first_img Press Association Rule 6-3a states that if a player arrives at his starting point, within five minutes after his starting time, he is given a two-shot penalty. Otherwise, the penalty for a breach of the rule is disqualification. The story took another twist when it later emerged that Jeppe Huldahl was about to tee off in Granberg’s place, only to be told that he was only first reserve if a European Tour member pulled out. As Granberg is an Asian Tour member, his place should have gone to first reserve Anthony Kang, but Kang had given up hope of getting a place and withdrawn to caddie for his friend Uhno Park instead. That meant Singapore’s Chih-Bing Lam, who was originally second reserve, took up the place and had to sprint to the 11th tee, where he joined Park’s group and proceeded to shoot a four-under-par 66 to lie joint third. Lam told European Tour Radio: “We were sitting having lunch and I was nudging Anthony to go and caddie because we just didn’t think we had a chance. You couldn’t script it any better and to get paired together, that was just hilarious. “When I got the call to go to the 11th tee I was just waiting for Anthony to be on the other end and say ‘Gotcha’ but somehow it worked out pretty well today.” Kang added: “I felt really bad for Joonas being in that situation and felt bad for me not getting a spot, but I’m glad Chih-Bing got a spot and played a fantastic round today.” Sweden’s Joel Sjoholm almost got disqualified as well, arriving on the first tee with moments to spare and having to play the first hole without his golf shoes. “I set six alarm clocks this morning and woke up in desperation at 7:58am, tee time was 8:30am and we live a good 25 minutes from here so I was panicking to the tee box,” Sjoholm told European Tour Radio. “I was lucky to get a taxi pretty quickly and the European Tour helped me out big time because I showed up without any golf shoes on because they were in the locker. They went to the locker for me and I played the first hole in sneakers until I came up to the green when they were standing nicely there with two pairs of shoes so I could pick. It was the royal treatment! “It felt quite awkward and when I was standing over the first tee shot I realised I hadn’t even tied the laces on my sneakers, which are a half size too big as well. “I managed to scramble a four on the first; the whole day I have just been waiting to make a bogey and it happened on the last hole. I am happy I shot minus two, I should not even be here. I am really happy at the moment. Maybe I should do it more often because it’s a long time since I started that good.” Sjoholm’s round of 68 left him four behind Higgins, who carded nine birdies and three bogeys in his six-under-par 64 to finish one ahead of Italy’s Andrea Pavan. Higgins, who lost his European Tour card by less than 20,000 euros at the end of the season, said: “It was great. I just played good solid golf from tee to green, holed some lovely putts and had a chip in; if you’re going to shoot a low score like that you’ve got to do some good stuff. “If you drive it well here you’ve got a lot of short irons into the greens and that’s a strong part of my game so I’m comfortable on that. It has quite a linksy feel with the firm conditions and I grew up on Waterville, one of the best courses in Ireland, so that suits me. “I played quite well towards the end of the season so I have been coming into some form, been working hard and it’s time to push on and have a good week here.” Pavan dropped just one shot, at his penultimate hole, in his 65, with English duo Adam Gee and Seve Benson among a seven-strong group a shot further back on four under. Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez, seeking a record-equalling fourth win in the event, three-putted the last and had to settle for a level-par 70. Granberg was due to tee off at 11:50am local time from the 11th hole at Hong Kong Golf Club, but initially went to the first tee before realising his mistake. The 26-year-old then dashed to the 11th tee only to find his caddie had gone to the 10th tee – the more usual starting place for a two-tee start – instead. Ireland’s David Higgins claimed a one-shot lead after the first round of the Hong Kong Open that saw Finland’s Joonas Granberg suffer a bizarre disqualification and massive confusion over his replacement.last_img read more

first_img Super Bowl 53: Patriots WR Julian Edelman passes Michael Irvin on all-time postseason receiving yards list The Patriots safety left the field after making contact with Rams running back Todd Gurley in the third quarter. Chung walked off under his own power, but was brought an aircast, according to The Washington Post. Patrick Chung left Super Bowl 53 with an apparent arm injury.center_img They’re bringing out a cart and aircast for Patrick Chung. Gruesome replay. His right arm got wedged between Todd Gurley and another teammate.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) February 4, 2019New England later announced that Chung would not return to the game.#Patriots injury update: Patrick Chung (arm) will not return.— New England Patriots (@Patriots) February 4, 2019Chung has won two Super Bowls during his nine seasons with the Patriots. He also played one season with the Eagles in 2013. Related Newslast_img read more

