Mike Sorensen: Recalling early days of Utah Senior Tour stop

first_imgE-mail: sor@desnews.com I remember the trip to Denver well, mostly because the plane ride home still ranks as the worst of my life. That was the night we bounced and weaved through a bunch of thunderstorms over the Rockies and then had to make a second approach into Salt Lake International because wind shear derailed the initial landing.I had been sent to Denver for that August day in 1982 to interview a bunch of golfers to advance the upcoming Senior Tour event at the new Jeremy Ranch Golf Course. It was just my fourth year as a sportswriter, and I was supposed to track down golfers twice my age for feature stories prior to the tournament.One golfer was easy — Billy Johnston, who was a friend of my father’s from the time Johnston played for the University of Utah golf team. Johnston was more than happy to talk about the fledgling Senior Tour and his memories of Utah.Two others I just had to get were Sam Snead and Arnold Palmer.I saw Snead sitting at a table about to eat lunch with a couple of other senior golfers. Knowing Snead’s reputation as a crusty old codger, I approached with trepidation and asked “Mr. Snead” if he had a few minutes to talk. After a pause, the 70-year-old waved for me to sit down.He turned out to be very nice and shared stories with me about how he got the nickname Slammin’ Sam, how age was affecting his game and what he thought of the new Senior Tour.I also talked to the likes of Bob Goalby and Ed Furgol, but the guy I simply had to get was Arnie, which proved to be a tougher task. Everywhere he went, crowds followed. I kept one eye on him and another on my watch so I wouldn’t miss my flight home.Finally, late in the day as he was leaving the driving range, I followed him out to the parking lot. While he was putting his golf shoes in the trunk, I was able to talk to him long enough to get a story.A week later the scene was repeated in the Jeremy Ranch parking lot after a disappointing first round. It was one of many conversations I had with “the King” over the years and every time he was congenial and gracious, which is more than I can say about a lot of the seniors I interviewed.While there were several disagreeable guys, it was mostly fun having the old-timers come to Utah every summer. Among my favorites were Dave Stockton, Miller Barber, Gil Morgan, Jim Dent, Dale Douglass and of course locals Bruce Summerhays and Bob Betley. Besides Palmer, Lee Trevino and Jack Nicklaus made more than one visit to the tournament along with many other top names.My boyhood golf idol, Doug Sanders, only came once, but it was a thrill to interview him for several minutes out on the putting green as he was dressed in his usual flashy manner, green shirt, pink pants with lavender shoes. Yes, those were fun times. Now I’m as old as some of the guys I used to interview back in the good ol’ days when the Senior Tour came to Utah. last_img read more

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George Clooney released after motorcycle crash in Italy

first_imgROME | Actor George Clooney was taken to the hospital in Sardinia and released after being involved in an accident while riding his motorcycle, hospital officials said.The John Paul II hospital in Olbia said Clooney was released Tuesday. Local media that had gathered at the hospital said Clooney is believed to have left through a side exit.FILE – In this Thursday, June 7, 2018 file photo, George Clooney arrives at the 46th AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring himself at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Italian media say actor George Clooney has been hospitalized after he was involved in an accident while riding a motorcycle in Sardinia it was reported on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Local daily La Nuova Sardegna says Clooney’s injuries aren’t serious, but that he was taken to the John Paul II hospital emergency room. Police said they have no information, and the hospital didn’t respond to requests for comment. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)Local daily La Nuova Sardegna said the 57-year-old Clooney had been headed to a film set on Tuesday when his motorbike was hit by a car. Private Mediaset, citing gossip magazine Chi, said the accident occurred near Costa Corallina, in the province of Olbia.Police had no immediate information. Calls and emails to Clooney’s spokesman weren’t immediately returned.Clooney has a home on the Italian mainland, on Lake Como.last_img read more

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Lewis & Marchant score debut wins

