WARREN’S WORLD: A Different Kind of Golf Score

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. I settled for a triple bogey on the final nine holes the other day and set a course record for my play on our local golf course. I played all nine holes and only lost three golf balls – my kind of scoring. I had played the round with someone that I would call a golf aficionado. He has all of the new clubs for 2010 and a putter that is guaranteed to get it in the hole whenever he putts the ball properly. He has the same kind of driver that is used by Phil Mickelson, except that it is a right-handed club, and the same make and model set of irons that are used by Tiger Woods. I usually play golf with that friend, and when we bother keeping score he always beats me by a couple of strokes. Occasionally he will even break 50 for the nine holes, but only when the planets are all lined up and the humidity is in the proper range. If the truth be told, I prefer to just hit a lot of golf balls and not keep score because it is not important for me to beat the local banker or the guy who works in the local hardware store. This led me to a statistic that I was rather surprised about. An estimated 300 million golf balls are lost in North America every year. Of course, I contribute my share to that statistic. More than 200 golf courses in North America are under contract with a Toronto golf ball retrieval company. Every year that company resells more than 20 million recovered golf balls worldwide. With golf balls costing as much as $40 a dozen and as little as $12 a dozen for recycled balls, that is a tremendous industry. If you play golf as poorly as I do, there is no sense in paying that $40 for a dozen golf balls when I can lose a dozen golf balls that cost $12. I lose them to the right or left of the course, or in the ponds, and yes, I can lose them even in the middle of the fairway when it hasn’t been mowed for a day. I play golf with another friend who is hard of hearing and, since I only have good vision in one eye, I can’t see where my ball has gone. And, since he is partially deaf, he can’t hear me hollering that his ball “is over here!” We are kind of the odd couple of golfing here on our island. Well, maybe anywhere, for that matter. That Toronto golf ball recovery company is a $200-million-dollar-a-year company whose employees wear scuba gear and get to go swimming in beautiful golf course lakes and ponds, recovering and selling used golf balls. They have no expensive manufacturing costs, just a golf ball washing machine not unlike a king-sized pressure washer. Once they are washed, someone sorts them by brand name, repackages them and ships them back to golf and sporting goods stores, as well as golf courses worldwide for sale to not very good golfers such as myself. In a recent book called “Bad Lies,” author Gary Lindsay wrote, “a doctor by the name of MacDougal came to the conclusion that the weight of a golf ball and a person’s soul weighed the same.” Twenty-one grams is the maximum amount a golf ball can weigh, and Dr. MacDougal weighed people just before they died and right after they died and discovered that their body weight dropped an average of 21 grams immediately upon their death. Thus, he concluded that their soul had departed when they died and that is where the 21 grams disappeared. What kind of golf ball do you hit, white, yellow or pink? Or perhaps you have enough money to buy the new kind of golf ball with a computer chip in it so that you can find with the GPS in your golf cart? Whatever your golf ball may be, they all have to weigh less than 21 grams. Once or twice during the summer I am able to play nine holes of golf without losing a ball. I consider that one of my better rounds. But as Tom Weiskopf says, “There are 27 million golfers in America. Only 5 percent of them will ever break 100, and of that 5 percent only 2 percent of them will ever break 80. So when you are learning, why bother keeping score? But most important, always remember that the golf course will win every time you play.” If someone who is a good enough golfer to have won the British Open gives me that kind of free advice while I was trying to teach him how to ski, I would be foolish not to pay attention to it. Emaillast_img read more

Hundreds from Donegal arts industry ‘plead for help’

first_imgA Donegal Deputy says he has received hundreds of emails from people across the county who are involved in the arts and music industry, pleading for assistance. The sector is thought to be one of the hardest hit in the Covid crisis with many people saying they are facing a decline in their mental health.Many have also had to sell equipment or are in arrears with utility bills.Deputy Thomas Pringle says specific schemes need to be put in place for the sector as a matter of urgency:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/pringlearts1pm-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Previous article‘Fatal fires tend to start at night time’, warns Letterkenny OfficerNext articleTense scenes as Tanaiste & Donegal TD battle over ICU capacity News Highland WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterestcenter_img Facebook By News Highland – October 8, 2020 Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Hundreds from Donegal arts industry ‘plead for help’ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Commentary: Tide miles away from being a title contender

