New partnership promotes education for club managers

first_img12 Aug 2014 New partnership promotes education for club managers England Golf is partnering the Golf Club Managers’ Association (GCMA) and the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE) to promote education and training opportunities throughout England.It’s the first time that the three organisations have worked closely together to promote education for club managers, both for those already in the industry and those coming into the profession.The initiative will highlight a clear development pathway leading up to the worldwide-recognised Certified Club Manager (CCM) qualification.The programme will include the ‘Introduction to Golf Course Management’ course run by the GCMA, followed by Level One and Level Two Club Management Development courses run by the CMAE, which on successful completion, lead to the CMAE Club Management Diploma.The partnership reflects the aims of the England Golf Strategic Plan 2014-17, Raising our Game, which was launched last month.David Joy, the Chief Executive of England Golf, said: “Our vision is for England Golf to work at the heart of a network of partners, to build stronger golf clubs. This initiative is an excellent example of this in practice – our three organisations working together to improve the training and development opportunities and support for club managers. This will definitely result in healthier, more vibrant golf clubs which are ready to respond to the needs of golfers.”Marc Newey, Vice President of CMAE, commented: “We are delighted to have the support of England Golf and GCMA to promote our club management pathway. Our Club Management Diploma is now set to become the club management qualification of choice in 2015 and to have the support of the national governing body for golf in England is something we are very proud of.“The club industry has been crying out for a joined up approach in providing a professional development programme for existing and potential managers and this partnership shows that there is a very positive future ahead.”Bob Williams, the GCMA Chief Executive, said: “Most golf clubs in this country are small businesses with an annual turnover of up to £1m. We firmly believe it’s vital for the industry that the people who run golf clubs are educated in a range of skills including financial management, employment law, health and safety, food and beverage options and agronomy.“This partnership to promote education has got to be the way ahead. I look forward to the time when all golf clubs specify that they require a qualified manager when they are recruiting.Course details:GCMA residential courses will take place on:201417-21 November201518-20 January  (condensed course)23-27 March19-23 OctoberCMAEClub Management Level OneWarwick University, November 10-14 2014Warwick University, March 9-13 2015.Club Management Level TwoBournemouth University, November 3-7 2014Bournemouth University, March 2-6 2015.last_img read more

Top seniors head to Leicestershire for English championship

first_img25 May 2016 Top seniors head to Leicestershire for English championship An international field of almost 300 men will head to Leicestershire next week to compete for the title of the England’s champion senior golfer.They’ll play at Kirby Muxloe and Rothley Park Golf Clubs, which will host the 54-hole English senior men’s open championship from Wednesday to Friday, 1-3 June.The 288 competitors will include defending champion Ian Attoe (Worplesdon); the chief executive of the R&A, Martin Slumbers (Worplesdon); former world speedway champion Dave Jessup (Wrotham Heath); and Charlie Banks (Stanton on the Wolds), a past winner of the Brabazon Trophy, one of the majors of amateur golf.A host of senior internationals will take part, while in-form players include the current England Golf senior order of merit leader, Mike Ready (Old Fold Manor). Ready and Andrew Carman (Coventry) tied second in the Irish seniors; and Andrew Stracey (Denham) won the North of Scotland seniors’ open.The lowest handicapper in the field is Rupert Kellock (Sunningdale), who plays off plus-2.5 and who celebrates his 55th birthday on May 31, making him eligible for the championship by just one day.Players are travelling from far and wide and the field includes representatives of Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Italy – as well as 15 from clubs in Leicestershire and Rutland.Kirby Muxloe has two players in the event: past captain Peter Dawson and Mark Riley. In addition, Graham Webb, another past captain and the current County President, will be England Golf’s chief referee at the championship. Rothley Park will have three players to follow: Gary Baines, and two past club champions, Ian Anderson and John Hardwick.This is the first time either club has hosted an England Golf national championship and both are looking forward to it. Kirby Muxloe manager, Terry Walker, commented: “There’s definitely a lot of excitement at the club and members are looking forward to seeing how the players tackle the course.“The players will find it a fair but testing challenge and it will ask them to use every club in the bag. There are three particularly long par-fours and two have water features short of the green, prompting decisions about whether to go for it or to lay up.”At Rothley Park, club manager Danny Spillane said: “The club as a whole is delighted and proud to be part of the championship.”And his verdict on the challenge of the course: “I think it will test their shot making, their positional play and their patience. It’s not over-long, although it can play long, and the long, narrow greens are the defence of this course.”The championship will be played over 54 holes of stroke play over three days. All competitors will play 18 holes on each of the two courses over the first two days. The field will then be cut to the leading 80 competitors and ties who will play a further 18 holes on the third day at Kirby MuxloeClick here for the championship webpageCaption: Defending champion Ian Attoe (image © Leaderboard Photography).last_img read more

