Barker bags the loot

first_img2nd Tommy Marshall (6) 39pts3rd Pete Seil (6) 37ptsB Flight1st Derek Phillips (20) 37pts2nd Kym Richardson (19) 33pts3rd Dave Jarvis (19) 32ptsWith the closure of the Mountain nine for refurbishment, the Lakes and Valley nines were in play – B and C to most of us and the course was in excellent condition throughout, with consistent greens running at 9 on the “stimp” and the weather was an extra bonus, with a light breeze adding some comfort.The large field was divided into two flights at sixteen and under and, with a quarter of the field playing off handicaps of ten or less, some fine golf was on show.In the second flight Dave Jarvis – wig winner last time out – showed better form with 32 points taking third place from Tip Briney on countback. He was only one point behind the runner up, Kym Richardson (33) but a further four points behind the flight winner Irishman Derek Phillips, winning with an excellent 37 points.The top flight saw an all-American podium as Pete Seil took third place with 37 points, and Tommy Marshall take second with 39 points, whilst registering the best gross of the day, 75. The flight winner was Tom Herrington with an impressive forty points and he was duly awarded with the Green Jacket back at the Links.Near Pins were won by Len Jones (B5), Mike Ehlert (B5), Dave Arataki (C5) and Graham Pratt (C8).Consolation awards went to John Pierrel for his best front nine of 21 points whilst Garry Barker took the back nine honours with 21 points also.Friday, June 29, Treasure Hill – Stableford1st Garry Barker (4) 36pts2nd Tip Briney (23) 35pts3rd Phil Davies (12) 34pts4th Dave Hewson (9) 33ptsDue to recent inclement weather twenty two golfers expected to be met with the news that it was carts on path only. Much to our surprise, and joy for some, the fairways had dried out so well that the greens staff had been able to get on course with the mowers, so that the fairways were in great condition. Firm and with some run.Some front nine greens still showed signs of recent sanding, but the back nine was in excellent condition. Greens were measured at 8.5 “stimp”, some thought slightly slower than that, but the putts ran true.Among a large group of golfers from Darwin, Australia were five players who have come to play a few games at Links, having extended their stay in Pattaya. They have all played a lot of golf recently, and still going strong.Garry Barker is one of them and is a cool, complete golfer, who is always likely to par a golf course. He didn’t make par today, but his 36 points went very close, 74 gross, to earn him a well deserved first Green Jacket.Tip Briney, we have said before, can be very good or very bad. Today he was very good and took second spot with a fine 35 points.Phil Davies has been in pretty good form recently, and carried that on to score 34 points and the third place.Dave Hewson started this trip with the “wig” and then found his real form, and so, said “farewell” for now by grabbing fourth spot on countback from James Hudson, both with 33 points, very good scoring on this course.Near pins were claimed by Garry Barker (2), Dave Hewson (6), Colin Smith (13), and James Hudson (17) while the consolation nines awards went to John Harrison (front, 17pts) and Lachlan Gotz (back, 16pts). Garry Barker (left) with Phil Davies.PSC Golf from the Pattaya Links Golf SocietyMonday, June 25, Laem Chabang – StablefordA Flight1st Tom Herrington (16) 40ptslast_img read more

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Devils score into own net, gifting Toronto a 5-4 OT win

