There are many places in the world that can claim to be a golfer’s paradise, and the DR (DR) is one of them. One difference between most places and the DR is perhaps that golf can be played here 365 days a year and not just for a few months, although some months are better than other when it comes to the weather and the amount of money you have to spend.
The high season for tourism (and golf) begins in November and lasts until the end of April, with Christmas, new Year and Easter being peak periods within the season. The weather is perfect during those months with more breeze and slightly cooler temperatures than in the summer. Courses can be more crowded, though, as there are more tourists around and prices are higher. If you are not an early bird and do not mind an afternoon tee time, you can save a lot of money on some courses which offer so-called twilight rates. These rates are typically available for tee times starting at 2 pm, which gives you about 4 hours to play a round before the sun sets around 6-6:45 pm.
Summer and early fall (May until October) is low season. The weather is still great, although somewhat hotter and more humid. there are fewer tourists and golfers around, and the prices are lower as well (the hotels and beaches are less crowded also). If you are around at this time of the year, you may run into some trouble as most courses do their maintenance during low season. however, if you are the kind of person who does not mind playing on a course that is not in peak condition, or where 9 holes are closed so you have to play the same 9 holes twice, there may be even greater deals and discounts to get.
But there are good golf courses in the DR. Correction; there are GREAT golf courses in the DR. Most golfers have probably heard of Teeth of the Dog (located inside Casa de Campo resort), which has been around since 1971 and has been ranked top in the world. It was probably the course that made the DR famous – along with the resort where it is located which is Casa de Campo.
Some golfers simply love Teeth of the Dog and keep coming back year after year to play it. some say it is a has been course with 7 great holes (the ones along the ocean), and the remaining 11 holes could really belong to any mediocre golf course located anywhere in the world. They are insignificant and not worth mentioning, let alone playing more than just once. Pete Dye, who designed Teeth of the Dog, called it his masterpiece as he wrote in his book Bury Me in a Pot Bunker (1999): The opportunity to carve out Teeth of the Dog was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. without proper heavy machinery to crack the coral, the tireless Dominican crew used sledgehammers, pickaxes and chisels. The result was a true masterpiece According to Dye himself, Teeth of the Dog was definitely designed by the man upstairs.
Pete Dye designed two other courses at Casa de Campo – Dye Fore and The Links. Dye Fore is a spectacular course and may even be better than Teeth of the Dog, if you ask anyone who has played both. Maybe it is the landscape or the stunning views that you get from playing on a course that is located on the hills around the Chavon River. there are holes with ocean views, holes with views of Casa de Campo Marina and of the Altos de Chavon village and then there are holes overlooking the river with greens so close to the edge you could swear you would have to suddenly develop super-human skills to finish the hole. with 7,740 yards, seven cliff side holes dropping 300 feet towards the Chavon River, gusting winds and amazing 360 degree views, this course will certainly challenge and amaze every golfer who comes across the Dye Fore course.
The Links may be the least popular of Pete Dye’s three courses at Casa de Campo. however, it might be nice to play if you are staying at the resort. If you are staying in Punta Cana or somewhere else and have to drive to Casa de Campo, you would be better off playing either or both of the other courses.
If Pete Dye is the king of Casa de Campo, then P. B. Dye (his son, Paul Burke Dye) rules Punta Cana. This has become the destination for golfers over the past five or six years when golf tourism began to sky rocket in the area. P. B. Dye has designed some of the best courses in Punta Cana, which include La Cana, Iberostate, a re-design of the Barcel Bvaro golf course and Hacienda (opening 2011). La Cana and Hacienda both belong to Puntacana Resort & Club, one of the first resorts in Punta Cana, which opened when tourism was still young, beaches were mostly deserted, resorts were few and far between and beach front land was abundant and cheap.
La Cana is a course, which everyone pretty much enjoys playing. It is friendly, exciting, challenging, and spectacular with four holes playing directly along the Caribbean Sea and 14 holes with ocean view. The famous Dye pot bunker is ever present, and hole seven has a mean cluster of 21. P. B. Dye jokingly refers to this area as Hecklebirnie, a type of golfer’s purgatory according to Scottish lore. After a round at La Cana, you will realize why Golf Magazine compared it to Pebble Beach and declared it the number one course in the Caribbean.
