FRESH off action from last weekend’s Digicel Open, Industrial and Mining suppliers MACORP yesterday launched the 10th edition of their Open Golf Tournament, set for this weekend at the Lusginan Golf Course. During a brief ceremony yesterday, Chief Executive Officer of MACORP, Jorge Medinas, contended that the body has seen the need to sponsor tournaments like golf as it is more than just a sport, adding, “It’s a lifestyle.”“For MACORP, we are pleased to have this tournament and we are into the 10th year of sponsoring this event. I remember long ago when we had the previous clubhouse and it was the first tournament that I participated and I said “we need to start sponsoring this”.He has also called on the local stakeholders to sit with those relevant authorities to ensure that development comes at a macro level, with the course in the future being upgraded to an international 18-hole course used for tourism purposes.The CEO cited countries like Barbados which offers golf as part of its tourism package and with the sport gaining traction across the world; clubs like the LGC should seek to move in this direction.Thanking the company for their support, president of the LGC, Oncar Ramroop, contended that the company has moved past being deemed a sponsor, to something entirely new.“I’m extremely proud to say that I don’t view MACORP as a sponsor, we view MACORP as a partner and we are extremely happy to have this relationship and it’s one that I am confident will grow from strength to strength,” he said.He also thanked the company for assisting with works done on the LGC access road prior to the Digicel Open, adding that their contributions to the sport remain invaluable.According to the LGC president, there will be the 0-9 handicap, 10-18, 19-36 male divisions as well as the females where the first three finishers will be rewarded as well as the usual prizes of nearest to the pin, best gross among others.Saturday’s session begins at 12:00hrs and at least 50 golfers are expected.
Since then, Chargois has made modifications in his throwing mechanics aimed at putting less stress on his arm. He arrived at spring training with the Twins fully healthy, he says, and it was “sort of a steady growth” during his throwing sessions.Then the Twins tried to slip Chargois through waivers in order to clear a 40-man roster spot. He almost made it. The 29th team with a chance to claim him, the Dodgers did.“I feel like for anyone it would be kind of a shocking thing,” Chargois said. “That’s life, man. What are you going to do? All you can do is come to the field, take care of what your goals are for the day. Accomplish that and do it again the next day.”Thrilled as Chargois is to get a fresh start with the Dodgers, he finds himself in a crowded field of relievers, fighting for a spot in the Dodgers’ bullpen.“I know what I can bring to the table and I know what I need to do day in and day out. That’s all I can really worry about,” he said. “All this other stuff that has happened – I’m grateful for it. As depressing and as hard as it’s been, I really am grateful for it. It’s helped me to grow as a person. It’s allowed me to see what great support I have around me as far as family and friends. It’s been a great growing experience.”Take it easyThere was a rare sighting at Camelback Ranch during the Dodgers’ workout Monday morning – Kenley Jansen throwing off a mound.The Dodgers closer has been on a modified schedule this spring, lightened in deference to the heavy workload he has carried during the Dodgers’ deep postseason runs each of the past two falls. Jansen said he doesn’t expect to pitch in a game until March 9, and Roberts said Jansen will probably pitch in “no more than two games” before the Dodgers break camp in Arizona. Jansen could also throw to hitters in minor-league games on the back fields at Camelback Ranch.“He knows himself better than anybody,” Roberts said. “If he’s feeling good, it doesn’t matter where he’s pitching.”New catcherChargois’ status as the newest Dodger in camp didn’t last long. Catcher Rocky Gale was signed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to major-league camp and participated in Monday’s workout.Gale, 30, had been in the San Diego Padres’ system since 2010 and reached Triple-A in 2012, but has only 14 games of big-league experience (in 2015 and 2017), going 2 for 20 with one home run.Gale was expected to compete with former Dodger A.J. Ellis for the backup job behind Austin Hedges this spring. Gale was released to clear a roster spot for Eric Hosmer when the Padres signed the free-agent first baseman late last week. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Once healthy, he rose through the minors quickly, pitched in the All-Star Futures Game and made his big-league debut in 2016. That didn’t go so well – the Boston Red Sox tagged him for five runs in 2/3 of an inning during a June game. When he returned in August, though, he began to flash some of his potential and he had an 0.79 ERA over 13 appearances in September, striking out 10 in 11 1/3 innings.That progress dissolved in 2017. Chargois made two appearances with Triple-A Rochester in April, then was shut down with elbow pain. He hasn’t pitched in a game since.“It was – shut down, start a throwing program, didn’t work. Shut down, start a throwing program, didn’t work,” Chargois said.Chargois says he saw more doctors “than I can count” last year while trying to identify what was causing the pain in his elbow. He finally made his own diagnosis. Basically, he threw too hard for his arm – at least the way he was doing it.“During the offseason, I took some time with video analysis and stuff like that to break down my mechanics and there were some things wrong,” said Chargois, whose fastball averaged 96.9 mph during his brief big-league time and has touched 100 mph. “Basically, the arm was the initiator and the decelerator of my throw – which can only last for so long. To incorporate the body and figure out which parts are supposed to take the most abuse is key.” GLENDALE, Ariz. – To say right-hander J.T. Chargois is happy to be in camp with the Dodgers might not fully capture it.“This place is crazy, man. This is awesome. It’s like Disney World or something,” he said, sitting at his locker Monday morning in the clubhouse at Camelback Ranch.“Look at this place – it’s so bright and merry. Even when I was playing catch yesterday I was like, ‘The ball is so light. Why is everything so light and fluffy here?’”Things had gotten very heavy for Chargois in the Minnesota Twins’ organization. A second-round pick in 2012, he missed two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery. Nonetheless, the hard-throwing right-hander was one of the top-ranked prospects in the Twins’ system, considered a future closer at the big-league level.
