Lammers shoots highest of the week

first_img1st ‘Phonsie’ McGahan (6) 37pts2nd Bill Hewitt (15) 34pts3rd Bernard Channing (17) 32ptsB Flight1st Dietmar Lammers (20) 38pts2nd Mick OMeara (22) 34pts3rd Bruce Tollitt (19) 33ptsWednesday, Feb. 16, Mountain Shadow – StablefordTwenty-four players off the white tees at Mountain Shadow on Wednesday.A Flight1st Dave Bramley (15) 37pts2nd ‘Phonsie’ McGahan (6) 36pts3rd Brendon McGovern (0) 34ptsB Flight1st Vaughan Jackson (18) 36pts2nd Mick OMeara  (22) 36pts3rd Dave Strang (18) 32pts2’s: Les CharlesFriday, Feb. 18, Green Valley – StablefordJust 12 players on the Holiday at Green Valley on Friday so only one flight.1st Gary Blackburne (8) 39pts2nd Derek May (19) 35pts3rd Ben Findon (18) 35pts PSC golf from the The Caddy ShackMonday, Feb. 14, Phoenix – StablefordTwenty players off the white tees at Phoenix with Dietmar Lammers top scoring on 38 points to take out the B Flight.  Phonsie McGahan scored one point less to win the top division and also scored the day’s only ‘2’A Flightlast_img read more

Brook back on top at Khao Kheow

first_imgThe biggest worry most of us brought up was that the ball seemed to deviate as it approached the hole.  I thought it was just me but several other players also made the point.  It seemed the hole was always on the slant and the course had been set up with the holes in the most difficult places.  We all suffered from missed puts that should have gone in.  Mind, this is a quality course and they sure know how to screw with your brain.Back at BJ’s in Pattaya it was soon into the results and this was quite easy, especially on the near pins side as Mashi had a clean sweep, winning them all – a first as far as I can remember.  In the main competition, the winner on the day was Derek Brook with 35 points ahead of Dick Warberg in second with 33 and in third was Landis Brooks with 31. The Tropical Golf GroupTuesday, May 2, Khao Kheow – StablefordWe nearly always book this venue as the first Tuesday outing of the month because, to put it politely, it is a great course and the management here look after us.  We have been booking Khao Kheow for many years now and feel comfortable turning up knowing it will be a relaxed day.Derek Brook (right) with Dick Warberg.The only negative side is that some of our golfers consider the course too difficult for them and sometimes give it a miss.  That really says it all, go here and your golf game will be tested as will you yourself.  Make a bad shot and it is difficult to get back in position without losing a shot.On this day the test was to be the A & B nines, in that order, and while we know it is a severe test that is what we go to a golf course for.  The weather on the day was really fine at the start but as we approached the last few holes the skies opened and the deluge began.The fairways all round were good, the rough was as you would expect at KK, and it was apparent as soon as we chipped onto the first green that the putting surfaces were going to be fast, and so it proved.last_img read more

