Tony Robbins aces Parichat International Golf Course Pattaya

first_imgWednesday, March 11th Eastern Star Stableford1st Dave Ashman (21) 34 points2nd Michael Brett (16) 33 points3rd Tony Robbins (19) 33 pointsNear pins Keith Norman, Roland Davison, & Michael Brett.Another visit to Eastern Star where once again the reception we received was frosty at best. Someone forgot to bring our PSC vouchers, none were available for purchase and definitely no compromise on green fees, it was just another case of take it or leave it. The course was in average condition, but difficult as always and not helped by a coastal breeze.Roland Davison with a sandy eagle at Eastern Star.Scoring was mediocre at best with Dave Ashman taking first place with a score of thirty-four. Dave is becoming a bit of a Quasimodo (a bell ringer) generously once again donating his winnings in a worthy cause quenching the thirst of all present with a cleansing ale, well done Dave. Second place went to Michael Brett on countback with thirty-three points relegating Tony Robbins to third. Shot of the day went to Roland Davison who on the fifth hole hit his bunker shot from about one hundred and forty yards out with a nine-iron straight into the hole for an eagle, pretty to watch.Friday, March 13th Parichat Stableford1st Keith Smithson (4) 37 points2nd Roland Davison (15) 34 points3rd Nigel Harrison (21) 34 pointsNear pins Barry Murnin, Roland Davison, & Tony Robbins (hole in one) 3rd Michael Brett (16) 35 pointsNear pins Takeshi Hakozaki, Barry Murnin, & Michael Brett.Our last visit to the Bangpakong Riverside Course was somewhat disappointing with the course in the poorest condition anyone could remember, but Monday it was back to its best again. The fairways were well grassed and green and the greens were a good speed and ran true, so it looks like it will now become a regular on our monthly playing schedule again. The air was still as we teed off but after a few holes, the usual breeze started to blow and conditions became a bit cooler. A very quiet course meant a quick round with no delays or holdups, just as golf should be played.Keith Norman proclaimed the course was the best he had played in the last few months and set about proving it with a very respectable round of thirty-eight points, a slip up on the last robbed him of forty points. Second went to Lance Conway-Jones a stroke back. Third should have gone to Garry Smith but for some reason, he failed to turn in his card so could not be counted thereby conceding third place to Michael Brett who again had a Barry Crocker with the putter and should have had forty points, a recurring theme. Promoted ContentbrainberriesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldbrainberriesbrainberriesbrainberries6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesbrainberriesbrainberriesbrainberriesEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YoubrainberriesbrainberriesbrainberriesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?brainberriesbrainberriesbrainberries8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planetbrainberriesbrainberriesbrainberries6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Dronebrainberriesbrainberries For the superstitious amongst us, Friday 13th is considered the unluckiest day of the year. So back at Woodys Bar we waited to see who could make the claim as the unluckiest player of the day. With hindsight, we should have had a special prize for the one with the best story. On the other hand perhaps not as it may have been too difficult to decide between bad luck and bad play. As it turned out we were all a bit unlucky as far as the condition of the course goes. It was in a poor state compared to our last visit a month ago. The fairways have turned brown, and the tee boxes had recently been heavily sanded, but the greens were good.It turned out to be a curious day in many ways. Our leader Jimmy Carr sported a new very short haircut and was barely recognisable. Jack Penny had a strange round, he sliced his drive on one hole onto an adjacent fairway, played a blind second shot over trees to within six inches of the pin and sank the birdie putt. That was not the only curious part of his game as he had thirty points with six wipes and two one-point holes, a real curate’s egg of a round.Tony Robbins got the second ace of his golf career, the last being some twenty years ago. Perhaps the unlucky prize should go to John Hughes who went home a week early and missed out on two free drinks at the bar, no doubt he will make up for it on his next visit.Freshly arrived via South Africa, Keith Smithson took first place with thirty-seven points. Roland Davison edged out Nigel Harrison on countback, both with thirty-four. Near pins to Barry Murnin, Roland Davison, (within a whisker of an ace) and of course Tony Robbins (with an ace). Tony Robbins got an ace at Parichat, the second of his golf career.Pattaya Sports Club Bunker Boys GolfMonday, March 9 Bangpakong Riverside Stableford1st Keith Norman (14) 38 points2nd Lance Conway-Jones (14) 37 pointslast_img read more

