Greig signs off in style

first_imgThe weather gods were smiling on us and even though the lightening was not far away, no rain fell until a few drops on the closing couple of holes (not worthy of raising an umbrella) and the round was completed in cooler conditions to everyone’s relief.With no run on the fairways, it was always going to be a day which favoured the longer hitters, and Alan Freeman duly performed to take first place with a great score of 36 points, given the difficult conditions.  Alan’s round included an impressive eagle three on the par five C3 hole, where he holed his third shot from the greenside bunker.The rest of the scores were forgettable, as the other mere mortals struggled, and even the par three’s proved difficult with only two of the four greens being hit, resulting in Colin Greig and Dave Keats sharing the pot.1st Alan Freeman (4) 36pts2nd Gerry Keys (27) 30pts3rd Geoff Parker (16) 27ptsNear Pins:  Colin Greig and Dave Keats.Wednesday, Oct. 1, Khao Keow A & C – StablefordEven with some chaotic traffic due to the road works on the 7 motorway, we arrived at Khaow Keow in good time on a bright sunny morning.  Once again buggies were restricted to cat paths only, but the condition of the fairways appeared to be OK so we decided to play under normal rules and set off on the A nine a few minutes behind schedule.The course was surprisingly busy and the pace of play on the outward nine was particularly slow, but fortunately picked up on the inward nine.  Whilst the fairways and greens were in reasonable condition, the rough hadn’t been cut for several days, and the ground was very soft which severely punished any wayward shots.Colin Greig started like an express train and was two under par after the first five holes, unfortunately though he couldn’t keep it up, but still managed to take first place with 34 points.  Geoff Parker was a point behind in second place and Alan Freeman took third place after scoring 20 points on the front nine and then finding the water on three separate holes on the back nine, yielding a disappointing 11 points.1st Colin Greig (8) 34pts2nd Geoff Parker (16) 33pts3rd Alan Freeman (4) 31ptsNear Pins: Colin Greig, Chris Stephenson, Geoff Cox and Ken Young.Friday, Oct. 3, Pattaya C.C. – StablefordFifteen golfers today for our competition at Pattaya Country Club on another bright sunny morning.  It’s been two months since we played here last time, and it’s fair to say the course is improving, but today the greens were bumpy and slow, particularly on the back nine.As the leading group played the eighth hole a rogue thunder storm rolled in and we ended up with all four groups huddled under the shelter on the ninth tee for 30 minutes as the storm passed through.  The greens dried out very rapidly and although the fairways were flooded in places, the course was perfectly playable immediately after the rain stopped.Despite the tricky conditions Geoff Parker had his best round for quite some time, coming in three points clear of the ever consistent Alan Freeman, with Peter Habgood completing the podium in third place.The near pin competition was particularly intense on the par 3 twelfth hole with Tore Eliassen placing the initial marker about three feet from the hole, only for Geoff Parker to get inside by about 9 inches, and then Alan Freeman in the final group snatching the prize with his ball finishing 6 inches from a hole in one.Following the presentation back at The Ranch bar, Colin Greig was presented with the Golfer of the Month trophy for September and duly rang the bell on what was his final game before heading back to Scotland for a winter break.1st Geoff Parker (16) 39pts2nd Alan Freeman (4) 36pts3rd Peter Habgood (20) 30ptsNear Pins: Alan Freeman, Ken Young, Tony Robbins and Geoff Parker.The 9th John Preddy charity golf tournament has been scheduled for Monday 24th November at the Emerald Golf Club.  The tournament has been held for the last 8 years, but this year we are expanding the event to remember those golfing friends in Pattaya who have passed away recently.  A new Memorial Trophy has been purchased which will be inscribed with the names of those departed friends and will be held in the bar of the winning team for one year.The team event is intended to be an inter-society tournament including as many local golf societies as possible.  Full details can be found on the website  The Bunker Boys play Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so if you enjoy a fun day out, and a friendly but competitive golf competition why not come and join us.  We meet at The Ranch on Pattaya 3rd Road at 9 a.m. and new players are always welcome.  Contact “Buff” on 086 046 5091 or 080 605 5663 for all enquiries. Bunker Boys @ The RanchMonday, Sept. 29, Pattana B & C – StablefordUpon registration at the Pattana clubhouse we were informed that buggies were restricted to cart paths only, and when we assembled on the first tee it was obvious that the ground was very soft from recent heavy rain.  We elected to play under winter rules from the longer white tees and set off on the notorious B1 hole in sunny but oppressively hot conditions.  The temperature and humidity were stifling for the first half dozen holes and then the inevitable storm clouds began to build as we played the closing holes on the outward nine.  It seemed as though we heading for another major downpour and the lightning alarm was duly sounded causing our three groups to congregate in the water stop on the 10th tee.  Miraculously though, the storm passed us by and we were able to recommence the round after a 15 minute refreshment stop, although it appeared that the storm still had us completely surrounded.The John Preddy trophy.last_img read more