Raelert triumphs in record time at rain-hit Ironman 70.3

first_imgTwo-time Ironman 70.3 world champion Michael Raelert lit up a rain-hit Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship in Phuket with a blazing performance that slashed eight minutes off the course record and saw him finish five minutes ahead of nearest rivals, Australians Richie Cunningham and Paul Matthews, to claim the US$12,000 top pro prize.  He made his record time of 03:51:36 despite the downpours on an unseasonable overcast day on the holiday island that played havoc on the bike course and brought heartbreak for hotly-tipped Ironman bike specialist Chris Lieto of the USA, who was forced to retire after crashing just 20k into the tough 90k ride.2011 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship winner Michael Raelert of Germany on the podium at Laguna Phuket with runner-up Richie Cunningham (left) and third-placed Paul Matthews (right), both of Australia. Raelert, making his first appearance in Phuket, was keen to end his season on a high note after injuries earlier this year forced him to abandon the defence of his Ironman 70.3 World Championship title at Las Vegas in September.He was among a field of 34 male and female international pro athletes and more than 1,000 age groupers competing the 1.9k swim, 90k bike and 21.1k run course for a slice of a US$75,000 pro purse and championship points, as well as coveted age group slots for the 2012 Ironman 70.3 and Ironman World Championships.Raelert won with a swim time of 00:23:24; bike of 02:14:17 and run of 01:11:15.  Cunningham, Laguna Phuket Triathlon champion in 2008, was runner-up on 03:57:16 with a swim time of 00:23:55, bike of 02:14:07 and run of 01:16:44; and Matthews finished on 03:58:24 with a swim time of 00:23:39, bike of 02:14:14 and run of 01:18:02.In the women’s pro field, Melissa Rollison of Australia, reigning Ironman 70.3 world champion and last year’s Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship runner-up, cruised to an emphatic victory and claimed the US$12,000 top prize in 04:17:01, a massive 13 minutes ahead of Switzerland’s Natascha Badmann on 04:30:42.Reigning Ironman 70.3 World Champion Melissa Rollison of Australia celebrates her victory at Laguna Phuket in the Ironman 70.3 Asia- Pacific Championship.They were joined in third place by the previous week’s Laguna Phuket Triathlon women’s champion Radka Vodickova of the Czech Republic, who shrugged off a knee injury sustained a few days earlier in a bike accident with a gutsy run in her first-ever Ironman 70.3 that saw her surge through the field to finish on 04:34:50, dashing the podium hopes of rising UK star Emma-Kate Lidbury.Rollison won with a swim time of 00:27:32; bike of 02:36:29 and run of 01:19:44; Badmann was runner-up with a swim time of 00:30:00; bike of 02:26:01 and run of 01:30:57; and Vodickova finished with a swim time of 00:26:13, bike of 02:39:04 and run of 01:26:26.Raelert was a commanding presence early in the race, overtaking swim leader Daniel Halksworth of the UK on the water exit to join the leading bike pack of Lieto, Cunningham, Matthews, Matt Reed of the USA and Jason McHugh of Australia.After Lieto crashed out he was content to stay among the pack as the skies darkened and rain poured down, but at the run transition – with weather conditions more favourable for runners – he took the lead, stretching it to more than two minutes at the half-way point of the two-loop course.“The conditions out on the bike course were incredible, it was dark with torrential rain,” Raelert said.  “We had to slow down, but that meant I could relax a bit and prepare for the run.“This is just a fantastic event.  Even when the rain was coming down the people were still lining the roads cheering us on.  It really encouraged all of us.“After the setbacks of this season it’s great to end on a high note with a good win and I’m sure this will be a springboard for my next season.”It was a disappointing day for three-time Laguna Phuket Triathlon champion and crowd favourite Massimo Cigana.  The Italian, who won his third LPT title the previous weekend and was bidding to follow-up his runner-up place in last year’s Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship, finished sixth in 04:01:54.But it was a good day for Australia, with five Australians among the top eight men’s prize positions and three in the women’s top eight, including winner Melissa Rollison.Top Thai male finisher was the country’s fast-rising triathlete star Jaray Jearanai of Phuket, in a personal best of 04:38:38 on his home course, with a swim time of 00:32:57, bike of 02:30:36 and run of 01:31:13.  Top Thai female was Nampetch Porntharukcharoen in 06:22:28, with a swim time of 00:45:09, bike of 03:18:24 and run of 02:09:55.The day was also a triumph for the oldest competitor, 79 years-old Hiromu Inada of Japan, who finished in 06:42:01 with a swim time of 00:45:41, bike of 03:30:30 and run of 02:15:26.(Laguna-Phuket PR)last_img read more