Observations from the Edge: Yinz really otta’ go see the Otters

first_imgErie Otters right wing Alex DeBrincat celebrates with teammates including Dylan Strome, at left, after scoring against the Mississauga Steelheads during the third period of their OHL hockey game at Erie Insurance Arena on Jan. 31, 2016. (ANDY COLWELL / ERIE TIMES-NEWS VIA AP)Every kid playing sports dreams of being in the spotlight someday.  They dream of being Crosby or Lemieux, Rothlisberger or Bradshaw, Clemente or McCutchen.  Hockey kids start the dream early (with supporting hockey moms), usually in mini and mites (ages 5-8), squirt, pee wee and bantam leagues (9-14), and on to juniors (16–20), or college.Hockey is infectious…a flowing constant of bodies, energy and shifting momentum.  Gliding, stopping, running, hopping, spinning and cruising on ice with a weird looking stick, while manipulating a frozen disk in your peripheral vision…is a bit awe-inspiring.Here in Pittsburgh, we’ve been blessed with the best…Mario Lemieux, Ron Francis, Jaromir Jagr (still playing in the NHL at 45), Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Pierre LaRouche, Jean Pronovost, to name some.  That is to say…we are a tad spoiled.However, two hours north in Erie, you’ll find a brand of hockey where the best seat in the house cost the same as the worst one at PPG Arena.  At 1/3 the size, Erie Insurance Arena packs plenty punch and power.  Welcome to junior hockey and the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League.  For junior players, this is a developmental league, a segue to college or the pros.As the name suggests, this league of 20 teams is made primarily (three from the U.S.) from cities in the Canadian province of Ontario, just across Lake Erie.  They have names like Oshawa, Kitchener, Mississauga, Saginaw and Guelph…and with nicknames like the Steelheads, Petes, 67’s and Frontenacs. (Yes, the Frontenacs…a name derived from Fort Frontenac, of Louis de Baude de Frontenac, governor of New France–now Kingston Ontario–if you must know).Some great players have played juniors rather than go the collegiate route. While Mario Lemieux played in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (a sister league to the OHL), Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr played in the Ontario Hockey League, as did Penguins Andy Bathgate, Syl Apps, Ron Francis, Paul Coffey, Phil Bourque (a Frontenac) and Bob Errey.  So have other major players like Steve Yzerman (DET), Scott Stevens (NJ), Eric Lindros (PHI)…and current players such as Patrick Kane (CHI), Steven Stamkos (TB), John Tavares (NYI), and of course former Erie Otter, number one draft pick, Connor McDavid (EDM).McDavid resides in Edmonton, Alberta as the youngest captain (19 years old) in NHL history, running neck and neck for a scoring title with the best player in the land, Sidney Crosby.  That must say something about his skills but also about his development in juniors.  While he was “up ‘ere” in Erie, he set all kinds of rookie records (as a 15 year-old) for the Erie franchise and for the league.  His three years as an Otter was a conduit to developing those skills.  And players like Dylan Strome, Taylor and Darren Raddysh, and Alex DeBrincat are right behind him.Right wing Alex DeBrincat is setting records too. Recently, he tied the OHL record with a 19-game goal streak, scored 100 points for the third year in a row, scored 50 goals for the same period, and recorded over 300 career points for the league, And on a recent night, he became the American all-time OHL goal scoring leader.  He will be a rookie sensation somewhere in the Chicago Blackhawk’s system next year.  He just won the OHL scoring title with 127 points (and a +60 plus/minus). Right wing Taylor Raddysh has 108 points (and a +66).  As Penguin color commentator Bob Errey might say…sounds like a two-headed monster.Goalie Troy Timpano, who at one point in the season was 17-1 in goal, has finished the season at 36-8 with a 2.37 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.  He figures to loom large in the playoffs, with a solid tender behind him in Joseph Murdaca at 12-4.The Otters have gone deep into the playoff for the last three years, but have not clinched the OHL Robertson Cup.  One wonders that if you can’t win it with McDavid on your roster, can you do it at all?  This may be the year.   “We weren’t a very good team last year,” confesses head coach Kris Knoblauch.  ”You won 52 games last year” I gasped. “We didn’t have the players we have this year,” he noted.Knoblauch has this team playing consistently great hockey.  The Otts have just won the entire league with 103 points, 32 games above .500.  The playoffs start Thursday in Erie (Sarnia in the 1st round) so it’s time to get your ass “up ‘ere.”  