England Golf launches strategy to ‘raise our game’

first_img22 Jul 2014 England Golf launches strategy to ‘raise our game’ England Golf will launch its Strategic Plan for 2014-17 this week with a call to all who care about golf to join together to ‘raise our game’ to build a bright future for the sport.The strategy will be launched at Moor Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire on Thursday, July 24. It sets out a vision of England Golf at the heart of a network of partners, taking action together to tackle the challenges facing the game.The strategy aims to create:–    More players and more club members–    Stronger clubs–    Winning golfers–    Outstanding championships for golfers of all abilities–    Improved image of the game–    Excellent governance“Golf is a big business with many opportunities,” said England Golf Chief Executive David Joy. “It contributes £3.4bn to the economy of England each year and it’s estimated that 2.8million people play golf at least once a year. It is enjoyed by men and women, boys and girls of all ages and abilities – it is truly a game for all, a game for life.“But the sport is also facing significant challenges, with declining numbers of golf club members and a drop in overall participation.“We ignore these trends at our peril and we all need to work together to raise our game and make the most of the opportunities which exist for golf.”The strategy sets out frameworks for action by clubs, counties and England Golf and is the result of extensive consultation. Graham Yates, the England Golf chairman, commented: “This is a new and exciting development for us and it has been shaped by the opinions and comments of hundreds of interested parties.“By working together in this way we will be better equipped to support golf clubs in these testing times, which is our principal concern. The strategy also means that we can focus more attention on aspects of our work which frequently go unnoticed, such as performance.”The strategy has already received widespread support.Jennie Price, Chief Executive of Sport England said: “This strategy is very encouraging and will help to focus attention on the importance of increasing participation in golf. We are very pleased to work with England Golf to realise these ambitions for the game.”Sandy Jones, the Chief Executive of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) joined the board of England Golf last year. He commented: “The PGA welcomes and endorses the launch of the England Golf Strategic Plan.  It is vital for the game that we do all we can to welcome new players to the game, entice lapsed players to return and also encourage our existing golfers to play that little bit more.The England Golf Strategic Plan sets out a road map which will assist us all in achieving these targets.PGA Professionals throughout England already work hard to grow the game and provide encouragement to all who play or are considering taking the game up.  If across the industry we all work together with total commitment then I have no doubt that this strategic plan can be hugely successful”.Colin Mayes, chairman of the UK Golf Course Owners Association, added: “We’re delighted to work together to spread the message that golf is a game which is open to all and which has so much to offer the whole family. These are challenging times but clubs which listen to their members and visitors and act on their feedback will be able to take advantage of the opportunities which exist.“This strategy is a very positive way to create more golfers, more members and stronger, well-supported clubs.”To request a digital copy of the England Golf Strategic Plan 2014-17 please email marketing@englandgolf.orglast_img read more

Get golfing in Nottingham’s parks Ð for free!

first_img26 Jun 2017 Get golfing in Nottingham’s parks Ð for free! Free Get into golf opportunities are on offer at three Nottingham parks throughout the summer. Everyone is welcome to attend drop-in sessions at Woodthorpe Grange, Bulwell Hall and Highfields Park from June to October, to discover that golf is a game for all which is fun and sociable and a great way of keeping fit. For details of session dates and times go to Get Into Golf This is the second year that England Golf has got together with Nottingham City Council to take golf into an informal setting as part of the ParkLives programme. Comments from last summer’s participants included: “I enjoy being out in the fresh air and the camaraderie of playing with other people.” Claire Hodgson, England Golf Head of Participation, said: “This is a great way to reach people who might never have thought of playing golf. Non golfers and beginners are encouraged to attend the drop in sessions to try golf and there will also be a specific weekly women’s only session “Anyone who is interested in continuing to play will receive information about Get into golf opportunities at local clubs and other ways to play, such as adventure golf and pitch and putt.” They’ll be supported by Get into golf activator Nyle Challinor, whose role is to raise the profile of golf in Nottingham and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to have a go and to become more active in a fun and enjoyable way. Local clubs and volunteers are welcome to get involved and attend any of the sessions to promote opportunities to new golfers. To get involved they should contact Nottinghamshire Club Support Officer Emily Cheshire: e.cheshire@englandgolf.org The project is part of England Golf’s Get into golf campaign, which offers great value coaching opportunities, and its wider strategy to get more people playing golf more often. Golf has many health and wellbeing benefits, including helping people to live longer and to preventing major chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart attacks. A nine-hole round can be fitted in to two hours and players will walk two to three miles, take over 5000 steps and burn over 450 calories.last_img read more