If you are a couple and one does not play golf (which would typically be the wife), La Cana is the perfect place to spend a few hours while your significant other takes his/her A-game for a spin. The large and very elegant clubhouse has some of the finest facilities of any of the clubhouses in the area. first of all, it is right on the beach. there is a beautiful swimming pool area, a restaurant, a bar and a small place I like to call Heaven, but which is commonly known as the six Senses Spa. need I say more?
P. B. Dye also designed the course which many claim to be the best inland course in Punta Cana – Iberostate. It is part of the large Iberostar Hotels & Resort, which has 4 all-inclusive hotels and one of the top hotels in Punta Cana (Iberostar Grand Hotel Bvaro). The course is very accommodating towards players at all levels and has lots of mounds, fairway bunkers, devilishly placed green bunkers and big lakes, which will surprise and challenge all golfers. and for those all-inclusive lovers in the world, the Iberostate course is a perfect match as beverages, sandwiches and snacks are included on the course – even alcoholic beverages Fore
The Barcel Bvaro golf course which is part of another very large resort (Barcel Bvaro Beach Resort) was a sorry experience for golfers for many years. Originally designed by Juan Manuel Gordillo and opened in 1991, it was never kept in good condition, and the golfers who played it as part of their all-inclusive package at the resort were always complaining about it. One good part about the course was the layout, but the lack of maintenance and the general condition of the course made playing it an overall experience not worth mentioning. then P. B. Dye came along, rolled up his sleeves (as he has been known to do) and began a lengthy process of re-designing and re-creating the golf course. obviously, the decision to do so did not happen overnight and I am sure a great deal of meetings, discussions, and planning was held before P. B. could get to work. nevertheless, the end result was a golf course worth being proud of. The first 9 holes opened in early 2010 and the last for Christmas 2010 (although they could probably have used a few more months to really settle in). some even say that the condition of the new Barcel Bvaro course is as good as Punta Espada.
Punta Espada, which literally means tip of the sword in Spanish, is the course to play in Punta Cana. It is expensive as hell, but if you are a golfer then there is no way around it. But with a price tag of US$ 375 (high season 2010-2011), you might have to think twice, although you really should not, because there is no way you can come all the way to the DR and not play at Punta Espada. with 9 holes playing directly along the Caribbean Sea and all.yes, all 18 holes giving you a view of the ocean.well, it is easy to find yourself at a loss for words. It will probably be the biggest wow experience of your golfing vacation. Nicklaus said that nowhere else in the world will the golf experience be like this and Golfweek Magazine supported that statement by ranking Punta Espada as the #1 golf course in the Caribbean and Mexico ( golfweek.com/news/2010/nov/02/2011-golfweeks-best-courses-caribbean-mexico/ ).
The PGA Champions Tour, which held its first tournament at Punta Espada in 2008 (The Cap Cana Championship), and the media coverage which followed, helped bring the stunning images of a world class golf course to the world’s golfers who in returned came, saw, played and could not stop raving about the course and how truly magnificent it was. The PGA Champions Tour returned for two more Cap Cana Championship tournament in 2009 and 2010. The scheduled tournament for March 2011 was sadly enough cancelled.
A second Jack Nicklaus golf course (Las Iguanas) is underway next door to Punta Espada, but until now it is still uncertain when it will be completed and ready for play. in the meantime, Nicklaus also designed the inland course called Canabay which is part of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana.
The pioneer of tourism and golf in Punta Cana is most certainly the Grupo Puntacana (Puntacana Group), which is owned by the late Theodore W. Kheel (American), Frank R. Rainieri (Dominican), Julio Iglesias (Spanish) and Oscar de la Renta (Dominican). This group dazzled the golfing community when it opened the Tom Fazio designed Corales golf course in early 2010 (officially inaugurated in April 2010). with a total of 24 golf carts and tee times limited to residents at Corales (home of among other Oscar de la Renta, Julio Iglesias and Mikhail Baryshnikov), a few other members and guests of the Puntacana Resort & Club and Tortuga Bay Hotel, Corales is an exclusive and rare treat for those who actually manage to book a tee time there. a few of the local golf tour operators in Punta Cana (among other Palmera Destination Services) are able to get golfers on the books at Corales.
