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Ian Attoe heads into the final day of the English Senior Men’s Amateur Championship tied for the lead with Andrew Smith and still harbouring hopes of a third title on the spin.On a blisteringly hot day at Woodhall Spa Golf Club in Lincolnshire, fast-running and bouncy conditions on the Bracken Course made scoring extremely tough for the competitors.Attoe – winner in 2018 and 2019 – shot a three over par round of 75 in the morning on the Bracken Course and saw his name climb steadily up the leaderboard as the day progressed and the mercury climbed to 33 degrees centigrade.The Worplesdon Golf Club member was joined on a two-round total of level par by Royal Ashdown Forest’s Smith.Smith started the round on four-under par after shooting 69 on day one on the Hotchkin Course. On day two he carded a round of 76 and climbed up a place in the rankings.A measure of the conditions was shown by the fact only one player in the field broke par.That honour fell to Torquay Golf Club’s Peter Bicknell who made three birdies in a one under par round of 71. The only blot on the scorecard was a double bogey on the par five, 14th hole.Attoe – who also won this event in 2015 – admitted this was a day where pars were golden and it was all about minimising damage rather than pushing for birdies.“The pins were tucked away and could have been for the Men’s Amateur last week and not the seniors this week,” confirmed the 61-year-old.“It was difficult to get an approach close and you were relying on some long first putts.“I think I said there might be some good scores in the tournament, but not on that course. Scores will be made on the Hotchkin.“It’s playable, but you need the first putt close and then tap it in for par“My putting was hit and miss yesterday and was worse today. The long game’s still good and I’ll be glad to get on the Hotchkin.“I’ve still got one hand on the trophy!”Local knowledge proved useful for the Woodhall Spa duo of Paul Wharton and Les Toyne.While others grew frustrated with quirky bounces and tricky, sloping greens Toyne and Wharton knew that scores in the mid-70s were not to be sniffed at and the equivalent of breaking even on a treacherous day for scoring.Both men shot 75 to finish the day on totals of one over par – just a shot adrift of the leaders and with all to play for in the final round back on the Hotchkin Course.Joining them on +1 is England international Rupert Kellock from Sunningdale (pictured above). A round of 76 has kept the former Welsh Open winner in the hunt for his own national title.First round leader Gareth Bradley couldn’t recapture his form from day one and fell down the order with a round of 80However, the Cheshire county captain starts the final day only three shots back and with good memories of six birdies from his opening round on the Hotchkin.It was also an interesting day on the Bracken for Tim Cooper from Bolton Lostock Golf Club. His approach to the 17th got stuck up a tree and son Ed had to come to the rescue. Fortunately for Cooper senior, the double bogey seven didn’t stop him making the cut.There are nine players within four shots of the leaders with 60 golfers making it through to the last day after the 36-hole cut fell at 13-over par.Details of the second round along with Saturday’s tee times can be found on the English Senior Men’s Amateur Championship homepage.Photography: Leaderboard Tags: Andrew Smith, English Senior Men’s Amateur Stroke Play Championship, Ian Attoe 7 Aug 2020 Senior Men’s Amateur – Day Two: Attoe and Smith tied as pack prepare to pounce
By John BurtonFAIR HAVEN — An ordinance proposed by the Borough Council last week would require business owners in town to check in with borough officials every year.If approved by the council, the ordinance introduced at the Oct. 24 meeting would require those who hold a 50 percent or larger stake in a Fair Haven business to register with the borough and provide contact information for at least one owner of the business in case police, fire or other municipal officials need to contact them.Mayor Michael Halfacre said last week there have been numerous instances where situations have arisen with local businesses but town representatives have been unable to get in touch with business owners.“Shouldn’t you come to the town and ask, ‘Aren’t there any special rules?’” Halfacre offered as an explanation. He also said, “Our goal is to make it as simple as possible.”Once businesses file the necessary information they would be contacted annually to update the information, which would have to be done by July 1 of each year. There wouldn’t be a charge to the businesses for the annual update, but a $25 fee would be imposed if businesses fail to update their information by Sept. 30 of each year.“I think it’s a good thing,” this week said Michel Berger, president of the Fair Haven Business Association.Berger, who owns and operates Front Line Media, a computer software firm, said the association has also discovered “how difficult it was to reach out to all the businesses when there’s a need to communicate information.” He believes having contact information for business owners on file at Borough Hall would help the association as well.The association, which has approximately 65 members, has discussed the matter at past meetings and the overall consensus is to support it, especially since there is no fee attached, Berger explained.