first_img England’s top golf volunteers were recognised this week with awards for their inspiring work which encourages people to take up and enjoy the sport. The 2012 Volunteer of the Year awards, made by the England Golf Partnership (EGP), were presented during the annual County Golf Development Conference dinner at the National Golf Centre, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire (21-22 February, 2012). The winners were: Patrick Denning of Kent, Shenal Patel of Surrey, Sally Benn of Derbyshire, Guy Carr of County Durham, Carol Delf of Norfolk, Jenny Clink of Gloucestershire and Ted Leather of Cheshire. They were applauded by a packed conference hall made up of those leading the EGP’s vision to ‘Grow the Game’ through the County Golf Partnership structure. Phil Beard, Volunteer Manager for the England Golf Partnership, said: “These volunteers are truly inspiring people who play a crucial part in growing the game. They readily give up their time and many people are playing and enjoying golf because of their encouragement. These awards recognise the importance and value of our volunteers.” The winners: Patrick Denning of Kent – Young Golf Volunteer of the Year, under 18 Patrick, 17, was one of 25 Young Ambassadors for the Kent Golf Partnership’s Open Legacy project and impressed with his determination and commitment. He volunteered at every opportunity at club sessions, Golf Live! and The Open Championship. He’s gone on volunteering: by helping PGA professional Greg Haenen at his club, Boughton, where he plays off nine; by working at the National Skills Challenge final; and joining the National Youth Panel, which gives young people a voice in the future of golf in England. Volunteering has helped increase Patrick’s confidence to overcome a stammer and he has successfully given a live radio interview. Patrick remarked: “Volunteering has opened up a new world for me and shown me how much work goes on in the background at events.” Shenal Patel of Surrey – Golf Volunteer of the Year, age 18-25 In two years, Shenal has journeyed from golf novice to competent player – and a volunteer contributing hundreds of hours to supporting other newcomers to the game. She took free beginner lessons at the World of Golf range in New Malden before joining Coombe Wood Golf Club, where she plays off 24. When her degree course required volunteer work she returned to World of Golf, taking her PGA Level One qualification and supporting PGA professional Jon Woodroffe and his team at beginner group lessons and at golf days. Shenal, 25, was recently appointed to a job with London 2012 and credits her successful career move to her volunteering skills. “This is a massive honour and I didn’t expect it. I volunteer just for the sake of it, giving back what I get from golf and hopefully inspiring other people to play,” she said. Sally Benn of Derbyshire – Golf Volunteer Coach of the Year Sally is junior organiser at Ashbourne Golf Club and is renowned for her efforts to promote junior golf within the club, schools and county. Sally is a PGA Level One coach and supports club PGA professional Andrew Smith with junior coaching. She runs the club’s junior section, offering a range of activities for all abilities, and was instrumental in Ashbourne’s success in achieving the GolfMark award and becoming runners-up for the 2011 GolfMark Club of the Year award. Sally, who has been involved in sport all her life, also delivers Tri-Golf and Golf Xtreme at local schools and is involved in county junior golf. “I put a lot in – but I get an awful lot out,” said Sally. “It’s great to see people reach their potential and if I can be a cog in the wheel it’s incredible.” Guy Carr of Durham – Club Development Award Guy played a major role in securing the 2011 McGregor Trophy for his club, South Moor in County Durham. It brought an international field of U16 competitors to the club and left a legacy for members and visitors of improvements to the course and practice facilities. Hosting the EGU championship also raised the profile of the club and helped attract 80 new members. Guy is a PGA Level One coach and helps club PGA professional Shaun Cowell at weekly junior sessions. Guy, a past captain and a committee member, is also involved in current initiatives to further improve the club. Guy said: “It’s fantastic to win this award but it represents all the hard work done by a lot of people.” Carol Delf of Norfolk – County Development Award Carol has been involved with the Norfolk Golf Partnership since its earliest days, helping to found the organisation and becoming chairman in 2010. She actively encourages clubs to make the most of grass roots opportunities to encourage more people into the game and into club membership.  Carol is also a stalwart of women’s and girls’ golf in Norfolk where she has been county captain and chairman and is currently county junior organiser. She is also a key volunteer at her own club, Gt Yarmouth & Caister, where she has been ladies’ captain and a member of the club committee. “This award is good for Norfolk, it’s recognition for what we’re doing in the county – and that’s what it’s all about,” said Carol. Jenny Clink of Gloucestershire – Services to Golf/Lifetime Achievement (female) Jenny Clink has been involved in golf at all levels, from encouraging new golfers to captaining elite players and taking key roles in the administration of the game. Jenny, who plays at Lilley Brook, has been Gloucestershire’s county captain and president. She’s a past chairman of the English Ladies’ Golf Association, was manager of three successful England teams at the girls’ Home Internationals, and as England captain, won two ladies’ Home Internationals and two bronze medals in European team championships. She is also a sought-after referee. Jenny helped found the Gloucestershire Golf Partnership and is actively involved at grass roots events. Jenny said: “Having played golf for almost all of my life I have been very happy to ‘give back’ time to the game, and it has more than repaid me. I have also been lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and I have never learned to say ‘No’!” Ted Leather of Cheshire – Services to Golf/Lifetime Achievement (male) Ted Leather is known for his passion and enthusiasm for the Cheshire Golf Partnership and its work to grow the game. He was instrumental in setting up the partnership and has chaired it since it launched in 2009, working with “a very good team who are responsible for the success we have at the moment.” Over the past year he’s combined his CGP duties with those of club captain at Warrington Golf Club, where he’s been a member for over 40 years. Ted was president of the Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs in 2008 and still sits on the executive committee. “I’ve always been very keen to develop golf and to look forward to the future, but I certainly didn’t expect this award,” said Ted. The national volunteering programme is delivered via the England Golf Partnership’s ‘Whole Sport Plan’ for golf and is an integral part of the England Golf Partnership’s vision to ‘Grow the Game’. For more on volunteers go to Picture shows left to right: Jenny Clink, Guy Carr, Sally Benn, Ted Leather, Carol Delf and Patrick Denning. 