first_imgBrian Lewis.The Haven Golf SocietyMonday, Dec. 18, Greenwood A & B (white tees) – Stableford CSS 73Division 1 (0-15) 1st Simon Kendall (13) 35pts2nd Adrian Cook (11) 34pts3rd Brian Kinsella (15) 33pts4th Jon Batty (6) 30ptsDivision 2 (16+)1st Chris Ross (27) 38pts2nd Dave LeHane (18) 35pts3rd Tom McCarthy (22) 31pts4th Markku Tynell (24) 30ptsA good turnout for the always popular Greenwood course required two divisions, cut as usual at 15 and below for the first division.  The course was in good condition although the fairly strong and cool wind affected most of the player’s scores.Simon Kendall won his first event with the group with a solid one over handicap return, winning by a single point ahead of Adrian Cook, with Brian Kinsella another point behind in third and Jon Batty, having a bit of an off day, in fourth.The second division was led in also for the first time by Chris Ross who also had the best points score of the day.  Dave LeHane placed second another four shots in front of third placed Tom McCarthy who in turn was one ahead of fourth man Markku Tynell.There were no 2s in the second division but Jon Batty and Fred Land shared the first division pool.Wednesday, Dec. 20, Khao Kheow B & C (yellow tees) – StablefordCSS 731st Mark Cooper (11) 35pts2nd Simon Kendall (13) 34pts3rd Allan Hanlon (13) 32pts4th Phil Stevenson (24) 30pts5th Brian Lewis (31) 30pts6th David Dines (9) 30ptsChris Ross.Surprisingly the lowest numbers in the week were for the trip to Khao Kheow which will be hosting the IPGC Championship at the end of January and just the one division was required.The course was in very good condition and is getting steadily better, with the greens meriting a special mention being very true and flat.Mark Cooper withstood the wind battering the best to return a score that was one over his handicap but one below the CSS for the day, having just failed to match his outward half of 18 points coming home.Simon Kendall was in good form once again but had to be satisfied with a second place on this occasion just one point behind the winner.Allan Hanlon returned a good card with an even 16 points a side without a zero for third place.  He was followed in by Phil Stevenson who won a three-way count back for fourth place with 16 ahead of fifth placed Brian Lewis who scored 9 on the back six, which left David Dines in sixth with 8 on the back six after they had tied the back nine on 14 each.There were no 2s in either of the divisions.Friday, Dec. 22, Pattaya C.C. (white tees) – StablefordCSS 74Division 1(0-15)1st Graham Marchant (15) 33pts2nd Kevin Blake (8) 32pts3rd Adrian Cook (11) 32pts4th Dave Edwards (12) 31pts5th Peter Skinner (11) 31ptsDivision 2 (16+)1st Brian Lewis (31) 35pts2nd Phil Stevenson (23) 34pts3rd Markku Tynell (24) 31pts4th Murray Edwards (19) 31pts5th John O’Sullivan (21) 30ptsMark Cooper.Graham Marchant putted like a pro today to secure his first win with the group and become the third first time winner in the week.  He won the first division by the slimmest of margins to edge playing partner Kevin Blake, who did enough to win a count-back for second place over Adrian Cook with a better 9 to n8 over the last six.  Dave Edwards then won another count-back over Peter Skinner for fourth with a better 14 to 13.The second division was won by Brian Lewis as he became another first time winner with the group after a wonderful day on the course.  Phil Stevenson had to settle for second place, also being one of Brian’s playing partners, and unable to take advantage of an opening near the end when the winner dropped a few shots through the closing holes.  Markku Tynell placed third ahead of Murray Edwards in fourth and John O’Sullivan in fifth.Adrian Cook and Andrew Purdie shared the first division 2s pool whilst Hal Hart celebrated after cleaning out the triple rollover pot in the second division.last_img read more

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Live-sheep exports “disaster“: Wood

first_imgBy Cam Lucadou-Wells La Trobe Liberal MP Jason Wood has defied his party’s support for live sheep exports, declaring another…[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

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Irish Brand Fulfil announces three-year exclusive sponsorship deal as the Official Snack of the…

first_imgFulfil co-founders Niall McGrath and Tom Gannon are passionate about Irish football, both of which play personally and coach junior teams, and wanted to use the sponsorship to make a real difference. Through the partnership, Fulfil will give back to the football community by investing in a passing skills machine used by teams including Barcelona, Liverpool and Manchester United.Ireland international players will use the machine for commercial activities, while the FAI will loan it out to clubs nationwide. It will also be used on match days in the Aviva to highlight the exciting sponsorship and will feature on social media with exclusive videos being released on SportsJoe.ie of the players and Irish celebrities going head to head in the Fulfil ring. Alongside this, Fulfil branding will appear on perimeter advertising at home internationals, the sponsorship will provide the brand with access to players for promotional content and the FAI logo will also appear on Fulfil’s packaging and promo material.Speaking about the sponsorship, Fulfil co-founders, Niall McGrath and Tom Gannon commented: “This is a landmark day for the team at Fulfil. As passionate football fans, we are very proud to become the official snacking partner for the nation’s soccer team.We are stunned at what Fulfil has accomplished to date, the brand has completely exceeded our expectations in what has been a phenomenal first year in business. We are excited to build on this success in 2017 and shine a spotlight on Irish soccer over the course of the next three years.”John Delaney, Chief Executive of the Football Association of Ireland commented: “I am delighted to welcome Fulfil as the Official snack of the Football Association of Ireland. It’s a great product from a fantastic Irish company, which is steeped in Grassroots football. Niall and Tom know the game from its growth in the community right up to the International scene, which makes them perfect partners for the FAI.”To hear more about Fulfil and today’s sponsorship announcement, visit Facebook and Instagram @Fulfil_nutrition and Twitter @fulfil.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The innovative sponsorship will come as excellent news to the Republic of Ireland players who were a key part of how the partnership came about. It all began when Fulfil heard some of the players loved the bars, so they sent more for the team to fill up on and the partnership went from there. Fulfil bars are the perfect fit for the player’s active lifestyle with low sugar, high protein and the RDA of 9vitamins, all while tasting like a delicious, indulgent treat. Fulfil, the fastest growing brand in the Irish snacking market, is delighted to announce that it is now the Official Snack Sponsor of the FAI. The sponsorship caps off an incredible year for Fulfil which, in 12 months, has grown from an idea to being one of the key players in the Irish snacking category, selling over 15 million bars in 2016.last_img read more