Attoe leads by three with a round to play

first_img Defending champion Ian Attoe takes an three-shot lead into tomorrow’s final round of the English Senior Men’s Open at Holme Hall Golf Club, Lincolnshire.He’s five-under for the championship, having played today’s second round at the companion course, Elsham, where he added one-over 72 to his opening 65.His closest challengers are the Yorkshire pair of Richard Norton and Ian Clarke who are both two-under par after they returned 69s at Holme Hall.One shot further back is Richard Elmes from Hampshire, whose 68 at Holme Hall tied the low score of the day.Behind them is a chasing pack of six players grouped on level par which includes 2018 runner-up Rich Jones, senior international Rupert Kellock and Bob Florence, who also shot 68.Attoe, from Worplesdon in Surrey, was out in two-under 34, having birdied both par fives. He dropped a couple of shots on the tougher back nine, but after holing a 33ft putt for birdie on 16 he was still on course to finish under par for the second successive round.However, his hopes were thwarted by a double bogey on the 17th, where his approach went through the green into an unplayable position and he had to take a drop.“I was slightly disappointed with the 17th, I would have liked to have finished under par, but overall the round was relatively pleasing,” he said.Attoe, who is bidding for his third championship win, added: “I’m very pleased to be in the position I am and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”Norton (Beverley & East Riding) was one of only five players to beat par today after driving the ball well and avoiding any three-putts. “The most pleasing thing is that we have had the worst of the weather both days,” he said.Norton, a senior international, has already won once this season, at the West of England Senior Open, and is keen for another victory. “That’s the idea! You wouldn’t be here for nothing,” he said.Clarke, the new Lindrick club champion, was playing in the final group at Holme Hale and commented: “I’ve found something with my iron play in the last week or so and my putts have dropped.” In both rounds so far he’s set off at a great rate; his aim tomorrow will be to match it on the homeward half.Elmes (Stoneham) put together a very tidy round with four birdies and just one bogey on the 16th. His 68 was matched by Kent’s Bob Florence (Rochester & Cobham Park) who started with an eagle two on the first and finished with three birdies in the last five holes.Florence is joined on level par by Rich Jones (Rotherham), Rupert Kellock (Sunningdale), John Coupe (Canterbury), Paul Wharton (Woodhall Spa) and Tim Whittaker (Beaconsfield).After today’s round the field was cut to the leading 80 players and ties with 85 players making the cut.Click here for full scores Tags: Elsham Golf Club, English Senior Men’s Open Amateur Championship, Holme Hall Golf Club 6 Jun 2019 Attoe leads by three with a round to play last_img read more