first_img Ducks 4, Golden Knights 3Anaheim, Calif. (AP) — Cam Fowler had a goal and an assist while Anaheim scored three goals in 1:37 midway through the second period of a victory over Vegas.Adam Henrique and Max Comtois also scored and Jakob Silfverberg had two assists during the decisive barrage by the Ducks.Devin Shore added a third-period goal and John Gibson made 26 saves for the Ducks.Nate Schmidt had two goals, Jonathan Marchessault also scored and Malcolm Subban stopped 14 shots for the Golden Knights.  Kings 3, Sharks 2, OTSan Jose, Calif. (AP) — Martin Frk scored two third-period goals in his debut with the Kings, and Jeff Carter scored the winner in overtime.Frk scored his first goal early in the third and cut a two-goal Sharks lead in half. He tied it with another score with 1:24 left in regulation.Jack Campbell had 22 saves as the Kings snapped a three-game skid.Joe Thornton snapped a 47-game goal-scoring drought and added an assist for the Sharks, who lost their fourth straight and are 1-9-1 over their last 11.Thornton hadn’t scored in a regular-season game since March 18 of last season.Aaron Dell turned back 33 shots for San Jose, which also got a goal from Erik Karlsson.  Blackhawks 5, Islanders 2Chicago (AP) — Robin Lehner made 38 saves against his former team, Dennis Gilbert scored his first career goal and Chicago beat the Islanders.Jonathan Toews, Alex DeBrincat and Dominik Kubalik also scored for banged-up Chicago.Matthew Highmore was credited with his first goal of the season when his third-period centering pass went off Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock and into the net.New York lost for the fourth time in five games in the opener of a three-game trip.Ross Johnston and Casey Cizikas scored for the Islanders, and Thomas Greiss made eight saves on 11 shots before he was replaced by Semyon Varlamov in the first.  Penguins 5, Predators 2Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — Alex Galchenyuk scored his third goal of the season, Tristan Jarry made 30 saves and Pittsburgh beat banged up Nashville.Dominik Simon, Teddy Blueger, Bryan Rust and Juuso Riikola also scored for the Penguins, who have won five of six.Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne was pulled after allowing three goals on six shots. Juuse Saros stopped 17 of 19 shots in relief.Craig Smith and Viktor Arvidsson scored for the Predators, who ended a five-game points streak.  Flames 5, Oilers 1Edmonton, Alberta (AP) — Andrew Mangiapane had a goal and two assists and Calgary beat Edmonton.Matthew Tkachuk, Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm and Mikael Backlund also scored for the Flames (20-15-5), who had lost four of five.Connor McDavid scored for the Oilers (20-17-4), who have lost eight of 10. Loading…Sponsored ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennySan Francisco Runner Makes Art With GPS-Tracking  Blues 5, Jets 4, OTWinnipeg, Manitoba (AP) — David Perron scored 3:14 into overtime and St. Louis extended its winning streak to seven games.Perron scored his 16h goal of the season and added an assist.Tyler Bozak scored twice, Alex Pietrangelo had a goal and assist and Justin Faulk also scored for the Blues (25-8-6). Jaden Schwartz contributed three assists and Brayden Schenn added a pair. Jordan Binnington stopped 25 shots for St. Louis.Kyle Connor scored twice and Gabriel Bourque and Blake Wheeler added goals for the Jets (21-14-3). Patrik Laine collected a pair of assists. Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for Winnipeg, which has lost four of five (1-3-1).  Bruins 3, Sabres 0Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (37) shoots during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)Buffalo, N.Y. (AP) — Patrice Bergeron scored two goals for the third consecutive game, and Boston beat Buffalo.Bergeron became the fifth player in Bruins history to score two goals in at least three straight games and the first Bruin since Cam Neely in 1988-89 to accomplish the feat.Brandon Carlo also scored and Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves for Boston. It was Halak’s third shutout of the season.Linus Ullmark made 22 saves for Buffalo, which has lost five of its last six games.center_img  Rangers 5, Hurricanes 3New York (AP) — Mika Zibanejad had two goals and an assist, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 39 shots, and New York beat Carolina.Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists, Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Strome also scored to help New York get its second win in six games (2-3-1). Tony DeAngelo and Jacob Trouba each had two assists.Lundqvist improved to 3-0-0 against the Hurricanes this season while stopping 125 of 132 shots in the wins.Lucas Wallmark had a goal and an assist, Brett Pesce and Sebastian Aho also scored, and Teuvo Terravainen had two assists for the Hurricanes. James Reimer finished with 19 saves for Carolina, which has lost three straight after a 6-0-1 stretch. Zach Hyman, Ilya Mikheyev, Kasperi Kapanen and John Tavares scored for Toronto. Michael Hutchinson had 24 saves in winning his second straight start.Mikheyev left the ice in the third period after being cut on his wrist by Jack Hughes’ skate. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation, the Maple Leafs said.Nico Hischier, Nitita Gusev, Kyle Palmieri and Jesper Bratt tallied for New Jersey, and Blackwood made 32 saves.  Wild 6, Avalanche 4Denver (AP) — Mats Zuccarello and Victor Rask scored in a 1:17 span in the third period and Minnesota rallied Colorado.Devan Dubnyk made 14 of his 40 saves in the third period for the Wild, who have taken two of the three games against Colorado.Eric Staal, Carson Soucy, Ryan Suter and Brad Hunt also scored for Minnesota.Matt Calvert had two goals, and Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog also scored for Colorado. Pavel Francouz had 27 saves for the Avalanche, who have lost their last three home games despite holding a third-period lead in each. Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares (91) scores a goal past New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)Newark, N.J. (AP) — Devils defenseman Damon Severson backhanded the puck into his own net in overtime, gifting the Toronto Maple Leafs a 5-4 win over New Jersey on Friday night for their season-best sixth straight victory.Severson got the puck after Toronto’s William Nylander lost control while driving toward New Jersey’s net. The 25-year-old Severson inadvertently beat goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood while trying to clear the puck out of danger. Nylander was credited with the goal.  Capitals 2, Blue Jackets 1, OTWashington (AP) — Carl Hagelin scored his first goal of the season, T.J. Oshie scored in overtime and Washington snapped Columbus’ winning streak at five.Hagelin’s tying goal in the third helped Washington remained the only team in the NHL without back-to-back regulation losses this season. Oshie scored the winner on the power play 3:13 into overtime to give the Capitals their first victory against Columbus in three tries this month.Rookie goaltender Ilya Samsonov made 27 saves to win his first career start against Columbus. He was solid all night and couldn’t do much on the lone Blue Jackets goal by rookie Jakob Lilja.Columbus extended its point streak to nine games. It’s 6-0-3 in that span.Joonas Korpisalo was excellent in net for the Blue Jackets, stopping 34 of the 36 shots he faced. Loading…Sponsored Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?last_img read more

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Wood takes victory at Pattana

first_imgIPGC Golf from The HavenMonday, June 8, Greenwood – StablefordAs the hopefuls gathered for a hearty breakfast the weather was rainy but as the skies brightened to the north east they set off, happy feet tripping their way to Greenwood where it turned out to be not as bright as Pattaya.  In spite of the ominous omens, a start was made but the first group had just made it through the second fairway, with the last group just teeing off when a huge deluge descended accompanied by flashes of lightning and heavy thunder, and as it appeared to be continuing for the foreseeable future a halt was called to the day’s golf.John Wood & Phil Cass. In spite of the signs advising that there were no rain checks to be had, the management was very accommodating, providing each player with a voucher for a green fee and cart fee to be used for their next visit to the course.Wednesday, June 10, Pattana B & C – Stableford(Yellow Tees)CSS 711st John Wood (24) 38pts2nd John Carlin (20) 37pts3rd Hal Hart (20) 36pts4th Walter Panichi (1) 35pts5th Vincent Gras (19) 35ptsFollowing Mondays’ cancellation, everyone was keen to get off for a full round of golf at the always immaculate Pattana where the B & C courses were the day’s test.  Following the area’s recent heavy rains the yellow tees were selected for play measuring just over 6,300 yards and with little run on the fairways.  The rain had also affected the green-keeper’s ability to cut the greens, leaving them slower than usual.John Wood had an exceptionally good day, which gleaned him yet another win to add to his total as he currently experiences a rare run of form.John Carlin also did very well to take second place just a single point behind after having made a strong run over the last four holes (scoring 10 points from them) but a weaker front nine had left him just a bit too much to do.Hal Hart took a very good third place with a level handicap round that promised much after the opening nine when he was four under handicap.  He started the back half with eight more points from the first three holes but unfortunately collapsed through the last six, scoring just a point from each.Walter Panichi had an outstanding back nine, shooting a one under gross 35 which helped him to win a count back for fourth by 20 to 17 to leave Vincent Gras in fifth place.Mike Hill had a quiet day until he reached the second hole on the C course where he slipped in a wonderful putt to clean out the rollover pot for the ‘2’s in the second division.Walter Panichi almost went even better but just missed out on winning an IPGC hole-in-one golf bag as he saw his 7-iron shot on the 156 yard seventh on the C course pull up just two inches from the hole.  It was so tantalizingly close to winning the bag but he had to settle for the solo 2 in the first division.Friday, June 12, Crystal Bay A & C – StablefordCSS 721st Phil Cass (16) 38pts2nd Markku Tynell (22) 33pts3rd Mike Hill (19) 32pts4th Hal Hart (21) 32pts5th Mick Lowe (16) 32ptsAfter a disappointing day the previous week at the sister course, it was a very pleasant surprise to find that the A & C courses at Crystal Bay were in much better condition, with the bunkers immaculate and the course in good shape considering the recent weather.  The caddies especially were several notches above their counterparts and seemed to be actually enjoying their day in the countryside.  All of which, added to the competitive pricing, made for an excellent day’s golfing.Phil Cass had a very nice outing, after he got over scratching the second hole, as he went on to take 18 points from the front and then 20 points from the back nine for a two under handicap round.  This was against a background of generally heavy going over a course made sodden by the recent rains in the area.Phil was the runaway winner by five clear from Markku Tynell in second, who never quite recovered from a poor starting nine but with a level handicap back nine had done enough to just keep ahead of a three-way count back for third place.  That was won by Mike Hill with 16 on the back nine as Hal Hart took fourth with 10 on the last six and Mick Lowe 7 after they had tied the nine on 14 each.There were no 2’s in the first division but Mick Lowe scored a wonderful ‘2’ on the 194-yard fifth on the A course, for the sole one in the second division to sweep the pot clean.Note: If you would like to play with The Haven group, you can contact 038 710 988 or call in to The Haven Hotel, 185 Soi 13, situated between Beach Road and 2nd Road. All transportation to the course is arranged and you do not need to sign up prior to the day, but you should be there by 8.15 on a Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on the days that you wish to play.  If you would like to leave your golf clubs at The Haven, there are usually lockers available at a nominal charge.  A schedule of courses to be played can be found on our web site at www.thehaven-hotel.com.last_img read more