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Boland, Hawks heading back to Gridiron Classic

first_imgQuarterback Brian Boland, of Brick, and his Monmouth University football teammates have added another game to their schedule – the Gridiron Classic on Dec. 2. And it will be played at their own Kessler Field. Monmouth got that opportunity when two results unfolded on Saturday – the Hawks beat Albany, 19-0, to snap a three-way tie for first place, while the other team sharing the top spot, Stony Brook, lost to Central Connecticut State, 35-10. All three co-leaders had one conference loss each. As a result, Monmouth (10-1 overall) will take on San Diego, the No. 1 team in NCAA Division I-AA midmajor in its second bowl game in three years. And Boland has played a major part as the school’s all-time leader in total offensive yardage. The former Brick Memorial standout who started his collegiate career at Rutgers before transferring to Monmouth, completed 17-of-19 passes for 213 yards and a pair of touchdowns. On Monmouth’s 11-play, 76-yard drive that led to a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, Boland completed a pair of key 15-yard passes. Then, on the first play of the second half, he hooked up with his favorite target – Adam SanMiguel (who set a school record or career pass receptions) – with a 63-yard scoring strike. Boland later threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Middletown South grad Mark McClelland.last_img read more

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Lewas lose by 8 wickets to Scotland

first_imgLewas batted first and found themselves in trouble early on with their openers Norma Ovasuru and Varoi Morea scoring ducks.Wickets continued to fall cheaply and the Lewas were all bowled out for a measly 53 runs after 19.2 overs.Sibona Jimmy top scored for the Lewas with 13 runs to her name.Poor running between the wickets cost the Lewas dearly losing 4 wickets to run outs.Scotland’s Abtaha Maqsood was the best of the bowlers taking 2/9.Scotland had no trouble chasing down the target and did it easy in 15.4 overs losing only 2 wickets along the way.Pauke Siaka and Ravina Oa picked up one wicket each for the Lewas.last_img

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Verstappen wins in Austria as Hamilton fails to finish

first_imgMax Verstappen won Red Bull’s home Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday while Lewis Hamilton suffered his first race retirement since 2016 and lost the Formula One championship lead to Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.The victory was the 20-year-old Dutch driver’s first of the season, fourth of his career, and came in front of an army of orange-shirted fans packing the grandstands and then flooding onto the track at the finish.Kimi Raikkonen was a close second, with team mate Vettel third to claw back the overall lead by a single point from Hamilton, their Mercedes rival whose record run of 33 successive scoring finishes came to an end.“It was amazing, very hard to manage the tyres, lot of blistering, but we managed to hang on,” said Verstappen. “It was amazing to win at the Red Bull Ring with so many Dutch fans here.“I needed to catch up with the points, today was a very good day for me, and I hope we can continue like this.”Vettel, who started sixth after collecting a three place grid penalty, now has 146 points to Hamilton’s 145 after nine rounds and with the Briton’s home race at Silverstone next weekend.Hamilton had already been on the back foot before he stopped on lap 64, his car suffering lost fuel pressure while he was in fourth place, after a glaring strategy error by Mercedes had cost him the lead.On a bleak afternoon for the champions, who had not been beaten at the Red Bull Ring since Austria returned to the calendar in 2014, Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas retired with a mechanical failure.Verstappen took the lead after Mercedes kept Hamilton out during a virtual safety car period that followed Bottas’s retirement on lap 14, with all the others behind the Briton pitting for fresh tyres.Mercedes’ chief strategist James Vowles came on the radio as the bearer of bad news, admitting his error as Hamilton struggled to comprehend what had happened.“I’m fourth now,” exclaimed the driver.“I’m not going to be able to pass anyone. We have thrown away the win,” Hamilton added a while later.“This is James, I have thrown away the win today,” replied Vowles. “Passing is possible. I’m sorry.”France’s Romain Grosjean scored his first points of the season with a bang, finishing a lapped fourth for the U.S.-owned Haas team, who also had Denmark’s Kevin Magnussen taking the chequered flag in fifth.Esteban Ocon was sixth for Force India, ahead of Mexican team mate Sergio Perez, with McLaren’s Fernando Alonso completing a remarkable afternoon with eighth place after starting in the pit lane.Sauber duo Charles Leclerc and Marcus Ericsson finished ninth and 10th.last_img read more

