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Carris champion Amor gets Boys Home Internationals call

first_img Ben Amor, the newly-crowned English Boys champion, is among three new caps named in the England team that will defend the Boys Home Internationals at Forest Pines, Lincolnshire, on 6th – 8th August. Amor (Marlborough, Wiltshire) won the Boys under 18 Championship for the Carris Trophy at the second extra hole of a three-way playoff at West Lancashire Golf Club last week and will be joined in England colours by fellow new caps Haydn McCullen (Delamere Forest, Cheshire) and Jake Storey (Alnmouth, Northumberland). The rest of the team is: Robert Burlison (Oxley Park, Staffordshire), Adam Chapman (Windermere, Cumbria), Harry Ellis (Meon Valley, Hampshire, IoW & CI), Bobby Keeble (Crowlands Heath, Essex), Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire), Marco Penge (Worthing, Sussex), Jack Singh Brar (Brokenhurst Manor, Hampshire, IoW &CI) and Ashton Turner (Kenwick Park, Lincolnshire). Amor, 18 (image copyright Leaderboard Photography), who attended Filton College in Bristol, has come through this season, finishing equal seventh in the McEvoy Trophy and second in the individual ranking in the South West Group Boys Qualifying. After his win in the Carris Trophy he leads the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit. McCullen, who will turn 17 on the final day of the Boys Home Internationals, was an under 16 cap over the past two years. He is the Lancashire champion and boys champion and finished sixth in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Master. Storey, 17, was the English under 16 champion last year when he was capped at that level against Scotland and Ireland. He finished equal 11th in last week’s Carris Trophy after closing with a two-under-par 70. Burlison, 18, a former under 16 cap, made his debut at boys level in last year’s Boys Home Internationals and lost a playoff for the Kenako South African World Juniors in George earlier this year, while Chapman, 18, earned his first boys cap in the recent European Boys Team Championships having finished runner-up in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and tied third in the McEvoy Trophy. Ellis, 17, was English champion last year after which he donned England colours for the Home Internationals and made his debut as a boy cap in last month’s European Boys Team Championships in Scotland. He also finished joint third in the McEvoy Trophy and is the Hampshire junior champion. Keeble, 18, finished runner-up in last year’s Carris Trophy which prompted his debut in the Boys Home Internationals and he was also second in the South of England Boys Championship, This year, he finished runner-up in the Western Province under 23 Stroke Play Championship in South Africa and is the Essex champion. Moore, 15, has enjoyed victories this year in the McEvoy Trophy, the Midland Schools Championship and the European Young Masters and was runner-up in the Boys under 16 Championship. A former under 16 cap, he is stepped up to boys level in the European Boys Team Championships and is currently third on the Boys Order of Merit. Penge, 15, is the English under 15 and under 16 champion following his victory in the McGregor Trophy at Seacroft last month. Another former under v16 cap, he made his debut as a boy in the European Boys Team Championships having won the Fairhaven Trophy, the South Region Schools Championship and lost a playoff for the Irish Boys Open. He is currently second on the Boys Order of Merit. Singh Brar, 16, stepped up from an under 16 cap to the Boys Home Internationals last year while he also played in the recent European Boys Team Championships. He won the Berkhamsted Trophy in a playoff this year, runner-up in the Hampshire Junior Championship and third in the McEvoy Trophy, Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Irish Boys Open. Last week, he finished joint 60th in the M2M Russian Open on the European Tour, caring a 66 in round two. Turner, 17, became a boy cap in last year’s European Boys Team Championships, won five of his six games in the Boys Home Internationals and won the Junior Champion of Champions tournament. This year, he has won the Bernard Darwin Salver, finished second in the McEvoy Trophy and the Australian Youth Olympic Festival and was a semi-finalist in the Michel Carlhian Trophy in France. England has won the Boys Home Internationals for the past two years and overall has 18 victories in the event. 30 Jul 2013 Carris champion Amor gets Boys Home Internationals call last_img read more