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Golfnutter: Open Championship – Preview

first_imgTwo-time Open Champion, Padraig Harrington stated: “It’s startling the way the ball reacts in links golf versus parkland.  The ball flies lower.  The weather affects the ball so much more.  A 10-mph wind on a parkland course is not a big deal, but 10-mph on a links can affect the flight of your ball by 20, 30 yards.  The air is heavier.  There’s nothing protecting the course from the wind.  Everything is magnified.”The R&A, which determines how the course is set up, has always stated that the winning score in any Open is primarily a product of the weather leading up to and during the event.And therein lies the biggest factor that will determine how players fare and what score will be posted – the weather.  With benign weather, St Andrews is relatively defenceless against today’s pros.  The last three Opens held at St Andrews have seen the winner’s score average slightly in excess of 16-under par.  Tiger Woods winning score here in 2000 was 19-under par.  He repeated five years later by winning his second Open at St Andrews with 14-under par.  The last time the Open was held at St Andrews was 2010, when Louis Oosthuizen won with 16-under par.Some argue that St Andrews is the weakest course on the Open rota.  Notwithstanding, no other course, anywhere, has provided such a stage of drama, of memories steeped in the annals of the game.  This is after all, the home of golf.This week, the two men who have won the past three Opens played at St Andrews – Woods and Oosthuizen – will join Jason Day in the opening two rounds.  South African Louis Oosthuizen will need to handle the circus that accompanies Tiger Woods whenever he plays golf – something Louis appeared not to do when playing with Tiger in the first round at last month’s US Open.  After a first round 77 at Chambers Bay, all seemed lost for Oosthuizen’s chances.  He then compiled the lowest final three rounds in US Open history (66-66-67), to finish 4-under and into a tie for second.  Louis’s odds are firming, and rightly so, provided he can handle that first round Tiger-hype.The other player accompanying Tiger in that first round at Chambers Bay was Rickie Fowler.  On that day he shot one worse than Tiger – an 81.  But last week he won the Scottish Open for his second victory this year.  He will be encouraged by what Phil Mickelson did after winning the Scottish Open two years ago.  Fowler is another whose odds are firming, and he will enjoy not being part of the “Tiger circus”.Most talk about favouritism however, is centred on Jordan Spieth.  His win at the just completed John Deere Classic in Illinois follows hard on the heels of his US Open victory.  Spieth’s Masters win last April, coupled with his US Open win last month, could prove the precursor to a special place in history.  If he wins this week, he will join fellow Texan Ben Hogan as the only golfer in history to win the Masters, US Open and Open Championships in the same year.  Hogan completed the treble in 1953.  The fourth major didn’t exist back then.  The PGA Championship was a match play event until 1958.  Ben Hogan….what could have been?Are we about to witness a Hogan-like performance from another golfer from Texas?One player who must feel the Open “owes” him is Adam Scott.  His “melt-down” that handed Ernie Ells an unexpected one-stroke victory in 2012, must still rankle.  Scott has found some form following the return of bagman, Steve Williams, who has come out of retirement to be with his fellow Anzac.The last of five “horses” mentioned here is the highly-fancied Justin Rose.  He finished tied for second at this year’s Masters, and tied 27th in June’s US Open.  His last win on tour was at this year’s Zurich Classic at New Orleans, in April.  He won last year’s Scottish Open.The odds on these five featured players, curtesy of Paddy Power as at Tuesday 14 July, are:Joran Spieth: 6/1Rickie Fowler: 16/1Justin Rose: 18/1Adam Scott: 20/1Louis Oosthuizen: 22/1Lastly, a couple of less-fancied golfers, but whose odds I find attractive:Shane Lowry 33/1Rafael Cabrera Bello 125/1By the time this is published, the first round will have been completed. Enjoy.Golfnutter This year’s Open Championship, held 16–19 July, will be hosted by the Old Course at St Andrews in Fife, Scotland.  It will be the 29th occasion that St Andrews has hosted the Open, now in its 144th year. The Open Championship is played only on links courses, of which there are ten in the current rota – five in Scotland, four in England and the most recent addition – Royal Portrush in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.  Linksland is typically characterized by dunes; an undulating surface and a sandy soil unsuitable for arable farming.  Here thrive the indigenous browntop bents and red fescue grasses needed to provide the firm turf associated with links courses and the bump and run game.The Swilcan Burn Bridge joining the 1st and 18th fairways on the Old Course at St Andrews.The style of play suited to a links course is considerably different from that appropriate to other courses.  The challenge of links golf falls mainly into two categories: firstly, the nature of the courses themselves, which tend to be characterised by uneven fairways, thick rough and penal chasms known as “pot bunkers”; and secondly, due to their coastal location and low-lying tree-less terrain; wind.last_img read more

