Henderson, Park tied for lead at LPGA season opener

first_imgLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Canada’s Brooke Henderson parlayed four birdies and a late eagle into Friday’s hottest round and a share of the lead at the LPGA’s season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. Henderson had a 5-under 66 to join Inbee Park of South Korea at 9-under 133 heading to the weekend at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando. Henderson, No. 3 in the Rolex Rankings and the highest-ranked player among the 26 LPGA players in the field, had a clean scorecard until three-putting from the back collar at the difficult, 192-yard closing hole for her lone bogey. She wasn’t pleased with the finish, but she also wasn’t going to allow it to sour a solid body of work on a day when the scoring average was nearly 71. Mexico’s Gaby Lopez, whose lone LPGA victory is the 2018 Blue Bay LPGA in China, shot 69 and is alone in third, two shots back. Henderson (66) tames wind in Round 2 of TOC Park, already a World Golf Hall of Fame member with more victories (19 on the LPGA, seven majors) in the Diamond Resorts field, does not usually compete this early in the season. But with 2020 being an Olympic year, the gold medalist in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 adjusted her winter schedule to play weeks earlier than normal. Park shot a bogey-free 68 Friday, nearly holing her third shot at the par-5 17th to set up her third and final birdie. Only 22, Henderson is seeking her 10th LPGA victory, and has earned multiple victories in each of her four seasons on tour. Winning this week would be a nice jump on extending her streak. Friday’s wind proved more demanding than a day earlier, with gusts topping 20 mph as Henderson reached the middle of her round. “Once it started to pick up, I guess around the seventh hole, Britt (Henderson, her younger sister and caddie) and I did a really good job of just counting in all the factors and trying to hit smart shots and give ourselves some birdie looks,” Henderson said. Henderson comes within an inch of an albatross Full-field scores from the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions Her highlight was making an eagle-3 at the 525-yard 17th hole. After a big drive, Henderson had 200 yards to the front of the green, 230 yards to the flagstick. She was between a 3-wood and 7-wood, decided on 3-wood because of strong crosswinds, and ripped an approach shot that finished 4 inches from the hole. Henderson owned one of two eagles recorded in the round. The other was by France’s Celine Boutier, who made the LPGA’s first ace of 2020 when she holed a 4-iron at the 179-yard fifth hole. It was her second lifetime hole-in-one, her first coming eight years ago, when she was an amateur. When Boutier birdied her next hole, she held a share of the lead with first-round leader Danielle Kang at 9 under. Boutier (69) is tied for fourth, two shots behind the leaders. Kang, who had birdied six of her first 10 holes and shot 5-under 29 on her front nine a day earlier, opened her day with seven consecutive pars before making back-to-back birdies at the eighth and ninth holes. Kang, however, would stumble with four bogeys on her closing nine and shot 73. She trails the leaders by three shots. Golf Central Mom-to-be O’Neal among those in hunt at TOC BY Randall Mell  — January 17, 2020 at 5:15 PM Blair O’Neal is among those in the hunt for the celebrity pro-am division title at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. Oh, and she’s competing while six months pregnant. In the 49-player celebrity and entertainment division, which competes for a purse of $500,000 (the LPGA’s purse is $1.2 million), Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and Fox analyst John Smoltz, the event’s defending champion, surged into a three-way tie for the leader. He was joined by two-time Diamond Resorts champion Mardy Fish (tennis) and U.S. military veteran Chad Pfeifer, who plays with a prosthetic left leg. All three players have 74 points using a Modified Stableford scoring system. Blair O’Neal, a former Symetra Tour player who now works in television, is playing six-months pregnant and is tied for sixth.last_img read more

Fitzpatrick Hotel rehires staff just to lay them off again

first_imgHotelier John Fitzpatrick and the Fitzpatrick Hotel, 687 Lexington Avenue (Google Maps)The past three months have been a rollercoaster ride for staff at the Fitzpatrick Hotel, who are being laid off yet again.The hotel, at 687 Lexington Avenue, near Grand Central Terminal, laid off employees at the beginning of the shutdown, before bringing them back at the end of April upon getting a Paycheck Protection Program loan, according to George Kurth, the director of sales and marketing for Fitzpatrick Hotels. Now, 58 staff members will once again have to vacate the premises on Monday, as the loan money runs out, according to Department of Labor filings.Kurth said he hopes to rehire staff after the shutdown.“There’s a lot of things that still have to happen before a normal business flow can be expected. We need Broadway to open very badly, and that’s probably not going to happen till September,” Kurth said. “But, it will help when our restaurants are open, it will help when retail stores are open, it’ll help when tourist attractions are open.”Kurth said that in the meantime, the hotel has been implementing safety precautions, including sanitizing rooms using electrostatic cleaners and setting up temperature monitoring.The Covid-19 pandemic has put a halt to tourism and forced many hotels in the city to close, in some cases permanently. Some hotels, under city programs, have been housing homeless people and residents who have tested positive for coronavirus but are unable to safely isolate at home.Read moreHere’s what real estate received from the PPP program: SBA reportConstruction, retail & restaurants lead May jobs reboundTimes Square Edition to close after only a year New York City’s hotel occupancy rate was 47.1 percent during the first week of June — higher than the national average, according to data from STR, but down nearly 48 percent from last year.Even as retail and construction jobs resumed operations under phase one of reopening, hotels have continued to suffer.In New York state, the hotel industry was projected to lose over 200,000 of 500,000 hotel-supported jobs by the end of March, according to the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Nationally, 4 million such employees were expected to lose their jobs.Hotel construction projects were booming across the five boroughs last year, with investors saying the only thing to fear was a recession. Now, those fears may have become a reality.Contact Sasha Jones at [email protected] TagsHotelsmidtown manhattan Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Countdown to Equitation Science Conference is On!