The course only has six holes along the ocean, but they are perhaps some of the most dramatic ocean side holes you will find on any golf course. Especially the finishing holes 16, 17 and 18, which are famously known as the devil’s elbow, will be printed in the memory of nearly all golfers as the most scenic and toughest finishing holes in the world. a round at Corales is like an adventure where golfers are led through many different environments from brilliant inland holes bordered by lush vegetation to holes playing beside crystal blue lakes and then ultimately along the ocean where the waves crash against the cliffs on windy days. The view from holes 7, 8 and 9, which look towards the coast line and the ocean in front of the Corales residential community, is unlike any other. The ocean stretches as far as the eye can see along the coast, and you might even be able to spot Julio Iglesias’ gazebo on the edge of the cliffs.
Corales is run by former PGA Tour player, Jay Overton, who came out of retirement to live and manage the golf course. and he is certainly no stranger to the world of golf with an impressive career that began as the head golf professional at Pinehurst Resort and Golf Club followed by a position as the director of golf at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club (which he held for 30 years) and also includes 24 Majors (PGA Championships, US Opens, Senior PGAs, Senior US Opens and British Senior Opens), as well as being named the PGA of America’s Senior PGA Club Professional Player of the year in 2001 and 2002. Today Jay Overton still teaches at the beautiful facilities at Corales – lessons start from about US$ 200 to about US$ 750 depending on the exact type of lesson.
Sir Nick Faldo came and fell in love with a piece of property in the Macao area (north of Punta Cana) named Roco Ki. I can’t think of any better place on the planet, Roco Ki’s intoxicatingly beautiful landscape was love at first sight for me, he declared and left his mark on it in the shape of a very beautiful and tough golf course – the Faldo Legacy Course at Roco Ki. The course takes golfers on a journey from the headlands poised just above the crashing surf through centuries old mangrove lined fairways. The signature holes 17 and 18 are destined to instill mixed feelings of wonder and intimidation in the heart of golfers. Hole 17 is a short par-3 with probably the most mind blowing island green in the world set on top of a large cliff. many have cried as they have witnessed their balls fly into the ocean on that one; carried by the strong gusts of unforgiving winds. Appropriately named the two prayers, the dramatic 18th hole requires tremendous precision in order to carry the ball across not one but two ocean coves onto a green that is right on the edge of the cliff. The only negative comment that is occasionally heard from players coming off the Faldo course is that it is too difficult.
One new course (still underway), which is worth mentioning, is Greg Norman’s first golf course in the DR, Costa Blanca. It is located in the small town of Juan Dolio, which is only about 45 minutes from the capitol of Santo Domingo. Over the last few years, this area has seen a lot of development especially on the real estate front that is conducted by Group Metro. The master plan shows a golf and beach community consisting of luxurious villas, condo towers directly on the beach, Norman’s signature golf course with eight holes on the ocean, a marina, a Chris Evert tennis center and more. It is an area that is said to become the South Beach of the DR, where people can get the best of the tranquil Caribbean lifestyle as well as all the hustle and bustle of the big city. nine holes just opened for play last weekend and they are looking sharp.
There are a few other courses around the DR, and the one that is most worth mentioning on a final note is Robert Trent Jones Sr.’s majestic golf course Playa Grande (opened 1997). The last course to be designed by the late Trent Jones Sr., Playa Grande is considered by many to be his masterpiece and has been referred to as the Pebble Beach of the Caribbean. It is tucked away on the north coast in the Playa Grande area, which consists of the small towns of Rio San Juan, Pueblito Principe, Playa Grande and Cabrera. The golf course is almost like a hidden treasure in an area that has seen better days when it comes to tourism. It has 10 holes playing on the edge cliffs that drop 60 ft. to the Atlantic Ocean. It’s hard to understand why there are not more golfers on the fairways of this breathtaking course, but perhaps one reason is that it’s far away – from just about everything. It certainly can’t be the price which is only US$ 110 plus 16% taxes for 18 holes (and US$ 30 for a caddie which is mandatory). Supposedly, the property was purchased by new investors who announced that they would close it down in 2010 in order to make improvements on the land. The plan was then to re-open it as a private course and part of the luxurious hotel and property development Aman Resorts.
I tried to contact the course (January, 2011), but could not get much information other than a confirmation that it is indeed open. It is possible that renovations on the golf course and its surroundings have already begun – this much I cannot say. If you happen to be in the neighborhood in the months of January, February or March and decide to drop by for a round, you may even be lucky enough to spot one of the thousands of humpback whales who find their way to the warm waters by the DR every year.