Marina Rebuilt To Be Stronger Than The Storms

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaHIGHLANDS – During 2012’s Super Storm Sandy, James Bollerman’s 33-foot express cruiser was destroyed.Its name was “Overboard.”Bollerman, too, could have gone overboard – figuratively speaking.Sandy – a combination of hurricane, nor’easter and high tide storm – struck in late October 2012 and “obliterated this property, reduced it to a pile of rubble,” Bollerman said. He was speaking of his Sandy Hook Bay Marina, which sits on the water near Popamora Point.He bought the marina eight years prior to the storm and, despite setbacks, was restoring it. He doubled the number of boating slips to about 90. Then Sandy hit, bringing in six feet of floodwater. After the storm, some marina boats were found a quarter-mile-away.“It wiped out eight years of work in an hour and a half and hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars, maybe millions,” said Bollerman, 61, recalling the events. “It’s too painful to talk about.”Instead of going overboard, Bollerman, who lives in Little Silver and owns Bollerman Development in Red Bank, pressed forward.A few months after the storm he re-opened Sandy Hook Bay Marina, with about 25 to 30 slips. He closed it at the end of 2013, and reopened it in March with an $8.5-million-dollar redevelopment almost completed on the 5-1/2-acre property.“We decided to commit the resources and effort to redevelop it,” Bollerman said. “You’re left with a pile of rubble. It’s easy to get discouraged.”Although he questioned his compass reading at times, Bollerman stayed the course.“There were times I wasn’t sure it was the right decision,” he said.The result of sticking with it is a marina with 130 slips, including 15 reserved for transient boaters, that can handle boats 25 to 70 feet. The 115 regular slips have been fully rented since a few weeks ago.“We had a very good response to the new marina,” Bollerman said. “Most of our (former rental) boaters stayed with us.”The view inland from the Sandy Hook Bay Marina docks. The new construction is the Pulte Homes townhouses.Sandy Hook Bay Marina includes a wave screen that sits about 10 feet above the bay waters and is built to withstand a Category 2 hurricane. In some spots, he raised the bayfront property by 8 feet to where it now sits about 14-1/2 feet above sea level.The marina has various amenities for boaters, such as restrooms, showers, a gathering room. Some of the marina’s 3,600-square-foot building over four stories and looking like a lighthouse is still under construction.“We wanted to do something architecturally significant to give us a presence,” Bollerman said.Jersey Shore restaurateur Joe Amiel is scheduled to open the Bay Pointe Inn full-service restaurant at the marina later this summer. The restaurant-tavern will be open to the public.“Mr. Bollerman has been a dedicated partner in our borough for decades,” said Mayor Frank Nolan. “We are so proud to have this investment in our community. The post-Sandy re-launch for this site is another sign of Highland’s recovery.”“This is an achievement that we can point to with great pride,” said Carla Cefalo-Braswell, president of the Highlands Business Partnership. “We are grateful to Bollerman Developers for inspiring this vision.“We remain confident that this important new addition to the borough’s amenities will spark prosperity and economic development throughout our town.”On Sunday, June 26, at 11:30 a.m., borough and Highlands Business Partnership officials will cut a ribbon to celebrate the marina’s re-opening. The marina is at 1 Willow St.“Just a meet-and-greet, a salute to the marina,” Bollerman said.On an adjoining 5-1/2 acres, Pulte Homes is in the process of building 49 townhouses.Bollerman, himself, is back inside the boating community with a 23-foot Boston whaler – although it was not yet in the water as of a few days ago.“Hurricane Sandy devastated the boating community,” he said.For boaters, it took away their boats, their sense of adventure, their relaxation time, Bollerman said. So, he said, “it makes me feel good” to help restore what was lost to boaters.But Bollerman knows Sandy lingers for many.“There are people that have a lot of pain from Sandy,” he said. “There’s still an enormous amount of pain.”Sandy Hook Bay Marina, 1 Willow St., Highlands; 732-872-1511; sandyhookbaymarina.com; [email protected]last_img read more

