PGA Tour and Ottawa’s Brad Fritsch defends Senators fans

Canadian PGA Tour member Brad Fritsch was in Nashville for a Pro Am on Monday and won the one-day tournament.

It was a big honour for Fritsch, who didn’t get into the PGA Tour event this week, as the winning trophy was named after one of his childhood golf idols, Payne Stewart.

But, it was likely the second-most excitable moment of the day, as he went right from the course to see the conclusion of the Nashville Predators’ series against the Anaheim Ducks.

Although he couldn’t score tickets for the game, he enjoyed the ‘madhouse’ that was downtown Nashville after the final buzzer.

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Boys golf: Poppy Hills next challenge for Menlo’s Max Ting at state

The Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach is somewhat of a Mecca for golfers.

Next week, Menlo School junior Max Ting will tee off for the first time at the par-71 course after qualifying for the CIF state boys golf championships.

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“I’m super excited to play at states,” the 17-year-old said. “I haven’t played Poppy Hills before, so I’m going to go down there and get a couple of practice rounds in. But having it at such a nice course, it makes it even more special.”

Ting earned a trip to Pebble Beach by shooting a 2-under 70 on Monday for third place at the NorCal championships held at Sierra View Country Club in Roseville.

It was another course he had never played, with no practice rounds allowed prior to the competition. Still, he stopped by for a visit on Sunday along with Menlo coach Tom Hitchcock.

“We just looked around and figured out what clubs I was going to hit out on the course,” Ting said.

“He didn’t need to hit a lot of drivers on the course because he’s long,” Hitchcock said. “So he was able to hit a lot of fairways, and that really set it up for him. … His dad helped set up the plan and he only went off plan on the 16th hole. He was supposed to use a hybrid, or an iron, and he hit the 3 wood. And that’s what he pulled into the trees.”

Forced to punch out of the trees on the 16th hole — a 332-yard par 4 — Ting settled for a bogey, which left him in a tie for third place.

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Source:: The Mercury News

Dick Harmon: Miracles, golfer Monica Yeates, and lesson on facing the unknown

PROVO — There are miracles among us, and the story of Utah Valley University golfer Monica Yeates is one of those that, well, might be off the scale.

Earlier this week while at a post-tournament lunch at Riverside Country Club with Yeates’ coach, Sue Nyhus, she mentioned Yeates had received the Kim Moore Spirit Award, given annually at the NCAA championships by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association for a player’s inspiring life. I wasn’t aware Yeates received the award and asked why.

What Nyhus told the small group at the table was remarkable, the story of one of her varsity players who became paralyzed and blind two years ago, overcame, and returned to play competitive college golf.

The member of the panel who chose Yeates for the honor told Nyhus the vote was unanimous, not even close. No story could top the Yeates miracle.

Two years ago this month, Yeates began having pain in her abdomen and back and it progressed to where she had trouble sitting or laying down. One day playing golf with a teammate, she felt like she was dragging her legs around the course. At first she thought it was all in her head and she needed to gut it up and push through, but she made it just 13 holes.

Exhausted, with no improvement, Yeates, who was featured on the Golf Channel the day of the announcement for the award, said her legs felt like Jell-O and she couldn’t keep her balance. After a trip to the hospital, she was admitted and during a three-day stay, she became paralyzed, incapable of walking.

She was scared, terrified. Nobody knew what was going on.

One morning a few months later she woke up and couldn’t see. She lost 90 percent of her vision in her left eye and returned to the hospital.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News