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ISSA awaits report on crowd violence

first_imgISSA Director of Competitions George Forbes says the association cannot say as yet whether there will be sanctions for crowd indiscipline in the Champions Cup match between St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) and Manchester High last Saturday. He said that this is because the body has not yet received a referee’s report on the game. The game, which was the first of a double-header at the St Elizabeth High School (STETHS) Sports Complex, went to a penalty shootout after a 1-1 score at full time. STATHS’s fourth kick of the shootout, taken by Jeremy Johnson, ricocheted off the post and into the goal, but Manchester’s goalkeeper, Xavio Johnson, bench and fans celebrated, unaware of the ball crossing the line. Manchester’s subsequent kick, taken by Alvin Strachan, was then saved by STATHS keeper Ricardo Laing. STATHS’s Tyrese Smith then cancelled his effort to make the score 4-2, meaning the game should have ended as the lead was now unassailable. However, referee Doyen Cummings allowed a fifth kick for Manchester. Alex Gardner converted to make the score 4-3 but many believed that since Manchester were allowed their fifth kick, it meant the controversial attempt by STATHS earlier had not scored. In their minds, this would have meant the score was tied at 3-3. This led to crowd unrest and a bottle-throwing incident at the end of the game. The other game between Charlie Smith and Clarendon College was also halted for about 10 minutes after Clarendon fans thought their team was wrongfully denied a penalty when Lamar Walker went down in the box. Fans again threw bottles, which led to the delay. But Forbes insists there can be no disciplinary action unless a report is made available to them at ISSA. “It’s an ISSA [-organised] game, but we haven’t gotten any reports. We have gotten no reports, so we are awaiting the report, as we cannot act without the report,” he saidlast_img read more

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Ferrari removes all Mission Winnow branding for Australia

first_img0Shares0000Kimi Raikkonen drives a Ferrari displaying the brand Mission Winnow during last year’s Japanese Grand Prix © POOL/AFP / ISSEI KATOMelbourne, Australia, Mar 6 – Ferrari will remove all branding by tobacco giant Philip Morris’s “Mission Winnow” initiative for the opening Formula One race of the year in Melbourne after concerns about cigarette advertising, officials said Wednesday.Mission Winnow was removed from Ferrari’s official name for the Australian Grand Prix on March 17 after local authorities launched an investigation into whether the team breached laws over tobacco advertising. A Philip Morris International spokesperson told AFP that Mission Winnow will also not appear on the car or team uniforms in Australia.“Mission Winnow will remain the title sponsor of Scuderia Ferrari in 2019,” the spokesperson said.“However, our activation will be different in Australia than in other countries. We will announce additional details in the lead-up to the race in Melbourne.”A Scuderia Ferrari spokesman told AFP the team expected to return to using the Mission Winnow logo in the Bahrain Grand Prix, the second race of the season, in late March.The sport’s governing body, the FIA, is opposed to any advertising or sponsoring of cigarettes or tobacco, as our a number of countries staging races like France.But Philip Morris, which had never stopped sponsoring Ferrari, last October made a public return through its scientific research subsidiary and branded Ferrari cars with its Mission Winnow logo.They were featured on Ferrari livery during the Japan Grand Prix in October, sparking an investigation by Australia’s communications regulator over whether TV broadcasts of the race breached its ban on tobacco advertising.The state government of Victoria, which is home to Melbourne, was likewise probing the controversial branding.Philip Morris said while it had agreed to drop the branding for Australia, it continued to believe it “complies with relevant laws related to our activities around the world”.“Mission Winnow does not and will not advertise or promote any Philip Morris International-branded tobacco or e-cigarette products,” it added.“It is meant to challenge preconceptions and spark a conversation, particularly with those who — for ideological reasons — are not yet open to a conversation on the power of science for the progress of society.”The lure of advertising from the tobacco industry has increased in recent years as Formula One teams struggle to meet their budget requirements.McLaren cars this season will feature advertising for “A Better Tomorrow”, a British American Tobacco (BAT) scientific research subsidiary linked to less controversial electronic cigarettes.Whether the logo appears in Melbourne is unclear.“We will confirm our branding in due course,” a Mclaren spokeswoman told AFP while BAT said whether the car carried the logo “won’t be confirmed before the race weekend”.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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