… hopes COVID-19 doesn’t ruin 2020 Guyana Open CupBy Clifton RossREIGNING Guyana Open Golf champion Avinash Persaud said he’s training 4 times a week in hopes of competitive action returning soon, adding that the time-off was good way to mentally refresh yourself as a professional athlete.Guyana’s most successful golfer told this newspaper on Monday, that he has been maintaining his pedigree by hitting the greens during private practice sessions at the Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) Course a few times every week.Persaud, who has won the country’s top Golf title a record 10 times, with a number of those titles coming consecutively, believes that the little training-time afforded to golfers, who may be working or have other outside commitments; is needed in order to maintain one’s form as a pro-golfer.“I’ve been keeping and putting in as much practice as I can during the week. It’s good to keep training and go out there, get in some strokes just for a couple of hours a day; it’s good for me”, declared the champ.Although golf is playable during the pandemic due to the way golfers can reduce the number of holes as well as take to the greens without a caddy, the COVID-19 risk is still high. Persaud, not looking too much on his time away from golf, noted that he was using quarantine as a way to refresh the mind and body,“I always keep on training and practising because I’m hoping there is a tournament sometime time soon. But as a professional golfer, it is a very important time to take some time off and get your mind off golf and ease some stress,” said Persaud.A few weeks ago, the executives and members of the LGC gave back to their community of Lusignan on the East Coast of Demerara. The drive was part of many around the country and world, which was specifically geared towards helping those affected by the pandemic.Residents of Lusignan received a hamper among other means of relief, compliments of the LGC family, who said they felt the need to take care of the single-parent families and families of caddies who are out of work. The champ hailed the move as one which will only help to fight the pandemic going forward.Persaud also believed that should the current state of things remain a daily way of living for the next few months, the sport and its shareholders could suffer greatly.The champ who went to Jamaica and Suriname last year to represent Guyana at the respective invitational tournaments, believed that the ripple effect could trickle across the boardThe harsh reality is that should the course remain close for a few more months, the financial setback which mainly affects caddies and those employed in different positions at the Club, will inevitably end up hurting everyone affiliated with the sport – sponsors, players and grounds-men and others.“It was a good thing (the relief drive) because it helped the caddies and their families as well as those single parents who are facing a tough time during C0VID-19. We will have a good day when things get better but it can affect us because we need golf to keep the club and ground going; along with our sponsors for our weekly tournaments,” the champ pointed out.Wrapping up his interview, the defending champ was optimistic that the future will be kind to gold and that the LGC can host its annual Guyana Open Cup, which usually takes place between October and November.Persaud was further confident that his training and weekly practice sessions can see him get in some putting roughly 4 times a week, which will be enough to capture his 11th title, once the Guyana Cup is hosted.“Not playing competitive golf is tough but it’s not a worry for me (my playing form) because I’m always training and working on my game. But hopefully we can get in a few tournaments when things get safer, before the Open Cup,” Persaud concluded.