The Ladies’ Golf Union and The R&A sign merger agreement

first_img27 Jul 2016 The Ladies’ Golf Union and The R&A sign merger agreement The merger between the Ladies’ Golf Union and The R&A has moved close to completion with the signing of a heads of agreement by the two St Andrews-based organisations. The merger between the Ladies’ Golf Union and The R&A has moved close to completion with the signing of a heads of agreement by the two St Andrews-based organisations. The LGU organises a series of prestigious championships and international matches including the Ricoh Women’s British Open, taking place this week at Woburn, and the Curtis Cup won by Great Britain and Ireland at Dun Laoghaire in June. Trish Wilson, the Chairman of the LGU, said, “Winning the Curtis Cup showed that the women’s elite amateur game is in a strong position and we look forward to building on this at all levels as we move forward with The R&A.” Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “We are delighted to complete the heads of agreement for the merger of the two organisations. The merger will be an opportunity to further develop the world class events run by the LGU and to give even greater support to women’s and girls’ golf. We are looking forward to building on the many synergies between the LGU and The R&A for the benefit of the game.” The potential merger between the LGU and The R&A was initially announced in February 2015 and discussions took place between the respective boards and the LGU’s shareholders – England Golf, Scottish Golf, the Golf Union of Wales and the Irish Ladies Golf Union – who gave their unanimous support to the proposal. Plans have been agreed to integrate the staff from both organisations and to implement the agreed governance structure. The LGU’s championships and international matches will run as normal this year with the existing LGU team managing those events.  The business operations of the LGU will be integrated with The R&A group of companies with effect from 1 January 2017.last_img read more

Justin Rose donates trophy to leading women players

first_img England Golf ambassador Justin Rose has donated a special trophy as part of a prestigious new competition calendar for the country’s leading women players. England Golf ambassador Justin Rose has donated a special trophy as part of a prestigious new competition calendar for the country’s leading women players. The 2013 US Open champion is an enthusiastic supporter of the national governing body’s drive to encourage more people into golf and to develop top-class talent. Now Rose, winner of Olympic gold in 2016, has presented a superb cut-glass, engraved bowl to be awarded to the winner of one of five tournaments that bring together the cream of England’s amateur events for women. The Gold Rose will be the second of five scratch competitions that will provide an exciting opportunity for the top women players to improve their world ranking in 2017. A series of existing 36-hole competitions have been paired up to create five 72-hole tournaments which will see players qualify for points on the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR). Rebecca Hembrough, the England Golf Women’s Performance Manager, said: “We are working hard to increase competitive opportunities for women and girls players in England. “The combination of these events provides a fantastic platform for the players and we are delighted that Justin Rose has recognised the importance of helping the women’s amateur game at the highest level with his kind donation.” Rose, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the England Golf Awards, has explained why he continues to support the amateur game. The 36-year-old, who won both the McGregor and Carris Trophies – the English U16 and U18 boys’ championships – as an amateur in 1995, said: “I received so much help from England Golf through coaching programmes, representing my country and travelling all over the world to play for England. That type of experience was unbelievable at the time and stood me in good stead for my professional career.” The five 72-hole competitions for 2017 are: Comboy Leveret – Comboy Scratch at Delamere Forest, Cheshire, on March 26; and The Leveret at Formby Ladies’, Lancashire, on April 1. The Gold Rose – Roehampton Gold Cup at Roehampton, Surrey, on April 1; and the Hampshire Rose at North Hants, Hampshire, on April 9. Critchley Astor – the Critchley Salver at Sunningdale, Surrey, on May 23; and the Astor Salver at The Berkshire on June 7. Frilford Jackson – Frilford Heath Scratch, Frilford Heath, Oxfordshire on June 2; and Bridget Jackson Bowl, Handsworth, Warwickshire on July 4. Birkdale Putter – Pleasington Putter, Pleasington, Lancashire on July 12; and Royal Birkdale Scratch, Royal Birkdale, Lancashire, on August 25. The first three events to be played have produced three different winners to tee up the prospect of a close-fought battle for overall honours. England international Gemma Clews won the Comboy Scratch at her home club, Delamere Forest in Cheshire, for the fourth successive year while Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall Golf Club) won The Leveret at Formby Ladies. Lily May Humphreys (Stoke-by-Nayland GC) finished runner-up at both to become the first overall winner of the Comboy Leveret. The Roehampton Gold Cup, which is open to professionals and amateurs, was won by Ladies European Tour player and former England international Sophie Walker. 7 Apr 2017 Justin Rose donates trophy to leading women players last_img read more

