Rules, common sense sometimes diverge

first_img Gousha later said he thought the penalty was two strokes. He was wrong. One wonders what would have happened if the eight-stroke winner on Sunday, Annika Sorenstam, had been the guilty party at Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert. Sorry, Annika, you’re out of here, too. It would seems that some rules allowance could be made in “the spirit of fair play.” I say penalize the errant player two strokes, or five strokes, or 10 for that matter. Don’t disqualify the golfer completely. Wie should have stayed at home in Hawaii and gone to class. Instead, in her professional debut, she added zest and excitement to the World Championship. She was the only reason I, for one, watched the televised LPGA event. The harsh scorecard rule will be amended some day — but not in my lifetime. HOLY TOLEDO! UPLAND GOLFER GOES GLOBAL Joe Toledo of Upland said he had so much fun playing and finishing among the leaders in both the Inland Valley Amateur Championship (80, 84 gross) and the City of Chino (93-86) that he wants more tournament action – and he’ll find it in Portugal. Toledo, a 14-indexer, has filed for entry into a 72-holer in Algarve, Portugal. “I’m flying out on Nov. 11 for the 28th annual TAP Air Portugal Amateur Championships,” Toledo said. “It’s a four-day tournament using four different courses.” Also on the trip will be George Gaspar of Chino and Joe Al-Lewis of Turlock. The trio will return Nov. 20. In the meantime, Toledo has announced that his newly formed golf association, FOLGA (Friends of LusoGolf Association) has scheduled three more monthly tournaments. Fullerton Golf Course is on tap for Sunday, Oct. 30, beginning at 10 a.m. On Dec. 4, the group moves to San Dimas Canyon Golf Course, and Cresta Verde Golf Course in Corona will be the site of the first 2006 event, Jan. 29. Golfers can register on-line at www.lusogolf.org. HUNTER JOINS EL PRADO STAFF Rick Hunter, noted valley PGA professional who directed golf instruction at Ayala Driving Range in Chino for 10 years, has joined the staff at El Prado Golf Course. Hunter, who is available for individual and group lessons, uses his original Impact Golf Swing System, which features video replays and personal instruction. For information, contact Hunter at the course. BE TOUGH BUT FAIR IN PIN PLACEMENT Bim Jollymour of Claremont, golf coach at Claremont Mudd, reminds us that Rule 16 of the Rules of Golf calls for good judgment in deciding what pin placements will give fair results. “Do not be tricky in locating holes,” the rules states. And, “An area two to three feet in radius around the hole should be as nearly level as possible and of uniform grade.’ Now, if the USGA would also abide by the rules when it sets up holes for the U.S. Open. DOORS CLOSED AT EL RIVINO COURSE Ken Clark of Rancho Cucamonga wonders what ever happened to El Rivino, that marvelous course in Riverside that featured the par 6, 600-yard first hole and the semi-island green at No. 4. Clark said he and his son from back east were disappointed recently when they found a sign at the entrance saying the course was closed. Indeed, the popular El Rivino has been shut down for more than six months now, the 18-hole victim of a land management deal. WALNUT GOLF CLUB SCHEDULES EVENTS L.A. Royal Vista Golf Club in Walnut continues to thrive. The newest Mizuno clubs will be available for demonstration purposes on Saturday from 4-7 p.m. at the driving range. Golfers will get an opportunity to hit the MX-500 driver and the F-50 fairway woods. Weather permitting, three chambers of commerce – Walnut, Diamond Bar and Rowland Heights – will host the Tri-Chamber Swinging for Educationevent on Thursday at the course. Entry per player is $125. For information, call (909) 860-1904. And Royal Vista continues to offer its Monday Maniac promotion, golf and cart for $25 throughout the day. Phil Roche is a freelance golf columnist whose column appears Wednesday. Readers my contact him at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! So, I see where they disqualified 16-year-old Michelle Wie, dropped her right smack out of the Samsung World Championship on Sunday, took away her fourth-place finish and $53,126 in winnings. And no doubt chipped off some of her spirit. “Welcome to the pros,” former Nogales High School golf coach Manny Vasquez of Montebello said on Monday. “The real world that is.” She had dropped her ball illegally after finding it in a bush, 12 inches closer to the seventh hole on Saturday, the day before for Pete’s sake. You’d think officials could keep a keen eye on the new pro; after all, only 20 players were in the field. Then it appears Wie had maliciously signed the scorecard for a 71 instead of adding a 2-stroke penalty for a 73. Of course, she (and her caddy) weren’t aware of any infraction. The DQ rule (signing an incorrect scorecard for a lower score) too often diminishes golf, ignores a player’s effort and doesn’t fit the infraction. Locally, at Marshall Canyon in the 2004 Inland Valley Amateur Championship, we reluctantly disqualified one of our first-day tournament leaders, Eric Gousha of Rancho Cucamonga, for an illegal drop and for signing an incorrect scorecard. Our rules director, USGA official Chuck Jorgensen, disqualified Gousha after Gousha – to his credit – called in to report his improper drop on the eighth hole and his signature on an incorrect scorecard. center_img Yep, we’re tough in golf – play by the rules or else – even if the rules don’t make much sense. Officials waited clear until late Sunday, reviewed the third-round tape and revisited the crime scene, then said Wie had cheated. last_img read more

