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first_img23 October 2006The South African team of Ashleigh Simon, Kelli Shean and Stacy Bregman made history at De Zalze when they won the World Amateur Women’s Team Championship after a nail-biting playoff.They became the first team since 1980 to capture the title on home soil, and also the first African team to ever lift the most prestigious trophy in amateur golf.In a tournament regarded as the Olympics of amateur golf, many of the 42 participating countries knew little about a team from Africa, with the only internationally recognised player being Ashleigh Simon.However, after an outstanding first two rounds guided by the experience of Simon and the sheer grit of Shean, they led the field on 11-under-par 277.True contendersWith a bold 69 in the third round by Bregman, the South African team suddenly looked like true contenders for the title at 14-under-par 418.“We felt the pressure, but we knew were a good team and we really wanted to win this trophy,” said Shean.But the smooth sailing ended after the third round.The South Africans saw their four-stroke lead disappear early on their front nine with bogey-littered scorecards and a seventh hole that saw all three penciling in a drop for the hole. At the turn, the chances of South African victory started to look grim as Simon double-bogeyed the ninth hole.Sweden on the chargeBy then defending champions Sweden was racing up the leaderboard, once again guided by the unstoppable Caroline Westrup, playing a near-perfect round of three-under-par 69 for the day, backed by Anna Nordqvist, who kept it level on her front nine.However, it all came down to the back nine when Shean and Simon finally got their nerves settled and got down to business. While Simon kept the boat steady with a level back nine, Shean shot a flurry of birdies, starting with the tenth and finishing with the thirteenth.Unfortunately, it went south from there after a spell of bogeys by Shean that saw the South African lead ebb away, leaving it all down to the bitter end to save par on the eighteenth to draw level with Sweden on 10-under 566.‘The hole looked very small’“The hole looked very small from my position,” Shean said. “But I knew the situation. I knew I had to keep it level for us to have a shot at the title. So I was really happy when it dropped.”With South Africa and Sweden tied, the tiebreaker rules specified by the International Golf Federation came into play, with the non-counting scores from the final round added to the top two team scores. After that, if the result is still undecided, the rules state that it moves down to the third round’s non-counting scores.So victory was sealed for South Africa, with the third round score of 73 recorded by Simon outweighing Sofie Andersson’s 77 to put the final stamp of approval on the South Africans’ win.Colombia came third with nine-under-par 567, followed by France at eight-under 568 and Germany at seven-under 569.Sweden’s Westrup recorded the top individual score for the tournament on eight-under-par 280.The World Amateur Men’s Team Champions – the Eisenhower Trophy – starts on 26 October and will be played at the De Zalze and Stellenbosch golf courses.Scores  T1 South Africa – 566T1 Sweden – 5663 Colombia – 5674 France – 568T5 Germany – 569T5 Japan – 5697 New Zealand – 5708 Spain – 5729 USA – 57410 Chinese Taipei – 576SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgSenior leader of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and former Maharashtra minister Ganesh Naik is all set to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), adding to the growing list of leaders quitting the opposition and joining one of the two ruling coalition parties in the State. In a related development Kalidas Kolambkar, Congress MLA from Wadala constituency in Mumbai, also resigned from the party on Monday and is likely to join the Shiv Sena. NCP corporators from the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) held a meeting at the mayor’s bungalow on Monday and, according to sources, unanimously decided to join the BJP to bring development to Navi Mumbai. “All corporators agreed that it is important to be on the government’s side if you want to bring development in the region. They will be meeting Ganesh Naik on Tuesday to pursue him to join the BJP,” said an NCP leader from Navi Mumbai. Mr. Naik’s younger son Sandip is an MLA from Airoli and he along with his brother and former Thane MP Sanjiv Naik are likely to join the BJP. Sandip Naik on Sunday had rejected reports about his family joining the BJP and said that he will remain with the NCP. According to sources within the NCP, the Naik family is trying to create an impression that they are being forced to quit the NCP to join the BJP. “There have been attempts by the Naiks to quit NCP even in the past, but it was Sharad Pawar who stopped them then. Now, they want to create a scenario where they are being pressurised by party workers to join the BJP,” said a senior NCP leader. The Naik family single-handedly controls the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation and their defection would also mean that the entire civic body will be under direct control of the BJP. Ganesh Naik, known for his muscle and money power, lost the 2014 Assembly election from Belapur to BJP’s Manda Mhatre. Interestingly, Ms. Mhatre too had joined the BJP, days before the elections, after quitting the NCP. Open defiance After campaigning for the Shiv Sena candidate in the recent Lok Sabha polls, Mr. Kolambkar officially quit the Congress on Monday. He had put up banners thanking Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for solving the issues plaguing his constituency. Mumbai Congress working president Eknath Gaikwad was unavailable to comment on today’s development.A former Sena leader, Mr. Kolambkar had earlier quit the party along with former Chief Minister Narayan Rane to join the Congress. With Mr. Rane again quitting the Congress to form his own party, Mr. Kolambkar’s exit from the Congress was on the cards.last_img read more