Pattaya expat golfers raise over 100,000 Baht for Jesters Care For…

first_imgSmart golfers get ready on the putting green.Promoted Contentbrainberries5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parksbrainberriesbrainberriesbrainberries7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniversebrainberriesbrainberriesbrainberriesWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?brainberriesbrainberriesbrainberriesThese Popular Hollywood Stars Got Their Start On Soap Operasbrainberriesbrainberriesbrainberries10 Risky Jobs Some Women DobrainberriesbrainberriesbrainberriesWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?brainberriesbrainberries All participants agreed: playing golf in Thailand is fun and doing it with like-minded friends is even better, but it pales in comparison to doing it for a good cause.Esther Kaufmann & Marco Andrighetto chat before their round. Eager golfers sign in.A beautiful trophy and plenty of prizes up for grabs for charity. Nearest to pin A6 Lisa Balzli.Regina Maeder and Paul Imhof discuss strategy for the next hole.center_img The golf course was in top shape on this sunny day, and the players were in a great mood. After all, they knew that they played for a good cause: to support Jesters Care for Kids.In addition to the proceeds for the tournament, money was raised with penalties for playing into bunkers, water, and requiring more than three putts. This counted a total of 74,050 baht during the day.After sunset, the group met for a spectacular dinner at Ristorante Da Marco on the Darkside. They celebrated the winners and enjoyed talking about golf and life in Pattaya until late at night. Several members donated additional funds to Jesters Care for Kids, bringing the total money raised to 108,650 baht, breaking the 100,000 baht mark for the 3th time in a row. This means we raised more than 500,000 during the first five tournaments. Tournament winner Chanhan Kwanthong.On Friday, February 22nd a group of 29 expat golfers met at Burapha Golf Course to compete in the fifth annual Chrusi’s Golfing Lounge Charity Trophy.last_img read more

At The Finish Line: Don’t know if anybody short of Cavs or Spurs can beat Kentucky!

first_imgBILL NEAL< Where Only the Truth Matters >• All-Right!!!  So I’m finally wrong about something and you want to nail me to the cross . . .  (Oops, my bad.  With Easter coming and all.)  Anyway, Kevin Cameron finally got one right.  No “Little Johnny” West Virginia can’t beat Kentucky. As a matter of fact, I don’t know if anybody short of the Cav’s or Spurs can!• I know you don’t care, but some of you cold-hearted people need to reconsider the whole “O.J.” thing, if for no other reason than the social and legal effect it has on the world.  Okay, maybe not the world, but somewhere.  You mean to tell me he’s going to have to do the whole “15 years” for breaking into a hotel room to take back his own stuff?  I don’t know if he killed his wife or not.  I wasn’t there, but 15 years for breaking and entering . . . I’m just saying.• You wanna die, no problem.  Go head on.  But damn it, don’t take me down in the plane with ya.  Get yourself a little crop duster.  Find yourself a mountain and have at it!!!• Shout it out to the world.  Master Jacquet Bazemore is up off the canvas and once again, after defeating Viet Nam, the streets of Homewood and North Side and 40 years in the ring, Bazemore looked death in the eye again and death lost!  What you gonna do champ?!  “We Gonna Win Man!”  What you gonna do champ?!  “We Gonna Float Like a Butterfly and Sting Like a Bee . . . The Hands Can’t Hit What the Eyes Can’t See . . . Rumble Young Man Rumble!!!”• It’s starting to size up and I’ll tell you how it’s going to go down right now!  Nobody in the East can beat “LeBron” in seven games and Tim Duncan, “Pop” and the Spurs want to go out back to back champions.  Take it to the bank.• Mark it down.  Lock it in.  The 2nd Annual Pittsburgh Steeler Legends Reunion II is coming at ya Saturday, April 18th at the fabulous Blue Line Grille.  5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Private VIP Reception; 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – General Admission;  9:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight – Party with the legend Sly Jock.  Starring Mel Blount, Robin Cole, Randy Grossman, Andy Russell, Craig Bingham, Dwayne Woodruff, J.T. Thomas and Louis Lipps.  Cash bar, cash kitchen, live auction (cash or check with I.D. only), valet parking, super Steeler fans, autographs and photographs.  Call Achieving Greatness Inc. for more information (412) 628-4856.< You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line >last_img read more