Lodge leaves field in his wake

first_imgWe played off the blue tees, which makes it a long course but some of our members made it look very easy.  Teddy Lodge went round in 2 over gross to score 44pts off his 10 handicap, his last time off that handicap for a while!  Pat Culloty had 39pts off 21 and then Sean Connolly (10), John Chambers (8) and Barney Sheedy (11) all had 37pts.  Great scoring on a long course!Ted Lodge.There were also eight ‘2’s recorded, which was also amazing.1st Ted Lodge 44pts2nd Pat Culloty 39 pts3rd Sean Connolly 37pts4th John Chambers 37pts5th Barney Sheedy 37pts‘2’s:  Teddy Lodge (2), Pat Culloty, John Chambers, Terry Kelly, Frank McGowan, Declan Kelly.Tuesday, Jan. 15, Pattana – StablefordToday we were at Pattana, another beautiful course and in excellent condition.  We played A and B courses, probably the best and most difficult 9’s there.Again one of our members made it look easy; John McKenna had 40pts off his 17 handicap and won at a canter.  He was the only one to break his handicap, the next best being John Chambers playing off 8 with 36pts.  Barney Sheedy (off 11) got third with 34 on a count back, beating Pat Culloty (21) and Jack Beehan (15) into fourth and fifth respectively.Despite a large group there were no ‘2’s today in contrast to Sunday when most of the same people played and we had 8, so a carry over to Greenwood on Thursday.1st John McKenna 40pts2nd John Chambers 36pts3rd Barney Sheedy 35pts4th Pat Culloty 34pts5th Jack Beehan 34ptsThursday, Jan. 17, Greenwood (white tees) – StablefordWe were up at Greenwood today where we played the B and C courses.  Again the course was in beautiful condition but was playing long, which was reflected in the scores.  Only one player managed to equal or better his handicap and some of the ones who came in with big scores earlier in the week came in today with very different numbers.What a difference a day makes!  We had a rollover today in the 2’s from Pattana and while the scoring today wasn’t as good as in Pattana, two players managed to get one each for a big payday.Mark O’Callaghan, on his first outing with us, came in with 38pts and won by a clear margin.  Well done Mark!  The next best was Ted Morris with 34pts and Frank McGowan came in third with 33.  Taking fourth with 30pts was Gilbert Brossnan who had just arrived on Tuesday evening and quickly made his mark.1st Mark O’Callaghan (18) 38pts2nd Ted Morris (15) 34pts3rd Frank McGowan (16) 33pts4th Gilbert Brossnan (21) 30pts5th Frank McGowan (16) 30pts‘2’s:  Ted Morris and Fred O’Connor.Note:  The Tara Court Golf Group plays every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, leaving O’Gara’s Bar and Restaurant in The Tara Court on Pratumnak Rd around 10.00 a.m.  Sign up either in O’Gara’s or ring George on 087 540 0844 and he will book you in. IPGC golf from Tara Court & O’Gara’s BarSunday, Jan. 13, Pleasant Valley (blue tees) – StablefordToday we moved from our usual Mountain Shadow to Pleasant Valley as the former had a competition on and no tee time available for us.  All the groups were very happy with the change and very impressed with the course which was in excellent condition. Unfortunately the front 9 was slow as there were a few 5-balls in front of us but they had started on the 10th so when we got to the back 9 we got round quickly and still finished in 4½hrs, which for this time of year is not bad. last_img read more

Ashes to ashes

first_imgBy Bonny Burrows A community centre born from the devastation of Ash Wednesday faces closure if it cannot find more…[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

Galway Senior Hurling Team Named To Face Antrim

first_imgThe Galway Hurling team has been named to face Antrim in the Allianz National Hurling league on Sunday in Pearse Stadium. Manager Micheal Donoghue has included six of the team that started the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final win over Waterford. Daithi Burke, Adrian Tuohy, Aidan Harte, Johnny Coen, Joseph Cooney and Conor Cooney all started while Niall Burke and Jason Flynn were introduced off the bench as Galway ended a 29-year famine to claim the Liam MacCarthy Cup. The Galway Team is1 James Skehill2 Ronan Burke3 Daithi Burke4 Jack Grealish5 Adrian Tuohy6 Martin Dolphin7 Aidan Harte8 Johnny Coen Capt9 Eanna Burke10 Niall Burke11 Joseph Cooney12 Paul Flaherty13 Brian Concannon14 Conor Cooney15 Jason Flynnprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img