Doaty chooses chance for gold over commencement

first_imgTaylor Doaty A resident of Wexford and a former student at Pine-Richland High School, Taylor transferred to Oakland Catholic her junior year in search of more diversity and a more rigorous course load. She said she decided to make the decision to attend the meet over graduation because although graduating high school and running at the state meet are both big accomplishments, she would rather run at the meet because either way she would still be graduating even if she missed the ceremony.Graduating with honors that is—as a part of the National Honor Society, she has a 4.3 cumulative GPA, proving that along with her athletic abilities she balances track and school well.She will be continuing her stellar academic and track careers in college, having earned a scholarship at Georgetown, University in Washington D.C.“I’m excited to go to school because it is going to be a new experience being on my own and I’m excited to improve,” she said.As her older sister, I could brag all day about her accomplishments but her statistics don’t lie. She only began running the hurdles halfway through the 2009 track season and ended up running 14.28 seconds, landing her at number four on Jim Faiella’s all-time WPIAL girl’s top 25 fastest times in the 100 meter hurdles.She finished second in the PIAA meet last year in the 100m hurdles last year. She also ran 43.83 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles at the meet last year, landing her at number six on the all-time list. She ended up finishing seventh in 300 meter hurdles at the state meet last year.Last week she dominated the WPIAL finals, winning the gold medal in both races and improving upon her second and third place finishes at WPIALs last year.“I was excited that I was able to run and finish first even though I didn’t get the times that I wanted to,” she said.This season she has been nursing a foot injury, spraining her foot in the beginning of the season forcing her to watch from the sidelines for much of the season. She has been taking physical therapy for the injury and to stay healthy as well as improve her flexibility.Looking forward to the state meet this weekend, she said that she is excited although she will be missing her graduation ceremony.“If I run the races I’m supposed to, I can do well and place in both races,” she said.(Terhea Doaty is a senior at Penn State University majoring in print journalism and political science. She will graduate in May 2011.) by Terhea DoatyFor New Pittsburgh Courier My younger sister, Taylor Doaty, a senior at Oakland Catholic High School, won’t be walking across the stage with her graduating class on Friday. Although the seniors of Oakland Catholic will participate in the commencement ceremony for their high school careers, she will be in Shippensburg, Pa., for the PIAA state track meet.last_img read more