Rumson’s Ekdahl Steps Down as Mayor

first_imgRUMSON – Some might say John Ekdahl was the steady presence in the room, a familiar guide for Rumson over the past two decades. Others might know him as the careful career financial advisor who approached every challenge holistically.As the page turned on his final chapter of public service, Ekdahl maintained that stoic character Tuesday evening when he stepped down from the Borough Council after a political career spanning 23 years. It was the first time since Dec. 7, 1995 that he sat in front of the council members rather than beside them on the dais.“Honestly it felt a bit awkward, I have to say,” Ekdahl said with a chuckle. “Certainly a different view.”Ekdahl officially informed his colleagues of his departure in a May 18 letter. In a 2015 interview with The Two River Times, Ekdahl said this term would be his final in Rumson. Ekdahl, 72, joined Rumson’s governing body in 1995 after he was appointed to the Borough Council. He spent nine years at that post before being appointed in 2004 to succeed former mayor Charles Callman. The Rumson resident of 61 years has volunteered and governed for over four decades. He’s also seen the small, affluent community of 6,800 residents change over that time span, but recently he believes those transformations have been for the best.“Way back when, I don’t think there was the same enthusiasm for the town,” said Ekdahl, a first vice president and senior financial advisor at Merrill Lynch in Red Bank. “I think people always appreciated living here, but now there’s more of an open enthusiasm about the town, about the school systems and the athletic programs that we’re producing.” Says Goodbye After 23 Years on CouncilBy Jay Cook | center_img Ekdahl has been a board member for the Community YMCA and the newly-renamed Count Basie Center for the Arts. He was one of 12 members on the Two River Council of Mayors, a congregation of local elected officials around the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers who meet regularly. Ekdahl also held a seat on the Sandy Hook Reuse Committee, helping reinvigorate pieces of the former military instillation there.But he also had to make some tough decisions and weather one of the nastiest storms in recent memory. Ekdahl was a driving force in the construction of a new $9 million borough hall in 2010, which brought police, borough administration and public works together at a mini-campus at 80 East River Road.Super Storm Sandy will be Ekdahl’s “most lasting memory.” The 2012 storm caused over $8 million worth of damages to the borough infrastructure and he was in charge of the entire rebuild.“That was a three-month slog, really, to get the town picked up,” said Ekdahl. “We were out of power for about three weeks. Just to get the town put back together and try to get it running again and get some sense of normalcy (was important).”About 30 residents and a handful of local elected officials attended the May 22 Borough Council meeting to send Ekdahl off. Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli sat beside Ekdahl’s wife, Lolly, throughout the goodbye.“When I came in, I was still wet behind the ears, didn’t know the ropes and had a lot of enthusiasm,” said Lucarelli, a Fair Haven official of nearly a decade. “I guess you could really say he was my mentor.”Lucarelli said his friendship with Ekdahl helped the two neighboring communities grow together. In 2015 they both successfully pushed Monmouth County officials to incorporate bicycle lanes along Ridge Road to benefit both towns. They also struck deals on interlocal agreements as Fair Haven moved its municipal court and building department to Rumson over the years.“He carefully considers what’s going on and then does what he believes is best for Rumson residents,” said Lucarelli.State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), who also was a borough councilman in nearby Little Silver during Ekdahl’s tenure, said “Rumson was very lucky to have someone so dedicated.”“You have your standouts and John has been that for a long time,” O’Scanlon continued. “It’s a big loss and we’re going to miss him.”Although he’s stepping away from public service, Ekdahl said he’ll stay on at Merrill Lynch “certainly for the balance of the year and maybe beyond.”He and Lolly have a second home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, in the same development where their son’s family and grandchildren currently live. They have plans to spend a lot more time down there.Ekdahl didn’t shed any tears throughout the evening – instead there were firm handshakes and hearty hugs passed around. He hearkened back to that even-keeled mindset when asked what his impact on Rumson would be.“Having a system in place that seems to be moving seamlessly (is the most important),” he said. “I just think we’re in a good place right now as we improve our assets.”The Borough Council unanimously approved council president Joseph Hemphill to serve the as mayor for the remainder of 2018. A closed session to discuss that appointment didn’t last two minutes.Hemphill, a 70-year-old lifelong Rumson resident and business owner, said he’s excited for the challenge ahead.“It’s just an honor to be here to try and take care of our town,” he said. “It’s what the residents want, that’s why they moved here.”Councilwoman Laura Atwell was chosen to serve as the new Borough Council president.This article was first published in the May 24-31, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Kootenay coach selected to All Star Game staff

first_imgThe Nelson Daily SportsKootenay Wildcats skipper Mario DiBella has been selected to one of the two assistant coaching positions for the upcoming Female Midget AAA All Star Game at the Coquitlam Sports Centre.DiBella, who has coached at the Nelson Minor Hockey and Provincial levels as well as the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, joins Jason Garneau of the Prince George Cougars as the two assistant coaches selected from the five-team league.Mark Elder of the Thompson/Okanagan Rockets and Dean Reed of Fraser Valley Phantom will serve as head coaches.The game is set for December 3 in Coquitlam. The contest begins at 6:45 p.m..During the first and second intermission a skills competition will be held for all the participating players. The skill competition will include fastest skater and a breakaway challenge.The Female Midget AAA League was initiated in the 2007-2008 season in response to the membership’s desire to provide an opportunity for elite female hockey players to come together on zone teams to challenge other elite Female Midget teams.Players for the All Star contest will be announced this [email protected]last_img read more