Wherever your trip to the DR takes you and your golf clubs, I hope you will take the opportunity to play a round at some of the spectacular courses that are available throughout this beautiful destination. Have fun, play well and hit ‘em straight
What golfer worth his gap wedge would forego another 18 to ride his bike? But that’s just how cool the Cavendish Trails on Prince Edward Island (PEI) in Atlantic Canada are, 60 kilometers of shoreline climbs and dips containing cross-country tracks that wind around inlets and ponds, through balsa forests and over bridges.
View of Gulf of St. Lawrence at Crowbush’s 7th Hole
I’d probably still be whipping around the different grass and dirt trails today if I didn’t have kids back in Seattle. this isn’t to say I didn’t duff my way across PEI, an island of mild temperatures and steady breezes that arguably boasts the finest assortment of golf resorts in Canada. this being a narrow and easily negotiated island, the majority of the 29 courses offers impressive water views and challenges, beginning with Crowbush, considered by many the island’s toughest test. I foolishly chose to play this track first, having just unfurled my body from my previous day’s flight across the continent, at least this was the excuse I fed to myself as my first ball shot right into the grove of birch trees that lined the fairway of the 409-yard par 4 starting hole. the 6,903-yard, par 72 Crowbush is one of several courses owned by Prince Edward Island Tourism, an original plan to diversify the island’s entertainments beyond redheads singing of teaching school beneath green gables. the plan, which teams the courses with Rodd Resorts, worked and today Crowbush sees 16,000 rounds during PEI’s relatively short May-October playing season.
‘Heron Lookout’ – A 360-yard Par-4 into the Wind at Crowbush
Of the four courses owned by Tourism PEI, 146 Slope-rated Crowbush is by far the most punitive, bringing water into play on almost half the holes, including two significant water carrries on “Pinnacle Dune,” a 219-yard par-3 and, more daunting still, “Heron Lookout,” a 360-yard par-4 that is actually most challenging from the 349-yard white tees, the lake yawning distantly to a coastal marsh before the fairway invites the well-struck and lucky (winds tend to flare up as this salt pond resides just a few meters from the Gulf of St. Lawrence) to continue. Winds blow like the local pipers (both the College of Piping and piping plovers reside on the island) from all directions on the courses on Prince Edward Island, nowhere more so than Crowbush. Views of the magnificent gulf, the vast body of water that separates PEI from Quebec to the east and Newfoundland to the west, more than compensate for the constant winds and frequent gusts. While Crowbush offers cottages and condos for rent, you’d be remiss to visit PEI and not spend evenings in Charlottetown, the mirthful provincial capital, home to perhaps the most musical theaters per capita in North America, a score of excellent pubs highlighted by Gahan House – the isle’s lone brewery, and COWS ice cream, often rated the best in the world.
View from the 161-yard White Tees at ‘Pinnacle Dune
What was once a sleepy town of familiar lobster, fish and chips fare has become caf
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August 22, 2011 the Associated Press
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Webb Simpson grew up in North Carolina, and his favorite memory of the Wyndham Championship was caddying for Neal Lancaster as a teenager during a pro-am.
That might change now that he’s won the tournament.
Simpson claimed his first PGA Tour title Sunday, shooting a 3-under 67 to win by three strokes.
The 26-year-old Raleigh native finished at 18-under 262 and collected $936,000 in the tournament about a 30-mile drive from the Wake Forest campus where he was a college star.
“I really couldn’t think of a better place to win than here in Greensboro,” Simpson said.
George McNeill (64) was at 15 under, with Tommy Gainey (69) another stroke back in the final event before the PGA Tour playoffs.
Carl Pettersson (69), Vijay Singh (65), Jerry Kelly (65), Kyung-tae Kim (66) and Charles Howell III (67) finished at 13 under at Sedgefield Country Club.
Simpson said his first visit to the Greensboro-based tournament came when he was 16. His father brought him to the event’s former home across town at Forest Oaks Country Club to caddie for Lancaster during the Wednesday pro-am.
“That was probably the most fun 18 holes I’ve ever been a part of,” Simpson said.
His final 18 of this tournament were marked by steady, bogey-free play and a strong finish marked by consecutive birdies on Nos. 15 and 16.