Overtime

first_img:10 Don’t look now boys and girls, but your L.A. Lakers are now tied for the 8th playoff spot in the Western Conference and the party is just getting started.:09 Speaking of the Lakers, and I was, I guess you haters know that Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant is averaging 36 points a game in their last seven. What…huh…say what…I can’t hear ya Zik. Can’t hear ya Fred Crawford.  Can’t hear ya dad…Can     somebody please turn up the volume.  I can’t hear nobody!:08 Here’s your Steelers’ death march . . . James Harrison—GONE…Mike Wallace—GONE, Rashard Mendenhall – GONE…Willie Colon—SOON TO BE GONE…Chris Rainey—LONG GONE…Super Bowl Hopes—GONE—GONE—GONE !:07 I know I joke about the Penguins, but for real—for real, they’re playing off the charts and “Sid the Kid” is simply the greatest player in the world.  And let’s face it, you win five in a row in the National Hockey League that’s serious.:06 Had the pleasure of sharing the stage with a living legend the other night.  The great Bruno Sammartino.  Now for you real back in the day wrestling fans, you know this man was the real deal.  All you need to know is at 6 feet and 275 pounds, he lifted a 610 pound man “over his head” and threw him out of the ring…“over the ropes.”  And the icing on the cake…sold out Madison Square Garden 45 times!  C’mon man!!! (Yeah we’re talking about Haystack Calhoun):05 Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go… No, no, no, not gonna happen!:04 Hey, when do the Pirates start playing???:03 If you’re reading this, you still have time to get yourself down to the Allegheny County Courthouse, Thursday, March 14th at 6 p.m.  It’s the 12th Annual Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Public Service Awards honoring our local heroes…those who protect and serve. County Executive Richard Fitzgerald will speak, along with Mayoral candidates Michael Lamb and Bill Peduto. If you’re not there, you’ll be the only one! $20 donation at the door benefits Champions “Safe Summer Programs”:02 Tiger…“I am Back”:01 At the Buzzer.  Hhheeer•The 38th Annual Champions Western Pa. High School All-Star Basketball Classic is set for Sunday, April 7th at the new and magnificent Penn Hills Senior High School.Middle School Girls—9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon;  Middle School Boys—12:00 noon-3:00 p.m.; Senior Girls City vs. WPIAL—3:00 p.m.; Senior Boys City vs. WPIAL—5:00 p.m.Free parking in lower level—Refreshments—Vendors—Celebrities—Slam Dunk—3 Point and foul shooting contest and an amazing half-time show by Karate Master Jacquet Bazemore.  For more information, call the Champions at (412) 628-4856.•Harlem Nights coming at ya again every last Friday . . . Set for Friday, March 29th at 3 Lakes Golf Club, 6700 Saltzburg Road in Penn Hills. You must be dressed up, no exceptions—“Go deep in the closet”—free parking—cash bar—cash kitchen until 10:00 p.m.—50/50—cash prize for best dressed.  This is the best old school over 30 par-tay in town. Special guest the United Rays Corvette Club—sponsored by Rayco “War” Productions and Five Star Corporation.~ GAME OVER ~last_img read more