first_img Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. It’s only a month now until the 15th Annual International Equitation Science Conference is here! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to ‘Bring Science to the Stable’ by attending lectures, seminars, and hands-on workshops from world renowned equine scientists. It is all coming to the University of Guelph August 19 – 21, 2019.Register Now at TheHorsePortal!Keynote speakers include Dr. Sandra Olsen, Dr. Camie Heleski, Dr. Nic de Brauwere, and Dr. Andrew McLean. Their topics range from the historical horse-human relationship, the development of equitation science, how human behavior effects equine welfare, and learning theory across different species. A special presentation on using current research to manage both wild and domestic horses will be shared by Clever Hans speaker Dr. Jonaki Bhattacharyya.There will be pre-conference workshops that include looking at equine behaviours in ethograms with Dr. Marc Pierard and how to communicate scientific information to equestrian communities with Christina Wilkens and Kate Fenner. The pre-conference also includes a large animal emergency rescue training session so you can be prepared for anything!The third day of the conference is a practical day which includes demonstrations and seminars that feature some of the latest technologies in equitation science.Learn more about these amazing speakers and topics at the ISES 2019 Blog; become part of the community that’s working to continue to improve equine welfare. Some of the blog posts include:Give your Riding Precision with “Vert”Working Towards a Better Understanding of Equine Welfare at the Farm LevelRevolutionizing Equestrian Sport: A Dashboard for Horses?If the Unspeakable Happens, Are You Ready?The Myths of Saddle Fitting – Helping Horses one Saddle at a Time!Equine Behaviour Expert Dr. Andrew McLeanCan we all agree on what horses do? An ethology workshop with Dr. Marc PierardA short evolutionary note of Equitation Science to be presented by Dr. Camie HeleskiDigging Deeper into the Life of Equine Archaeologist Sandra OlsenClever Hans speaker Jonaki Bhattacharyya: What feelings and images does the thought of “wild horses” evoke in youThe International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to facilitate research into the training of horses to enhance horse welfare and improve the horse-rider relationship. www.equitationscience.com. Tags: Equine Guelph, International Society for Equitation Science, ISES, equitation science, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

Tory MPs demand UK leaves EU single market post Brexit

first_imgA group of Conservative MPs want the U.K. to leave the single market and customs union when the country departs the European Union.In a letter published in the Telegraph Saturday, Tory MP Suella Fernandes outlined the views of 60 MPs on what Brexit should look like for the U.K.”Britain must untie itself from EU shackles,” Fernandes wrote. “Only in leaving will we truly be a beacon of international free trade.” Iain Duncan Smith, Michael Gove and Theresa Villiers were on the list of her supporters.The customs union allows EU members to trade without tariffs.British PM Theresa May has pledged to get “the best possible deal for the U.K. in trade in goods and services.” Also On POLITICO Senior Tories urge Theresa May to drop Brexit appeal By Chris Spillane BREXIT FILES INSIGHT 5 stages of Brexit grief By Tom McTaguelast_img read more

Wilco Cancels Concert Over Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act

first_imgFor more information on the new bill, you can read coverage in the local Indy Star publication. The Boycott Indiana campaign has some juice!Wilco has decided to cancel their scheduled May 7th show at Indianapolis’ Murat Theatre, due to recently-passed legislature the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Wilco believes that the Act, which has been covered extensively for its controversial policies on sexual rights, “feels like thinly disguised legal discrimination.”The remainder of the band’s tour will go on as scheduled, and Wilco promises to return to Indiana once the measure is repealed.last_img read more

Winning run ends for Pies’ Toner

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One of the best

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Bunnings can fix it

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SUV sales keep up momentum in gloom

first_imgDespite falling sales in the automobile sector, domestic manufacturers are upbeat about the growth of the sport utility vehicles (SUVs) segment, which has reported a double-digit rise with fresh demand emerging from both urban and rural markets.According to figures of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam), sales of SUVs increased by 16.4 per cent in the last fiscal. The growth continued to remain bullish in the first quarter of this fiscal year with most companies posting high double-digit growth.”Recently launched models such as Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Mahindra and Mahindra XUV500 and face-lifted versions of Toyota Innova have done well and received good responses from customers,” Kinjal Shah, analyst with the rating agency Internet Content Rating Agency (Icra), said.Even in the luxury car segment, SUVs remained volume spinners in June for companies such as Audi, which reported an increase of 76 per cent compared to the same month last year.”We had received 500 bookings for Audi Q3 within five days of its launch, of which 200 vehicles have already been delivered. Seeing such a tremendous response, we have opened the next round of booking for 500 units of Audi Q3. Therefore, we expect the same response from our customers,” said Michael Perschke, head, Audi India.This why most auto manufacturers are betting high on the SUVs with more than half-a-dozen launches lined up this year.French carmaker Renault is also coming up with its much-awaited SUV Duster, which is expected to be a game changer. The company had already showcased Duster at the auto expo in January, and sources say that the car will be in the Rs 7.5 lakh-Rs 12 lakh price range. The car will be available in both diesel as well as petrol. The model is very popular in the European market.advertisementBesides, Ford India Pvt Ltd is banking on its soon-to-be-launched EcoSport.”In fact, competition in the SUV segment is expected to intensify even further in view of several models slated to be launched in the current fiscal, including Chevrolet Enjoy, Nissan Evalia, Ashok Leyland Stile, and Mahindra Mini Xylo,” Icra’s Shah pointed out.last_img read more