At North Plains, Suzann Pettersen won the LPGA Safeway Classic, overcoming a nine-stroke deficit with a 7-under 64 and beating Na Yeon Choi with a par on the first hole of a playoff at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.
In the playoff, Choi’s second shot on the par-4 18th went into the water to the right of the green, and she missed a putt for bogey before Pettersen sank her winning putt.
Pettersen won her second LPGA Tour title of the year and eighth overall. the Norwegian star jumped to no. 2 in the world rankings behind Yani Tseng.
Choi finished with a 73 to match Pettersen at 6 under on the Ghost Creek Course.
Senior Players Championship
At Harrison, N.Y., Fred Couples made a 3-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff with John Cook to win the Seniors Players Championship for his first major victory on the Champions Tour.
Couples finished with an even-even par 71 to match Cook (70) at 11-under on Westchester Country Club’s West Course. Peter Senior (71) was third at 10 under.
At Celedna, Czech Republic, England’s Oliver Fisher won the Czech Open for his first European Tour victory, closing with a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory over Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg.
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Former PGA Tour star Dick Mast shot a 6-under-par 210 to win the Patriot Sunbelt Senior Tour event held at National Golf Club last weekend.
Mast, now a member of the PGA Champions Tour who plays out of Lynchburg, Va., posted rounds of 69-72-69 on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course to win by six strokes over runner-up James Mason, also a member of the Champions Tour.
The win was worth $8,500 to Mast, while Mason earned $6,000.
Mitch Adams, of Asheboro, and Gary Trivisonno, of Aurora, Ga., tied for third at 1-over par 217, winning $3,750 each.
Rick Lewallen, of Kannapolis, shot 221 and finished eighth, winning $1,200.
Bob Flanagan, of Lawrenceville, Ga., shot 9-over-par 225 to win the Super Senior Division, edging T.R. Jones by two shots and winning $3,000.
Jim Carson, of Anaheim Hills, Calif., Danny Yoon, of Davenport, Fla., and Andy Dakers, of Sydney, Australia, tied for third.
Sr. Am Tour: Johnny Adams, of Cary, shot 71 to win the Championship Flight of the Senior Amateur Golf Tour event held at Forest Oaks Country Club.
Mark Craige, of Raleigh, and Mike Smith, of Lewisville, tied for second with 72, while Rick Luzar, of Pinehurst, was fourth with 73.
Mike Gaisbauer, of Davidson, won Flight a with 73. Arch Reed, of Pinehurst, took third with 75. Tom Whatley, of Durham, shot 76 to win Flight B, and Tom Kubla, of Pinehurst, tied for second with 77.
Golfweek Tour: Ben Martin, of Pinehurst, shot 81 to win Flight C in the Golfweek Tour event held at Falls Village Golf Club in Durham. His score was 11 strokes better than second place Bill Wilkerson and is the largest margin of victory in any flight on the tour this season.
Sean Pardue, of Greensboro, won the Championship Flight with 76.
Tom Kubla, of Pinehurst, tied for fourth in Flight B.
Pinnacle Golf: Charlotte-based Pinnacle Golf Properties (PGP) managing partners David Taylor and Kim Worrel have announced that Weaver Investment Company of Greensboro has invested to become a managing partner in the golf management firm.
Through this new partnership, Pinnacle Golf Properties will look to expand its portfolio by 10 to 12 courses in the next few years through acquisitions and contract management services.
“Blending our companies together allows us to literally play in a space we could never think of on our own,” Worrel said. “We now have the ability to look at every possible property type whether it is golf as a stand-alone entity, or golf and hotel, or golf and development.
“I could not think of a better partner or a better positioning of our company. Weaver stands for everything that is right in business and combining our expertise and resources gives us significant advantages within the golf industry. this is a great opportunity for PGP.”
“Our projection is that the next 24 months will present extraordinary opportunities for golf course acquisitions and management partnerships that will provide healthy long-term rewards,” said Taylor, managing partner and co-founder of PGP. “Having a partner like Weaver Investment Company only enhances these opportunities. We are thrilled to associate ourselves with a group that is committed so strongly to excellence.”
Luzar Wins: Rick Luzar rebounded from having his five-event winning streak snapped last week to take first place in the Championship Flight of the Senior Amateur Tour event held at Greensboro Country Club’s Farm Course with a 2-under-par 70.
“If I didn’t three-putt 18, I would have broken 70,” Luzar said.
