U.S. Women’s Open champ adds Canadian title

first_imgOTTAWA, Ontario  – Sung Hyun Park added the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open title to her U.S. Women’s Open crown with a comeback victory Sunday at Ottawa Hunt. Park birdied the final hole for a 7-under 64 and a two-stroke victory over fellow South Korean player Mirim Lee. Four strokes behind leaders Nicole Broch Larsen and Mo Martin entering the round, The 23-year-old Park finished at 13-under 271. She won the U.S. Women’s Open last month in New Jersey for her first LPGA title. ”I can’t think of anything. I can’t believe this,” Park said. ”I think it was a perfect game today. Everything was. There were no mistakes today, and I think it was perfect.” Park had five birdies in an eight-hole stretch on Nos. 3-10, and also birdied the par-4 16th before her closing birdie on the par-5 18th. ”I think this golf course fits my game,” Park said. ”My shots and putting were good. I think this week was just perfect for me. That’s how I got the confidence on this golf course.” Lee had two eagles in a 68. Michelle Wie withdrew before the round and was taken to Ottawa Hospital for surgery to remove her appendix. Wie was tied for 23rd, six strokes back entering the day. Larsen had a 70 to drop into a tie for third at 10 under with Cristie Kerr (69), In Gee Chun (70), Shanshan Feng (68) and Marina Alex (68). Martin was another stroke back after a 72. ”I really enjoyed this week,” Chun said. ”Today is Sunday, so a lot of spectators come out here. I really like their support for the players. I really appreciate it. Sung Hyun had a really good round today. But I don’t know, my game was not really bad, so I’m happy for her to win this week. I’ll just keep going to next week.” Alex had her best career finish. ”I thought the overall setup was great,” Alex said. ”I thought they set the course up perfect today.” Canadian star Brooke Henderson followed her course-record 63 with a 71 to tie for 12th at 7 under. The 19-year-old major champion is from nearby Smiths Falls. ”These crowds were so incredible,” Henderson said. ”I just could never have imagined this many people coming out to watch me play golf. It’s amazing. Definitely a week I’ll remember forever.” Park joined her countrywomen In-Kyung Kim (three victories) and So Yeon Ryu (two) as the only multiple winners this season. Park has 10 career Korea LPGA victories. She was looking forward to see her dog Ato at her Florida base during a two-week break. ”It’s been awhile since I’ve seen my dog, so I’m planning to play with my dog during my vacation,” Park said.last_img read more

Second varsity eight stands out

first_img“We learned a lot, and if our [first varsity] had done better Saturday morning, I’d come away pleased with the weekend, but that just leaves a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth,” Davis said. “I am very satisfied with what the second varsity eight did and what the [first varsity four] did. They performed the way we expected.” The Gophers usually carry thick sponges to soak up water that gets in the boat, but the unexpected downpour flooded Minnesota’s watercraft, and water splashed at the rowers’ legs as they slid forward in their seats with every stroke.  Mari Sundbo was the main force behind the second varsity eight’s solid performance.  But the Gophers’ top boat didn’t have as much success as Davis would have liked over the weekend. Minnesota finished sixth out of seven teams in both Saturday races before ending on a bit of a high note Sunday, besting Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.  “Our first varsity four and our second varsity eight performed as well as we were hoping for,” head coach Wendy Davis said. “Our first varsity eight had just a horrible Saturday morning, and then they recovered well.” Minnesota’s first varsity four showed steady improvement at the Clemson Invite over the weekend.  Second varsity eight stands outDaily File Photo, Liam James DoyleUniversity rowing team practices on the Mississippi River on April 14. Jack SatzingerApril 20, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintSophomore McKenzie Lukacs had to improvise during Minnesota’s second varsity eight on Sunday morning, as a heavy rain shower caught the rowers by surprise in the middle of the race. The Minnetonka native said it was tough to race in the rain without sponges Sunday. The second varsity eight finished fourth in both of its Saturday races. Minnesota topped host Clemson in the morning with a time of 6:57.4 and then finished behind ranked Virginia, UCLA and Texas teams that afternoon.  Still, the boat’s body of work over the weekend showed that it is starting to gain some momentum.  “And then I wrung it out,” Lukacs said. “I personally love rowing in the rain. Nothing’s more dramatic than having water falling on you, and you’re at the start waiting to go fast.” Minnesota’s first varsity eight, led by Lynn Hodnett and coxswain Taylor Gainey, has also shown steady improvement this season, besting many of its times from last year.  So Lukacs bent down and used her long-sleeve shirt to soak up the little water she could to help keep Minnesota afloat en route to a fifth-place finish.  “We’ve really had a lot of great flow in the boat. Everyone’s working really hard and working well together, and I think as a unit we all want to go 100 percent every race,” Sundbo said. “Progressing from fall and the winter workouts, getting all that training in, has really paid off.” Minnesota’s second varsity eight likely would have finished higher than fifth Sunday if it had carried sponges like most of its opponents did, but those rowers andlast_img read more