Passion begin 2013 playoffs with 63-0 beat down of Cincinnati

first_imgPITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Passion shined brightly in a busy night of Pittsburgh sports. The Passion crushed the Cincinnati Sizzle 63-0, posting the highest margin of victory in Passion playoff history.In the first series of the game Amanda Haeg lined up at quarterback and pitched to Lisa Horton for a 73 yard touchdown-pass to wide receiver Rachel Wojdowski. After the ensuing kickoff, Wojdowski returned a 34 yard interception for a Passion touchdown to make it 14 – 0 in the first two minutes of the game.Still in the first quarter of the game,tight end Lorraine Stanek scored her first career touchdown on an 11 yard reception. The Passion defense answered with another turnover, a forced fumble by Tia Montgomery and Kaitlin Neidermeyer recovered. The series continued with a 28 yard touchdown run by Passion running back Ciara Chic making the score 28 – 0.With four minutes left in the quarter, Horton tossed a reverse handoff to wide reciever Angela Baker for a 12 yard touchdown run, followed by wide receiver Amanda Haeg’s 3 yard run for a touchdown to make the score at 42 – 0 at the end of the first quarter.The Passion opened the second quarter with a first-ever punt return for a touchdown in a post-season game. Angela Baker’s 42 yard return made the score 49-0. Continuing, Passion fullback Candice Snyder had one of two touchdowns, with her second touchdown of the night in the third quarter closing out the scoring 63-0. Defensive back Melissa Gasdick contributed in the third quarter with an fumble recovery.The Passion offense was led by quarterback Lisa Horton with 112 passing yards and 2 passing touchdowns. The Passion were at the top of their run game with Ciara Chic, 79 yards rushing and one touchdown and fullback Candice Snyder who had two touchdowns and 41 yards rushing. Rookie running back Sarah Niedermeyer had six carries for 30 yards rushing.With their first shut-out of the post-season, the defense was led by rookie defensive tackle Monica Williams with five tackles and one sack. Defensive back, Melissa Gasdick had five tackles and one fumble recovery. Lineman, Kaitlin Niedermeyer had four tackles and one fumble recovery. Defensive back Autumn Kramer pitched in with one interception.Special teams also contributed greatly to the high scoring game. Rookie Valarie Riley had four tackles on special teams. Passion kicker Amy Fallon tied a Passion record with the most PATs in a single post-season game with 9 for 9 extra points.The Passion travel to Massachusetts next Saturday to play the Boston Militia on June 22. For more information, visit www.pittsburghpassion.com.last_img read more

NC State’s TJ Warren to enter NBA draft

first_imgN.C. State’s Desmond Lee (5) celebrates after T.J. Warren made a basket during the first half of N.C. State’s game against Boston College at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, March 9, 2014. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Ethan Hyman)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina State sophomore T.J. Warren is taking his high-scoring game to the NBA.In a statement released by the school Tuesday, the Atlantic Coast Conference’s player of the year said he had “a fun ride” but was ready to enter the NBA draft.“Playing in the NBA has been a lifelong dream of mine, and playing at N.C. State has prepared me well to achieve my dream,” Warren said.Behind Warren, the Wolfpack went from being picked to finish 10th in the ACC to reaching the NCAA tournament for the third straight year and beating Xavier in the First Four.The 6-foot-8 forward led the league at 24.9 points per game – good for third nationally – while shooting a league-best 52.5 percent. He also led the team in rebounding at 7.1 per game.Warren closed the regular season with 41 points at Pittsburgh and a career-high 42 points against Boston College, making him the first ACC player to go for 40 in consecutive games since December 1990 and only the seventh overall. He was the first N.C. State player to do it since program great David Thompson in December 1974 and the first ACC player to do it in consecutive league games since 1957.Warren set school single-season records with 871 points and 31 20-point games.“I truly believe he was the best offensive player in the nation this year, and although he is a great scorer, his rebounding and defensive improvement are often underappreciated,” Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried said in a statement. “I am excited for T.J. and want the very best for him. I believe in him and will miss having him in our program.”A year earlier, Warren averaged about 12 points and shot an ACC-best 62 percent in a supporting role behind C.J. Leslie, Lorenzo Brown, Richard Howell and Scott Wood. He mulled an NBA jump last season but returned to a leading role after the departures of those upperclassmen as well as the transfer of freshman Rodney Purvis to Connecticut.Warren dropped about 20 pounds to around 215 this year to better handle the load for an inexperienced team.“I told him last year … work on your game, get your mind right and come on back and show what you can do,” his father Tony Warren said last week. “And he did that.”The elder Warren, a former Wolfpack player, had said he wanted his son to take his time and “be 100 percent sure” on his decision even as he expected him to be a top-20 pick.N.C. State will also lose fifth-year senior Jordan Vandenberg and sophomore point guard Tyler Lewis, who said last week he would transfer to Butler. But N.C. State (22-14) returns second-leading scorer Ralston Turner (10.5 points) and adds a top-20 recruiting class featuring power forward Abdul-Malik Abu, and twin wings Caleb and Cody Martin.last_img read more

