Zambia tops CHAN group B, Uganda 3rd

first_imgUgandan player Muleme in action in the draw with Ivory Coast on Monday. PHOTO CAFMEDIAFT: Uganda  ??  0 Ivory Coast ??  0Casablanca, Morocco | AFP |  Zambia fought back to draw 1-1 with neighbours Namibia Monday and top Group B at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco on goal difference.The Zambians and Namibians, who had already qualified for the last eight, finished with seven points.Uganda and the 2016 bronze medalists the Ivory Coast managed just one following a 0-0 draw in a match played simultaneously.Absalom Iimbondi put Namibia ahead direct from a free-kick on 12 minutes at Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca and Lazarous Kambole levelled off a cut-back on 24 minutes.It was the second goal for striker Kambole in a tournament restricted to home-based footballers, and the first for winger Iimbondi.Zambia will play Group A runners-up Sudan in the quarter-finals in Marrakech this weekend a few hours after Namibia confront Group A winners and title favourites Morocco in Casablanca.A Moroccan team backed by an expected 45,000 crowd are expected to reach the semi-finals at the expense of the Namibians, who have exceeded expectations by reaching the knockout phase.The clash between free-flowing Zambia and well-organised Sudan — countries who have finished third in previous editions of the Nations Championship — is difficult to predict.By failing to defeat Uganda in Marrakech, African football powerhouses the Ivory Coast bowed out without scoring a single goal.Prize Money Winners – $1.25mRunners-up – 700,000Semifinalists – 400,000Quarter-finalists – 300,000Third in the Group – 200,000Fourth in the Group – 175,000 Group BNamibia 1 (Iimbondi 12) Zambia 1 (Kambole 24)Ivory Coast 0 Uganda 0Final standings Zambia 3 2 1 0 6 2 7 – qualifiedNamibia 3 2 1 0 3 1 7 – qualifiedUganda 3 0 1 2 1 4 1Ivory Coast 3 0 1 2 0 3 1Note: Zambia play Sudan in Marrakech and Namibia meet Morocco in Casablanca this Saturday in the quarter-finalsShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Cincinnati hands Pitt first loss of season at MSG 44-43

first_imgCincinnati’s Titus Rubles celebrates with the team mascot after an NCAA college basketball game against Pittsburgh in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Rubles sank the final shot to put the Bearcats ahead 44-43. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) – It was impossible not to think of the Big East when Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, two former members of the conference, met in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.The teams didn’t have to stage an old-fashioned defensive battle with plenty of missed shots and key rebounds.But they did.Titus Rubles’ rebound basket with 4.2 seconds to play gave Cincinnati a 44-43 victory over previously unbeaten Pittsburgh.It was appropriate the winning points came on a missed shot in a game where neither team shot 38 percent from the field.“I thought it was beautiful,” Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said when somebody brought up the word ugly to describe the game.“I don’t know what game you were watching,” said Justin Jackson, who led the Bearcats with 12 points.The Bearcats (8-2) had lost two straight, the last of which was a 64-47 loss to crosstown rival Xavier on Saturday night.“You’ve got to be able to win these kind of games,” Cronin said. “Our guys were so upset at what happened Saturday night we had guys who couldn’t eat. I was a psychiatrist more than a coach the last few days.”Most of Jackson’s points came on his seven offensive rebounds. He had nine rebounds total and the Bearcats finished with a 35-27 advantage on the boards, 16-8 on the offensive end.“We came trying to outrebound them and got outrebounded,” Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. “We didn’t play well the whole game but we fought back to get the lead and then didn’t do things right when we got there. We knew we had some work to do but I thought our offense was better than that. We didn’t handle their physicality at all.”Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati’s leading scorer at 19.3 points per game, finished with nine on 4-of-13 shooting including going 1 of 8 from 3-point range.Talib Zanna had 12 points for the Panthers (10-1), one of 14 Division I teams to start the day without a loss, while Lamar Patterson added 11.Pittsburgh did not have a field goal for a 13:43 stretch in the second half, a drought that ended with a drive by Cameron Wright with 1:07 left that gave the Panthers a 43-42 lead. Patterson missed two free throws with 21 seconds left. Cincinnati worked the clock down and Kilpatrick missed a drive but Rubles got the rebound and scored. He had six points and two rebounds.Wright took a running jumper from just inside midcourt as the buzzer sounded.“I feel like I lost the game for us,” Patterson said.Wright jumped to his defense.“You don’t lose a game on one possession or two missed free throws,” Wright said, “We just didn’t go out there and do what we were supposed to do.”The Bearcats shot 37.7 percent from the field (20 of 53) and were 3 of 13 on 3s (23.1 percent). They entered the game scoring 73.4 points per game on 43.4 shooting overall and 35.2 percent from 3-point range.The Panthers came in averaging 82.6 points on 49.5 shooting overall and 34.6 percent on 3s. They were 11 of 35 from the field (31.4 percent) and they were 2 of 13 from 3-point range (15.4 percent).The 11 field goals were the fewest in a game for the Panthers in coach Jamie Dixon’s 11 seasons and the second-fewest in school history.These schools were in the Big East together for eight years – 2005-13 – and Pittsburgh had an 8-3 record in those meetings. The Bearcats, who are in the American Athletic Conference, now have a 10-9 lead in the overall series. Pittsburgh, which is now in the Atlantic Coast Conference, joined the Big East in 1982.Kilpatrick, a native of nearby Yonkers, and fellow senior Jackson were sentimental about the game.“Me and Justin were talking in our room that this was going to be our last time in the Garden,” Kilpatrick said. “It is just an amazing feeling to win in the Garden.”last_img read more

