Classy Plumb wins by two in South Africa

first_img7 Mar 2019 Classy Plumb wins by two in South Africa Tags: elite golf, England squads, performance England international Tom Plumb played outstanding golf to shoot 18-under par and win the Sanlam Cape Province Open in South Africa by two shots.It was the lowest tournament score so far from the 19-year-old and in his final, bogey-free, round of seven-under 65 he hit every green in regulation.Plumb, from Yeovil Golf Club in Somerset, shared eighth place after his first round of two-under at George Golf Club. He moved into the lead when he scored six-under 66 at Kingswood Golf Estate, shared top spot after his third round 69 and claimed the trophy with his closing 65.Another English player, Joe Harvey of The Kendleshire, Gloucestershire, tied fourth on ten-under.“It was fun” said Plumb, who is a member of the England Men’s Squad. Going into the third day and the last two rounds, he knew he’d have to put his foot down: “There were so many birdies being made, it was ridiculous. I knew what I had to do and I knew it was possible.”He didn’t have it all his own way though. He started the third round with an eight after two drives went out of bounds. But he wasn’t fazed. “They were really good drives, they just went too far,” he said. “I told myself it was just one hole and that there were plenty of birdies out there and I had to keep hitting greens and making them.”He did exactly that and went on to hit tip-top form in the final round. “I hit all the greens in regulation on the front nine and said if I could do that again I would win – and that’s what I did, hit all 18 greens in regulation. I’ve never done that before in a situation like that and it gave me great confidence.”Plumb also drew on his experiences in the South American Amateur in Chile in January, where he was in contention until a final hole bogey ended his chances. “That gave me a big kick in the teeth, it was the worst I have felt finishing in a golf tournament. But it helped me here – and I didn’t want to let two go.”Plumb’s victory came in the final event of a month long tour of South Africa, representing England Golf alongside David Langley of Castle Royle, BB&O, Joe Long of Lansdown, Gloucestershire, and Billy McKenzie of Rowlands Castle, Hampshire. “Every minute we have had has been an unbelievable experience,” he said.Click here for full scoresImage © Pieter Elslast_img read more

Saga at ‘Wounded Knee’

first_imgby Aubrey BruceFor New Pittsburgh CourierHey, I don’t know about “you’s” guys but when I think of Wounded Knee it is not the left knee that I injured falling on the ice on New Year’s Day 2013. Do not let your imaginations run wild because no, my slip and fall was not because of too much merlot; it was because of not enough salt in my walkway. However contrary to popular belief, life may in many cases imitate art; in my case my “distressed” knee did not cause distress for anyone but me. But that was not the case for the Washington Redskins this past weekend.There are all sorts of unacceptable caricatures of native Americans with sports franchises being named the “Redskins” and “Indians.” However, when the Seattle Seahawks faced the Redskins in an NFC wildcard round in Washington, D.C. it was a “wounded knee” that disarmed the “Skins” and was pivotal in the outcome. This game was filled with so many social variables and contrasts that it would take a lot more space than I have here so please bear with me. First, the “Skins”All-Galaxy rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was poised to face off against the now All-Universe rookie quarterback for the “Hawks,” Russell Wilson. Wilson was drafted two rungs lower than Andrew Luck, the first overall pick of the 2012 draft, and second pick RG III. Regardless, there were no “tomahawk chops” or any other signs that could have stopped the “little big man” from Seattle from climbing the ladder of legend. First and foremost there were many opinions as to why RG III should not have been starting the game in the first place. Doctor James Andrews, the knee specialist who also helped Adrian Peterson’s return to the gridiron for the 2012 season is not quite seeing eye to eye with Redskins head Coach Mike Shanahan’s assertion that he had Andrews’ okay to put Griffin back in the game after he was injured against the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 9. “He’s on the sidelines with Dr. Andrews. He had a chance to look at him and he said he could go back in,” Shanahan said the day after the Ravens game. “(I said) ‘Hey, Dr. Andrews, can Robert go back in?’ Yeah, he can go back in.  ‘Robert, go back in.’ That was it,” Shanahan said. Dr. Andrews did not quite agree with coach Shanahan’s observation. “[Griffin] didn’t even let us look at him,” Andrews said. “He came off the field, walked through the sidelines, circled back through the players, and took off back to the field. It wasn’t our opinion. We didn’t even get to touch him or talk to him. Scared the hell out of me.”Mr. Wilson performed as though he was the one who should have gotten the serious “cheese.” Wilson was the first rookie quarterback to win a playoff game after his team trailed by as many as 14 points, leading the Seahawks to a 24-14 victory over the Redskins. RG III also played a gutsy game. Did you guys and gals know that this was the first time that two “rookie” quarterbacks of “color” faced off in a playoff game? The NFL has come a long ways in regards to the skill positions but there seems to be a long way to go before there is a resolution in regards to folks being comfortable with “colored” field generals. When it comes to quarterbacks, they should just be quarterbacks. A few weeks ago I severely criticized Ben Roethlisberger for his horrendous performance against the Cincy Bengals that knocked the Steelers out of the postseason. I received a caustic anti-minority email from [email protected] that said, “Translation: I don’t like the 6’-5” cracker with two Super Bowl rings. What a load of garbage your article is. How many turnovers did the Steelers offense have in three games WITHOUT Ben? Funny, how those games didn’t get mentioned. Including the game when Byron Leftwich sucked or the three pick game that Charlie Batch threw in a 6 point loss to the Browns. We both know why those games were omitted don’t we? Funny how the defense crapping the bed in Oakland and Tennessee didn’t get mentioned either. It’s OK Aubrey, we both know why.”  Hey Keith J. Fro, translation: you don’t know what the he-l you’re talking about. Did you ever read any of the articles I wrote criticizing the Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin? Did you glance across the piece I penned several weeks ago in which I said that Charlie Batch did not deserve an NFL paycheck as a result of his terrible performance against the Browns in Cleveland?  Or that as a result of his many injuries that back up QB Byron Leftwich should have been cut long ago? Get a life, Keith. Translation: it’s okay to beat up on the Black guy that many “folks” in the Steelers nation chop up on a daily basis as an example of the “Rooney Rule” gone terribly, terribly wrong. Secondly, Mr. “Fro” mostly all of my media and sports journalism buddies are White (I don’t care they are still my brothers and I love them and their families dearly) but less than 5 percent of Black journalist’s cover the NFL for AP and the other dailies, yet more than 75 percent of the players are Black. Does that make sense, Brother “Fro”? Just because an athlete is White does not mean that he is right and just because he is Black does not mean that he has to step back…peace, I’m out.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at:   [email protected] or 412-583-6741.) AUBREY BRUCElast_img read more