Sonny Rose, of Rockingham, won Flight a with a 74. Arch Reed, of Pinehurst, tied for third with 78.
Week of Sept. 18
Sept. 23 Loveland 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 @Longmont 4 p.m.
Sept. 22 @Greeley Central 4 p.m.
Sept. 23 @Holy Family 4 p.m.
Sept. 20 @Thompson Valley 4 p.m.
Sept. 22 Silver Creek 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 24 Legacy 10 a.m.
Sept. 20 @Thompson Valley 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 Niwot 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 Regionals@ Broadlands G.C. TBA
Sept. 22 @Mountain Range 6 p.m.
Sept. 24 @Overland Invitational 10 a.m.
Sept. 20 @Silver Creek 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 Longmont 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 @Longmont Invitational TBA
Sept. 24 @Longmont Invitational TBA
Sept. 23 @Broomfield Invitational 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 16 Mountain Range 7 p.m.
Sept. 20 Monarch 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 22 Poudre 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 24 @Horizon 10 a.m.
Sept. 20 Boulder 6 p.m.
Sept. 22 Fort Collins 6 p.m.
Sept. 24 @Broomfield 10 a.m.
Sept. 20 Boulder 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 Fort Collins 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 24 @Northglenn Tournament TBA
Sept. 19 Regionals@Olde Course TBA
Sept. 20 @Boulder 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 Mountain Range 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 John Martin Invitational@Fort Collins 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 Centaurus 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 Machebeuf 4 p.m.
Sept. 23 Broomfield 4 p.m.
Sept. 21 Machebeuf 6 p.m.
Sept. 23 @Manual 6 p.m.
Sept. 20 @Englewood 6 p.m.
Sept. 22 @Peak to Peak 6 p.m.
Sept. 20 Regionals@Deer Creek 8 a.m.
Sept. 24 @Middle Park Invitational 9 a.m.
What it's about: A young man is diagnosed with cancer, and his friends, family and medical professionals don't know quite how to talk about it with him. The Kid Attractor Factor: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick are the stars.
What is this courageous movie everyone is suddenly talking about? despite working in entertainment/celebrity news daily I'd never heard of the film until this.
From the creators of Fireproof comes courageous a film that focuses on fatherhood.
(WEAU) – several state troopers from around the area have been recognized for their actions over the past year. This is video from January when Trooper Craig Larson saved the lives of an Illinois family after their car filled with fumes from a crash.
“Courageous” is a challenge to “men of courage,” to fathers to measure up to the Biblical definition of the word. it follows four Albany, Georgia (the home of Sherwood Baptist) sheriff's deputies who are tested by the small city's
September 24, 2011 2:00 AM
lead at N.H. Mid-Amateur entering final round
BEDFORD — Greenland’s Craig Steckowych will start Saturday’s final round of the new Hampshire Mid-Amateur Championship with a three-shot lead over State Amateur champion Jim Cilley of Canterbury Woods.
Steckowych, of Portsmouth Country Club, shot a 1-under-par 70 at Manchester Country Club on Friday for a two-day total of 141. Cilley shot 73 Friday and stands at 144
Will McLaughlin (Concord Country Club), Phil Pleat (Nashua Country Club) and North Hampton native Michael Mahan (The Oaks Golf Links) will all be starting the day four shots behind with two-round totals of 145.
Portsmouth’s Nick Kalil, who shared the first-round lead with Steckowych and Cilley, shot 76 Friday and is six shots back. Portsmouth Country Club’s Tony Fournier of Rye made the cut at 155 and is tied for 20th place.
Steckowych previously won this event in 1991 and 2003. Twenty-seven players advanced to the final round with scores of 156 or better. the 54-hole stroke play event for golfers 25 and older is scheduled to conclude today.
LOUDON (AP) — Ryan Newman was the last car out and the fastest on the track, turning a lap of 135.002 mph to win the pole at new Hampshire Motor Speedway for Sunday’s NASCAR race.
Newman won the pole for the second time at new Hampshire this season. he started first in July and went on to win his only race of the season. Newman is seventh in the points standings and has three total poles this year.
Newman almost didn’t take a qualifying run Friday. Rain delayed qualifying with five cars left. Newman made it worth the wait.
Red Bull Racing drivers Kasey Kahne was second and Brian Vickers was third. Greg Biffle and Kurt Busch round out the top five.