Penn Hills beats Gateway 18-7 in annual Backyard Brawl

first_imgBIG DEFENSIVE PLAY—JayVaughn Kirkland of Penn Hills bats down a pass by Gateway quarterback Thomas Woodson. As the kickoff drew near Friday night between Gateway and Penn Hills, there was almost a basketball- like atmosphere. The Gateway student section, dressed in black and gold, was cheering loudly and the Penn Hills percussion section was aiding in the pre-game revelry. Then, the Gators went out on the field, holding hands marching 2-by-2 to the beat of its own drum. But in front of one of the largest crowd ever to fill Walter “Pete” Antimarino Stadium, the Penn Hills “road warriors” left with bragging rights and an 18-7 victory. Both teams are led by outstanding Black head coaches, Gateway’s Terry Smith and Penn Hills’ Ron Graham.The 2010 edition of the Penn Hills Indians has the potential to be very, very good. They entered the season having to replace graduating seniors, including defensive lineman Aaron Donald (Pitt), linebacker Myles Davis (Syracuse), cornerback Cullen Christian (Michigan) and wide-receiver-cornerback Brandon Ifill (Pitt).Sophomore Aaron Bailey got the Indians on the board first with a 4-yard touchdown run. Gateway blocked the kick and Penn Hills led 6-0.Penn Hills extended its lead to 12-0 when Corey “If I’m even, I’m leavin’” Jones sprinted around left end for a 49-yard touchdown run.Jones, who is like a thoroughbred racehorse, with great speed and athletic ability on his side, vaulted out of the stable with a game high 103 yards rushing, trampling the Gators.Jones, who already returned two kickoffs for touchdowns this season, is establishing himself as one of the top game breakers in the area and WPIAL.Hopewell junior Rushel Shell is the best in the nation and Schenley’s Deandre Black is the most underrated game breaker.Jones is a breath of fresh air with all the WPIAL superstars out with injuries.West Allegheny’s Mike Caputo, Gateway’s Dondi Kirby, Chartiers Valley’s Wayne Capers, Woodland Hills’ Lafayette Pitts, Charleroi’s Quentin Briggs and Aliquippa’s Troy Jeter are all down and out.Penn Hills’ Jones and offensive coordinator Demond Gibson are ready to reveal “secret weapons” to all their fans.Gibson, who captained the Penn Hills 1995 State Championship team, del­ved into the psychological factors that could seriously affect victory or defeat. Having been on the biggest high school, college and professional stages himself, Gibson knows the mindset it takes to win at Penn Hills.“A great running game and defense is what wins championships,” said Gibson.“When I played at Penn Hills we had two 1,500- plus yard rushers. The greatest feeling for an offensive lineman is to move somebody off the ball against his will.” Smithwoke up his troops after halftime when “super sophomore” Darin Franklin returned the second half kickoff 56 yards to the Indians 39-yard line. Quarterback Thomas Woodson passed 23 yards to Wayne Blye for a touchdown to cut the lead to 12-7. New Gateway field general Woodson is only a sophomore, but the young quarterback has some big shoes to fill.Rob Kalkstein, the former four-year starter, passed for more than 2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns last year. Kalkstein is one of the WPIAL’s all-time passing leader with over 6,000 career yards.“This is my ninth year as the head coach of Gateway and this is my youngest team,” said Smith. “I really like our secondary. We converted Nolan Toran and Armstead Williams from linebacker to safety. We have a very physical defense.”Penn Hills won in spite of itself at times—the Indians committed 10 penalties for over 100 yards. The mistakes did little to level the playing field, because Gateway committed 14 penalties and threw four interceptions.The final touchdown came courtesy of junior running back Malik Bateman, who scored on a 23-yard scamper to give the Indians a very rare victory at Gateway. Most teams that enter Antimarino Stadium have a very negative, defeatist attitude, but Jones is a different cat and Gibson has the winning formula.last_img read more