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Three Southland Greats Selected for Conference’s Hall of Honor

first_imgA native of Beaumont, Simmons earned music degrees from Memphis State, Houston and McNeese State before returning to Beaumont in 1970, joining the Lamar faculty as an instructor and director of the marching band. He rose through the ranks, later being named chair of the Department of Music and Theatre and dean of the College of Fine Arts, and assumed the school’s presidency on September 1, 1999.Throughout his educational career, Simmons has attracted acclaim as a performer on clarinet, saxophone and piano. He continues to maintain a performance schedule. FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference revealed its Hall of Honor Class of 2018 featuring a former university president, a longtime volleyball official and administrator, and a former standout student-athlete, league Commissioner Tom Burnett announced Thursday.  The honorees will bring the total number of inductees to 50 dating back to the Southland’s first Hall of Honor class in 1999. Southland Hall of Honor “The Southland Conference membership is honored to induct these three exceptionally worthy individuals, each with remarkable records of sustained success,” said Burnett.  “Dr. Jimmy Simmons provided more than 40 years of service to Lamar and is regarded as one of the most impactful presidents in school history.  He served Lamar athletics tremendously throughout his tenure, and was a strong presidential voice in Southland matters.” Rhonda Rube-Baird, Northwestern State softballRhonda Rube-Baird, a Baton Rouge native, was the first All-American in Northwestern State softball history. The catcher was a two-time Southland Conference Softball Player of the Year and earned All-Conference honors in each of her four years in Natchitoches (1989-92). The Class of 2018 features the induction of former Lamar University president Dr. Jimmy Simmons, legendary league coordinator of volleyball officials Linda Fletcher, and former Northwestern State softball student-athlete Rhonda Rube-Baird.   The inductees, selected by the Conference’s Awards Committee, are slated for induction May 22 at the annual Southland Honors Dinner and Ceremony at the Westin Stonebriar Hotel in Frisco.   Fletcher will be honored posthumously.   His tenure was marked with numerous capital campaigns, reaching over $130 million raised by the time he retired, including development efforts to provide funding for scholarship programs, academic offerings, and construction projects.   During Simmons’ years in office, several programs were added at Lamar including five new bachelor’s degrees, three new master’s degrees, and three doctoral degrees and the first Ph.D. program at the university. Dr. James “Jimmy” Simmons, President, LamarDr. Jimmy Simmons was president of Lamar for 14 years — from 1999 until 2014 – and he worked at the university for more than four decades.  He also served as the chairman of the Southland Conference Board of Directors from 2001-2004. Fletcher began officiating in 1967 as a State Volleyball referee for the University Interscholastic League (Texas high schools). She went on to help found the Southwest Volleyball Officials’ Association, later renamed the Texas Association of Sports Officials. The longtime Austin, Texas, resident was a charter member of the Austin High School Volleyball Chapter of the organization. Former Southland Conference volleyball referee and Fletcher’s longtime friend Gloria Cox will accept the award at the Honors Dinner. Linda Fletcher, Former Southland Conference Coordinator of Volleyball OfficialsVolleyball pioneer Linda Fletcher was the conference’s coordinator of officials for nearly 30 years. Fletcher began as the league’s coordinator of officials in 1989, serving in the role until she passed away unexpectedly in October 2017.  Fletcher served in a similar capacity for the Southwest Conference. A 2000 inductee in the Professional Association of Volleyball Officials Hall of Fame, Fletcher was an advocate for teaching and coaching, mentoring hundreds of referees during her half century in the sport. “Rhonda Rube-Baird was a dominant performer in Southland softball from 1989-92, as evidenced by her All-American honors and placement on the Southland Softball All-Time Team,” Burnett said. “Ultimately, she was a true student-athlete, receiving Southland All-Academic recognition in addition to her on-field accomplishments.” Fletcher held bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas. Athletics at Lamar blossomed under Simmons’ direction, as the Cardinals’ varsity football program was brought back to competition after a 25-year absence.  Additionally, Lamar also brought back varsity softball and added women’s soccer during his tenure.   “Linda Fletcher started with the Southland when volleyball was brand new to the league,” Burnett added.  “And she went on to spend 29 years performing wonderful work as an administrator and ambassador for the game that she loved deeply. It’s impossible to overstate her passion and how beloved she was within the volleyball community.” In conjunction with the Southland’s 50th anniversary in 2013, Baird was named to the conference’s Softball All-Time Team.   She finished her career with a .327 career batting average, departing with the Southland record for career doubles with 45 (10th best all-time in the NCAA at the time). Defensively, she cut down 32 percent (48-148) of runners who attempted to steal on her and picked off 13 baserunners from behind the plate. Other highlights include her team’s first Southland championship in 1991, a season in which she hit .341 and boasted a .992 fielding percentage. As a senior, Baird earned Southland All-Academic honors. She went on to secure two bachelor’s degrees from Northwestern State.  She is a registered nurse in Baton Rouge.last_img read more