Had rain wiped out qualifying, the field would have been set on practice times. Busch struggled early Friday and would have started in the 30s had that happened.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Orlando “Zeus” Brown, the 360-pound tackle who in 1999 was accidentally hit in the eye with a penalty flag and missed three seasons because of the damage it caused, was found dead at his Baltimore home. he was 40.
Firefighters were called about 11 a.m. Friday because Brown was unresponsive at his home near the Inner Harbor, fire spokesman Battalion Chief Kevin Cartwright said. he said Brown was dead when firefighters arrived. the cause of death wasn’t known.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said firefighters called police, routine procedure in such cases. he said there were no signs of trauma or suspicious activity.
Brown, a 6-foot-7 offensive tackle, played 10 NFL seasons — four with the Cleveland Browns (1993-95 and 1999) and six with the Baltimore Ravens (1996-98 and 2003-05). he started 119 of his 129 games.
NEW YORK (AP) — the lockout has started doing real damage to the NBA’s calendar.
Players won’t report at the usual time. the preseason won’t start as scheduled.
And more cancellations could be necessary without a new labor deal soon.
Out of time to keep everything intact, the NBA postponed training camps indefinitely and canceled 43 preseason games Friday because it has not reached an agreement with players.
All games from Oct. 9-15 are off, the league said. Camps were expected to open Oct. 3.
“We have regretfully reached the point on the calendar where we are not able to open training camps on time and need to cancel the first week of preseason games,” Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “We will make further decisions as warranted.”
BOSTON (AP) — Rich Peverley and Patrice Bergeron each had a goal and two assists to lead the Boston Bruins to a 6-3 win over the new York Islanders in their preseason home opener on Friday night.
Brad Marchand added a goal and an assist.
Rick DiPietro made 20 saves for the Islanders and Tim Thomas, last season’s Conn Smythe Trophy winner, had 13 saves for Boston.
The Bruins also got goals from David Krejci, Dennis Seidenberg and Johnny Boychuk. Dylan Reese scored twice for the Islanders. Trevor Frischmon also scored for new York.
ATLANTA (AP) — Adam Scott is playing well enough to win the Tour Championship. If he gets some help, he could win a lot more.
Scott birdied his last two holes Friday for a 5-under-par 65 to emerge from a packed leaderboard and take a one-shot lead over K.J. Choi going into the weekend at East Lake.
Scott won the Tour Championship in 2006, the last year when he only had to keep track of the leaderboard. he is no. 19 in the FedEx Cup, making him a long shot to capture the $10 million bonus. but at least he has a chance. Luke Donald, the no. 1 player in the world and no. 4 in the FedEx Cup, shot 68 and was two shots behind with Jason Day, who had a 67
PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley, a former resident of Portsmouth, N.H., shot a 71 and stands three shots back. he had the first-round lead with a 64.
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Overall, autumn is a beautiful time of year to be outdoors in Minnesota. For many people, that means getting in one last round of golf.
But if you’re also starting to save up money for the holidays, there are a few ways you can save money on those last few rounds of the year — depending on where you go, you can save up to $20 a round.
If you’re looking for a deal on a late season round, fall rates are in effect at Woodbury’s Prestwick Golf Course. They’ve taken 10 dollars off their 60-dollar green fee.
And at Stonebrook in Shakopee, you can save about $20 a round, and pay $38 on the weekend. And if you book your tee time online, your cart is free.
In Prior Lake, the Wilds may have the deal of the season. normally $80 a round, the price is set by the temperatures starting in early October, maxing out at $65.
While you’re at the course, you’ll also want to check out what else is for sale. there are many golf gear sales during the fall. Pro shops all over the Twin Cities have marked down leftover shoes and clothes.
EGY fell -8.08%, to close at $4.89 and its overall traded volume was 604,136.00 shares in the last trading session. EGY shares were trading within the range of $4.88-$5.36 while its opening price was $5.33. The 52-week range of the stock is $4.80 – $8.40. EGY’s market capitalization is $278.93M and it has 57.04M outstanding shares.