Rivera leads CBA to wrestling title at District 22 tourney

first_imgBy MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) ruled the NJSIAA District 22 wrestling tournament for the second year in a row.Three Colts grapplers earned gold medals on Feb. 21 at Red Bank Regional High School. CBA’s Sebastian Rivera, a 113-pound junior, completed back-to-back District 22 titles when he defeated Jason Hernandez of Raritan High School in the finals. The win extended Rivera’s undefeated record this season.Junior Chris Koutzen became a district champion despite being the underdog at 160 pounds. The third-seeded grappler upset Raritan’s Nick Bohal, the top seed, to give CBA its first title winner of the day.Later, Rich Koehler continued an impressive freshman season when he pinned 106-pound finalist Sean Deering of Middletown High School North.The Colts defended their team title with a total of seven finalists. CBA amassed 176.5 points, ahead of Long Branch High School’s 165 points, for its third district championship. Ocean Township High School took third place.Four members of CBA’s junior class were runners-up. Jack LaCorte earned a silver medal at 182 pounds, falling victim to a pin by Middletown North’s Anthony Vetrano. Fellow junior Will Oxley (220) also lost to a Middletown North wrestler, Chad Freshnock, in the finals.Carl Vasti (120) placed second after falling to first-seeded Jake Benner of Ocean Township. At 126 pounds, Dylan VanSickell lost to Long Branch’s Andy Hernandez, marking his first loss of the winter. Middletown North, which finished fifth in the team rankings, had a strong showing. In addition to Freshnock and Vetrano, Paul Capaldo was victorious in the 145-pound championship bout against Mike Chadwick, a No. 2 seed from Raritan.Crosstown rival Middletown High School South had a champion at 152 pounds. Matt Best defeated T.J. Saldutti of Ocean Township for the title.Ocean Township’s Zack Hertling, who pinned Long Branch’s Mike Shohet for the 170-pound title, was named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the District 22 tournament. Hertling won gold after missing the postseason last year because of an injured knee.Unbeaten Keansburg High School senior Tyree Sutton won his second district title — and his first since 2012. Sutton (195) pinned Middletown South’s Sean Killeen for the win.Long Branch junior John Tomlinson won the heavyweight title against Ocean Township’s Brian Olesen. His pin gave the Green Wave a late boost on its way to a second place finish.Raritan capped the 2015 District 22 tournament with two champions. Dylan Seidenberg was a winner at 132 pounds over No. 1-seed Marcus Iwama, a standout senior at Rumson-Fair Haven. The Raritan senior became the third Seidenberg brother to bring home gold from districts. Older brothers Dave and Dan were two- and three-time champions, respectively.Eric Drake, also a Raritan senior, defeated Red Bank Regional’s Jack McMahon for the 138-pound championship.The road to Atlantic City continues this week. The top three District 22 wrestlers in each weight class will hit the mats in the Region 6 tournament.Those who won their third-place consolation matches to extend their seasons are Alex Erven, Keyport High School (106); Davie Tieto, Ocean Township (113); Russell Benson, Raritan (120); Chris Donnelly, Ocean Township (126); Jiovani Gomez, Long Branch (132); Tommy Flannagan, Long Branch (138); Thomas Hinz, Red Bank Regional (145); Garrett Fitzgerald, CBA (152); Lamont Reid, Long Branch (160); Fred Svenson, Middletown North (170); Tucker Briggs, Rumson-Fair Haven (182); Viet Le, Ocean Township (195); Joey Jasio, Long Branch (220); and Malcolm Daniels, Raritan (heavyweight).The first round was scheduled to begin Feb. 25 at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River. Quarterfinals will take place on Feb. 27, and the tournament will wrap up a day later.The NJSIAA individual championships will be hosted at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall from March 6-8.last_img read more

Trappers convention this weekend in Fort St. John

first_imgThe biggest beaver tail brought to the convention will win a prize, with both adult and junior divisions.The wolf pelt competition, one of the highlights of the convention, began today, with awards for the best handled and best overall pelt, judged on a long list of criteria. The best pelts will be chosen to be taxidermied.The convention takes place from April 19 to 21 at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.- Advertisement –last_img