Running back Josh Harris hoping for roster spot on Steelers

first_imgHarris carried the momentum into his second year with the team and hopes to move another step closer to securing a roster spot during the Steelers’ second preseason game Friday at Jacksonville.“I’m just trying to show that I can be the guy,” Harris said. “If you need me to play here or there, I want them to know that I’m the guy that can do it. I just want to make sure the team has total confidence in me.”Harris, an undrafted free agent, proved his worth last year during the Steelers’ regular-season finale against Cincinnati. With the AFC North title on the line, the rookie was pressed into action when Le’Veon Bell went down with a knee injury.His moment came in the fourth quarter when Harris displayed a sudden burst off right tackle and broke off a 59-yard run that was called back because of a holding penalty.That’s OK with Harris, who is looking for more this season.“I don’t want it to be that ‘He just did it once,’” Harris said. “I want to do it a lot more because if you only do something once, they might think it may have been a fluke. If you do it a lot, it becomes who you are, and I want to be known as the guy who can hit the hole and go all the way.”He’s competing for a spot behind Bell and veteran DeAngelo Williams, who signed a two-year deal with the Steelers in March. Harris displayed that quick burst again during a training camp practice this week, rushing through a large hole along the right side and deep into the secondary.“It’s just the fact that I played a few times last year,” Harris said. “That’s in my mind and I can always fall back on that.”Bell noticed a difference in the confidence displayed by Harris during his second training camp.“It’s night and day and you can kind of tell he’s getting more comfortable,” Bell said. “A lot of people look at him as a bigger guy, but he’s extremely fast. He’s a guy who can break it in the open field and make plays happen.”Harris, a top-10 career rusher at Wake Forest, joined the Steelers four days into training camp in 2014 and was signed to the practice squad. He was promoted to the 53-man roster in November after the Steelers released disgruntled running back LeGarrette Blount.Harris, after his moment against Cincinnati, got the call in the wild-card game against Baltimore when Bell missed with a knee injury. Harris made the start and led the Steelers with nine carries and 25 yards.That taste of action motivated Harris enough to work out in Florida with teammate and All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown during the offseason.“He works hard,” Harris said. “It helped a lot because you can play at a higher level if you’re in shape.”That’s the goal for Harris, as he seeks a roster spot with the Steelers.“Josh is confident in himself and I’m excited for him,” Bell said. “He’s just going out there and playing. He has really been doing a great job.”___AP NFL websites: http://pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Harris carried the momentum into his second year with the team and hopes to move another step closer to securing a roster spot during the Steelers’ second preseason game Friday at Jacksonville.“I’m just trying to show that I can be the guy,” Harris said. “If you need me to play here or there, I want them to know that I’m the guy that can do it. I just want to make sure the team has total confidence in me.”Harris, an undrafted free agent, proved his worth last year during the Steelers’ regular-season finale against Cincinnati. With the AFC North title on the line, the rookie was pressed into action when Le’Veon Bell went down with a knee injury.His moment came in the fourth quarter when Harris displayed a sudden burst off right tackle and broke off a 59-yard run that was called back because of a holding penalty.That’s OK with Harris, who is looking for more this season.“I don’t want it to be that ‘He just did it once,’” Harris said. “I want to do it a lot more because if you only do something once, they might think it may have been a fluke. If you do it a lot, it becomes who you are, and I want to be known as the guy who can hit the hole and go all the way.”He’s competing for a spot behind Bell and veteran DeAngelo Williams, who signed a two-year deal with the Steelers in March. Harris displayed that quick burst again during a training camp practice this week, rushing through a large hole along the right side and deep into the secondary.“It’s just the fact that I played a few times last year,” Harris said. “That’s in my mind and I can always fall back on that.”Bell noticed a difference in the confidence displayed by Harris during his second training camp.“It’s night and day and you can kind of tell he’s getting more comfortable,” Bell said. “A lot of people look at him as a bigger guy, but he’s extremely fast. He’s a guy who can break it in the open field and make plays happen.”Harris, a top-10 career rusher at Wake Forest, joined the Steelers four days into training camp in 2014 and was signed to the practice squad. He was promoted to the 53-man roster in November after the Steelers released disgruntled running back LeGarrette Blount.Harris, after his moment against Cincinnati, got the call in the wild-card game against Baltimore when Bell missed with a knee injury. Harris made the start and led the Steelers with nine carries and 25 yards.That taste of action motivated Harris enough to work out in Florida with teammate and All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown during the offseason.“He works hard,” Harris said. “It helped a lot because you can play at a higher level if you’re in shape.”That’s the goal for Harris, as he seeks a roster spot with the Steelers.“Josh is confident in himself and I’m excited for him,” Bell said. “He’s just going out there and playing. He has really been doing a great job.”___AP NFL websites: http://pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL In this Aug. 28, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Josh Harris (40) runs away from Carolina Panthers defensive back Colin Jones (42) in the fourth quarter of a NFL preseason football game in Pittsburgh. While quarterbacks and other big-name, high-salaried players get most of the attention, unlikely heroes often emerge in the playoffs to help their team win. Philly Brown, Josh Harris and Cole Beasley are among the lesser-known players who could step up this wild-card weekend. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — A long run that ultimately didn’t count served as a great confidence boost for Pittsburgh Steelers running back Josh Harris.last_img read more