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Wayco wins Growling Swan Monthly Mug

first_imgPSC golf from The Growling SwanMonday, May 27, Treasure Hill  – StablefordWe had a good “low season” group of 20 signed up for the day’s event at Treasure Hill and we assembled at The Growling Swan in readiness for the trip to play this challenging layout.   We welcomed back Paul Sharples from Oman, Russell Goldsworthy From Perth, Western Australia, Michael Healey from Ireland and regular visitor Bob Akapita from Gove in the Northern Territory of Australia.Max Bracegirdle, Wes Starr, Peter Grey, Kev Waycott & Paul Hack. Sadly it was time to say farewell to two of our “permanents”, Ken & Wendy Bernek who are returning home to Detroit, Michigan due to domestic issues.  They will be sorely missed as they have hardly missed a game since we started and Ken’s assistance has been invaluable to me in the time he has been with us.  They promise to return in the future so Bon Voyage dear friends and thanks again.Everyone was on time which enabled our 2 minivans to depart five minutes early at 8.25 am and we headed off in the Monday morning traffic with a reasonably good run up 331.  We arrived at the golf course 51 minutes later where there were hardly any cars in the car park which indicated a fairly prompt start to our round after checking in & preparation.We were, as expected, invited to tee off at our leisure with no-one to be seen ahead and we sent our first four-ball away 15 minutes ahead of schedule at 9.45 a.m. in hot and steamy conditions.  It must be said that this golf course is in superb condition including the well prepared greens although the fairway grass is different to most courses and some of the short rough demands respect.We took our time in the oppressive heat and regularly stocked up with drinks, as you can on this course with plenty of drink stations and after enjoying the round and the company we completed the round in fours and twenty minutes.We were able to have 2 Grades with three podium spots in each.  A Grade was for handicaps 0 to 12 and B Grade for 13 and over.  There were rewards for nearest the pins on all the par threes and longest first putts on the 9th & 18th greens.As usual the golf course got the better of most but despite being “taken by the crocodile” it was Sal Brizzi who had the best round of the day by far and won the A Grade section with a fine 39 points.  In second place came your writer, Peter Blackburn with a modest 34 points and Mike Allidi finished third with 33 points.Irishman Geri Crilly got the shock of his life when announced as the winner of B Grade with 32 points, 2 points ahead of Ken Hole in second place and Ebrahim’s 28 points was good enough to secure third spot.A Flight (0-12)1st Sal Brizzi (7) 39pts2nd Peter Blackburn (11) 34pts3rd Mike Allidi (2) 33ptsB Flight (13+)1st Geri Crilly (27) 32pts2nd Ken Hole (16) 30pts3rd Ebrahim (14) 28ptsNear Pins:  2nd – Paul Sharples, 6th – Sal Brizzi, 13th – Russell Goldsworthy, 17th – Ken HoleLong Putts:  9th – Wendy Bernek, 18th – Dick BraimbridgeThe Growling Swan NAGA Award, (awarded to the golfer who has the worst score on the day and discreetly their score is not made public) was won by Sandy “Leiperfrog” Leiper who naturally accepted the award in fine spirit.  Big Ken “let’s hear it for” Bernek was kind enough to parade Deefa the Dog for one last time for a while and collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya.Sal Brizzi, Sandy Leiper & Geri Crilly.Back at the bar afterwards the beer was Aussie cold as ever and we once again discussed the upcoming Growling Swan First Anniversary tournament at Crystal Bay on Monday, June 10th.  It will be a four-ball Stableford event with a random draw pairing an A Grade golfer with a B Grade golfer, the draw to be done at the course prior to commencement of play.  The entry fee is 500 baht which will include terrific prizes and a sumptuous meal back at The Growling Swan where the presentations will be held.  The sign-up sheet is on the board at The Growling Swan and although we have initially 32 spots we can accommodate more if required.Thursday, May 30, Khao Kheow A & C –Monthly Mug/StrokeAs the saying goes “it’s that time of the month again” and the popular Khao Kheow was the venue for our 12th Monthly Mug where we get to count all our shots as we compete for this coveted award.  Several late withdrawals were understandable as one of our regular visitors, Tony Alcorn, suffered a heart attack in the early hours of the morning and was taken by friends to Bangkok Hospital Pattaya where he currently is (Friday morning) and at the time of writing is doing OK.  Our prayers are with him and we are all wishing him a speedy recovery.It left 21 starters for the event and as we assembled at the GS we welcomed back Peter Starr & his son Wesley from Cairns in Queensland, Australia, Ian Masterson from Ireland and local resident Mark West playing with us for the first time.  It was once more time to farewell Bob Akapita who is returning to work in Gove in the Northern Territory of Australia.With everyone punctual we headed off in 2 minivans right on time at 8.30 a.m. and arrived at Khao Kheow just 42 minutes later to find a reasonable amount of activity.  With the B nine currently closed for renovations it was A & B to be played and our first four-ball got away 15 minutes ahead of our scheduled 10.00 a.m. tee time and in hot & steamy conditions we proceeded with regular glances upwards as the dark rain clouds were hovering and we were convinced that we were going to be interrupted by the weather very soon.“Oh ye of little faith” I pronounced & sure enough, after 17 drops of rain the weather cleared and we continued, although the humidity was extremely high making the going tough for some (myself in particular).  An unfortunate incident on the fairway of A9 caused me to have a change of caddy at the half way mark after she was hit in the knee by an errant golf ball from one of our group and reinforced the need for players to keep behind the golfer who is playing the shot. I should have known better!We slowed down somewhat during the second nine and, mainly due to the conditions and the fact that we were playing stroke and the round was completed in the much slower than normal time of four hours & forty five minutes.  It had been an eventful and enjoyable round of golf with good company on a golf course that is in excellent condition.In addition to the Monthly Mug Winner we were able to have 2 Grades with three podium spots in each.  A Grade was for handicaps 0 to 18 and B Grade for 19 and over.  We had nearest the pins on all the par threes and longest first putts on the A9 & C9 greens.Kev Waycott has been playing with us more frequently over the past few weeks so it was great to see him take out this month’s Mug with a fine score of net 69.  The winner of A Grade was last month’s Mug winner Paul “Hacky” Hack who had a net 71 with Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei finishing second with net 74.  Newcomer Mark West rounded off the A Grade podium with his net 76.Max “Corsets” Bracegirdle was a clear winner in the B Grade with a creditable net 72, a huge 8 shots better than Geri Crilly in second spot and the flabbergasted Sandy “Leiperfrog” Leiper humbly accepted his reward for third place after his net 86.Monthly Mug1st Kevin Waycott (10) net 69A Flight (0-18)1st Paul Hack (11) net 712nd Alain Taddei (16) net 743rd Mark West (15) net 76B Flight (19+)1st Max Bracegirdle (27) net 722nd Geri Crilly (27) net 803rd Sandy Leiper (34) net 86Near Pins:  A3 – Peter Blackburn, A5 – Takeshi Hakozaki, C3 – Paul Hack, C8 – Kevin WaycottLong Putts:  A9 – Paul Hack, C9 – Kevin WaycottThe Growling Swan NAGA Award was won by the Wes Starr who humbly accepted the honour and wore the cap briefly in the bar.  Max Bracegirdle kindly took Deefa for the usual walk and collected many donations for the needy in Pattaya from our ever generous Growling Swan golfers.Note:  Growling Swan Golf, the home of friendly golf in Pattaya welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low & high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners.  We generally play Mondays & Thursdays, meeting at The Growling Swan (formerly The Bunker Bar) in Soi Chaiyapoon at 8.00 am with transport departing at 8.30 am.  For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to petermalcolmblackburn@gmail.com.last_img read more