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Molinari not flashy except the players he beats

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. In the midst of such great theater, Molinari made his biggest move by not going anywhere at all. He opened with 13 pars, including the 12th and 13th holes as Woods lost the lead with a double bogey and a bogey.Molinari took the lead for the first time with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 14th. He made one more birdie on the final hole by hitting driving that narrowly avoided a pot bunker, leaving him a lob wedge to 5 feet for a birdie that secured his place in history as Italy’s first major champion.“That putt on the last, I’ll never forget,” he said.Molinari closed with a 69, significant for two reasons. He was the only player from the final two groups to break par, and he didn’t make a bogey over the last 37 holes.“He’s been playing unbelievable golf. He’s been working his butt off,” Spieth said. “I see him in the gym all the time, going through his routine, grinding on the range, doing his own stuff. It truly is hard work that paid off for Francesco. I’m certainly happy for him. I’ve watched this through the PGA Tour this year day in and day out, seeing him work as hard as anyone else.”Solid off the tee, suspect at times on the green, Molinari first showed his potential in a World Golf Championship in Shanghai in 2010 when Lee Westwood made his debut at No. 1 in the world. Westwood beat everyone else by nine shots in the HSBC Champions and lost by one to Molinari.That was the second win of his career for Molinari, and remained his biggest win against a strong field until he arrived at Carnoustie.Molinari, whose older brother Edoardo won the 2005 U.S. Amateur and played with him in the 2010 Ryder Cup, comes from a country known more for soccer and skiing than golf. They had their chance at glory two decades ago. Molinari was 12 and watching on TV when Costantino Rocca rolled in that putt across the Valley of Sin on the 18th at St. Andrews to force a playoff with John Daly in the 1995 British Open.Daly wound up winning the four-hole playoff. Rocca was paired in the final round with Woods two years later at the 1997 Masters, but that wasn’t much of a contest.Now, Italy has the champion golfer of the year. Carnoustie tempered some of that confidence.Reputed to be the toughest links in golf, especially in the 20 mph gusts that finally arrived Sunday, Molinari stopped playing the Dunhill Links Championship because that one stop on the three-course rotation ate him up.“I got beaten up around here a few times already in the past,” Molinari said. “I didn’t particularly enjoy that feeling.”And yet there he was in the final round, with major champions in front of him and behind him and the biggest one of them all — Woods next to him in a final round so wild that seven players had a share of the lead at various times, and six players were tied on the back nine.McIlroy and former U.S. Open champion Justin Rose made a charge. Woods and Spieth were among five contenders to make double bogeys.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “The last round already was big news in Italy,” Molinari said. “Obviously, to achieve something like this is on another level. Hopefully, there were a lot of young kids watching on TV today, like I was watching Costantino in ’95 coming so close. Hopefully, they will get as inspired as I was at the time, watching him vie for the claret jug.”The victory was the seventh of his career, and it moved him to No. 6 in the world, right in front of McIlroy and Spieth.He’s in good company.“He’s always been a great player,” McIlroy said. “With how he’s played this year, there’s just maybe a little more belief. I played with him the final day at Wentworth and he didn’t miss a shot. So there’s going to be a lot of European guys vying for his partnership in foursomes at the Ryder Cup.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments “If someone was expecting a charge, they probably weren’t expecting it from me,” he said. “But it’s been the same the whole of my career.”His name etched into the silver claret jug should help with that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Now that’s flashy.And it wasn’t an accident. The 35-year-old Italian was the hottest player in golf in the two months leading up to the British Open with two victories and two runner-up finishes. All he did at the BMW PGA Championship was go head-to-head with McIlroy in the final round and beat him by two. A month later, he shot 62 in the final round to win the Quicken Loans National, with Woods as the tournament host — he tied for fourth that day — presenting him the trophy. LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamcenter_img Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Big 3rd quarter run propels Batangas past winless AMA MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Francesco Molinari of Italy holds the trophy after winning the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, Sunday July 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — There is nothing flashy about Francesco Molinari except for the players he keeps beating.He was a forgotten figure when he teed off in the final round of the British Open, mainly because he was playing with Tiger Woods, and because of the star power around him. Jordan Spieth was tied for the lead. Rory McIlroy was one shot behind Molinari.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