Lancashire’s Gill Nutter and Clare Seddon are the new England Golf women’s North Region foursomes champions. The pair, from Formby Ladies, fought back from three down to win the title with a 2/1 victory over Fiona Stoddard and Didi Powers of Moortown, Yorkshire. The event was held at Alwoodley, Yorkshire. It’s the second year in succession that a Lancashire pair have won this title, following last year’s success of Chris Stokes and Sophie Lamb of Clitheroe. The event is open to players from Cheshire, Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland and Yorkshire. Results: Challenge Cups Winners: Gill Nutter & Clare Seddon (Formby Ladies) Runners-up: Fiona Stoddard & Didi Powers (Moortown) Semi Finalists: Susan Ridyard & Pat Harrison (Otley) Elizabeth Burns & Maggie Ayers (Penwortham/Ashton & Lea) Stableford 34 pts Joan Lee & Carol Dudley (Woodsome Hall) 33 Gill Travers & Hilary Taylor (Crosland Heath); Jan Keelan & Alison Lancashire (Childwall) Stableford team event 70 pts Jayne Helliwell, Linda Randerson, Sharon Bayton, (Bingley St Ives) and Cheryl Brown (Keighley) 60 pts Beryl Pickering, Ann Spencer, Glenys Smaer, Anne Weston (Moortown) Caption: Clare Seddon and Gill Nutter, pictured before the final. 18 Apr 2013 Lancashire pair win Northern foursomes
For 40 minutes the North Okanagan Kings played the perfect road game.Combining timely scoring with solid fore-checking, the Kings had the Leafs on the ropes, scoring twice in the first and second periods to muster a 2-0 lead after two periods.However, the Nelson Leafs have been playing the part of dramatic stage actor of late, keeping the crowd at the edge of the seats while saving the best for the end of the play.Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena was no different.For the third time in three games, the opportunistic Leafs saved the best for last, scoring three unanswered goals in the final frame to edge the North Okanagan Kings 3-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action in Nelson.Brendan Smith netted the winning goal on the power play with 19 seconds remaining in the game to power Nelson to its fourth straight win — and sixth in eight games during the month of October.The win allows the improving Leafs to continue to keep pace with the front-runners in the Murdoch Division of the KIJHL. Nelson, 9-5, sits four points behind division leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks six weeks into the season.Sunday, North Okanagan looked like one of the heavyweights in the KIJHL instead of the 3-10-0-0-1 team, sitting last in the Okanagan Division of the KIJHL.Gritty play allowed the Kings to take a 1-0 lead six minutes into the contest on a goal by Kelsey Byrne.North Okanagan took a two-goal lead when Liam Molloy beat Joe Barton in the Leaf nets for the game’s second goal less than four minutes into the middle frame.Nelson then took another hit to the mid section when Leaf captain Rayce Miller was forced to leave the game after losing a couple of chiclets during the second period.However, midway through the third period Leaf assistant captain Jordan Davie started the comeback with his eight goal of the season.Nelson, out shooting the Kings 18-3 in the period, continued to press and was rewarded when rookie defenceman Kyle Chernenkoff scored with just over three minutes left in the game.That set the stage for Smith’s heroics and Nelson’s victory.Barton stopped 17 of 19 shots to register his fifth victory of the season as Nelson out shot the visitors 34-19.Nelson hosts Princeton Posse in the lone game Saturday at the NDCC Arena before heading out on a two-game road swing through the Okanagan with stops in Armstrong and Kelowna.PUCK BANTER: Nelson defeated Grand Forks Border Bruins Friday (overtime) and Castlegar Rebels this past Wednesday by identical 3-2 scores. . . .The loss completed an uneventful weekend for North Okanagan, as the Armstrong based squad lost all three games to Murdoch Division teams — 4-1 Friday against Beaver Valley and 4-0 Saturday to Castlegar. . . . Brendan Smith jumped into the scoring lead for the Leafs with 11 points — four goals and seven assists. Jordan Davie, with a team-leading eight goals, is tied for second with Eamonn Miller, each with nine points. . . .Leafs were missing Austin LIndsay from the lineup. The Nelson forward was held out of the lineup due to injury. . . .Beaver Valley won both its games during the weekend to maintain top spot in the Murdoch Division. The Hawks defeated North Okanagan before outlasting an improved Grand Forks Border Bruins team Saturday 6-4.