The No. 8-ranked UW wrestling team has a lot to be excited about going into the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas on Friday.The 4-0 Badgers are coming off one of the biggest wins in recent memory, coming from behind to win at Penn State. The then-No. 15 ranked Badgers came out of Happy Valley with a thrilling 19-15 win after being down early.”I think that win was good, especially for the young guys,” UW head coach Barry Davis said. “You’re going into a hostile environment with their fans being very verbal and the young guys reacted very well in that situation.”One such “young guy” is sophomore Craig Henning. At 7-1 this season, the 157-pound Henning has already emerged as one of the team leaders.”I think a big part of (his success) has been his poise,” Davis said. “It can be tied, he can be losing, or he can be winning, but he’s always got the same expression on his face. He’s very poised.”Davis isn’t the only one who’s been impressed with Henning.”He’s got a lot of talent and he works hard,” junior tri-captain Tyler Turner said. “A lot of people have a lot of talent and don’t work very hard or work hard but don’t have a lot of talent. You put those together and you’ve got a darn good wrestler, and that’s what Craig is.”There are compliments going around for the 4-0 Turner as well.”He’s a leader,” said Davis. “He’s shown it by dedication, sacrifice for the team, and he’s a leader off the mat, which is just as important as in the room.”Added Turner: “I love having guys look up to me. I just try to be a leader on the mat for all the guys to see, and off the mat, try to make myself available for everyone.”The Cliff Keen Invitational will feature some of the top teams across the country. Of the 50 teams competing, 10 are in the top-25 of the national rankings. Among those teams are Big Ten rivals No. 2 Illinois and No. 3 Michigan. Regardless of how the Badgers fare against the tough competition this weekend, Davis is impressed with how his team has performed thus far.”Mentally we’re a little further than I thought we’d be,” Davis said. “We’re not there yet, but we’re progressing pretty well.”Despite the formidable opponents they’ll be facing, the Badgers aren’t making any adjustments.”The (Cliff Keen) Invite will be good to see where we’re at as a team,” Turner said. “But we’re not approaching it any different than any other meet.”Added Henning, “We’re just going to do what we do best. We’re going to force our style on our opponent and hope it comes out all right.”Although the season is barely underway, hopes are high on the team after the blistering start to the year.”(By the end of the season), we should be way up there,” Turner said. “I don’t know if that means best in the nation, but definitely one of the best.”Davis is hoping to see his program take another step forward, and with the tough competition present this weekend, it should be a perfect opportunity to do so.”With the talent and the depth that we have, this is probably one of the better teams we’ve ever had here,” Davis said. “It’s an exciting time now for Wisconsin.”
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DES MOINES — A Mason City native is returning to her home state to star in the touring Broadway musical “Anastasia” this week, the production’s first-ever stop in Iowa.Alison Ewing, graduated from Mason City High School in 1992, says the family show being staged at the Des Moines Civic Center features gorgeous sets and costuming, as well as wonderful songs, which will be familiar to anyone who saw the popular animated version of the story released in 1997.“Our composers of the music are the same as that film, so if you were a fan of that film, you will see a lot of songs that you heard in that film and actually, it’s even more amazing because they’ve written several more songs,” Ewing says. “You’re going to get five songs from the film plus a whole lot more.”Set in Paris in the 1920s, the story follows an orphaned teenager with amnesia who may be a member of the Russian royal family. Ewing plays Countess Lily who doesn’t appear on stage until the second act, so she’s had to learn to pump up her energy level so she can go from zero to 100-percent in moments.“When she gets on stage, she sings this huge song, called ‘The Land of Yesterday,’ and she’s dancing, she’s doing Russian lunges and dances with all of the men,” Ewing says, laughing. “That part was…it took a little practice, let’s say.” She’s particularly fond of her show-stopping scenes with the character, Vlad Popov, a former romantic interest of the countess. “They do a tango dance and have this whole rekindling of their love song together,” Ewing says. “It’s just all physical comedy and I love it so much. It makes the audience scream with laughter, usually, if we do our job right, and it’s just so much fun.”Ewing says she learned early on to diversify and hone a variety of talents, which is why she took dance lessons, acting lessons, voice lessons and music lessons. Now living in San Francisco with her husband, Ewing says she’s able to pursue an array of opportunities in TV, film and onstage. She’s been with “Anastasia” since the tour started a year-and-a-half ago with another six months on the road to go.Returning to Iowa to perform is a big thrill, she says, and she looks forward to seeing a literal busload of family, friends and fans. “My dad lives in Des Moines so I’m sure I’m going to be spending a lot of time with him,” Ewing says. “Also, my mother is bringing the Mason City First Presbyterian Church, a group of people in a bus, so that will probably occupy a lot of my time as well.”“Anastasia” has an eight-show run at the Des Moines Civic Center, starting tomorrow night and running through Sunday.