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Psychiatric patient steals car

first_img– 5 other similar matters pending in courtA 26-year-old patient of the National Psychiatric Hospital was on Wednesday taken before MagistrateRaymond SamarooAnnette Singh at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with stealing a car, his sixth offence of this nature.Raymond Samaroo, of Lot 20 Owen Street, Kitty, Georgetown, was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on April 11, at Georgetown, he stole one Toyota Carina 212 motorcar property of the Virtual Complainant (VC), Lavern Grenaola.Police Prosecutor Adduni Innis told the court that on the day in question, the accused stole the car and drove it until it ran out of gas and abandoned it at that point. She objected to bail citing the defendants previous five such offences. Bail was refused and the matter was adjourned to May 3.Just last month, on March 17, at Kitty, Samaroo stole a Toyota Premio motor car valued $1.7 million and $15,000 cash, property of Fareeda Hamid.He has also been previously charged for four offences similar in nature. On June 27, 2015, while on Sheriff Street, Georgetown, he stole a motor car bearing registration number PHH 5935 valued $5 million from Rishi Lall. He again stole the same car on June 28 from the vicinity of the Kitty Police Station on Alexander Street, Kitty. Initially, when Samaroo hijacked the car, the VC’s girlfriend was still seated inside and had to jump out of the moving vehicle to avoid abduction.Then, on Monday, August 3, 2015, at 35 Garnett Street, Campbellville, he stole one Honda CRV motor car valued $5 million, one Samsung cellular phone valued $25,000 and $30,000 cash; a total value of $5,055,000, property of Rhonda Joaquin. On that occasion, the owner was parked in front of her yard and was about to exit the vehicle when the defendant rushed into the vehicle, forcing her to exit, and drove off.He subsequently drove through two Police road blocks, nearly injuring two officers in the process. He also has several other matters before the courts. Previously, an order was made for the accused to be mentally evaluated so as to ascertain whether or not he is fit for trial. This was done, and it was revealed that he was capable of being tried.last_img read more