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Van Dyk tops the bill at Greenwood

first_imgWinners and runners-up with one of Bert’s finest.We were soon there and booked in, then it was to the first Tee and we were to play the C & A Nines, quite a difficult day ahead.  The course was in its normal fine condition and as usual with the C Nine the lead-off, good scores were difficult to come by.  These nine holes always seem to be the toughest, but playing from the yellow tees gave everyone a chance.As always the players got around here in reasonable time and then it was into the showers, and a bite to eat before we were able to get into cars for the slow amble back to Bert’s.  At this time of the day the roads were quite packed, still the Route 7 into Pattaya is such an asset to travel we still made good time.Back at Bert’s most of the players were tucking into Bert’s Golfers special, before the presentation.  In the A Flight, 0 to 16, the winner was Rob Brown, playing well lately, with 37 points ahead of Mike Gaussa in second with 36 points and in third was Richard Kubicki with 35 points.In the B Flight the winner was Andre Van Dyk with 38 points ahead of Bernie Cairns with 37 points and in third was Dick Warberg, back from sickness, with 31 points.  T.T.F.N.Near Pins:  Mike Gaussa, Carole Kubicki, Andre Van Dyk, Alan Jones. PSC golf from Tropical Bert’sTuesday, Feb. 21, Greenwood – StablefordGreenwood is a course we book every month; mainly because we can now get there pretty quick on the new roads, the course is always in good condition, the ‘rates’ are usually good, and most of all, all the players enjoy their visit there. On this day the group at Bert’s was a little smaller than usual, due to various reasons, it may be that the High Season is coming to an early end, but we did have a full list for Friday.  So into cars and off we went.  The drive up there was as usual swift, up past Laem Chabang, turn left at the main road and keep going.  Easy really!last_img read more

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Brad – Sunday’s best

first_img2nd Tony Adams (10) 38ptsB Flight1st Eddy Beilby (18) 36pts2nd William Hornick (12) 34pts Near Pins:  No 4 Jim Brackett, No 9 Lee Adelly, No 12 Yui Bietry, No 16 Yui BietryThe storm clouds gathered as the boys and girls made their way to Green Valley, which led to a couple of cancelations, but the expected storm did not materialize.Aussie Brad Dippie was man of the match with a solid 39 points.  Brad needed every one of them as Tony Adams grabbed the flight silver just a stroke off the pace.  (Pattaya model) Yui Bietry was a further shot back of a podium place with 37 points.Brad Dippie, right, with Eddy Beilby.In B Flight it was Eddy ‘the eagle’ who was perched on the top of the podium with a steady even par round.  Eddy put a two point space between himself and a triumvirate of players which included William Hornick, Barry ‘the boot’ Copestake and Mickey ‘nine holes’ Beresford.  William took the silver in the resulting count back leaving Barry and Mick satangless at sea level.Jim Brackett, William Hornick and Yui with a lovely pair shared the 2’s pot.Tuesday, Oct. 9, Greenwood C&A – Stableford1st Tony Adams (10) 32pts2nd Paul Hack 32ptsThe Wolveridge and Thomson designed Greenwood seemed to intimidate the society as a very modest group showed up to take it on.  The inform pair from down under Tony Adams and Paul Hack shared man of the match honours on this single flight day with a very modest 32 points. Tony edged Paul off the podium thanks to a count back.Peter Goggin knocked in the only 2 of the day.Wednesday, Oct. 10, Burapha A&B – StablefordA Flight1st Colin Davis (17) 39pts2nd Barry Copestake (15) 37ptsB Flight1st Jimmy Day (18) 38pts2nd Walter Balechi (18) 34ptsThe G/M ‘Donkey’ took his bi-weekly sojourn to the David Graham and Gary Panks test with 39 points for the A flight honours and man of the match.  The ‘Donkey’ was two clear of Barry ‘the boot’ Copestake.  For the second time this week the girl on fire was just a stroke of a podium place.B Flight was marched home by Jimmy ‘the good captain’ Day whose very creditable 38 points was five clear of (we don’t see enough of him) Walter Balechi.  Peter ‘Don Corleone’ Henshaw failed to gain a podium place by a single stroke.Jimmy made it a day to remember by sinking the only 2 of the day.Note:  Lewiinski’s is situated on Pattaya land Soi 1, Beach Rd Soi13/13 near Walking Street.  Anyone wishing to play with us just pop in and add your name to the list or call Colin on 0898260764.  Transport is provided. PSC golf from Lewiinski’s Golf SocietySunday, Oct. 7, Green Valley – StablefordA Flight1st Brad Dippie (7) 39ptslast_img read more

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Hilton staff members race up 34 floors for Earth Hour

first_imgThe Hilton’s “Old Men and Beautiful Lady” team scaled the hotel in 8 minutes, 49 seconds.The best-dressed team was the Front Office squad. Employees of the Hilton Pattaya ran up dozens of flights of stairs to raise awareness about energy conservation in the hotel’s fourth-annual Earth Hour Staircase Race.General Manager Rudolf Troestler led the March 23 event to mark when people around the world turned off all their electric lights and appliances in the evening for an hour, the race was aimed at getting hotel employees to conserve energy by taking elevators less.Hilton Pattaya staff members pose for a group photo prior to the staircase challenge.The fastest fruit on the Eastern Seaboard cross the finish line.Men’s winner Jung Na Zu (right) receives his award from Hilton General Manager Rudolf Troestler.Lantom Udeerum was the fastest lady in the field.Teams raced 660 steps from the first floor of the hotel to the Horizon rooftop restaurant on the 34th floor of the Central Festival Pattaya Beach complex that houses the Hilton.The winner of the men’s category was Jung Na Zu who completed the race in 5 minutes 54 seconds.  Lantom Udeerum was the women’s bracket winner, making the climb in 6:54.last_img read more

