Upsets as senior match play starts

first_img15 May 2019 Upsets as senior match play starts The defending champion and the top seed were toppled in the first match play round of the English Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at Enville Golf Club, Staffordshire.But the big names to make it safely through include Staffordshire’s senior internationals Julie Brown (Trentham) – a past champion – and Sue Spencer (Whittington Heath).Both won on the 17th, with Brown (pictured) knocking out Sharon Eales (Royal Birkdale) and Spencer defeating former stroke play champion Lulu Housman (Wyke Green).Cheshire’s Caroline Berry – another past winner of this event – got into her stride on the back nine, producing a couple of birdies as she worked to a 5/3 win.  Hertfordshire’s Jackie Foster, who has twice won the senior stroke play, was another fast worker, defeating her opponent on the 13th.Elsewhere, the games were much tighter. Last year’s winner, Aileen Greenfield of Sussex, staged a terrific effort in her title defence. She halved the 17th in birdie and won the 18th with another birdie to get back to all square against Yorkshire’s Karen Jobling – but bowed out on the 19th.Top seed Helen Lowe – the 2015 champion from Leicestershire – lost another close match, going out to Somerset’s Amanda Mayne on the 18th. They reached the 18th all square but Lowe was wrong footed when her tee shot found a fairway bunker.“There was never more than one hole in and neither of us deserved to lose,” said Mayne.Cheshire’s Gillian Mellor ignited the championship on the first qualifying day with her superb score of one-under par. But her challenge ended today when she lost to Lancashire’s Susan Caton.Also out is Cheshire’s Cath Rawthore, who won in 2016 and was last year’s runner-up – but was stopped this year by Derbyshire’s Lindsey Shaw. Meanwhile English senior team captain Debbie Richards knocked out another past champion, Janet Melville (Royal Birkdale).In the over 60s Ann Howard Trophy there were fewer upsets. Top seed Jayne Fletcher – another Staffordshire player, from Whittington Heath – held on to win on the 18th, while defending champion Carol Wild from Nottinghamshire won 7/6.Click here for full scores in the championship flight for the Wendy Taylor SalverClick here for scores in the Ann Howard TrophyImage copyright Leaderboard Photography Tags: English Senior Women’s Amateur, Enville Golf Clublast_img read more

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The Evergreen State College Students Serve as Essential Workers During Pandemic

first_imgFacebook176Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeThe Evergreen State College students are well-known for pursuing their own paths to their degrees and for their commitment to service.  This spring quarter, many students are taking a complete load of credits while holding full-time jobs deemed essential during the COVID-19 pandemic.Oscar Lira climbs cell towers for a living.  A veteran who retired from the Army last year, Lira maintains critical infrastructure needed to operate radios, antennas and communications systems used by first responders and law enforcement.Lira began studying at Evergreen in fall 2019, and plans to graduate in winter 2021.“Evergreen is a good fit for me,” said Lira. “I get a lot out of contact with the faculty and other students.”Although he prefers in-person classes, Lira has made a smooth transition to a remote spring quarter.“I did a lot of remote learning in the military, so it will be fine,” he said.Evergreen’s Prior Learning Through Experience (PLE) program has helped Val Vajda make progress toward her degree while making sure Washington state hospitals are delivering a high standard of care.Vajda is an essential case manager for the state Department of Health’s office of health system oversight, which tracks and follows up on consumer complaints about hospitals.  In some cases, she recommends quick responses to egregious situations, coordinating with federal authorities to enforce standards.Vajda’s nine years of service at DOH gave her enough professional experience to gain multiple credits through the PLE program. She completed papers on topics such as conflict management and business communication, and hopes to have enough credits to graduate sometime this calendar year.  “I’d describe my degree focus as social justice,” said Vajda.  “Evergreen has inspired me so much, and opened my eyes to many things.”Her goal after graduation is to find a policy position where she can advance positive change.  In the meantime, Vajda, a union steward, is lobbying the governor’s office for courageous duty pay for state workers.Evergreen student Stephanie Burgett works at Joint Base Lewis McCord for the Defense Health Agency. She coordinates with military commanders to consolidate health care for various branches of the military, overseeing nursing services and budget.Burgett graduated from high school in 1999 and says she had been worried about going back to school. She’s been a full-time student at Evergreen since fall 2018.“Evergreen has turned out to be the perfect fit for me,” she said. “Everyone is so supportive and welcoming.”Burgett believes she will complete her degree in two more years, with a focus on business management and human resources.  After that, her goal is to pursue a master’s degree at Baylor University’s Graduate Program in Health and Business Administration, and to enter the Senior Executive Service, which is the top cadre of federal civilian employees.Lira, Vajda and Burgett are all enrolled this spring quarter in Evergreen faculty Sarah Ryan’s “Justice at Work” class.“So many of our students are out there every day, doing essential work while studying full time,” said Ryan. “They are making tremendous contributions at a really challenging time.”last_img read more