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 15 players called up as Gilas resumes practice; Ravena, Paras on the list View comments “Going into the game I already knew she got her ITC but it would be unfair to the Power Smashers if we entered her in the last minute,” said Abella after his team swept the Power Smashers 25-19, 25-22, 25-21, in the decider. “So it’s just right that she sit this one first,”Rivers, though, will be eligible to play in the finals against Bali Pure come Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDuring the semis game, the 5-foot-11 import wanted to see a copy of her ITC from the website of the FIVB, the world’s governing body of volleyball, but the volleyball information system (VIS) was down.The league got e-mail from Carlo Roberto de Assis, the FIVB International Transfer Coordinator, coursed through Peter Cayco, the vice president of the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, saying that “seeing that the FIVB VIS has not solved the problem yet, the FIVB permits the player Krystal Rivers to play for now.” WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ Pocari Sweat import Krystal Rivers awaiting updates on her ITC. Photo by Bong LozadaKrystal Rivers had to wait until the last semifinals game in the Premier Volleyball League before she got to wear her Pocari Sweat jersey, but the former University of Alabama middle blocker still had to sit it out.The Lady Warriors were in the middle of their Game 3 showdown against the Power Smashers Thursday at Philsports Arena when Rivers received her International Transfer Certificate at 6:51 pm but head coach Rommel Abella decided not to use the former Crimson Tide any longer.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rivers’ addition will be a big boost to the loaded Pocari Sweat, which already has Myla Pablo and import Michelle Strizak, in the best-of-three finals series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

first_imgArsenal aim to close Denis Suarez deal with Barcelona on Mondayby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hope to close a deal for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez on Monday.The 25-year-old is surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp, and is believed to be keen on a move to join the Gunners this month.According to Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira, Emery will push for a deal that included an option to buy at the end of the season.He tweeted: “Arsenal is continuing to talk with Barcelona for Denis Suarez (agreement with Sanllehi).”Unai Emery has offered a transfer on loan with option to buy. Blaugrana prefers a permanent deal.”Monday there will be new contacts between Gunners and Barca.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgEverton in contact with Shakhtar Donetsk sports director José Botoby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarcel Brands is under pressure at Everton.With the Blues languishing at the wrong end of the table, the Dutch sports director is bearing the brunt of criticism.And TMW says Brands could yet be replaced.Everton have made contact with Shakhtar Donetsk sports director José Boto about a move to England.Talks are well underway with Boto, though it’s not been established whether he would join Everton to work with Brands or replace him. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsDelia Opekokew holds many firsts for an Indigenous woman.Opekokew was the first First Nations woman to be called to the bar in Ontario.She was the first woman to run for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations and most recently the only First Nations, Inuit or Metis woman to ever win the Law Society of Upper Canada medal.APTN’s Donna Sound has the [email protected]last_img

first_imgAPTN National NewsOn Tuesday’s Face to Face, Manitoba’s Treaty Commissioner James “Jamie” Wilson speaks on the economic partnership that was the foundation of the Numbered Treaties and the role those documents can have in creating a better future for First Nations and Canadians.Wilson also outlines his military experience and why he hopes to see discipline returned as a well-taught sacred teaching.last_img

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Mercer International says it intends to voluntarily de-list from the Toronto Stock Exchange on June 11, about three months after it lost a six-year-old NAFTA battle with the Canadian government.The U.S.-based forest products company had mounted a $250-million claim against the Canadian government in early 2012.It alleged that BC Hydro and the B.C. Utilities Commission discriminated against Mercer’s power-generating operations at a pulp mill near Castlegar, B.C.However, a North American Free Trade Agreement tribunal ruled on March 6 that there had been no violation of the deal and it awarded Canada approximately $6.9 million in costs.Mercer says that its listing on the Nasdaq global select market will be unaffected by its delisting from the Toronto Stock Exchange.Companies in this story: (TSX:MERC.U)last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Wall Street Journal reports U.S. prosecutors are investigating whether Chinese tech giant Huawei stole trade secrets from U.S. companies.The newspaper says investigators are looking into whether the company stole technology behind a robotic device that T-Mobile used to test smartphones.The Journal report Wednesday cites several people familiar with the matter who are not identified by name.They told the newspaper the investigation was prompted in part by lawsuits against Huawei. In one of those cases, a Seattle jury ruled that Huawei misappropriated the robotic technology from T-Mobile’s lab in Washington state.The Justice Department declined to comment.Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada last month. The U.S. is seeking to extradite her to face charges she misled banks about the company’s business dealings in Iran.The Associated Presslast_img read more