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Taylor Curling Club to host two bonspiels over the next two weekends

first_imgIn the Fly Away Bonspiel, one person of the opposite sex must skip or play third. Those interested in the bonspiel are asked to call the Taylor Curling Club at 250-789-3734.In the Two by Two Bonspiel, each team must have two adult curlers, and two junior curlers. Teams interested in taking part should contact Wendy Kimmie at 250-789-9089.- Advertisement –last_img

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Aerospace pioneer, Walk of Honor star Riedenauer dies

first_imgPALMDALE – Robert Riedenauer, an inductee into Lancaster’s Aerospace Walk of Honor and the only pilot to fly the U-2, SR-71 and the F-117 aircraft, died Monday from cancer. He was 70. Riedenauer had a lifelong association with aviation, including serving as a combat pilot and a test pilot. Most recently, he was a member of Palmdale’s Aviation and Aerospace Commission. “He was a truly an aviation hero,” Mayor Jim Ledford said Tuesday. “He’d been involved in so much of the history of aerospace.” City officials had been aware of Riedenauer’s illness and had honored him at the City Council’s March 5 meeting. Riedenauer conducted performance and handling quality tests of the FB-111A, prototype development of the Pre-SCANA F-111 and various programs in the U-2. Riedenauer then flew developmental flight tests of the SR-71 at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale and later retired from the Air Force as chief of SR-71 flight test. At Lockheed Skunk Works, he was an engineering test pilot and later director of operations. He helped design, develop and test classified programs and served as one of Lockheed’s principal test pilots during the initial flight tests of the F-117A Stealth Fighter. Riedenauer flew the first production flight of the F-117. Riedenauer was nearly killed when the first production F-117 crashed during a flight test on April 20, 1982, an accident cause by wiring problems. The wreckage of that aircraft was later incorporated into a F-117 model mounted at the Lockheed Martin’s Palmdale plant. Riedenauer retired from Lockheed Martin in 1993 and served three years as the executive director of the Flight Test Historical Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the rich aerospace history of Edwards Air Force Base. In 2002, Riedenauer was honored by the city of Lancaster when he was among that year’s inductees into the Aerospace Walk of Honor. He was also appointed that year to the city’s aviation commission. He was elected chairman of that board in 2004 but recently resigned the top post because of health problems. Riedenauer is survived by his wife, Sharon; sons, Jeff Koontz of Palmdale and Scott Riedenauer of Bellflower; daughters, Cheryl Clayton of Palmdale and Kimberly Sweazy of Florida; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending. james.skeen@dailynews.com (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Riedenauer was to have been honored today by the city with the naming of an F-104 aircraft after him at the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Air Force Plant 42. The city plans to hold a ceremony to honor Riedenauer at a later date. “He was a fine Air Force officer and a gentleman of the finest kind,” said Joe Davies, one of Riedenauer’s colleagues on the aviation commission. “He was a stellar leader. He did a terrific job for the city with the aerospace committee as chairman.” Born in Fresno, Riedenauer earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University in 1967. Riedenauer flew 120 combat missions in the F-105 in Southeast Asia in 1968 and was honored with the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with eleven oak leaf clusters and the Meritorious Service Medal. He graduated from the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base in 1969. last_img read more

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Exclusive – Former Chelsea hitman backs Diego Costa to fire Blues to title glory

first_imgChris Sutton believes Diego Costa could smash Chelsea to the title this season.The £32million summer signing from Atletico Madrid has made a blistering start to his Blues career, scoring seven goals in his first five Premier League games.Speaking on the Weekend Sports Breakfast, Sutton claimed the powerful hitman has transformed Jose Mourinho’s side, and backed him to keep firing.“He can sniff goals out and he is a smasher,” said the ex-Chelsea striker.“He certainly knows where the back of the net is. You get the feeling that, even if he doesn’t have a great game, he has always got a goal in him.“He is a finisher and he is such a good addition to Chelsea. I think he will be the difference for them winning the title or not.”last_img

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Santa’s Elves take a break to do mannequin challenge!

first_imgSanta’s Elves, currently stationed at the Santa Express at Oakfield Park in Raphoe, took a break from making toys in the lead up to Christmas to do the Mannequin Challenge! The Santa Express will be running daily from the 1st to 21st December, from 3.30pm till late. You can hop on board and get a trip through Oakfield woods to see the man himself! The Mannequin Challenge has become a viral sensation where people stay as still as possible as the camera pans the room – even Barrack Obama has taken part in his own White House edition!Santa’s Elves take a break to do mannequin challenge! was last modified: November 26th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHristmasElvesmannequin challengeSANTAsanta expresslast_img read more

