Brighter days ahead for Wisconsin

first_imgThis year’s abnormally cold and snowy spring has put most of the sporting world very much at the mercy of Mother Nature. For the UW men’s golf team, its last two tournaments have been right in the middle of snowfall, leading to cancellations at both the Purdue Boilermaker Invitational and the Ohio State Kepler Invitational.”We spent most of our early spring in North Carolina or out in San Diego, where you never see that kind of weather, so we had to make adjustments in our game,” head coach Jim Schuman said. “But we can’t use the bad weather we saw once we came back to the Midwest as an excuse for how we played in those two tournaments.”And it has been a rough couple of weeks for the Badgers. After never placing lower than fifth at any tournament this year, the team ran into a road block at OSU’s Kepler Invitational. UW finished 13th out of 15 teams, by far its worst result of the year.Schuman believes one of the reasons for the negative result might have been the Buckeyes’ recent renovation to their course, which included the lengthening of some of the holes. The other factor was the uncharacteristic weather.”I would have thought that (lengthening the holes) would have been an advantage for us considering how long we usually are off of the tee,” Schuman said. “Usually we would have handled that pretty well, but with the weather we had out there, it was really tough to get anywhere. If you were able to hit the green on a shot, you were doing a great job.”Schuman also said his team had troubles with the short game, which he believes may be caused by the inability to practice on real grass outside.”[The short game] just didn’t really materialize for us,” he said. “I mean, there isn’t a lot of chipping and putting you can practice in 6 inches of snow.”For many of the team’s practices this past week, players have had to play in a covered dome where there are a limited number of greens for them to practice on.Schuman was quick to say that while the team hasn’t been putting together its best scores of the season, he gives them a lot of credit for playing through the adverse conditions. One bright spot for the team in Columbus was the excellent play of sophomore Pat Duffy, who finished the tournament 16 strokes over par, good for a 43rd-place finish. It was the highest finish of the day for the Badgers.Looking ahead to the weekend, Schuman and his team hope to finally put the worst of the weather, as well as their play, behind them for good. The Badgers will look to finish the Big Ten season on a high note before entering the conference tournament in Columbus next weekend.The focus is on this weekend’s matchup though, as MSU’s Matt Harmon — the winner of the aforementioned Kepler Invitational — will surely look to protect his home course. “MSU is playing very strong right now,” Schuman said. “Facing them (in East Lansing) will be tough, but all of our players recognize that there is a challenge ahead of them, and they are embracing that.”last_img read more

Brittney Sykes’ double-double leads Syracuse in 95-63 blowout of Central Connecticut State

first_img Published on December 4, 2016 at 4:12 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langer On Central Connecticut’s second possession of the game, the ball was in the corner in front of the Syracuse bench. Briana Day had to step out from the center of the zone to guard the player there after that side of the court had been overloaded.As the Blue Devils’ Giocelis Reynoso tried to swing the ball down to the paint, Sykes rotated over from the weak side and knocked the ball away. She started running out in transition, finding Alexis Peterson ahead of her. Peterson kicked it right back to Sykes, who stepped into a pull-up jumper.It was indicative of just a small portion of what Sykes would do the rest of the way, as she spent the entire game stuffing the stat sheet for the Orange. When she wasn’t stealing passes (five) or scoring points (26) she was flying in for rebounds (14), on both ends of the court. She shined in No. 20 Syracuse’s (6-3) 95-63 blowout victory over Central Connecticut (1-6) on Sunday afternoon at the Carrier Dome.“It’s great when she can have an all-around complete game, you want that kind of balance from your players,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “She’s doing a good job of maintaining her aggressiveness in these games but she’s playing under control.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textColin Davy | Staff PhotographerSykes wreaked havoc on the offensive glass, and managed to create after that. On multiple occasions, she went right back up after a rebound to create points for herself. She sprinkled in four assists on the night, and two of those came on kick outs to Peterson for a 3-pointer after an offensive board.One thing that worked well for the Orange all game was executing on baseline out-of-bounds sets. In the second half, Sykes started leaving her fingerprints out of those sets. The first two times SU ran one of them in the third quarter, the ball was lobbed to Sykes, who skied through the middle of the court and laid in an alley-oop. The third time, Syracuse tried the same play. Sykes missed the shot, got her own rebound and put it back in for an and-1.“She’s a great player and has the ability to do so many things on the floor,” Central Connecticut head coach Beryl Piper said. “A couple of times on out of bounds plays, just her athleticism jumping over the top of us and her scoring easy baskets on that … it’s tough for us.”“It’s always fun catching those teams (by surprise),” Sykes said. “You think they’d catch on by now but it never happens.”Colin Davy | Staff PhotographerWhen the Blue Devils crashed the paint, Sykes was ready to hit from outside. Late in the second quarter she spotted up on the left wing. The Orange and Blue Devils were overloaded on the right side. Desiree Elmore got the ball on the high post, with her back to Sykes. Sykes was crouching, hands in motion calling for the pass. When she got it she rose up and drained a 3-pointer. It was one of two 3s she added to her line.There were some off moments for Sykes, as she had five turnovers in the game, sometimes coming off a rebound or steal in which she tried to throw a lead pass through traffic.But the good vastly outweighed the bad for her on Sunday. Midway through the third quarter, one of those turnovers came when she was called for traveling. She pressured the ensuing play, stealing the ball from Central Connecticut’s Aleah Epps right under the basket. She passed it to Chelayne Bailey, who missed a layup. Sykes got the rebound and put it back in.By the end of the third quarter, she had already scored 23 points and racked up a double-double. She didn’t play too much in the fourth quarter, but her multi-faceted performance had already secured a win for her team.“My biggest thing is to just be efficient,” Sykes said. “… It’s never just for me, it’s always something bigger.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tullow Ghana hands over refurbished Course to Achimota Golf Club

first_imgOil exploration firm, Tullow Ghana Limited has handed over a $3 million refurbished Course to the Achimota Golf Club.The renovation of the 18-hole Golf Course to an internationally accepted standard means it is now ready to host PGA tournaments after it was upgraded with sponsorship from the Oil giants.The renovation exercise lasted twelve months.Speaking at an inspection tour, the Communications and Investor Relations Manager of Tullow, Bernice Natue said the sponsorship was inspired by the desire to re-invest in society. “Sponsoring or partnering with Achimota Golf Club to do this is just one of the means by which we bring the vision to create shared prosperity wherever Tullow goes”.“It’s looking significantly different and it is beautiful,” she added. Meanwhile, Paul Kelly the Grow-in Manager of the Paul Mcginley Golf Design who undertook the reconstruction confirmed that it was the first of its standard in West Africa and the first in Ghana. “I have been working on Courses for over 17 years now and this every bit as good as any I have worked on. All tee boxes have been built to USGA specifications,” he told Joy Sports the  tour.According to Kelly, a type of Riviera Bermuda grass from Spain was planted on the tees and fairways, while the roughs have another strain of Bermuda from the US. “They are all warm season grasses and obviously because of the warm climate in Africa we also had to get drought tolerant grasses.” He addedThe contractor also confirmed that he and three other greenkeepers are training the local groundsmen of the Achimota Golf Course in the processes and practices in maintenance of the course.  With this, Achimota Golf Club is set to attract at least one PGA tournament by next year.last_img read more