first_imgFAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After its upset loss at Ole Miss, Alabama talked all week about re-establishing itself as a great team.“We just want to step our game up and show the world we still got it,” Alabama fullback Jalston Fowler said Monday. “Still can come out and win this thing.”Oh, the Crimson Tide (5-1, 2-1 SEC) showed something alright, in its 14-13 squeaker Saturday night over Arkansas (3-3, 0-3).No. 7 Alabama made a comedy of errors on special teams, was awful on offense and needed a PAT block by Jonathan Allen and a late Landon Collins’ interception to beat a team that’s lost its last 15 SEC games.In short, the Crimson Tide showed it’s not a national championship contender. Not even close.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Session ID: 2020-09-18:a9b4c61f937537311db5ad64 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-179778-3835541785001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.The Tide had four fumbles on special teams, losing two. Blake Sims should have been intercepted twice. Amari Cooper caught just two passes for 22 yards, and the Tide managed just 66 yards on 32 rushes.Alabama’s offense must not travel well as it went 4-of-15 on third-down conversions. If it wasn’t for the defense, the Crimson Tide would have fallen clear out of the College Football Playoff race.Now that team in Starkville? That’s how a championship team is supposed to look.Mississippi State is just tearing through the SEC right now. A week after drubbing Texas A&M, the Bulldogs raced out to a 21-0 lead en route to beating No. 2 Auburn, 38-23, at home.Florida State should remain No. 1, but Mississippi State is the best team in America. Alabama will move up in the polls, but it’s not even in the championship contender conversation.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.After Saturday’s narrow win, Tide coach Nick Saban talked about how effort was the difference between last week’s loss to the Rebels and Saturday’s win.“We played a lot harder in this game, and we competed well in the game and the players really wanted to win the game,” Saban said. “I was proud of that. I never saw that spark. In my opinion, when we were ahead (at Ole Miss), we were playing like a team that was trying to keep from getting beat rather than being aggressive and going out there and making plays and doing what you have to do to win the game.”So give Alabama an A for effort, a B for defense and a big fat F for everything else. Championship teams don’t come off a loss and play as sloppy as Alabama did Saturday. If Alabama had lost two fumbles on special teams inside its own territory against a better team, it would have lost.Alabama heard all week about its recent road struggles (1-3 in its previous four road games before Saturday). Instead of sending a message that it can play well away from Bryant-Denny Stadium, the Crimson Tide gave Tennessee and LSU even more hope they can take it down when it visits them.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDcenter_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:bb4b97087f3a93db45476d0b Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-748232-3835541791001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.As good as Alabama played defensively, it faced a one-dimensional offense that played to its strength. Brandon Allen wasn’t going to beat Alabama, and he didn’t, despite having chance after chance to do so.Still don’t know what Allen was thinking when throwing across his body across the field. Now Collins made the play, but he could see that pass coming from a country mile away.Effort won’t be enough against Mississippi State and Auburn. Alabama better be lucky those games are at home, but it’s still going to need to much execute better to beat the Bulldogs and Tigers.So Alabama needs to get back to work — seriously. Saban said if he knew what was wrong, he’d figure it out. Time for the Tide to figure it out or maybe, just maybe, Alabama doesn’t have a great team in 2014.(Duane Rankin is a columnist and sports reporter for the Advertiser. Follow him on Twitter at @DuaneRankin. He can be reached via email at [email protected] gannett.com ).last_img read more

Zagorcic: I don’t think we can drop out – BG Football…

first_imgSlavia head coach Zlatomir Zagorcic said he did not think for a second that his team could drop out of the Albanian Kukesi in the first qualifying round of the Europa League.“I don’t want to think about it for a second. We just have to win. I say that every time. I don’t worry. That’s exactly what I want from the team. The players have to be calm and play on the pitch,” Zagorcic told the traditional team. press conference.Tomorrow’s match starts at 21:00 at AirAlbania Stadium in the capital Tirana, where Kukesi will meet the “whites”, and the match can be watched minute by minute on Gong.bg and live on NOVA SPORT.“We met the opponent in the last week. We watched three of their games and we know they have new players. We know we have to play hard to win. I don’t expect that to happen easily.”“The results of our matches in the championship do not bother me. This is happening in football. We have problems with injuries. At the moment we are only thinking about the upcoming match. Everything is fine in the team.He then went on to ask if it was a problem that everything would be decided in one match: “We have to be focused if we want to win. I never watch other teams and I am not interested in the comparisons between our match and yesterday between CF Tirana and Red Star In the Champions League, being a guest will probably make our task more difficult, but we have no choice – we have to win. Follow us anywhere and anytime with the mobile application of Gong.bg. You can download it from Google Play, App Store and AppGallery.last_img read more

