Lydia, Lexi tied for the lead at Brickyard

first_imgLydia Ko moved in position Friday to shake the first real swoon of her career in spectacular fashion, but she will have to take on Lexi Thompson to do so. Ko shot 8-under-par 64, following up her 65 in the opening round, to take the lead through the morning wave in the second round of the Indy Women in Tech Championship. Thompson, however, answered in the afternoon. She followed up a 63 with a 66 to tie Ko for the lead at 15-under overall at Brickyard Crossing Golf Club in Indianapolis. That sets up a showdown between two of the greatest teen phenoms in LPGA history. Thompson, who turned 22 in February, and Ko, who turned 20 in April, will go off together in Saturday’s final round. “I’ve played with Lydia quite a bit,” Thompson said. “We’re usually paired with each other at least one round a week. She’s super nice, a great player, obviously, very talented. So, tomorrow, I’m just going to focus on my game and see where that takes me.” Thompson won her first LPGA title when she was 16 at the Navistar Classic, becoming the tour’s youngest winner at the time. Ko came along a year later to win the Canadian Women’s Open at 15. Thompson is looking for her ninth LPGA title, her second this season. Ko is looking for her 15th LPGA title, her first in more than a year. She entered this week having missed the cut in two of her last three starts, and having failed to put up a top-10 finish all summer, over her last seven starts. “It was actually more frustrating, because I felt like there were a lot of positives, and a lot of good things going on, but I just couldn’t put it all together,” Ko said. “This week, the last couple days, I’ve been able to hit it pretty good, and make some good putts. That’s what I’ve kind of been lacking the last few months.” Ko made five consecutive birdies on her second nine Friday. Though she entered this week just 47th on tour in greens in regulation – a big slip from two years ago, when she ranked second – her iron play has been sharp through two rounds. She has hit 33 of 36 greens this week. This season started with Ko facing some challenges that were more daunting than she expected. She came into the year with a new coach, new equipment and new caddie. Going through swing changes and dialing in yardages with 14 new PXG clubs in her bag required Ko to be more analytical about her game than is natural to her. She was asked Friday if she finds herself thinking too much about her swing. “I’ve tried to keep putting my time in on the range, to make me think less while I am playing,” Ko said. “Sometimes, those thoughts do come, but I think it’s something where you have to have an on-and-off switch. If you don’t hit a good shot, and you start thinking, `Hey, what’s going on?’ And switch off, and just let it swing freely. I think that’s really important. It’s just nice to kind of be able to get into that rhythm.” Thompson is overpowering Brickyard Crossing, which is playing to 6,599 yards on the scorecard. She averaged 300 yards per drive on Friday, which is a staggering 76 more than Ko. Through two rounds, Thompson has made 17 birdies. “It’s not the longest golf course,” Thompson said. “I can reach the par 5s, which I think is definitely in my advantage, but you still have to hit golf shots.” Thompson and Ko, of course, aren’t the only players with chances Saturday. Candie Kung (64) is just one shot back with Ashleigh Buhai (66) four back. “I’m really just going to try not to even look at a leaderboard,” Thompson said. “I’m just going to try to focus on my game. It’s going to take a lot of birdies, especially if it’s perfect weather like it was today.”last_img

THW Kiel celebrates first EHF CL victory!

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsTHW Kiel are back on the winning track after the defeat in Zagreb at the start of EHF Champions League 2014/2014. Exactly 26 minutes Spanish Naturhouse La Rioja were in lead in “Sparkasse Arena” in which a lot of seats were empty (only 6.000 fans), but fantastic Aron Palmarsson showed why is one of the TOP guns of European handball with 9 goals in the first half (12 in total) and brought advantage to his team before the half-time break. At the end – 34:32 (20:16) for the Zebras.THW Kiel : Sjöstrand (1.-60., 15 saves), Palicka (1 save), Sonne (n.e.); Duvnjak (4), Toft Hansen (2), Sprenger (3/2), Weinhold (5), Wiencek (3), Ekberg (n.e.), Cañellas (2), Dahmke (n.e.), Palmarsson (12), Klein (1), Vujin (2); Trainer: GislasonNaturhouse La Rioja : Aguinagalde (3 saves), Lite (13/1 saves); Sanchez Migallon, Goncalves (3), J. Garcia (7/2), Jimenez (4), Vigo (1), Garabaya (1), Stenmalm (1), Rocas (7/3), Cacheda (1), Rodriguez, Fernandez (2), F. Garcia (1), Romero (2), Eilert (2); Trainer: Gonzalez ShareTweetShareShareEmail Recommended for you Related Items:Naturhouse La Rioja, THW Kiel Click to comment THW Kiel with +5 from Szeged SG Flensburg beat THW Kiel in German derby Harald Reinkind to stay at THW Kiel Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Auto Care Association Launches Auto Care Careers Website