That’s what Erites call Pittsburghers…”up ‘eres”…you know from… “hey yinz guys goin’ up ‘ere to Presque Ahll?”Knoblauch is a coach and coaches teach. In fact, Knoblauch was a substitute teacher in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, where he was content to live with his family in what he terms “paradise.” But a falling out with the junior team, Kootenay Ice of Cranbrook, British Columbia, that he was coaching, changed things.  That’s Erie’s good fortune, since they had not won a playoff series in nine years before coach Kris showed up five seasons ago.  Last year, they had their third consecutive 50+ win season…an OHL record… and then did it a fourth time in the season’s last game on Saturday.As I write this article over several games late in the season, the Otts have won them all, with scores of 9-1, 8-4, 9-4 …and this one, a 10-1 win, where center Dylan Strome became the Otters all time points leader with 309, as the Otts scored 8 goals in the second period…setting a franchise record on route to a 60-shot game outburst, tying their own record.  Four of the five top plus/minus players in the league this year are Otters.Like I said, they set records “up ‘ere” in Erie, Penn. This is some brand of hockey.The Otters actually started out in Niagara Falls, Ontario, as the Niagara Falls Thunder.  They moved to downtown Erie in 1996.  The game experience here is the same as in the NHL…lots of loud music, a goofy mascot (in this case, an upright Lake Erie otter who looks more like Goofy or Pluto), kiss cams, t-shirt toss, chuck the puck, human bowling, dance contests, free food…all intended to keep the family entertained.  It’s all about entertainment, is it not?Coach Knoblauch replaced Robbie Ftorek in 2012.  Ftorek, who has his name on the Stanley Cup twice and was head coach of the New Jersey Devils and the Boston Bruins in his past life, was being replaced by a 33-year-old coach with just two years of experience in junior hockey.  Knoblauch didn’t seem intimidated.  After that first losing season, with a team he inherited from Ftorek, Knoblauch made some drastic changes, trading away talent for grit and character.  That helped support younger players who wanted to lead but had no support.  Goal production went from next to last in the league to first in one season.Side Note:  Mario Lemieux said the same thing (adding grit and character) when he hired GM Jim Rutherford, on a 3-year window to get a Penguin’s championship done.  Rutherford did it in two.“The players worked hard, bought in and played a system,” Knoblauch tells me in his thick western Canadian accent.  ”They wanted to win and it showed.  We went from 19 wins to 52…an OHL record.”Yeah, setting records you might say, is “That Thing You Do” in Erie, Penn.As for now, Knoblauch loves coaching in Erie.  He can’t see working for a better organization but admits, given the opportunity to go to the next level, he would like to have the chance.  AHL teams with coaching issues should take note.  He may also see himself as an NHL assistant coach in the near future.  But he asks himself this…”is it good for my family?  Is it an organization that plays hockey how I want it to be played?”Apparently, Erie is a place where they play hockey his way, which varies depending on the players he has to utilize.  With this group, they play a brand of hockey where they take chances–and consequently turn over the puck–relying on defense to bail them out. It helps to have Troy Timpano in net.GM Dave Brown and Knoblauch want players who “play hard with offensive capabilities but are responsible defensively,” says Knoblauch, “players who are responsible on and off the ice.  Team culture is important for team success.”I talked to DeBrincat, Strome, Raddysh and Timpano, whom when queried, all said “maturity” was their greatest development in juniors.  ”I didn’t ‘get it’ till late,” says coach Knoblauch, which kind of derailed his own pro career.  He didn’t get work hard consistently, eat right, work out, and such.  Ultimately it sent his hockey career in another direction…towards Erie.  ”You don’t know what you don’t know.”“Your face and your name are out there,” says Penguin color man and once a Penguin first round pick, Bob Errey, who played two years in the OHL in Peterborough for the Petes, on a line with hall-of-famer, Steve Yzerman. Errey then went on to play on a line with hall-of-famer Mario Lemieux, on their way to winning Stanley Cups in ’91 and ’92.“You’re not a normal person going to school,” continues Errey.  ”You’re kids, you develop as a person, being able to mature as quickly as you can.  You’re developing your mind.  There is a lot of pressure around you.”If there is pressure on these young Otters, you would never know it.  There is this easy comradery around them.  I think they’re a confident bunch.  And why not? They did have a dip in wins in the last 10 games, so they had to win the last two to get 50 for Knoblauch, which they did.  Yes, it’s that thing you do in Erie, Penn.Yinz really Otta’ go “up ‘ere” and see some Otter’s play-off hockey.Lee Kann is a media producer and a writer. Contact: shooting16bl@gmail.comlast_img read more