Ravens eager to play a game, even against Steelers

first_imgIn this Aug. 7, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice sits on the sideline in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Baltimore. The Ravens have cut Ray Rice. Hours after the release of a video that appears to show Rice striking his then-fiancee in February, the team terminated his contract Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)BALTIMORE (AP) – Four days after opening the season by losing to a division foe at home, the Baltimore Ravens face their most-hated rival in a pivotal game Thursday night.The matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers couldn’t come soon enough for the Ravens, who finally get to play a football game in the wake of the media firestorm involving Ray Rice.Following Sunday’s 23-16 defeat against Cincinnati, Baltimore had not yet launched its short work-week when a video surfaced showing Rice hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator last February. The incident previously led the NFL to suspend the running back for two games, but the graphic video prompted the Ravens to release Rice and the NFL to suspend him indefinitely.From that point, coach John Harbaugh and his players were bombarded with more questions about Rice than the importance of avoiding an 0-2 start with two home losses against AFC North opponents.“It’s been a trying time,” wide receiver Steve Smith said. “You have to compartmentalize to some part, because if you don’t, this is a game that is physical and you can get hurt if your mind is not clear and focused on what you have to do.”Under different circumstances, the Ravens (0-1) and Steelers (1-0) would be asked about the intensity of a rivalry in which 10 of the last 12 games have been decided by three points or fewer. Maybe everyone would be talking about Pittsburgh’s second-half collapse against Cleveland last week.Instead, the topic of conversation was a running back who wasn’t supposed to play in this game anyway.The first question posed to Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in a conference call involved his thoughts on Ray Rice. He dutifully answered before quickly shifting gears.“We pray for him and his family,” Roethlisberger told the Baltimore media. “The biggest focus is the game on Thursday. … That is what we can control.”Here are some things to know about the Ravens-Steelers game:TOMLIN SIDESTEP: When these teams last met in November, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was looking at the scoreboard when he strayed onto the field while Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones was returning a kick.Jones altered his path and was tackled before reaching the end zone.Tomlin, who was subsequently fined $100,000 by the NFL, said this week: “Tell Jacoby he’s safe.”Said Jones: “I’m actually going up to holler at him right before the game and go, ‘Hey, what you got for me this time?””NEXT MEN UP: With Rice gone, the Ravens’ running backs are Bernard Pierce, Justin Forsett and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro. Pierce has two career starts, Forsett hasn’t started a game since 2010, and Taliaferro has never run the ball in the NFL.Advantage Steelers?“If you saw our run defense last week, you know that we would have respect for anybody’s ability to run the football,” Tomlin said.Cleveland rushed for 183 yards, including 100 by Terrance West in his first NFL game.THE BELL TOILS: Steelers second-year running back Le’Veon Bell doesn’t remember much from his trip to Baltimore. He left with a concussion following a helmet-to-helmet hit at the goal line“It’s football,” Bell said. “I still go all out, and probably in the same situation I probably would do the same thing. I would go right in there and try to get into the end zone for my team.”The Steelers had no problem with the way Bell played in the opener. He piled up 197 total yards, including a 38-yard touchdown sprint.NO HUDDLE, MO’ PROBLEMS: As remarkably easy as Pittsburgh’s first half against the Browns looked, the second half was just as troubling. The Steelers let a 24-point lead disappear in just over a quarter as their defense struggled to keep up once Cleveland started pushing the pace. The Browns amassed 288 yards in the second half.Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau expects the Ravens – and everyone else on Pittsburgh’s schedule – to do the same until his unit can stay focused once the tempo kicks up a notch.“The problems defending no-huddle, they’re certainly not unsolvable,” LeBeau said. “We have to do a better job of keeping our poise more than anything, and that’s what we’re working on. We’ll definitely be better on that.”WELCOME TO THE RIVALRY: Smith played with Carolina for 13 seasons before coming to Baltimore this season, so this will be his first taste of Ravens-Steelers.“That was one of the big things that were explained to me,” Smith said. “Every team has its rival; every team has a team that makes things very interesting, a little chippy.“It’s a big game Thursday. All that stuff going on throughout the city and just here, I’m looking forward to it.”___AP Sports Writer Will Graves in Pittsburgh contributed to this report.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more