Aston Villa have bid accepted for French starlet

first_img Nice star Jordan Amavi 1 Aston Villa have had a bid accepted for Nice defender Jordan Amavi – reports in France claim.The 21-year-old has been tipped for a bright future and has been capped by France at under-21 level.The left-back was one of the standout performers in Ligue 1 last season and several clubs are now weighing up a move for him.But, according to France Football, it is Aston Villa who are leading the way after the Premier League club submitted a formal offer for the Frenchman.That bid was accepted by Nice who deemed the proposal too good to turn down for financial reasons.However, Amavi is still yet to agree personal terms with Villa and it is now up to the English side to persuade him to make the switch.last_img

Don’t wait for manager to come to you

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Or, perhaps your manager is using these assignments as a way to flex his power and exert control over you and your life. It is also possible that the nature of your business has last-minute expectations that call for employees to handle extra work at all hours. It may also be that your manager is too busy to take the time during the day to give extra work to you, and he can only do so after things have calmed down. One way to find out what is going on here, and to possibly curtail these 11th-hour projects, is for you to stop waiting for your manager to come into your office at the end of the day. Since you are sure some of the work could be given to you earlier, now is time to find out. You should meet with your manager a couple of times a day to see if he has any new projects for you. His next step will be the key to your next step. Q My job entails a lot of time sitting in front of a computer. Our company just purchased new chairs for our department, and I don’t like mine. I cannot get it to adjust the way I want, and what I really want is my old chair back. I told our manager, and she said to give the new chair some time and it will be fine. Can you help? A Although your manager has said that this issue will resolve itself if you sit on it for a while, that is not necessarily true. No matter what the product might be, a bad fit on the first day is often a bad fit every day. This does not mean that you should simply collapse and take a back seat on this matter. Many of today’s new office chairs are technical marvels, often accompanied with booklets that explain how to make them comfortable and effective for you. If you do not have such a booklet, you should ask for one. And if you do have the booklet, try to follow the instructions and see if you can tailor the set-up to meet your needs. Many of these vendors and manufacturers also have customer service personnel for such help, and some even have staff who will visit a customer’s workplace to help set up the new chairs for each individual user. You should sit down with your manager and discuss this possibility. Q I have an employee who is always eating or nibbling on something. He is not overweight, but if I meet with him in his office or if we have departmental meetings, he always has some food. Granted that it is not necessarily junk food, I have to wonder why he does this. My concern is that it is going to interfere with his work and even cause a problem with ants. What should I say to him? A Here’s some food for thought: If this employee is doing a good job, it should make no difference if he is eating throughout the day. People can have any number of legitimate reasons for eating this way. For example, there is a school of thought contending that it is healthier to eat smaller meals throughout the day, rather than having three main meals. Many people who graze this way will tell you that they feel more energized, alert and productive. Your employee may also have been advised to eat this way by a doctor or nutritionist. If you actually and factually find that this employee’s dietary practices are interfering with his work, causing his projects to be late, or leading to reports that have food stains, then you should discuss the matter with him. You should also do so if you find that he is leaving crumbs wherever he goes, and thus increasing the likelihood of ants or other infestations. However, if you are satisfied with the quality and quantity of this employee’s work, as well as his ability to deal effectively with his associates, then you should shelve all of your questions about his dietary habits. Ken Lloyd is an Encino-based management consultant, coach and author who specializes in organizational behavior. He is the author of “Jerks at Work: How to Deal With People Problems and Problem People.” Write to him at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Q My manager has a habit of dropping into my office late in the day and giving me work that needs immediate attention. I’m sure some of this work can be given to me earlier, but he rarely does this. I cannot say no, but what can I say? A The best way to determine how to act in this type of situation is to look behind the scenes. For example, perhaps the culture of your company expects and rewards work beyond normal working hours. last_img read more