Outdoors opps at the State Fair

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman, Ohio’s longest running outdoor radio showWith the state fair opening Wednesday, July 24, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) begins welcoming folks to the Natural Resources Park with free interactive exhibits and displays. Located in the southeast corner of the state fairgrounds, the park will be open from 11-7 daily through Sunday, August 4.Two wildlife buildings that made their debut at the 2017 Ohio State Fair include the Wild Ohio Shooting Range, which houses archery and air gun ranges for all ages. The second is the Fish Ohio Building, a redesigned fish house where Division of Wildlife staff offer fish filleting and cooking demonstrations. The building also houses refrigerated storage to temporarily hold fish caught in the youth fishing area until kids are ready to pick them up and take them home.Another popular attraction is the Scenic Rivers touch pool, which contains many of Ohio’s native macro invertebrate species, plus a few crayfish and small stream fish. The touch pool allows visitors to experience the magic of dipping a hand into a stream to find live critters, and it shows how the Scenic Rivers program monitors these creatures to help gauge stream health.Returning exhibits include the popular kayak pond, which is a 7,000-square-foot pond, which gives guests an opportunity to safely learn how to kayak. Additionally, located near the kayak pond, the personal watercraft simulator will be available, allowing visitors to experience “riding” a jet ski.A new animatronic Smokey Bear was installed a few years ago, replacing the original 55-year-old Smokey that annually scared the bejesus out of my now-19 year old son by greeting him by name. The new display has moving arms, head and mouth, which allows him to continue sharing his mission by teaching fairgoers how they can prevent wildfires. Smokey Bear still greets each child who visits from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. A 71-foot-tall fire tower, originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934 in Pike County, is also located directly behind Smokey to reinforce the icon’s fire prevention message.The recently expanded ODNR Amphitheater offers daily performances throughout the fair, from lumberjack competitions, animal demonstrations with animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, a retriever dog show and music and clogging performances. Other educational opportunities are available, including the Butterfly House, Ruthven’s Aviary, and a walk-through tall grass prairie exhibit.And of course, the youth fishing pond; perhaps the most popular destination in the Park — at least for kids 13 years and younger and the adults who enjoy watching them fish for the 2,000 hybrid bluegills stocked in the pond.I rarely miss the state fair and never miss spending a good deal of time exploring the Natural Resources Park there.last_img read more

RBI recruits for 53 vacant posts 2014

first_imgReserve Bank of India (RBI) has invited applications for recruitment to the post of Assistant/Office Attendant. Interested and eligible candidates are required to apply before July 21, 2014.Vacancy details:Name of the Post: Assistant/Office Attendant (Sports persons)Total no. of Posts: 53 PostsPay scale:Assistant: Rs 22,732 per monthOffice Attendant: Rs 15,631 per monthEligibility criteria:Assistant: The candidate should hold a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a university within the recruitment zone. The age of the candidate should be between 18 to 26 years as on July 1, 2014. Office Attendant: The candidate should have passed their class 10th examination from a school within the recruitment zone. The age of the candidate should be between 18 to 26 years as on July 1, 2014.Note: Age relaxation is applicable as per rules.Application fee:The candidates have to pay an application fee of Rs 100 in the form of Account Payee Demand Draft (DD) drawn in favour of ‘Reserve Bank of India’ and payable at respective centre where the application is submitted.Candidates belonging to the SC/ ST category are exempted from payment of fee.Selection process:Candidates will be selected for the advertised posts on the basis of their performance in the trials and interviews.How to apply:Interested and eligible candidates have to send their duly filled application forms along with required documents and DD to: the Regional Director, Reserve Bank of India, Recruitment Section, at respective centre.They can also deposit the application forms in a special box kept at the Bank’s Building from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays except on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.advertisementThe candidates have to superscribe the envelope containing the application as follows: For recruitment of SportspersonsImportant date:Last date of receipt of application forms: July 21, 2014last_img read more