Professor Seecharan launches History of Cricket in Guyana – Volume 2

first_imgVOLUME Two of a History of Cricket in Guyana is not just about the accounts of cricket games played over 100 years ago in British Guiana; it underscores how those games galvanised our people and the impact the sport had on our society.Professor Clem Seecharan, though the support of the Hand-in-Hand Group of Companies, encapsulated these achievements in an entertaining and informative way in his 758-page second book of the series, which he officially launched at the world-famous Georgetown Cricket Club on Friday night.Professor Clem Seecharan displays the second volume of his book, The History of Cricket in Guyana.(See story on page 31)The accolades for the author were great and the audience included generations of cricketers from the legendary West Indies players Lance Gibbs, Roger Harper, Dr Shivnarine Chanderpaul, and current national captain Leon Johnson, to a few cricketers now trying to make their names in the sport.Among the notables who addressed the audience were Chairman of Hand-in-Hand Group of Companies John Carpenter, Dr Ian McDonald, the author himself, Harper, Gibbs, Minister of Social Cohesion with responsible for Culture, Youth and Sport Dr George Norton and Sales Manager of the Group of Companies Shanomae Baptiste, who gave the vote of thanks.Carpenter said that Hand-in-Hand was honoured to have played a part in the venture and that the series, which analyses cricket from 1865 to 1867 (Volume One) and 1898-1914 (Volume Two), begs a Volume Three.It was also emphasised that the Hand-in-Hand Company which started in 1865 also played a part in the integral development during the time of the publications. This year marks 140 years since construction started at the company’s head office.WORK OF ARTDr McDonald, who has known Seecharan for over three decades, paid respect to his commitment to his craft. He said that the author’s dedication to work, combined with his narrative skills, became a work of art.The renowned author also called Seecharan the “most appropriate author” to do the volumes.DCC discussion: From left, former Guyana cricketer Mark Harper, former West Indian cricketers Lance Gibbs and Roger Harper having a nostalgic moment.Also showing adoration for the cricket series was Minister Norton, who called the professor’s series a well-researched publication and an inspiration.“Your book helps us to better appreciate the importance of cricket in our society. As a politician, I would be happy if more of us can understand the importance of cricket in Guyana.”The minister added that he was confident that the series of books would serve to educate and enlighten many generations about Guyana’s past cricketing heroes.In highlighting how integral a role cricket has played in our past, Gibbs pointed out that there were some aspects of the game that the book did not cover, since backyard and alleyway games were not documented. The 84-year-old then took the crowd on a nostalgic journey when different versions of cricket were common and makeshift apparatuses were used as bat and ball.STAGNATION OF CRICKETSeecharan, who read for a doctorate in History at the University of Warwick in 1990, examines the stagnation of the game in colonial Guyana in the decade and a half before the Great War.He said that despite the flamboyance of GCC – founded in 1858 – which was vibrant in fostering regional cricket, “Guyanese cricket was marooned on a plateau of underachievement”.He added that the topography of the land and the share magnitude of the rainforest was a breeding ground for malaria which was one of the main hindrances when it came to the quality of cricket being played by our former cricketers.The 16 years of analysis filled many holes that existed about our past – one that will be kept alive through Seecharan’s undertaking.last_img read more