Kunitz’s 2nd PP goal gives Pens OT win over Isles

first_imgby Ira PodellUNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins bounced back from their home disappointment and dished out their fair share to the suddenly shocked New York Islanders.All it took was Sidney Crosby and a very powerful power play to do the trick.Chris Kunitz scored his second man-advantage goal of the game 8:44 into overtime, off the third assist of the day by Crosby, and the Penguins rode a slew of ups and downs Sunday en route to a 5-4 victory over the Islanders that gave top-seeded Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.The Islanders came in still enjoying the positive effects of their 4-3 comeback win on Friday in Pittsburgh that gave them a surprising split of the first two games of the Eastern Conference series.The Penguins will try to take a commanding 3-1 lead Tuesday on Long Island.Crosby, playing his second game after missing a month because of a broken jaw, drew the decisive penalty against Brian Strait, who held the Penguins captain as he drove the net 33 seconds before the winning goal.“He kind of wrapped me up,” Crosby said. “I pulled up looking for someone. I didn’t see anyone so I thought I would take it to the net.“We were hoping we could get it done quickly.”The Penguins went 3-for-5 on the power play and yielded Kyle Okposo’s short-handed goal, but held New York scoreless on its three advantages.“We had our chances. They scored on the power plays and we didn’t,” said Islanders coach Jack Capuano, who declined to comment on the officiating. “You always talk about special teams being a big factor, and that was the difference.”When New York scored twice in the first 5:41 to go up 2-0 in Game 3, old Nassau Coliseum rocked as it did in the Stanley Cup-winning days of the early 1980s. However, this was the Islanders’ first home playoff game since 2007, and the fans were soaking it all in.Not so fast.The Penguins stormed back with a pair of power-play goals 19 seconds apart — first by Jarome Iginla on a 5-on-3 advantage, and then by Kunitz on the second half. When Pascal Dupuis gave Pittsburgh its first lead with 1 minute left in the opening period — capping the three-goal spurt in 5:42 — the early euphoria was gone in a flash.“You have to give them credit. They got up two and they showed no quit,” said Iginla, a key late-season trade pickup by the Penguins. “It meant a lot on the road to get those two back.“There is a lot of emotion, unpredictability in the playoffs. You have to learn to control that.”Douglas Murray pushed Pittsburgh’s lead to 4-2 in the second, and it appeared the Penguins would cruise. But it was a bumpy road back to regaining home-ice advantage against the upstart Islanders.It was tough enough for the Penguins to erase their own deficit, but squandering a two-goal lead in the third period is certainly out of character for one of the Stanley Cup favorites.Pittsburgh took the series opener 5-0 on Wednesday, but since then has been dealing with an inability to hang on. Allowing two goals in the third period led to a loss Friday. Pittsburgh led that one 2-0 and 3-1 in the first period.“There was a lot of emotion in this game. They really came after us,” Kunitz said. Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, second from left, assists Pascal Dupuis (9), right, in his goal past New York Islanders’ Lubomir Visnovsky, second from right, during the first period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series on May 5, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)last_img read more

Pitt beats NC State 74-62 in 1st ACC game

first_imgPitt’s Lamar Patterson (21), Talib Zanna (42) and James Robinson (0) react towards the end of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C., Jan. 4. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Lamar Patterson scored 22 points to help Pittsburgh beat North Carolina State 74-62 on Saturday in the Panthers’ first Atlantic Coast Conference game.Talib Zanna added 15 points for the Panthers (13-1, 1-0 ACC), who won their third straight overall in their first road game of the season. Pitt fell behind 17-2 and trailed by eight at halftime, but dominated the second half by shooting 63 percent to build a double-digit lead that silenced the hostile crowd.Most of that production came in the paint, where Pitt kept getting good looks around the rim to wrestle back control from the Wolfpack (10-4, 0-1). The Panthers finished with 26 of their 34 points in the paint after halftime.Patterson shot 8-for-16 from the field and hit two 3-pointers, including one to beat the shot clock over Desmond Lee for a 66-53 lead with 4:32 left.The 6-foot-5 senior also had a strong overall floor game, finishing with eight rebounds, six assists and two steals in 35 minutes.Michael Young added a career-high 13 points for Pittsburgh, which shot just 9-for-27 (33 percent) in that miserable first half on the way to a 34-26 halftime deficit. But Pitt opened the second half with a 24-8 burst, ending when Patterson scored on a hanging basket while drawing the foul for a three-point play that made it 50-42 with 13:19 left.N.C. State never could get back control of the game in what turned into a reversal from the first 20 minutes. The Wolfpack shot 8-for-27 (30 percent) after halftime as Pitt pushed ahead by as many as 16 late.T.J. Warren scored 23 points to lead N.C. State, while Ralston Turner had 11.It marked the first time the Wolfpack lost an ACC opener under third-year coach Mark Gottfried.last_img read more

National Wildlife Federation and Veteran Conservation Corps Partner Up for Educational…