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GOLF NOTES: NORTH WESTERN GOLFING ALLIANCE

first_imgNorth Western Golfing Alliance Ballyliffin G.C.-Old Links 3/12/2011Par 71 s.s.s.711st Nett Odran McGettigan (24) Strabane G.C. 74 2ND Nett Ciaran Patton (18) Strabane G.C. 753rd Nett Michael Kelly (9) Strabane G.C. 774th Nett Joe Blake (9) Letterkenny G.C. 78 B.O.T.5TH Nett Davy McLaughlin (16) Portsalon G.C. 78 6th Nett Maurice McGettigan (16) Strabane G.C. 80 B.O.T.1ST Gross John Callan (5) Ballycastle G.C. 812ND Gross Sean Young (Scr) Foyle G. C. 843rd Gross John McBride (Scr) Portsalon G.C.854TH Gross Freddie Patterson (6) Strabane G. C. 85 5th Gross Sean Quigg (2) City of Derry 86 B.O.T.6TH Gross Noel Callan (Scr) Faughan Valley G.C. 86There were two two’s S.Devlin and M.Nelis netting them.The final competition of 2011 will be long remembered by the 57 competitors who took part and all credit to the 23 who managed to return completed cards. There was no question but this was the worst weather conditions and also the worst scoring in the Alliance. The previous occasion that the scoring was so bad was on 10th January 1996 .The Glashedy course was being played for the first time by the Alliance. The present Captain of Ballyliffin G.C. Colm McCarroll suggested that we play off the very back markers .This was agreed to and the Nett was won by Gerry Coyle of North West Golf Club with a 73 .The Gross went to Colms Brother Frank, a former international who played ten times for Ireland in 68/69.His Gross score was 80. In fairness to-days competition was on the more benign Old Links course and was played off the middle, the, white tees so those that played to-day now have the bragging rights as having played in the worst scoring conditions ever in the 43 years history of the Alliance.It is a tribute to the Course that it stood up well to the gales of 7 and 8 strength that blew across it from the sea and indeed at times it was difficult to decide on the 14th green if one was putting through hail stones or the foam that was been blown off the sea. That the course was playable at all is a great credit to all connected with Ballyliffin Golf Club.There were many double, treble and quadruple bogies on cards that saw their way into the prize list with the front nine the most difficult for all except for this year’s Alliance Captain Noel Callan who was just three over for 38 but into the wind on the back nine ballooned to 12 over on it .In fact the winner of the gross his Brother John was 8 over for the front nine but just 2 over on the home nine. The runner up the very popular teaching professional in Foyle Golf Club Sean Young was 6 over after nine and 7 over on the back ,a model of consistency.In the nett current leader of the Nett golfer of the year Odran McGettigan continued to show his class with another fine round .His good finish of 3 over for the last 4 holes following a triple bogey at the 14th saw him finish just ahead of Club mate Ciaran Patton who dropped 5 strokes over the last 4 holes.The Golfer of the year positions with 6 of the 9 counting competitions completed is as followsNett sectionOdran McGettigan of Strabane G.C. is leading the way on 33 ,John Callan .Ballycastle G.C. on 26 Michael O’Donnell on 20 Eddie McHugh on 18 both of Letterkenny G.C. .Gross sectionEnda Kennedy of Rosapenna G.C. is on 45,Sean Quigg of City of Derry has moved into second on 31,Michael McGeady of McCambridge ,Duffy is on 28 John Callan Ballycastle G.C. on 26 followed by his brother Noel this year’s Captain on 18.gEADYThe Alliance good wishes go to Michael McGeady who is in action until the 5th December at the second stage Qualifying for a European Tour card .He is among 300 hopefuls and is lying 24th in La Manga following up on his first days 75 with a great 68. Kind words to his man on the bag Kevin Quigg. We are all cheering for you.The festive best to alliance members .The Alliance now takes a short break and resumes on 4th February 2012 in Portsalon G.C.GOLF NOTES: NORTH WESTERN GOLFING ALLIANCE was last modified: December 3rd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:North Western Golfing Alliancelast_img read more

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