22 Feb 2012 Awards for England’s top golf volunteers last_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: TOI/ESPNcricinfoAdvertisement bhw8x8NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs91nWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Et86( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) qxc3yWould you ever consider trying this?😱oCan your students do this? 🌚8pj6j7Roller skating! Powered by Firework Virat Kohli has undoubtedly one of the most formidable batsmen in the history of cricket, a nightmare for even the most elite of bowlers to face him on the 22 yards. However, Naseem Shah, a teenage bowler from Pakistan has openly stated as being fearless against the hard hitting batsman, and gets appraisal from his veteran teammate Faisal Iqbal, who believes the youngster can take the captain of Team India as his bunny!Advertisement Image Courtesy: TOI/ESPNcricinfoNaseem Shah, the 17 year old pacer from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is on his nascent days with the Pakistani squad, and has been gathering momentum in Test cricket. Recently in an interview with, the starlet spoke about playing against India, and facing Kohli on the pitch, whom he holds respect for but not fear.PakPassion’s Official Twitter handle shared the interview for the netizens, and Faisal Iqbal, veteran spinner and cricket coach took the opportunity to take a slight dig at the Indian skipper.Advertisement “With due respect to Virat as a great batsman I am sure our upcoming superstar fast bowler @iNaseemShah with genuine pace 🔥 and swing virat will be his bunny anytime! Looking forward to the future 🏏battle! 👍🏻😉#RespectForBoth🤗” Iqbal tweeted.Iqbal’s last international appearance for Pakistan dates back to 2010, in a Test against Australia, with a total of 26 appearances in the format. Now fallen out of favour from the squad, Iqbal has made his time in domestic cricket, reaching the final of the 2011 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, playing for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).“I hope that I can bowl well against India when that chance comes by and won’t let our fans down. As for Virat Kohli, I respect him but don’t fear him,” Naseem had said in the interview.“It’s always a challenge to bowl to the best, but that’s where you have to raise your game. I look forward to playing against Virat Kohli and India whenever that chance comes.” the teenager added.The youngster made his international Test debut in November 2019 against Australia, and has earned four caps in the red ball format.His last appearance was in the One-off Test against Bangladesh in February, where he impressed with a total of five wickets across the two innings, and became the youngest Test bowler to secure a hat trick.“India versus Pakistan is always special and I have already been told that players can become heroes and villains in those matches,” Shah continued, “They are special matches as they happen so rarely and yes, I am looking forward to playing against India whenever that opportunity arises.”If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Who should open for the Indian Test team?Should Indian Super League start even as other leagues begin again? Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: Ingimage/AFPAdvertisement ga38lNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbcacaWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Esik4v4h( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4gmWould you ever consider trying this?😱Can your students do this? 🌚5bhvRoller skating! Powered by Firework Sports Authority of India (SAI) has decided to lengthen the contracts of 32 foreign coaches until next year, so the athletes continue to receive their training uninterrupted until the Tokyo Olympics next year.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Ingimage/AFPThe novel Coronavirus pandemic caused the postponement of 2020 Olympics for the first time since the Second World War. Originally scheduled to take place between 24 July and 9 August this year, the Tokyo Olympics have now been pushed back a whole year.Postponing the Olympics has been the reason of a huge disruption in the training schedule for the athletes of the country. Meanwhile, the contracts of the 32 foreign coaches in 11 disciplines were supposed to end this September.Advertisement To ensure that the athletes can continue receiving mentorship under the same coaches, SAI has now extended all of their contracts until 30th September, 2021, well before the Olympic Games which will take place from 23rd July to 8th August, followed by the Paralympics which is scheduled from 24th August to 5th September next year.“The postponement of Tokyo Olympics by a year makes it imperative that the same coaches be retained so that athletes are not disadvantaged in any way,” Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju worded in on the decision.Advertisement “A new coach takes time to understand an athlete and the athlete needs time to understand the training process of a coach. We don’t have that kind of time now,” he added.The interim extension of the coaches has come in the wake of Rijiju’s decision to hire both Indian and foreign national coaches for a period of at least four years or a full Olympic cycle.“This decision is part of India’s long-term roadmap for Olympic preparation for 2024 and 2028. I am confident our athletes will benefit from this,” Rijiju said back in Early July, while also adding that the decision will be beneficial for both the 2022 Asian Games and the World Championships in 2023.However, the four year contract will be reviewed annually by the respective NSFs, and any further extension will be taken into consideration on the basis of the performance of the coaches.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-WADA slaps 6 month ban on India’s National Dope Testing Lab for disregarding best practicesIceland cricket in disarray due to shortage of kits! Advertisementlast_img read more