first_imgCREF Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode noted, “We are excited about how this one event will bring together 90 I-CAR volunteer committees nationwide and through their local promotion of the event, the more support can be raised for collision schools. As collision instructors and students need the industry’s support now more than ever, we didn’t want the fact that in-person fundraisers not being possible to stop us from coming together for the future professionals of the industry.” Advertisement The 90 I-CAR volunteer committees will be promoting this fundraiser not only to their local industry members, but also the general public as the more local virtual golfers that participate, the more funding will be raised for their local collision school programs. Also, with the event being virtual, zero golfing skill is required, and golfers can play from the comfort of their home.Advertisement Ford Performance Racing School has donated two passes, a $4,000 value, that will be awarded to the virtual gofer with the best score at the end of the tournament. Tom Wolf, CREF board of trustees chair and PPG Automotive Refinish director of business development noted, “PPG is proud to continue supporting CREF’s efforts to help collision programs, students, and instructors and this is a creative way to get not only the industry, but general public supporting their local schools. While we are limited on the number of golfers that attend our annual CREF summer golf fundraiser, this virtual event allows for thousands to participate, knowing that their registration fee will be reinvested back into their local schools.” I-CAR CEO & President John Van Alstyne said, “What a fantastic way to support an important cause. A couple I-CAR committees worked with CREF to innovate their normal golf outing fundraisers in the face of COVID earlier this year with great success, and the same can be expected here. I-CAR committees across the U.S. are increasingly focused on supporting career technical schools as our industry seeks more qualified and capable talent.  This event will be a fun and easy way to support that goal.” center_img Registration is now open online. Industry members not located near one of the participating I-CAR Volunteer Committees can select “CREF General Fund” when registering and their registration fee will help CREF collision school programs, instructors and students nationwide. Registrants can download the free TopGolf online game to their phone, tablet, or desktop and start practicing their virtual golf swing prior to the Nov. 20 tee-off, when registered players will be given instructions on how to access the private in-game tournament. Questions regarding the fundraiser can be directed to CREF director of development  Brandon Eckenrode. To help raise additional funds for local collision school programs, when paying their $25 registration fee online, golfers will be able to select one of the 90 participating I-CAR volunteer committees and $20 of their registration fee will be reinvested into collision schools in that specific market.  BETHESDA, Md. – The Auto Care Association has launched a new auto care careers website, www.autocarecareers.org, to educate young people about, and attract them to, careers in the auto care industry. The website, created as part of the association’s Education Committee Auto Care Careers initiative, features resources and information highlighting the variety of professional positions, fast growth potential and dynamic career paths available in the auto care industry.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementAmong the valuable materials on the website are downloadable factsheets in the “Resources” section, designed for a variety of key audiences, including secondary students, parents and counselors, college students and graduates, military and technicians. The factsheets detail the wide range of potential job titles and the skills required for industry positions, and present individual testimonials and key data about the industry.The website “Careers” page features a custom-built, interactive career accelerator featuring five industry segments: retail/wholesale, manufacturing, distribution, industry-wide positions and service/repair. Users can click on their preferred path to learn more about the positions, advancement opportunities and career trajectories available in the auto care industry.“The auto care industry has the ability to provide exactly what young people are looking for in the workforce – fast career advancement, a job for just about every professional interest and interesting and exciting work,” said Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO, Auto Care Association. “The auto care careers website is our first big step in communicating the value and potential of our industry to outside stakeholders, and the potential employees that will be the future of the auto care industry.”The association encourages member companies to link to the new site at www.autocarecareers.org and use it as a resource in their recruitment efforts. Members also are encouraged to download and print the factsheets as useful handouts for potential employees about the industry and its careers. The association adds that plans are already underway to communicate with additional non-industry audiences about the site, and the variety of resources and opportunities available in the auto care industry.,To raise additional support for high school and college collision school programs, the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) will be collaborating with 90 I-CAR volunteer committee groups nationwide on a winter virtual golf fundraiser, exclusively sponsored by PPG Automotive. This event will be a private tournament within TopGolf’s online game, which will be held from Friday, Nov. 20 through Sunday, Dec. 20. Golfers will be able to play an unlimited number of rounds of virtual golf during those 30 days, while viewing an in-game leaderboard to see how they are doing compared to others golfing from around the country. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

Public Sector Transformation Programme Boosted

first_imgStory Highlights The programme, jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica, World Bank, and United Kingdom Department for International Development, aims to strengthen public resource management and support State institutions in facilitating a more enabling environment for private-sector growth. Achievements under the project, since its commencement in August 2014, include: strengthening of the Public Investment Management System and the budget preparation process; implementation of measures to promote fiscal sustainability; and fostering industrial growth and trade facilitation via the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ). The Public Sector Transformation Programme will be further boosted during the upcoming fiscal year, through a $1.32 billion allotment in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The Public Sector Transformation Programme will be further boosted during the upcoming fiscal year, through a $1.32 billion allotment in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The programme, jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica, World Bank, and United Kingdom Department for International Development, aims to strengthen public resource management and support State institutions in facilitating a more enabling environment for private-sector growth.Achievements under the project, since its commencement in August 2014, include: strengthening of the Public Investment Management System and the budget preparation process; implementation of measures to promote fiscal sustainability; and fostering industrial growth and trade facilitation via the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ).Work will continue in these areas during 2019/20, as also 2020/21 with an additional allocation of $735 million.The project is slated for completion in September 2020.last_img read more