Drug dealers use ‘Steph Curry’ likeness to market heroin

first_imgSteph Curry (AP File Photo)PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Philadelphia drug dealers looking to market their heroin as top of the line are stamping packets with the likeness of Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry.Regional transit police chief Thomas Nestel tweeted a picture of several packets featuring Curry’s face and name. His caption read, “Thinking Steph Curry wouldn’t be happy that he is this week’s brand for heroin in Philly.”Philadelphia is known for having the most potent heroin in the country.Nestel says he noticed the Curry heroin-branding this week after an officer stopped a man with the packets.Nestel says the approach is “definitely unique” for Philadelphia. He says he hasn’t seen drug dealers taking the names of other athletes or celebrities to promote their wares.___Online: http://bit.ly/1Tk8QRPlast_img read more

Steelers in the playoffs

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) reaches the ball across the goaline for a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh Dec. 25. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)After three quarters of the walking dead, the Pittsburgh Steelers finally came alive in the fourth quarter against arch rivals the Baltimore Ravens, scoring three touchdowns for a 31-27 victory that clinched the AFC North title with a 10-5 record.This weekend they will wrap-up the regular season against the winless, no, sorry they won one, Cleveland Browns (1-14) who upset the San Diego Chargers last week 20-17 for their first win of the season. Even though the Browns have played most teams tough they still had not been able to attain the “W” until last week.Right now, the New England Patriots (13-2), AFC East champs, are the first seed; the Oakland Raiders (12-3), AFC West champs, are second; the Pittsburgh Steelers are third; and the Houston Texans (9-6), AFC South champs, are fourth. The wildcards are the Kansas City Chiefs (11-4) and the Miami Dolphins (10-5), with one game left.Who will be at quarterback for the Browns is not clear. If Robert Griffin III is cleared by the doctors to play, he will start, but if not, rookie Cody Kessler will start with Josh McCown probably backing him up.last_img read more

The James Harrison story: It’s a family affair ‘gold diggers and bounty hunters’

first_imgFAMILY—From left: Sylvia Sims, sister; Mildred Harrison, mother; Chrystal Johnson, sister; and Johnnie Johnson, brother.(Part 3)This is the final installment of a 3 part series based upon Steelers great James Harrison and his family.Merriam Webster defines the noun gold digger as 1. “One who digs for gold.  2: a person who uses charm to extract money or gifts from others.”As far as athletes and entertainers are concerned there are always individuals standing at the ready, waiting to steal homesteading rights in regards to usurping the gold and property of some naïve “blinded by the booty,” love-struck athlete or entertainer.   Tiger Woods is a perfect example of meeting, falling in love with and eventually marrying a “Gold Digger.”The cash cow then hooks up with a so-called “marriage partner” who after the relationship is discontinued ends up owning a significant percentage of the gold mine without ever lifting a finger or mining one nugget of gold. On one of the talk shows that I happened to run across during the highly publicized Tiger Woods divorce from his former wife Elin Nordegren, a caller who seemed to have had maybe one too many sips of the “vino” proclaimed in a loud and slurred voice that; “Elin Nordegren went from serving as a high class nanny to displaying and using; “the golden fanny.”JAMES HARRISONAlthough the potential for that same scenario occurring in the life of James Harrison is remote, according to his family, he can never be too careful.  Harrison has two children, James Harrison III, born in 2007, and Henry, born in 2009, he is not formally married to their mother. Beth Tibbott.  The Harrison family is adamant and is crystal clear in regards to anyone thinking that they will enter into the life of James Henry Harrison Jr. and pull the financial “wool” over his eyes, directly or indirectly without a fight.   “We are always going to be on guard as far as gold diggers are concerned,” proclaims Mrs. Harrison.The noun bounty hunter is defined by Merriam Webster as:last_img read more