The Nelson Leafs stay in the luxury Murdoch Division penthouse suite officially ended Saturday night.And if the Green and White don’t right this ship in a hurry the living arrangements will only get worse.Dan Holland scored twice to lead Beaver Valley to a 5-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The win completes a weekend sweep of the Leafs and lifts the third-place Hawks to within two points of the new division leaders, Castlegar with two weeks remaining in the regular season.“We’re working real hard and doing the little things right,” said Beaver Valley forward Dallas Calvin from outside the winner’s dressing room.“We’ve definitely improved from the first couple of times we played them which is coming at a good time.”Nelson was trying to bounce back from a 5-2 loss Friday in Fruitvale to the Hawks.The Leafs got the all-important first goal when Aaron Dunlap slammed home a rebound past Jarod Schamerhorn late in the opening frame.But the Hawks rallied for two goals in the final minutes of the frame — by Holland and Riley Brandt — to grab a 2-1 lead heading into the intermission.“That’s been one of our problems for a while,” said Nelson’s Linden Horswill.“Whenever we get scored on we just drop all of a sudden. We have to learn to recover quicker when that happens.”The Achilles Heel Horswill was referring to raised its ugly head in the second when the Hawks struck for two goals to grab a 4-1 advantage.The goals came after Nelson squandered a pair of power plays.Holland, with his second of the night, and Luke Reimer on the power play, staked the visitors to the three-goal lead.However, Damin Devlin slid a loose puck past Schamerhorn before Carsen Willans drilled a shot into the vacant net to give the home side some life. That would be as close as the Leafs would get as Connor Brown-Maloski beat Brett Soles from the back of the net to give Beaver Valley at two-goal cushion early in the third period.“Connor’s third-period goal was huge for us,” Calvin confessed. “It really swayed the momentum our way and allowed us to stay aggressive for the rest of the period.”Castlegar, thanks to a 5-3 win in Golden Saturday, takes over top spot in the division a single point ahead of Nelson.Beaver Valley, winners of four straight, sits two points back of the Rebels in third.Castlegar has a game in hand on both Beaver Valley and Nelson.“We have to put this weekend behind us and start thinking about next week,” Horswill said when asked how the Leafs overcome its third loss in as many games.“We’ve got four games remaining and if we win them all then (Beaver Valley) can’t get ahead of us in the standings. So this is a good wake up call for us.”MURDOCH NOTES: The goal by Carsen Willans was the first in ten games for the Nelson Minor Hockey grad. And it showed by Willans’ Nail Yakupov celebration after he scored. . . . Nelson is on the road for three games — Revelstoke, Sicamous and Castlegar — before returning home February 16 to host the Rebels. . . . Beaver Valley plays Castlegar in a home-and-home series next weekend before concluding the season with two games against Spokane. . . . Travis Wellam and Bryan Lubin each scored twice to lead the Rebels past the Rockets in Golden. Trailing 1-0 in the first, the Rebels scored three straight goals to finish the frame and never looked back.
5. Arsenal’s value for 2016 is $2.02 billion 8. Liverpool’s value for 2016 stands at $1.55 billion according to Forbes – take a look at the full list of the world’s most valuable football clubs by clicking the arrow above, right 8 8 8 8 3. Manchester United’s value for 2016 is $3.32 billion 8 1. Real Madrid’s value for 2016 is $3.65 billion 8 4. Bayern Munich’s value for 2016 is $2.68 billion 8 2. Barcelona’s value for 2016 is $3.55 billion 8 6. Manchester City’s value for 2016 is $1.92 billion 7. Chelsea’s value for 2016 is $1.67 billion Money, money, money – it’s what keeps football ticking.From players’ wages to mammoth transfer fees, the financial side of the game really gets us talking.And illustrating the importance of money matters, American business magazine Forbes has released its 2016 list of the most valuable sports teams in the world.Included are the top eight football clubs with the highest value – check out which teams have made it by viewing the slideshow above.
23 June 2006Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has reassured African states that China’s generosity towards poor countries has no hidden agendas and comes with “no strings attached”.“Our cooperation with African countries is transparent, open and inclusive and we will always promote a win-win situation,” he said at the opening of the China-South Africa Business Cooperation Forum in Cape Town on Thursday, during his two-day visit to South Africa.“China has endeavored to provide assistance without any political strings attached to our brothers and sisters in Africa to the best of our ability,” he said.Wen cited the almost one thousand social and economic projects China had initiated in and for the benefit of African countries over the years as evidence that his country had no negative intentions.“We respect the social system and development strategy pursued by African countries in light of their particular national conditions. We do not seek to export our own values and developmental models to Africa.”With Africa calling for equitable representation at the UN Security Council, Wen said his country would not hesitate to lend its support to the positions adopted by the continent internationally and domestically.“We will continue to speak out for the interests of Africa at international forums and support African countries in their efforts to safeguard sovereignty, independence and promote regional peace and stability,” he said.Also at the forum, Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka said China and South Africa had a lot in common, and the two countries had much to gain by working together.“Both countries are currently under pressure to deliver on Millennium Development goals, we both face energy challenges and our economies are characterised by the huge gap between the first and second economy,” she said.She said working together would allow the two countries to learn from each other’s experiences.Thursday’s forum is likely to result in more investment between China and South Africa in the areas of infrastructure development, tourism and minerals beneficiation. Both countries are currently exploring pebble-bed nuclear reactor technology to increase energy outputs.“This is one of the areas where we will be cooperating in,” Mlambo-Ngcuka confirmed.Source: BuaNews