From expansion to KIJHL champs, Osoyoos continues magical ride

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIn the end 42 wins, 90 points and runaway winners of the 2010-11 regular season really does mean something.The Osoyoos Coyotes flexed their offensive muscles, scoring four times in the opening period to trounce the Castlegar Rebels 7-1 and clinch the 2011 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Championship in convincing fashion Saturday before an overflow crowd at the Complex in the Sunflower City.The Desert Dogs win the best-of-seven League Championship series 4-2 and now represent the KIJHL at the Cyclone Taylor Cup beginning Thursday in Fernie.“(Osoyoos) is a good team . . . you have to give them all the credit,” an emotional Ryan Aynsley, tears and sweat still dripping from his playoff beard, said from outside the silent Rebel dressing room.“They came out strong . . . they wanted to win and they won tonight.”The title continues what has already been a Cinderella season for the Desert Dogs.Welcomed back to the KIJHL as poor expansion franchise in April 2010 after their team was jettisoned from the South Okanagan in 2007, the Coyote coaching staff somehow managed to perform some thievery of its own, mixing a core group of veterans in with skilled younger players and a solid netminder contingent to build a winner. Going 1-1 to open the season, the Desert Dogs proceeded to dominate the Okanagan Conference and the league, heading into the Christmas break with an amazing 29 wins in 36 games record.The final numbers on the regular season for Osoyoos was 42-2-2-4 nine points better than conference rivals and defending league champ Revelstoke Grizzlies — a team the Dogs took out in six games to advance to the KIJHL Final.“It started with coach (Ken) Law doing a lot of good recruiting,” said Dogs’ captain and leading scorer Thierry Martine said from ice level following the ceremonial winner’s team photo.“We had some good vets come back from other teams in the KI and we just did some hard work all year and managed to pull it out.”Saturday, the visitors put Castlegar back on their heels early. Steve Sasyniuk scored 35 seconds into the contest on Rebel goalie Alex Ross and the Dogs never looked back.Thierry Martine made it 2-0 on the power play before Brock Anderson and Shane Hana, finishing the game with three goals, scored in the final three minutes to give the visitors the insurmountable lead.Hana’s goal, a weak wrist shot that fooled Ross, came with nine seconds remaining in the period.“We came out ready to win,” said Osoyoos goalie Kyle Laslo, cool, calm and collected in the Coyote net throughout the contest, even at one point during the game playing like a defenceman as he controlled the puck behind the net, not in front, as his team prepared to set up a rush on the power play.“We were all on the same page and we all wanted to win (tonight) and it’s great to win it in their barn.”Laslo said Castlegar seemed to lose focus once the Dogs got the early lead.“(Castlegar) seemed to be flying around really desperate to win, but we had a game plan and stuck to it and everyone on the team did what it took to win,” said Laslo, finishing the KIJHL playoffs with a scintillating 1.60 goals against average.Aynsley, obviously slowed by a lower body injury during the Conference and League Finals suffereed in the Beaver Valley series, couldn’t agree more.“Obviously, that’s tough when they score four right away,” Aynsley, held off the score sheet since scoring the overtime winner in Game three, confessed. “It just kills the bench . . . it kills everybody’s confidence . . ..”“I really don’t know how to explain it,” the Kelowna native added. “We really didn’t know what to do. We had never been down by that much (of a deficit in a game).”The four-goal outburst in the first forced Rebel coach Steve Junker to replace starting Alex Ross for backup Cole Buckley.Buckley played well through the remainder of the game. But the Penticton product can’t score goals. And leading 5-0 after 40 minutes, the Coyotes played it smart for the final period.Castlegar managed to give the crowd of more than 800 something to cheer about by snapping Laslo’s shutout bid in the third.But nothing was going to stop the Osoyoos juggernaut from completing rags to riches story.“This feels good but we’ve still got something left and that’s win two more banners,” said Martine. And how will this expansion franchise continue its incredible run?“Hard work is the only way we’re going to pull it off,” Martine added. ICE CHIPS: The Rebels were missing two keys to the offensive playoff puzzle. Kootenay Ice affiliate Jesse Knowler, on fire throughout most of the post season, missed Saturday with a concussion suffered in Friday’s Game five in Osoyoos. Castlegar was also minus offensive sparkplug and team leader Taylor Anderson. The Castlegar native took a puck to the face during Game four in the Sunflower City. Anderson lost a few teeth and was unable to play for the remainder of the season. Anderson and Knowler, three and five in Rebel scoring, combined for 37 points in the playoffs. . . .Despite losing in the final, the season is a tremendous success for the one-proud Rebel franchise. Castlegar, under the guidance of rookie coach Steve Junker, finished 20 points better in regular season standings to win the Murdoch Division, and registered 12 more wins in the playoffs from a year ago. The Rebels also won the Murdoch Division and Kootenay Conference titles for the first time in more than 15 years. The last time Castlegar won the KIJHL title came in [email protected]last_img read more