Congressman Heck’s “Valentines for Veterans” will Include First Responders This Year

first_imgFor the 6th annual Valentines for Veterans Drive, Congressman Denny Heck is inviting students to make cards for veterans and first responders. Photo courtesy: The Office of Congressman Denny HeckAylen Junior High School (Puyallup School District)Brouillet Elementary (Puyallup School District)Cherrydale Primary School (Steilacoom Historical School District)Cougar Mountain Middle School (Bethel School District)Edgerton Elementary (Puyallup School District)Hillside Elementary (Clover Park School District/Joint Base Lewis-McChord)Maplewood Elementary (Puyallup School District)Meeker Elementary (Puyallup School District)Midland Elementary (Franklin Pierce School District)Ridgecrest Elementary (Puyallup School District)Roy Elementary (Bethel School District)Sunrise Elementary (Puyallup School District)Wildwood Elementary (Puyallup School District)Thurston CountyMountain View Elementary (North Thurston School District)Centennial Elementary (Olympia School District)Anyone wishing to participate can drop off Valentine’s Day cards at Congressman Heck’s district offices between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, January 25 – February 9. Teachers and school districts can contact the Pierce County office at 253-533-8332 or the Thurston/Mason County office at 360-459-8514 to arrange an appointment for large pickups.The Pierce County office is located in the Lakewood City Hall:6000 Main Street SW, Suite 3BLakewood, WA, 98499The Thurston/Mason County office is located on the third floor of Lacey City Hall:420 College Street SE, Third FloorLacey, WA 98503 Facebook16Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Office of Congressman Denny HeckFor the sixth annual Valentines for Veterans Drive, Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) is encouraging students of all ages around the South Sound to pen and design valentines for local first responders as well as veterans. The cards are one way to say to these heroes, “thank you for your service and for keeping us safe.”Congressman Heck and his office will then deliver the cards to veterans organizations and first responder work stations on Valentine’s Day.“Students in the South Sound have big hearts, and they do an amazing job on their valentines every year,” Heck said. “This is one small way to give our heroes a new keepsake for their desk or fridge illustrating our appreciation for how they protect and serve this community.”Students of all grade levels and ages are welcome to participate.The following schools in the South Sound have signed on to provide valentines:Pierce Countylast_img read more