Sister Jean and other heartwarming sports stories from 2018

first_imgSister Jean Delores Schmidt recounts her roles as player and coach at several girls’ schools before becoming chaplain, part-time scout and unofficial spokesperson for the men’s basketball program at the small Jesuit university on Chicago’s North Side.Asked what drew her to basketball, Sister Jean replied “Teamwork.”Her interview leads off a recap by hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg of the year’s most-heartwarming tales, including gracious winners, brave losers, a homecoming queen with a kick and “Teddy-Bear Tossing” — one of the best traditions in sports. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ Sam Lafferty, left, cleans up teddy bears thrown on the ice with help from Lehigh Valley Phantoms players Mark Friedman, center, and T.J. Brennan, right, after the annual Tobyhanna Army Depot Teddy Bear Toss during an AHL hockey game at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. The teddy bears thrown on the ice after the Penguins’ first goal of the game are donated to children in need as part of Tobyhanna’s “Operation Santa Claus” program. (Christopher Dolan /The Citizens’ Voice via AP) A 99-year-old nun at the center of the feel-good sports story of 2018 relives the drama of the Loyola Ramblers improbable run to the Final Four on the latest episode of PodcastOne Sports Now .last_img read more

Coulda, woulda, didn’t

first_imgBy DAVID NAGEL Narre Warren 19.15 (129) d Pakenham 9.14 (68) IF BAD kicking is bad football then Pakenham produced…[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

Bidding with the best

first_imgBy KATHRYN BERMINGHAM THE Victorian Livestock Exchange hosts many talented auctioneers, but it isn’t often that a world champion passes…[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

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Myron Nichol Rink

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the celebration by naming the rink Team of the Week.The rink now represents the zone at the BC Senior Men’s Championships February 17-22 in Port Alberni. The Myron Nichol rink of Castlegar took the longest way possible to capturing the Senior Men’s Kootenay Playdowns Sunday in Kimberley.The team of Nichol, third Bill Van Yzerloo and second Gary Beaudry and lead Barry Marsh, both of Nelson, defeated the Ken McHargue rink twice — in the B final and A-B final — to claim the title.last_img read more

Galway and Waterford hurlers renew rivalry this Sunday

first_imgAll NHL meetings dating back to 2000 2017 Galway 2-22 2-19 Waterford(Quarter-final) 2016 Galway 1-21 0-24Waterford2015 Galway 0-12 0-20Waterford (Quarter-final)2014 Galway 1-13 0-22Waterford2013 Galway 0-15 0-12 Waterford2012 Galway 0-15 1-14Waterford2011 Galway 1-16 1-17Waterford2010 Galway 4-15 1-15 Waterford2009 Galway 1-21 2-12 Waterford2005 Galway 0-18 0-11 Waterford2004 Galway 2-15 1-13 Waterford (Final)2004 Galway 5-13 1-14 Waterford2003 Galway 2-17 2-13 Waterford2002 Galway 0-16 1-16Waterford2000 Galway 2-15 1-15 Waterford (Semi-final)The last time Galway played Waterford in Walsh Park Sunday 20th March 2016Galway 1-21 0-24 WaterfordAfterthe 10th minute , Waterford had capitalised on a slow start fromGalway and had built a 0-6 to 0-2 advantage. However, multiple scores from JoeCanning and Eanna Burke in addition to a point from centre-back Aidan Harte anda tidy finish from Niall Burke had the tribesmen ahead 1-10 to 0-12 at theinterval.Waterfordwere on top for the most of the second half and had a three point lead built upas the game entered the final  fiveminutes. However, a four point scoring surge from the men in maroon had themleading 1-21 to 0-23 with little time remaining. It looked like Galway were setto hold on but up stepped Waterford wing back Gavin O’Brien to hit aninjury-time point to share the spoils.Galway- James Skehill, Fergal Moore, John Hanbury, Paul Hoban, Adrian Tuohey, Aidan Harte (0-1), David Collins, David Burke (0-2), Davy Glennon  (0-2),  Jason Flynn (0-1),  Niall Burke (1-3), Joe Canning (0-6, 4F), Eanna Burke (0-2), Andy Smith, Cathal Mannion (0-2).Subs-  Ronan Burke for Hoban (45), Conor Whelan for Smith (46), Richie Cummins for E.Burke (57), Shane Maloney for Flynn (66).Referee- Brian Gavin (Offaly) print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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