King Day a course in peace

first_imgThey’d talked of bigotry, delved into racial segregation and discussed the nonviolent protests – and assassination – of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Only these weren’t college students. They were San Fernando Valley second-graders grappling with America’s racist past in advance of today’s holiday honoring the birth of the slain civil rights leader. “That Martin Luther King was a great man,” declared 8-year-old Ricardo Cisneros at the front of teacher Bell Nensey’s class last week at Emelita Street Elementary in Encino. “He made an important speech. He made all white people and all black people together,” Cisneros said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Across Los Angeles, students barely out of kindergarten are examining the nation’s painful legacy of racism. More importantly, however, they’re studying how a country torn apart by racial difference has been transformed through the likes of King. From the classroom to the assembly hall to days of service, students celebrated how “all men are created equal.” For King, who would have been 77 Sunday, is heralded for his noble goals for “love, peace, freedom and togetherness.” “He had a dream,” said teacher Gloria Dominguez to her class of rapt second-graders at Kittridge Street Elementary in Valley Glen. “Remember when they had the ‘white-only’ signs? Do we have these today? “No – because of King. And he did away with them very peacefully.” On Friday, Nensey’s and Dominguez’s students learned how the African-American King, born in the Jim Crow South, dreamed of playing with white girls and boys – and couldn’t. How he grew up to lead a black boycott of segregated city bus lines in Montgomery, Ala., which led to their integration by a federal court order. How he studied the art of nonviolent protest and founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. How he led marches on Washington and throughout the South, where protesters were beaten, gassed and thrown in jail. Or killed. How his “I Have a Dream” speech became a national call for civil rights that ultimately led to federal civil rights and voting acts. And how in 1968, King was gunned down in Memphis while supporting a strike by black garbage collectors. “We must keep the dream alive, hallelujah,” sang Nensey’s class, to the tune of “Row Your Boat.” “Freedom’s song can never die, hallelujah.” While Nensey’s students fashioned puppets of King and recited words from his famous speech, Dominguez’s class read a King history from “Time for Kids.” For these second-graders, the question was asked: How could you make a better world? “If you were somebody like Martin Luther King, and if you wanted to change something in the world for the better and maybe have a national holiday named after you, what would it be?,” Nensey asked. Across town, Dominguez said: “Close your eyes, visualize – I want you to think what you could do to make this world a better place.” The Rev. Darnell Holmes was 10 when he first heard King’s oratory on TV, a speech he said drove him to later earn a doctorate in ministry. Holmes, who led the invocation for a King celebration last week at Forest Lawn, said it’s vital for young people to learn about King, who encouraged those who fought for civil rights – both violent and nonviolent factions of the black community – to seek higher education. “He said, ‘While you’re talking about burn, baby, burn, you’d better learn, baby learn, and build, baby, build,”‘ said Holmes, pastor of spiritual development at Faithful Central Bible Church at the Forum in Inglewood. “I think he should be remembered as one who encourages us to dream … that you are destined for greatness, that there’s something that you can do that no one else can do.” Last week, Riverside Drive Elementary in Sherman Oaks and Sepulveda Middle School in North Hills were among many to hold assemblies in King’s honor. “What he did for the civil rights movement, his energy, his passion, not only for African-Americans, but for all people, to have equality and to lead peaceful and successful lives – our students need to understand the (importance) of that time in history,” said Sepulveda Middle School Principal Barbara Charness. When asked the meaning of the King holiday, all hands went up in Nensey’s class. When asked to formulate their own dreams for mankind in Dominguez’s class, all hands got busy. “My dream is that white people and black people could be in the same school and peacefully live together,” said Emily Cisneros, 8. “I wish that kids, like, wouldn’t fight and get hurt,” said Jimmy Holland, 7. Added Crris Velazquez, 7, who penned her dream in Spanish: “My dream is to help poor people and keep the world clean.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 The Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, will screen “Citizen King,” a 2004 documentary on King’s life, 2 p.m. today. For reservations, call (310) 772-2527. An exhibit by the Los Angeles Ribet Academy depicting King’s contributions will be on display through Friday. For more information, see King’s daughter Yolanda will be the keynote speaker at a ceremony honoring her father’s legacy, 9 a.m. today at the Soka Gakai International auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Kingdom Day Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. today on Martin Luther King Boulevard, from Crenshaw Boulevard to Western Avenue. The two-mile parade, hosted by the Council on Racial Equality, will include floats, marching bands, drill teams and local dignitaries. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will serve as grand marshal. “The Road to Civil Rights,” featuring a screening of “Negroes with Guns,” 4 p.m. today, West Hollywood Community Center at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Coral Daily Download: West Ham boss Slaven Bilic next to be sacked?

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.They’re dropping like flies in the Premier League with three manager sacked already just nine games into the new season…but who will be next?Slaven Bilic is under pressure at West Ham and the Croatian is the 1/2 favourite to be the next top flight boss to leave his post.The Hammers boss reportedly has two games to save his job, and his first test will be against London rivals Tottenham in the EFL Cup tonight.West Ham are 11/2 to beat Spurs at Wembley, with the hosts 1/2 favourites and the draw 100/30.Meanwhile, managerless Everton are 6/1 to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, with Antonio Conte’s men 4/9 and the draw 100/30.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more