Whatley grabs gold, Campbell bronze at CAC c/ships

first_imgGuyana’s four-member team finished with two gold medals and a bronze at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships which concluded last night in Mexico.  Compliments of bodybuilder, Selvon Bruce Whatley (Masters and middleweight gold medalist) and Emmerson Campbell (Men’s Physique), Team Guyana was able to earn hardware at the 45th edition of the championships held in Mexico City. The nation’s other representatives, Caerus Cipriani (Men’s Physique) and Alisha Fortune (Body Fitness) were not as fortunate. The top three Men’s Physique medalists in the under 174cm class. At far right is Emmerson Campbell. Cipriani fell just short of the podium, finishing fourth in his class (under 182cm) of six while Fortune was unable to make it in the final six after pre judging.  After the weekend’s outing, Whatley’s medal count swelled to four for the last two CAC events. In 2016 he won a gold and a silver in the Dominican Republic. The annual fixture was cancelled last year following the hurricanes that ravaged parts of the Caribbean and the earthquakes in Mexico. It was the second CAC medal for Campbell, a three-time and reigning national physique champion. At his last outing, he captured a silver medal in his class. Now missing from the set is a gold. Campbell thanked Fitness Express, the National Sports Commission/ Ministry of Social Cohesion, Bounty Farm Ltd, the local bodybuilding federation and others for making his sojourn a success. Grenadian, Damion Daniel received his IFBB Elite Pro Card after winning the bodybuilding overall title. The 46th edition of the event is scheduled for Puerto Rico next year.last_img read more

Nationals lineup; 8/18/19

first_imgYan Gomes C Juan Soto LF Erick Fedde SPPlease follow and like us: Victor Robles CF Here is the Nationals lineup! With a 66-56 record, the Nationals send Erick Fedde to the mound for his seventeenth start. The Brewers send right-handed Chase Anderson to the mound. The Brewers come into the game with a 64-59 record. Adam Eaton RFcenter_img Matt Adams 1B The Washington Nationals face the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park for their 123 game of the regular season. Brian Dozier 2B Anthony Rendon 3B Trea Turner SSlast_img

Back to the top for Batty

first_imgThe t’2’s pot was shared by Garry Olliffe and Peter Masters on the seventh and thirteenth holes respectively.  The non-winners’ consolation beer was won by Mike Wilsher and the Booby Bevy went to Kerry Jonsson on the eve of his departure back to Iceland for his stomach-cramped split figures of six and nineteen. It had been another enjoyable golf day with the PGS and if criticism could be aimed at Bangpakong Riverside it would for them to look again at the stroke indexes for the holes.  Clearly it is not right for the long par three third hole to be rated 18 when half the field on a windy day would not be able to find the well protected green from the tee.  Indexing should be done on difficulty not length.  However, a minor point maybe, as we will be back! Friday, August 7, Phoenix Golf – Stableford“Play in groups of five,” said the ad.  “Pay total of 3,000 baht green-fee per group,” said the ad.  So the Pattaya Golf Society took precisely 15 sceptics to Phoenix Gold, to pay the equivalent of 600 baht green-fee, a good reduction from the normal 950 baht cost.  “Oh, but you must hire cart,” said the lady behind reception, without a hint of embarrassment.  If it reads too good to be true, it is.  TIT!Fairways were good on the Mountain and Ocean nines, with the latter still showing signs of recent scarifying, but you would have to be unlucky to suffer as a result.  Putting surfaces are much improved from where they were some months ago, running true at about 8.5 on the stimpmeter. The weather stayed fine, although definitely warmer compared to the last few days.  Even from the white tees, this course represents a good challenge, a fact borne out by most scores in our field. Tied in fourth place, on a modest 32 points, were the same-group pairing of Huw Phillips and Toby Glass.  Also playing in the same group were third-place getter David Thomas with 35 points, way behind playing partner Jon Batty’s well put together 39 points.  Out on his own, playing possibly the best golf of his life, was 21-marker Murray Edwards, whose outrageous feats included holing-out a marvellous shot with a hybrid, from 170 yards – for eagle!Back at the Links, Mr. Len drew Gary Bolger’s name for the lucky beer draw.  The booby bevy was a contest between the four players who all returned the day’s most humbling score of 25 points.  After due consideration it was decided to award the BB to he whose ball was deemed to have suffered the most lip-outs, bad lies and worst luck.  Also counting in his favour was the fact that this 5-marker is, without doubt, the best golfer in today’s field.  Well done on receiving your first booby bevy, Mark Lang. IPGC Pattaya Golf Society at The Links BarMonday, August 3, Bangpakong – StablefordAugust began for the Pattaya Golf Society with a visit to the sumptuous course at Bangpakong Riverside for a stableford competition.  Once again a large field turned out in what is becoming a surprisingly popular low season. The welcome was warm, as always, and the course was in excellent condition and it had resisted the heavy storm which had passed through the previous day.  Fairways were a little squelchy to start but the breeze and the clearing skies dried them out quite well before the end.  Greens were as consistent as ever of course.The large single flight saw Garry Olliffe mark his debut on the course with 35 points for third place whilst runner-up Mark Lang shot another sub-par round with 37 points and a best gross of 76.  Much to his delight the winner was Jon Batty, for once shouldering his regular golf partner, Mark, down a notch and he took the day with 37 well deserved points. last_img read more

Goodbye and farewell Mr. Livingston

first_imgPSC 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!last_img read more

Bullocks beat the rest

first_imgA HEAVIER yarding for the Wednesday Fat Cattle Sale last week at Baw Baw Livestock Exchange, Warragul, saw an increase…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img