Leafs open training camp on KIJHL season August 31

first_imgHockey fans looking to check out the Nelson Leafs this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season can pretty much pick any Friday or Saturday from September to February to see the Green and White in action.Those two days of the week offer the best choice as Nelson plays no less than 20 of the team’s 26 home games on Friday and Saturday — 10 on each day.“I really like our schedule,” Leaf head coach Frank Maida told The Nelson Daily earlier this month.“We only play two games at home to start the season (in September) so it will be good to get out on the road and have the boys bond as a team.”Unlike last season when Nelson played 11 of its first 19 games at home — more than a third of the season in the first seven weeks — and nine games during the final three weeks of the regular campaign, the Leafs have a more balanced schedule.Nelson opens the season in mid-September with a two-game, home-and-home series against rival Castlegar Rebels. Leaf fans get a chance to see the defending KIJHL champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks Saturday, September 29 at the NDCC Arena.Nelson has two mid-week games on Wednesday along with the traditional New Year’s Eve contest, this season against Beaver Valley. The other home games are on Sunday.The Leafs open training camp on the upcoming season Friday, August 31 at the NDCC Arena for three days.Maida expects approximately 30 players in camp.Exhibition season opens for Nelson Tuesday, September 4 at home against Beaver Valley.The Leafs have scheduled four pre-season games, two each against Castlegar and Beaver Valley.ICE CHIPS: KIJHL training camps should fit in just fine now that the BCHL has moved up their schedule. Last year camps of both leagues were held as the same time, forcing KIJHL coaches to wait longer for Tier II cuts to fill our Junior B rosters. BCHL camps are currently running with the Tier II season opening September 8th, a full week ahead of the KIJHL. Trail plays four exhibition games — August 28 and 29 in the Silver City against Prince George and August 31 and September 1 against Merritt.last_img read more

Saving energy ‘is everyone’s business’

first_img23 January 2012 Saving electricity and using it efficiently is the responsibility of all South Africans, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said at the launch of the 49m 2012 Plan in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga province on Sunday. The 49m campaign, an Eskom initiative endorsed by the government and business partners, was launched by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe last year. It is the country’s biggest energy saving movement, seeking to address the issue of the country’s constrained power system. Gigaba urged South Africans to use electricity wisely in order to secure a sustainable future for the country. “What we are trying to do with this campaign is to explain why electricity is important, why saving it is important, and how people can do that,” he said. Gigaba stressed that electricity was vital for the country’s economic and social development. Households and new human settlements required electricity as well as developing industries. “It is also important to save electricity for the future. We need to learn to use electricity efficiently for a sustainable future.” People also needed to understand the benefits of using electricity more wisely, which include more money in their pockets due to reduced electricity bills, he added. Eskom Chairman Zola Tsotsi explained that the idea behind 49m, based on 49-million, the population of the country, was that “each and every one of us has a responsibility to ensure that we exercise some saving in the supply and use of electricity so that there is a greater amount available to the country.” Tsotsi added that it was significant that the campaign started in Emalahleni which was a major player in power production and was home to a number of power stations. He said he was impressed with the positive response the campaign had received from Emalahleni residents. “They understand the full impact of what we are talking about. I believe they will be very involved in the campaign and that we will have their full cooperation.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more