championships.)This year’s race marks the consolidation of an event that has seen substantial growth in the last few editions; the pasta-party area and the rock bands along the race were just a few of the improvements that the Challenge Family organisation introduced.This edition also marks a change in the level of involvement of the event’s sponsors – with the introduction of NutriSport, Catlike, BH Bikes, Jaked, Compressport and La Caixa as key partners.In addition, Sailfish also signed an agreement to become the official wetsuit partner. The Challenge Barcelona-Maresme event sponsors took advantage of the three-day expo, which opened from Thursday until the Saturday before the race.Registrations for Challenge Barcelona-Maresme 2013 are already open, and the May Half-Challenge Barcelona-Maresme will celebrate having been assigned the ETU European Half Distance Championship. This gives a new impulse for further growth of the Challenge Family in Spain.www.challenge-barcelona.es
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INDIA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the first train to inaugurate the Udhampur – Katra section of the rail link to Jammu & Kashmir on July 4, saying it represented ‘a triumph of every Indian spirit to overcome the arduous hurdles of nature for reaching the people in this far-flung area’, and would ‘occupy pride of place on the rail map’.Construction of the 25·6 km section was managed by Northern Railway. It has cost Rs11·3bn, reflecting the significant engineering works required to pass through a difficult region of the Lesser Himalayas with deep gorges, unstable geology and long months of rain and snow.The line has gradients of 1 in 100 and a total of 10·9 km of tunnel, with the longest being 3·1 km. There are seven ‘major’ and 29 ‘minor’ bridges, plus the Jhazzar Khad bridge which is said to be the longest steel girder bridge on the Indian Railways network with two 154 m spans and a height of 85 m. Ballastless track has been used between Udhampur and Chakrakhwal. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra station serves a Hindu shrine which is a popular pilgrimage destination. There are four 550 m long platforms each with a 400 m long platform shelter, two footbridges, lifts and water booths on all platforms. There is also an intermediate station at Chakrakhwal. The section forms part of the 326 km Udhampur – Katra – Quazigund – Srinagar – Baramulla railway project to link Jammu & Kashmir to the IR network. The DEMUs operating on the already open but isolated Banihal – Baramulla section have been lengthened from eight to 12 coaches, and four extra train pairs introduced. Construction of the 111 km missing link from Katra to Banihal is underway with completion envisaged in 2018.The Kashmir railway project was described in detail in the March 2014 issue of Railway Gazette International, which subscribers can read in the digital archive.
IRELAND: A consortium of Jacobs Engineering Group and Idom has been selected by Transport Infrastructure Ireland to assist with development of the Dublin MetroLink north-south metro line, under a contract announced on May 9.Working with TII and the National Transport Authority, the consortium will take the scheme through the evaluation and selection of a preferred route, including business case and environmental support. It will also develop and apply for the Railway Order needed to authorise construction, while assisting with the development of the contracting strategy and engagement of a delivery partner. Jacobs and Idem would then provide technical and commercial support to TII and NTA throughout the construction phase.NTA and TII began public consultation on the so-called Emerging Preferred Route the end of March and this process is due to conclude on May 11. Among those expressing concerns, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has called for changes to the alignment in the Glasnevin area to minimise the impact of construction on a community sports centre.According to the National Development Plan 2018-27, MetroLink would provide ‘a high capacity, high-frequency cross-city rail corridor’, serving 15 new and 10 existing stations. It would run for 26 km from Estuary north of Swords to Sandyford in the southeast via Dublin Airport and the city centre, combining earlier plans for a Metro North route between Swords and St Stephen’s Green with a section of the Luas Green Line as far as Sandyford.Requiring an extensive tunnel under the city centre, MetroLink is expected to cost between €3bn and €4bn. According to an analysis by French engineering consultancy Systra, the benefit:cost ratio is estimated to be between 2·4 and 3, mainly predicated on journey time savings.According to NTA, the line would be required to carry up to 15 000 passengers/h per direction at peak times, which would be more than a light rail or bus route could accommodate. ‘MetroLink will have the capacity for 30 trains/h in each direction, so there is no doubt that it will greatly enhance the public transport offering in Dublin’, the authority explained. The stand-alone metro project has been preferred over an alternative proposal from Iarnród Eireann to build a short branch off the existing rail network, which IE argued could connect the airport with the whole of Ireland.The metro project is expected to create around 4 000 jobs during construction. Following the public consultation, NTA expects to apply for the Railway Order next year. If this is granted in 2020 as expected, construction could get underway the following year for opening in 2027.