USC transfer Browne hoping to build off productive spring

first_imgPittsburgh wide receiver Maurice French (2) makes a catch in front of defensive back Bricen Garner (27) during the first half of their annual spring NCAA college football scrimmage, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Pittsburgh. Pitt wore Steelers logos on their helmets in honor of Steelers chairman Dan Rooney who died earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Max Browne didn’t uproot himself and travel halfway across the country to spend his one season in Pittsburgh as the backup quarterback.It’s why the USC graduate transfer headed from sunny Los Angeles to wintry Pittsburgh in January, eager to get a jump start on his last best shot at reviving a career that never bloomed with the Trojans.Three months into his new gig, plenty of work remains to be done. Browne salvaged an admittedly “bleh” afternoon with a late scoring drive during Pitt’s spring game on Saturday. His late 27-yard touchdown pass to Tre Tipton was hardly a thing of beauty – it sailed over the wrong shoulder and forced Tipton to make a diving, twisting grab in the end zone.Still, Tipton caught it. Hey, it’s a start.“That’s a big time drive, that’s the explosion you like to see,” Browne said.Browne just would have liked to see a little bit more of it. He finished 13 of 28 for 144 yards and the one score during an afternoon in which he was simultaneously the old guy and the new guy. Spring drills began with Browne making what he called “rookie” mistakes, particularly when it came to going through the pre-snap sequence. Yet over the course of 15 practices he felt he built momentum heading into camp.“I got that (pre-snap) part down and was just playing good ball after that, which is huge and why I came in here,” Browne said.In a way, Browne is on level footing with sophomore Ben DiNucci, redshirt freshman Thomas MacVittie and true freshman Kenny Pickett, all of whom are trying to learn first-year offensive coordinator Shawn Watson’s system on the fly. While Watson isn’t making a significant departure from the productive (and unconventional) approach taken by predecessor Matt Canada (now in the same job at LSU), the Panthers do expect to throw the ball downfield more in 2017.Watson may have tipped his hand a bit on the opening snap Saturday as Browne handed it off to Qadree Ollison only to have Ollison then pitch it back to him on a flea-flicker. Maurice Ffrench was open down the middle of the field, but the pass came high and late before being broken up by Avonte Maddox.It was that way for each of the first five series with Browne under center. He was 8 of 20 until his penultimate drive thanks to a handful of drops and a couple of deep balls that were well off target. His Blue team down and forced to pick up the pace, Browne – who started three games for the Trojans last season before being replaced in favor of Sam Darnold – finally got something going. Three straight completions covered 72 yards, the final 27 to Tipton.Narduzzi was quick to praise all four quarterbacks and said there is a leader in the race between Browne and DiNucci (who went 5 for 5 for 60 yards). Narduzzi just isn’t tipping his hand. As he pointed out, the Panthers still have 140 days to prepare for the 2017 opener against Youngstown State on Sept 2.Besides, few coaches seem to get a kick out of putting an `OR’ on the depth chart than Narduzzi. He uses it as a motivational tool and a reminder that no jobs are assured. That’s fine by both Browne and DiNucci.“When he’s out there, it’s friendly competition,” DiNucci said. “We’re cheering each other on, trying to get better every day.”___More AP college football at www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25last_img