VAALCO Energy, Inc. (VAALCO) is an independent energy company principally engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas. VAALCO owns producing properties and conducts exploration activities as operator in Gabon, West Africa, conducts exploration activities as operator in Angola, West Africa and conducts exploration activities as a non-operator in the British North Sea. The Company’s international subsidiaries include VAALCO Gabon (Etame), Inc., VAALCO Production (Gabon), Inc., VAALCO Angola (Kwanza), Inc., VAALCO UK (North Sea), Ltd. and VAALCO International Inc. VAALCO Energy (USA), Inc. holds interests in certain properties located in the United States. ELY percentage change fell -5.75%, to close at $5.25 and its overall traded volume was 463,562.00 shares in the last trading session. ELY opened at $5.56 and is trading within the range of $5.25-$5.56. The stock has a 52 week low of $5.09 and 52 week high of $8.48. The market capitalization of the company stands at $339.48M and it has 64.66M outstanding shares. Callaway Golf Company (Callaway Golf), together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures and sells golf clubs (drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters) and golf balls. The Company also sells golf accessories, such as global positioning system (GPS) range finders, golf bags, gloves, footwear, apparel, headwear, eyewear, towels and umbrellas. The Company generally sells its products to retailers, directly and through its wholly owned subsidiaries, and to third-party distributors. The Company sells pre-owned golf products through its Website, callawaygolfpreowned. com. The Company’s products are sold in the Uni ted States and in over 100 countries worldwide. EMO percentage change grew 0.59%, to close at $16.90 and its overall traded volume was 97,640.00 shares in the last trading session. EMO shares were trading within the range of $16.90-$17.23 while its opening price was $17.00. The 52-week range of the stock is $16.39 – $20.49. At current market price, the market capitalization of the company stands at $453.60M. ClearBridge Energy MLP Opportunity Fund Inc. (the Fund) is a newly organized, non-diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Fund’s investment objective is to provide a high level of total return with an emphasis on cash distributions. The Fund seeks to achieve its objective by investing primarily in master limited partnerships (MLPs) in the energy sector. The Fund will invest at least 80% of its Managed Assets in MLPs in the energy sector (the 80% policy). for purposes of the 80% policy, the Fund considers investments in MLPs to include investments that offer economic exposure to public and private MLPs in the form of equity securities of MLPs, securities of entities holding primarily general partner or managing member interests in MLPs, securities that are derivatives of interests in MLPs. The Fund may invest up to 20% of its Managed Assets in securities of issuers that are not MLPs. The Fund’s investment manager is LMPFA. The Fund’s Sub-adviser is ClearBridge. EWC slid -2.87%, to close at $25.76 and its overall traded volume was 3.19M shares in the last trading session. EWC opened at $26.72 and is trading within the range of $25.70-$26.72. The 52-week range of the stock is $24.93 – $34.57. EWC’s market capitalization is $4.97B and it has 192.90M outstanding shares. iShares MSCI Canada Index Fund (the Fund) seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of publicly traded securities in the aggregate in the Canadian market, as measured by the MSCI Canada Index (the Index). The Fund invests in a representative sample of securities included in the Index that collectively has an investment profile similar to the Index. The Index seeks to measure the performance of the Canadian equity market. The Index is a capitalization-weighted index that aims to capture 85% of the (publicly available) total market capitalization. Component companies are adjusted for available float and must meet objective criteria for inclusion to the Index. The Index is reviewed quarterly. The Fund’s investment advisor is BlackRock Fund Advisors. FAM percentage change fell -0.37%, to close at $16.20 and its overall traded volume was 36,665.00 shares in the last trading session. FAM opened at $16.31 and is trading within the range of $16.20-$16.42. The stock has a 52 week range of $15.50 – $18.60. The market capitalization of the company stands at $281.50M and it has 17.38M outstanding shares. first Trust/Aberdeen Global Opportunity Income Fund (the Fund) is a diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Fund’s primary investment objective is to seek a high level of current income. As a secondary objective, the Fund seeks capital appreciation. The Fund invests its managed assets in the world bond markets through a diversified portfolio of investment-grade and below-investment-grade government and corporate debt securities. The Fund may invest up to 60% of its managed assets in non-investment-grade securities. Non-investment-grade securities are rated below Baa3 by Moody’s Investors Service, Inc., below BBB- by Standard & Poor’s, or comparably rated by another statistical rating organization, or if unrated, determined by the sub-advisor to be of comparable credit quality. it may invest up to 35% of its managed assets in credit linked notes. The Fund’s investment advisor is first Trust Advisors L. P. Its sub-advisor is Aberdeen Asset Management Inc.