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The hiring of Gary Kubiak as the Ravens’ new offensive coordinator has been overwhelmingly praised by most experts, but what it means for veteran running back Ray Rice remains to be seen.Known to prefer bigger backs with better downhill ability in his days with Houston and Denver, Kubiak didn’t go out of his way to single out the three-time Pro Bowl selection with praise at his introductory press conference as Rice will need to rebound from the worst season of his career. The former Texans head coach didn’t say Rice wouldn’t be his feature back, either, but 2014 will clearly be a crossroads in the 2008 second-round pick’s career.“If they’ll get downhill, we’ll do fine,” said Kubiak when asked to describe what kind of back he prefers in his system. “[They’ve had] some great running backs here that have been very successful. We told John [Harbaugh] we think they fit what we do very well. It’s our job now to go teach our system and get them comfortable with it. But, it always gets back to doing what your players do best. We’ve assured John that’s what we’ve got to do; that’s what we’ve got to go find out.”Harbaugh made it clear on Friday that he expects to see a lighter Rice after he rushed for just 660 yards and averaged a career-worst 3.1 yards per carry this past season while dealing with the effects of a hip flexor strain suffered in Week 2. Of course, Rice wasn’t the only Baltimore running back to struggle as Bernard Pierce averaged just 2.9 yards per attempt in his second NFL season and underwent rotator cuff surgery earlier this weeek.Entering the third season of a five-year, $40 million contract signed in 2012, Rice is assured of a roster spot in 2014 because cutting him would be more costly to the salary cap in dead money than it is to keep him, but the 27-year-old will need to prove himself worthy of being the starter like virtually everyone on an offense that finished 29th in the NFL last season.“I think Ray’s determined to be the best he can ever be, and I know Gary likes Ray,” Harbaugh said in an exclusive interview with WNST.net. “It’s going to be up to all our players. Everybody’s going to have to come in and prove themselves. I’m not going to sit here and anoint anybody ‘the guy.’“Ray Rice is a heck of a back in this league, but Ray has said — and I totally agree — that he can’t be playing at 216 pounds. He was 207 [pounds], I think, his first year. He’s not gotten fat, [but] he’s gotten thick through all the weightlifting. We’ve got to find a different way to train Ray.”Rice vowed at the end of the season to come back in the best shape of his life, but it’s difficult to explain how much his poor production can be attributed to health and poor conditioning, the struggles of the offensive line, and even the reality of Father Time as he enters his seventh season at a position where the shelf life generally isn’t very long.The Rutgers product also carried the ball an incredible 910 times in three seasons for the Scarlet Knights, which is additional wear on his legs that can’t be dismissed when looking at his entire body of work. Rice often dealt with defenders in the backfield as soon as he took the handoff in 2013, but he wasn’t able to show the same overall elusiveness while averaging a career-worst 5.5 yards per reception and ranking 34th in the NFL in yards after contact.Harbaugh knows Rice has plenty to prove in 2014, but the head coach isn’t doubting the back’s ability if he puts in the work this offseason.“Was he in the greatest shape of his life? No, he said he wasn’t,” Harbaugh said. “That’s on Ray. You’ve got to come back in the greatest shape of your life every year, especially as you get older. The older you get, the harder you’ve got to work. That’s just the way to keep even and give yourself a chance. Ray knows that. He’s going to have to come back in the greatest shape of his life. If he does that, I would not bet against Ray Rice.”To listen to the entire interview with Ravens coach John Harbaugh from Radio Row in New York, click HERE.