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County to Decide Little Silver Winery Proposal

first_imgBy John BurtonLITTLE SILVER – The debate over a proposed commercial winery for a Seven Bridges Road property is moving outside the borough in early August when it will be considered by Monmouth County officials.The county’s Agricultural Development Board is scheduled to hear the controversial proposal during its Aug. 7 meeting in Freehold. The plan, submitted by Seven Bridges Winery, LLC, seeks to operate a winery and retail outlet on the property overlooking the Shrewsbury River that the owner now uses as a vineyard and residence.Seven Bridges Winery is asking the county board for its approval by asking it to issue a site-specific agricultural management practice plan.The plan, submitted to the county board and filed on Feb. 9, is requesting “an exemption of municipal site plan review” with approval under the state statute commonly referred to as the Right to Farm Act.Richard DeBlasi, the owner of the site, is “requesting the Monmouth CADB (County Agricultural Development Board) affirm that the sale of wine is an accepted farm market practice,” under state statute. “We also request that we can bottle (package) the agricultural output of the farm and establish a farm market facility (“Tasting Room”) without the expense and burden of municipal site plan review,” according to DeBlasi’s application.When the application is heard, along with those issues, the board will likely discuss matters of ingress and egress at the site because Seven Bridges Road is a county road, said Harriet Honigfeld, program coordinator for the county’s Division of Planning.DeBlasi has been growing grapes on about 5 acres of the approximately 15-acre tract he has owned for the past 10 years. A total of 12.7 of the acreage is assessed as farmland. Prior to DeBlasi owning it, the location was a farm that grew and harvested hay, according to the application.DeBlasi did not return phone calls by press time seeking comment on his move to seek county approval for his plan.His attorney, Patrick Accisano, Sea Girt, was unavailable for comment.Previously, borough officials expressed concern that forwarding the application to the county was an attempt to circumvent borough approval on a plan that has stirred some controversy locally, with a number of area residents voicing opposition, fearing a commercial operation in a residential zone, and all that would entail – additional noise, traffic.Residents who appeared before the borough council when the proposal was first floated “were uniformly against it,” Mayor Robert Neff Jr. saidThe state statute, approved in 1983, is intended to protect farms and farmers from public and private nuisance actions and unduly restrictive municipal regulations, according to the state Department of Agriculture.Early in 2012, DeBlasi appeared before the borough council on two occasions to talk about his proposal and seek a zoning change that would allow the winery as a permitted use in the area.“He didn’t get any interest from the council,” for that measure, said Neff.Without the zoning change, DeBlasi could have sought a use variance from the borough Zoning Board of Adjust­ment, which would have meant meeting a fairly rigorous legal burden to show the negatives of the project didn’t outweigh any positives it would have brought. Instead he moved to the county seeking its approval.“At the end of the day what we’re looking to do is to make absolutely sure when and if the (county) board approves this proposal, the (borough) council retains control over safety, health and welfare issues, particularly with regards to traffic and health codes that apply,” Neff saidThe Agricultural Develop­ment Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7 in the freeholders’ meeting chambers.last_img read more

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TALAMO & CALLAGHAN TEAM WITH LONGSHOT DIVINA COMEDIA TO WIN $75,000 SOUTHERN TRUCE STAKES BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS AS FRENCH-BRED MARE COVERS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:42.89

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (July 3, 2016)–A close fourth into the first turn behind a three-horse scramble that included favored Living The Life, Belle Hill and Gloryzapper, longshot Divina Comedia sat a close fourth down the backside, overtook Living The Life three furlongs out, wheeled three-wide turning for home and prevailed by 1 ¾ lengths under Joe Talamo in Sunday’s $75,000 Southern Truce Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Simon Callaghan, Divina Comedia got a mile and a sixteenth in 1:42.89.“We had an absolutely perfect trip today,” said Talamo. “It was a great set up. Those two fillies (Gloryzapper and Belle Hill) went head and head the whole way and they went fairly quickly, so the set up was in our favor. My mare was all heart down the lane.”Fifth, beaten 7 ¾ lengths by the mighty Beholder in the Grade I Vanity Mile here on June 4, French-bred Divina Comedia was off at 16-1 in a field of seven older fillies and mares and paid $35.00, $12.40 and $7.00.Owned by Marsha Naify, Divina Comedia notched her first stakes win and her fourth victory overall from 18 starts. With the winner’s share of $47,100, she increased her earnings to $218,272.“Joe took care of her in her last race against Beholder because he knew what a tough spot that was,” said Carlos Santamaria, assistant to Callaghan. “She came out of that race great and she was ready to go today.”Caught three-wide into the first turn, Gloryzapper took a narrow half length advantage on Belle Hill when the two of them straightened out down the backside, remained two off the fence into and around the far turn and just held the place by a head over a fast finishing Show Stealer.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Gloryzapper was the second choice in the wagering and paid $4.20 and $3.00.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Show Stealer rallied from well off the pace to finish third, 3 ½ lengths clear of Moyo Honey. Off at 15-1, Show Stealer paid $4.80 to show.Off at 8-5, Living The Life fell out of contention quickly on the far turn and was eased.Fractions on the race were 23.01, 46.50, 1:11.00 and 1:36.37.First post time for a nine-race card on Independence Day, Monday, is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.last_img read more

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