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Kaepernick, 49ers teammate kneel during national anthem

first_imgSAN DIEGO (AP) — While a naval officer sang the first notes of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and dozens of military members unfurled an oversized flag on the football field, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid dropped to one knee on the San Francisco 49ers’ sideline.With his silent gestures of protest, Kaepernick intends to keep drawing attention to a litany of American problems — and he’s no longer alone.Kaepernick and Reid kneeled during the national anthem Thursday before the 49ers’ 31-21 preseason victory over San Diego, ignoring scattered boos and angry shouts in Qualcomm Stadium at the Chargers’ Salute to the Military preseason game.Up north in Oakland, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane showed his support for Kaepernick by sitting on the bench during the anthem. “I’m not anti-American. I love America,” said Kaepernick, who stayed on the field long after the game to sign autographs for enthusiastic fans. “I love people. That’s why I’m doing this. I want to help make America better, and I think having these conversations helps everybody have a better understanding of where everybody is coming from.”Kaepernick’s protest has dominated the public discussion of the nation’s most popular sport this week, and his stance has been met with passionate condemnation and support. His refusal to stand for the anthem first came to public notice last week when he remained seated on the 49ers’ bench before a preseason game against Green Bay.The quarterback cited numerous reasons for his actions, ranging from racial injustice and minority oppression to police brutality and the treatment of military veterans.Kaepernick said he plans to continue his protests during the regular season. He also intends to donate $1 million “to different organizations to help these communities and help these people,” declining to provide specifics.“The message is that we have a lot of issues in this country that we need to deal with,” Kaepernick said. “We have a lot of people that are oppressed. We have a lot of people that aren’t treated equally, that aren’t given equal opportunities. Police brutality is a huge thing that needs to be addressed. There are a lot of issues that need to be talked about.”Kaepernick wasn’t earnestly booed in San Diego until he took the field to start the game for the 49ers, immediately leading them on a 16-play, 85-yard touchdown drive against the hometown team. Amid his burgeoning social activism, he is also fighting for a roster spot and attempting to regain the starting job that he lost last season.When Kaepernick left the field following pregame warmups, he was greeted with profanity and obscene gestures from Leo Uzcategui, a 20-year Navy veteran in a military-green Chargers jersey with quarterback Philip Rivers’ No. 17 in camouflage numbering.“I was in the Navy and I saw men and women bleed and die for this flag,” Uzcategui said. “If he wants to do something, go to some outreach program where he can do some good. And I get it, his First Amendment right. But you don’t sit during the presenting of the colors, and you don’t sit during the national anthem. That is not the way to do it.”A sign in the crowd read: “You’re an American. Act like one.”But Domenique Banks, a 23-year-old fan from nearby Oceanside, California, got the quarterback to sign his Kaepernick jersey before the game.“I told him I appreciate what he is standing up for,” Banks said. “He said he appreciated it. Most of the people I talk to say the same thing. I don’t like that he is sitting during the national anthem, but I appreciate what he is standing for.”Kaepernick was thrilled to be joined by Reid, the 49ers’ starting safety and a fourth-year veteran from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Reid and Kaepernick decided together on kneeling rather than sitting during the anthem.“I just wanted to show my support for him,” Reid said. “He wanted to make it clear that he wasn’t trying to be disrespectful to the military or the national anthem, so he decided to change his position to be more respectful, but still bring awareness to the issues that he believes are going on in this country, and that I wholeheartedly believe exist in this country.”In Oakland, Lane sat on the bench behind his standing teammates before Seattle’s game against the Raiders. Lane said he doesn’t know Kaepernick, but was “standing behind him.”“It’s something I plan to keep on doing until I feel like justice has been served,” Lane said. “No, I didn’t tell anyone I was going to do it. I just did it. … I don’t mean no disrespect toward anybody, but I’m just standing behind what I believe.”Kaepernick kneeled next to Nate Boyer, a former Green Beret who went to training camp with the Seahawks last year as a long snapper. Boyer, who wrote a conciliatory open letter to Kaepernick earlier this week, spoke with the quarterback about his stance this week. He posted a photo of the two on Twitter with a caption reading, “Let’s just keep moving forward. This is what America should be all about.”When the same naval officer performed “God Bless America” before the fourth quarter, Kaepernick remained standing and then applauded along with his teammates.Kaepernick doesn’t intend his stance to be a criticism of the military. When the Chargers’ public-address announcer asked fans to recognize active military personnel during a timeout, the quarterback stood and enthusiastically applauded along with his teammates and the entire stadium.“I realize that men and women of the military go out and sacrifice their lives and put themselves in harm’s way for my freedom of speech, and my freedoms in this country, and my freedom to take a seat or take a knee,” Kaepernick said. “So I have the utmost respect for them, and I think what I did was taken out of context and spun a different way.”Kaepernick’s social activism, which only emerged publicly in recent weeks, also included support for the Black Lives Matter movement through social media.While negative reaction to the quarterback has been strong, Kaepernick also has been widely praised for his commitment to his stance. Veterans and military members tweeted their support for Kaepernick in recent days under the hashtag “VeteransForKaepernick.”“It was something I was thinking about to make sure that I’m not just talking about something, but I’m actively being involved and actively trying to make a change in these communities,” Kaepernick said. “I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and be able to make the kind of money I do, and I have to help these people.”___AP Sports Writer Josh Dubow in Oakland contributed to this story.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL,SAN DIEGO (AP) — While a naval officer sang the first notes of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and dozens of military members unfurled an oversized flag on the football field, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid dropped to one knee on the San Francisco 49ers’ sideline.With his silent gestures of protest, Kaepernick intends to keep drawing attention to a litany of American problems — and he’s no longer alone.Kaepernick and Reid kneeled during the national anthem Thursday before the 49ers’ 31-21 preseason victory over San Diego, ignoring scattered boos and angry shouts in Qualcomm Stadium at the Chargers’ Salute to the Military preseason game.Up north in Oakland, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane showed his support for Kaepernick by sitting on the bench during the anthem. “I’m not anti-American. I love America,” said Kaepernick, who stayed on the field long after the game to sign autographs for enthusiastic fans. “I love people. That’s why I’m doing this. I want to help make America better, and I think having these conversations helps everybody have a better understanding of where everybody is coming from.”Kaepernick’s protest has dominated the public discussion of the nation’s most popular sport this week, and his stance has been met with passionate condemnation and support. His refusal to stand for the anthem first came to public notice last week when he remained seated on the 49ers’ bench before a preseason game against Green Bay.The quarterback cited numerous reasons for his actions, ranging from racial injustice and minority oppression to police brutality and the treatment of military veterans.Kaepernick said he plans to continue his protests during the regular season. He also intends to donate $1 million “to different organizations to help these communities and help these people,” declining to provide specifics.“The message is that we have a lot of issues in this country that we need to deal with,” Kaepernick said. “We have a lot of people that are oppressed. We have a lot of people that aren’t treated equally, that aren’t given equal opportunities. Police brutality is a huge thing that needs to be addressed. There are a lot of issues that need to be talked about.”Kaepernick wasn’t earnestly booed in San Diego until he took the field to start the game for the 49ers, immediately leading them on a 16-play, 85-yard touchdown drive against the hometown team. Amid his burgeoning social activism, he is also fighting for a roster spot and attempting to regain the starting job that he lost last season.When Kaepernick left the field following pregame warmups, he was greeted with profanity and obscene gestures from Leo Uzcategui, a 20-year Navy veteran in a military-green Chargers jersey with quarterback Philip Rivers’ No. 17 in camouflage numbering.“I was in the Navy and I saw men and women bleed and die for this flag,” Uzcategui said. “If he wants to do something, go to some outreach program where he can do some good. And I get it, his First Amendment right. But you don’t sit during the presenting of the colors, and you don’t sit during the national anthem. That is not the way to do it.”A sign in the crowd read: “You’re an American. Act like one.”But Domenique Banks, a 23-year-old fan from nearby Oceanside, California, got the quarterback to sign his Kaepernick jersey before the game.“I told him I appreciate what he is standing up for,” Banks said. “He said he appreciated it. Most of the people I talk to say the same thing. I don’t like that he is sitting during the national anthem, but I appreciate what he is standing for.”Kaepernick was thrilled to be joined by Reid, the 49ers’ starting safety and a fourth-year veteran from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Reid and Kaepernick decided together on kneeling rather than sitting during the anthem.“I just wanted to show my support for him,” Reid said. “He wanted to make it clear that he wasn’t trying to be disrespectful to the military or the national anthem, so he decided to change his position to be more respectful, but still bring awareness to the issues that he believes are going on in this country, and that I wholeheartedly believe exist in this country.”In Oakland, Lane sat on the bench behind his standing teammates before Seattle’s game against the Raiders. Lane said he doesn’t know Kaepernick, but was “standing behind him.”“It’s something I plan to keep on doing until I feel like justice has been served,” Lane said. “No, I didn’t tell anyone I was going to do it. I just did it. … I don’t mean no disrespect toward anybody, but I’m just standing behind what I believe.”Kaepernick kneeled next to Nate Boyer, a former Green Beret who went to training camp with the Seahawks last year as a long snapper. Boyer, who wrote a conciliatory open letter to Kaepernick earlier this week, spoke with the quarterback about his stance this week. He posted a photo of the two on Twitter with a caption reading, “Let’s just keep moving forward. This is what America should be all about.”When the same naval officer performed “God Bless America” before the fourth quarter, Kaepernick remained standing and then applauded along with his teammates.Kaepernick doesn’t intend his stance to be a criticism of the military. When the Chargers’ public-address announcer asked fans to recognize active military personnel during a timeout, the quarterback stood and enthusiastically applauded along with his teammates and the entire stadium.“I realize that men and women of the military go out and sacrifice their lives and put themselves in harm’s way for my freedom of speech, and my freedoms in this country, and my freedom to take a seat or take a knee,” Kaepernick said. “So I have the utmost respect for them, and I think what I did was taken out of context and spun a different way.”Kaepernick’s social activism, which only emerged publicly in recent weeks, also included support for the Black Lives Matter movement through social media.While negative reaction to the quarterback has been strong, Kaepernick also has been widely praised for his commitment to his stance. Veterans and military members tweeted their support for Kaepernick in recent days under the hashtag “VeteransForKaepernick.”“It was something I was thinking about to make sure that I’m not just talking about something, but I’m actively being involved and actively trying to make a change in these communities,” Kaepernick said. “I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and be able to make the kind of money I do, and I have to help these people.”___AP Sports Writer Josh Dubow in Oakland contributed to this story.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, middle, kneels during the national anthem before the team’s NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)last_img read more