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0Submitted by National Wildlife FederationAre you interested in creating areas for wildlife? Do you want to do your part to keep Thurston County wild? Now is your chance to become a Habitat Steward™. National Wildlife Federation and Veteran Conservation Corps are offering a specialized 24-hour training program to teach you how to help others create and restore wildlife habitat in backyards, schoolyards, and other community areas. The training will take place every Tuesday in April from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Lacey Veterans Services Hub (4232 6th Ave. SE, Ste. 202, Lacey). The workshop includes two Saturday field trips on April 8 and 29. Plan on full days.A previous corps of Thurston Habitat Stewards celebrate completion of the course.This training is engaging, fun and highly informative and you get to meet and interact with local conservation professionals and other similarly interested folks. Expert speakers from Center for Natural Lands Management, Washington Native Plant Society, WSU Thurston County Extension, Stream Team, and other local organizations will speak about a variety of topics including, but not limited to, rain gardens, gardening for wildlife, native plants, noxious weeds, habitat restoration, bird identification and conservation, pollinators, current science in the Puget Sound, site mapping and much more.The cost of the training is $30 to cover classroom materials. Note: scholarships are available! No one will be turned down due to lack of funds. We will provide coffee, tea, and snacks at each training session – you are welcome to bring a brown bag dinner. To register for the training, please visit http://nwfolympia.brownpapertickets.com/ or contact Sarah Bruemmer at WAHabitatCoordinator@nwf.org or (206) 577-7809.last_img read more

WSDOT Seeks Input for I-5 Between Tumwater, Nisqually

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationCommuters, residents and local businesses that rely on Interstate 5 between Tumwater and Nisqually are encouraged to offer ideas to help improve travel on this busy corridor.The Washington State Department of Transportation invites all users of the highway to participate in an online survey as part of a study to identify and develop strategies to help improve traffic flow.The survey will help WSDOT better understand how people use the corridor, their perceptions of transportation needs and which transportation issues matter most to them.“This study will help us determine the best strategies to address the needs of this critical corridor over the next 20 years,” said Dennis Engel, WSDOT multimodal planning manager.The survey is open until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The public will have additional opportunities to offer input about transportation needs along the corridor at public open houses planned next summer.The resulting report will summarize and rank transportation strategies that could include:Operational improvementsIntelligent Transportation Systems improvementsTransportation demand management – Using transportation alternatives for commute trip reduction like ridesharing, telework, public transportation, etc.Transit, freight, bicycle or pedestrian improvementsEnhancements to the highwayUse of other tools such as education and enforcementFeatured photo credit: Dr Attila Talaberlast_img read more

Disaster Assistance Now Available to all Washington Small Businesses Economically Impacted…

first_imgFacebook192Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of CommerceThe Washington State Department of Commerce wants businesses in our state to know that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has amended its original disaster declaration to apply to all Washington small businesses, regardless of county.These low-interest loans for working capital are now available to any small businesses suffering economic fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak.SBA disaster assistance is now available in all counties within the state of Washington.SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions about SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and explain the application process.Small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of the COVID-19 since Jan. 31 may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses, which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.Eligibility for Economic Injury Disaster Loans is based on the financial impact of the COVID-19. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75%.SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard‑of‑hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020.For federal information about Coronavirus, please visit: Coronavirus.gov.For more information about available SBA resources and services, please visit: SBA.gov/coronavirus.For information for Washiongton state business about our response to COVID-19, visit our web portal at coronavirus.wa.gov.last_img read more

M’Town Police Investigating Fatal Traffic Accident

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – Town­ship police are continuing to investigate a traffic fatality at a Route 36 intersection that occurred last weekend.Police said, that while information about the collision was still limited, they know that at 8:06 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, a vehicle traveling south on the highway struck and killed a female pedestrian. The woman was crossing the road at the Wilson Avenue intersection, located in the township’s Port Monmouth section.Detective Lt. Stephen Dollinger, a police spokes­man, identified the victim as Erica L. Hamdan, 31, a Port Monmouth resident. Hamdan was crossing the intersection with another pedestrian, who was not identified, when she was struck, Dollinger said.Police identified the driver as Jordan E. Bishop, 23, Long Branch.Emergency personnel treated Hamdan at the scene, transporting her to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, where she was pronounced dead at 8:54 p.m., according to Dollinger.Police and emergency personnel closed a portion of the highway to traffic for approximately two hours, the spokesman said.Any witnesses are asked to contact the police department traffic bureau at 732-615-2045.last_img read more