PSC golf from The Golf ClubWe had a sad, but inevitable, telephone call last weekend that brought the news of the passing of our great friend, Richard Livingston. Richard lived and breathed golf all his life, as a European Tour pro in the 70’s he played in 4 Open Championships (once with Gary Player) and probably gave more lessons to Pattaya golfers than anyone else. As we all know, Richard came from that fine generation of English Gentlemen golfers that is a vanishing breed of humility and gentle charm. Thanks for the memories, Mr. Livingston. We will raise our Sangsom & Coke to your passing, Sir, and may you Rest in Peace.Monday, March 31, Green Valley (white tees) – Stableford1st Paul Greenaway (12) 42pts 2nd Brian Green (15) 36pts3rd Bill Eyles (24) 35pts3rd Mark Wood (8) 35pts5thAndy Makara (26) 33ptsGood ole Green Valley is our only regular fixture and every Monday the sign-up sheet is full of locals and tourists alike for this popular venue. The new scorecard showed a revamped hole configuration that we hope will be the last change for awhile! Most of the gang finished in the dry but the last few groups got a bit of a dousing, but in this heat that’s not such a bad thing!Richard Livingston – R.I.P.Our 8 tee times ended up being 9 and so the game was afoot. There were the usual suspects of course – some guys have been playing this game and this course for so long they can go ‘round with their eyes closed!Mark Wood has been in the frame on a very consistent basis on this trip out, and today was no exception. Today he shared 3rd place with Wild Bill Eyles as both turned in cards of 35. Tourist Brian Green (with his lovely Russian wife Angia) was also good for the podium, as he was the previous week, and 36 points were good enough for sole second.Beating the huddled masses by a whopping 6 strokes, it was Paul Greenaway who added to his paycheck with a terrific round of 41 points to take the win. Mr. “Take it Easy” did just that as he strolled off with all the handsome man vouchers on this Monday afternoon, well played mate!Wednesday, April 2, Laem Chabang (white tees) – Stableford1st Alan Rothwell (7) 41pts2nd Peter Larsson (14) 36pts3rd Mark Wood (8) 35ptsIt has been yonks since we last set foot here. Today we booked our 3:30 p.m. tee time to try our hand at the Night Golf facility that Laem Chabang offers. We played the A course first, and by the 12th hole, the massive floodlights came on like another morning sunrise to light up the B track. The verdict was generally a good one, but on certain shots the hard shadows were a bit difficult to deal with. The great benefit of cooler weather was certainly a bonus, and the 1,950 baht all in price was also a sweetener.Laem Chabang was Richard’s favourite golf course in Pattaya.This is still a beautiful golf course in perfect condition. I think that Laem Chabang has been overshadowed by the grander Siam complex of golf courses, but don’t forget that for years L.C. was ranked in the top 10 Asian courses by Golf Digest.Today it was all Alan Rothwell, as our American friend had the best round of his trip out so far as he shot to 41 Stableford points with 2 blobs on the card! Peter Larsson and Mark Wood were 2nd and 3rd respectively with respectable scores of 36 and 35 under the lights.Friday, April 4, Khao Kheow (yellow tees) – Stableford1st Masao Ishikawa (15) 35pts2nd Jimmy Dundon (15) 34pts3rd Stefan Berg (3) 31ptsThis Pete Dye golf course is one of the best we have in Pattaya, and now is probably the best value as well. The guys were raving about the course so it will be on our playlist throughout the summer months. That said, it is one of the more difficult golf courses in the area, and the scores reflected that challenge.The podium today was very international with Japan, America and Sweden all represented and we like to have that diversity in our comps. Ishi is his nickname and Masao Ishikawa was the man on top today as 35 points were enough to beat out 18 golfers for first place.New York’s Jimmy Dundon is playing good golf these days and today he was just one shot behind to take second spot. Stefan Berg, playing off just a 3 handicap, stole the last podium slot with his 31 on the day.Note: The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro. Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclubpattaya .com and for more information mail us: pattaya4golf @gmail.com and see updates at www.facebook.com/golfclubpattaya… all handicaps welcome!