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Descending the summit: Sports stars who retired early

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Nico Rosberg retired from Formula One at age 31 Friday, a startling announcement that came five days after winning his first drivers’ championship.Some other sports stars who retired at a young age:___BJORN BORG (TENNIS)Borg retired at the beginning of 1983 at 26. One of the greatest tennis players, the Swede won Wimbledon five times in a row and also captured six French Open titles.Borg failed to win the US Open in 10 tries, losing four finals — 1976 and 1978 to Jimmy Connors, and 1980 and 1981 to McEnroe.He played only one tournament in 1982, reaching the quarterfinals in Monte Carlo, before announcing he was quitting the game.In this April 27, 1956 file photo, World heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano gestures at a new conference in New York after announcing his retirement from boxing. M(AP Photo, File)ROCKY MARCIANO (BOXING)Marciano had been the world heavyweight champion for four years and won all 49 of his fights — 43 by knockout — when he retired in 1956 at the age of 32. The American wanted to spend more time with his family.He died 13 years later in a plane crash.Marciano, nicknamed the “Brockton Blockbuster,” remains the only heavyweight champion to retire undefeated.___SANDY KOUFAX (BASEBALL)Koufax was baseball’s most dominant pitcher when he played his final game in 1966. Though he was only 30, his left elbow was ravaged by arthritis.Koufax had a career-high 27 wins for the Dodgers that last season. He also led baseball in ERA, strikeouts and innings while tossing 27 complete games.A three-time Cy Young winner and two-time World Series MVP, he was an All-Star his last six seasons. Known for his sharp curve and pinpoint fastball, Koufax became baseball’s youngest Hall of Famer when he was elected at 36 in 1972.Koufax avoided the spotlight for years after leaving the game, but has been more active recently.In this Jan. 2, 1966, file photo, Cleveland fullback Jim Brown (32) turns the corner as a Green Bay Packer defender swings with him in Green Bay, Wisc. (AP Photo/File)JIM BROWN (FOOTBALL)Brown was the top runner in NFL history when he walked away. His last carry came in the 1965 championship game at age 29, capping an MVP season for the Cleveland Browns.Still considered by many the best and most rugged rusher ever, Brown abruptly retired in the summer of 1966 while on the set of “The Dirty Dozen.” He had a main part in the popular movie and when filming lagged on, the Browns objected to the idea of him missing the start of training camp.Brown ran for 12,312 yards and scored 106 touchdowns, and the led the league in rushing for eight of his nine pro seasons.The Hall of Famer went to an acting career and is still involved with the Browns as an adviser.___BARRY SANDERS (FOOTBALL)Sanders reeled off dazzling runs for a decade with the Detroit Lions before his surprising retirement at 31. He gained nearly 1,500 yards in 1998 and was nearing the NFL’s all-time record when he simply said he was done.“My desire to exit the game is greater than my desire to remain in it,” he said in a statement faxed to his hometown newspaper in Wichita, Kansas.Sanders was in the middle of a long-term contract and healthy when he left. A Pro Bowler in all 10 of his seasons, he was later elected to the Hall of Fame.___MARCO VAN BASTEN (SOCCER)Van Basten won three Ballon d’Or titles and two European Cups as well as the European Championship with the Netherlands in a glittering career that was cut short by injury at age 28.He also helped Ajax to three Dutch titles and Milan to four Italian league A trophies.Milan’s Champions League final defeat to Marseille in 1993 would be his final match due to persistent ankle problems that forced his retirement two years later.Van Basten went on to a career in management, coaching Ajax and the Netherlands among others.___LORENA OCHOA (GOLF)Ochoa was the top-ranked female player when she announced her retirement in 2010 at 28, putting aside golf so she could start a family. Coming two years after the retirement of Annika Sorenstam at 37, the LPGA was robbed of another of its biggest names.Ochoa was probably the best-known athlete in Mexico who was not a soccer player, winning 27 LPGA titles and two majors — the Women’s British Open in 2007 and the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2008.Ochoa gave birth to her first child 20 months after retiring.___JUSTINE HENIN (TENNIS)The seven-time Grand Slam winner was still No. 1 in the WTA rankings when she shocked tennis in 2008 with her retirement at 25.She said she had lost the desire to train and wanted to rediscover the “small pleasures” of life.Before Henin, no reigning No. 1 had retired from the women’s game.But the break did not last long. The 2004 Olympic champion returned 20 months later and reached the 2010 Australian Open final. She retired for good in January 2011 because of a lingering elbow injury.,LONDON (AP) — Nico Rosberg retired from Formula One at age 31 Friday, a startling announcement that came five days after winning his first drivers’ championship.Some other sports stars who retired at a young age:___BJORN BORG (TENNIS)Borg retired at the beginning of 1983 at 26. One of the greatest tennis players, the Swede won Wimbledon five times in a row and also captured six French Open titles.Borg failed to win the US Open in 10 tries, losing four finals — 1976 and 1978 to Jimmy Connors, and 1980 and 1981 to McEnroe.He played only one tournament in 1982, reaching the quarterfinals in Monte Carlo, before announcing he was quitting the game.In this April 27, 1956 file photo, World heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano gestures at a new conference in New York after announcing his retirement from boxing. M(AP Photo, File)ROCKY MARCIANO (BOXING)Marciano had been the world heavyweight champion for four years and won all 49 of his fights — 43 by knockout — when he retired in 1956 at the age of 32. The American wanted to spend more time with his family.He died 13 years later in a plane crash.Marciano, nicknamed the “Brockton Blockbuster,” remains the only heavyweight champion to retire undefeated.___SANDY KOUFAX (BASEBALL)Koufax was baseball’s most dominant pitcher when he played his final game in 1966. Though he was only 30, his left elbow was ravaged by arthritis.Koufax had a career-high 27 wins for the Dodgers that last season. He also led baseball in ERA, strikeouts and innings while tossing 27 complete games.A three-time Cy Young winner and two-time World Series MVP, he was an All-Star his last six seasons. Known for his sharp curve and pinpoint fastball, Koufax became baseball’s youngest Hall of Famer when he was elected at 36 in 1972.Koufax avoided the spotlight for years after leaving the game, but has been more active recently.In this Jan. 2, 1966, file photo, Cleveland fullback Jim Brown (32) turns the corner as a Green Bay Packer defender swings with him in Green Bay, Wisc. (AP Photo/File)JIM BROWN (FOOTBALL)Brown was the top runner in NFL history when he walked away. His last carry came in the 1965 championship game at age 29, capping an MVP season for the Cleveland Browns.Still considered by many the best and most rugged rusher ever, Brown abruptly retired in the summer of 1966 while on the set of “The Dirty Dozen.” He had a main part in the popular movie and when filming lagged on, the Browns objected to the idea of him missing the start of training camp.Brown ran for 12,312 yards and scored 106 touchdowns, and the led the league in rushing for eight of his nine pro seasons.The Hall of Famer went to an acting career and is still involved with the Browns as an adviser.___BARRY SANDERS (FOOTBALL)Sanders reeled off dazzling runs for a decade with the Detroit Lions before his surprising retirement at 31. He gained nearly 1,500 yards in 1998 and was nearing the NFL’s all-time record when he simply said he was done.“My desire to exit the game is greater than my desire to remain in it,” he said in a statement faxed to his hometown newspaper in Wichita, Kansas.Sanders was in the middle of a long-term contract and healthy when he left. A Pro Bowler in all 10 of his seasons, he was later elected to the Hall of Fame.___MARCO VAN BASTEN (SOCCER)Van Basten won three Ballon d’Or titles and two European Cups as well as the European Championship with the Netherlands in a glittering career that was cut short by injury at age 28.He also helped Ajax to three Dutch titles and Milan to four Italian league A trophies.Milan’s Champions League final defeat to Marseille in 1993 would be his final match due to persistent ankle problems that forced his retirement two years later.Van Basten went on to a career in management, coaching Ajax and the Netherlands among others.___LORENA OCHOA (GOLF)Ochoa was the top-ranked female player when she announced her retirement in 2010 at 28, putting aside golf so she could start a family. Coming two years after the retirement of Annika Sorenstam at 37, the LPGA was robbed of another of its biggest names.Ochoa was probably the best-known athlete in Mexico who was not a soccer player, winning 27 LPGA titles and two majors — the Women’s British Open in 2007 and the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2008.Ochoa gave birth to her first child 20 months after retiring.___JUSTINE HENIN (TENNIS)The seven-time Grand Slam winner was still No. 1 in the WTA rankings when she shocked tennis in 2008 with her retirement at 25.She said she had lost the desire to train and wanted to rediscover the “small pleasures” of life.Before Henin, no reigning No. 1 had retired from the women’s game.But the break did not last long. The 2004 Olympic champion returned 20 months later and reached the 2010 Australian Open final. She retired for good in January 2011 because of a lingering elbow injury. In this Nov. 7, 1991 file photo, Earvin “Magic” Johnson retires during a press conference in Inglewood, Calif. The Lakers point guard ended his career in 1991 after he found out he was HIV positive. (AP Photo/Craig Fuji, File)last_img read more

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