Tags: Get into golf, Girls, Meghan MacLaren, Women 1 Aug 2018 Women and Girls’ Golf Week: Meghan MacLaren on amateur life and making her way as a winning Tour player Caption: Meghan MacLaren, winning in Australia (credit LET/Tristan Jones) Meghan MacLaren had a superb amateur career and is now a winner on the Ladies European Tour. Here, the 24-year-old from Wellingborough Golf Club, took time out from her preparation for the Ricoh Women’s British Open to talk about making her way as a golfer and why working hard shouldn’t feel like work!How did you get started in golf?I was so young I don’t really remember – golf seems to be in my blood on every side of the family, so I think it was inevitable!Earliest golfing memories?I can’t remember the first competition exactly, but I remember playing a junior club match when I must have been really young, and the guy I was playing against was more than double my age!! I remember my first county match too (I played for Buckinghamshire to start with), and the team shirts and jumpers coming down to my knees!How quickly did you progress?It was always quite slow and steady for me I think, rather than rocketing up quickly like some of the other girls I ended up playing with in national sides. My handicap probably came down pretty quickly, but it was a gradual move through the England regional squads.What support did you have?My parents are both good golfers and work in golf too, so I think it helps that they understand the demands of the sport. I’ve seen the detrimental effects of parents’ over-involvement in sport so I count myself extremely lucky to have parents who know how to support me in the best possible way.I was a part of my county set up from a pretty young age, and then moved up into the England regional squads through to the national squad. That pathway definitely encouraged me into working harder, and practicing and competing in more productive ways. Being a part of the England set up also gave me opportunities to play at the highest level. Travelling internationally and having the adrenaline rush of playing alongside the best players at that level undoubtedly helped prepare me for the professional realm.You won eight times on the US college circuit. How did the university experience help you?I learned so much about myself as a person and golfer through playing US college golf. Getting into a different set of tournaments and people helped open my eyes to how much depth there is out there – there’s an infinite number of girls who all have the same dream as you – so you have to be willing to do the things others don’t do. It changed my mindset too – after I’d had a couple of wins I started approaching tournaments differently – I knew I could win and I went in trying to do exactly that. As I said earlier this year following my LET win, there’s a difference between believing you can win and actually doing it. Having that concrete evidence gives you an edge as a competitor.Best amateur moment?I can’t pick between winning the European Team Championships with England, and winning the Curtis Cup with GB&I. Both were in the summer of 2016, right before I turned professional, and they were incredibly special!What made you decide to make a career out of golf?The idea of playing professionally was never too far from my mind as I grew up and got better and better. I think as I became a part of the England national squad and got to compete in some of the European and world events, along with my success in college golf, I began to realise I could be capable of making it my career. Through all the highs and the lows I never wavered in how much I loved the game – it’s always been like a drug for me. Having the opportunity to do it for a living is incredible.How did you find the transition from amateur to pro ranks?It’s been both easier and harder than I thought it would be. I struggled with the decision of turning professional because I wasn’t sure I was ready – but in reality I don’t think anyone can ever be ready. I missed out on getting any status in America and I didn’t get full status on the LET, but that actually benefited my game more than anything else. I was able to plan my first year around playing on the LET Access Series, and I was 100% committed to that, and to trying to improve every single day.By having that mindset I was able to realise I was still playing the same game as I was as an amateur. I think a lot of top amateur golfers approach the game in a professional manner – but some people think they need to change everything when they turn pro. In reality, what they have been doing to that point has made them a golfer capable of competing at the highest level.Best win?Winning the NSW Open in Australia on the LET earlier this year. I had won on the LET Access Tour, and had some good finishes on the LET, but it’s one of those things that you want so much it’s almost surreal when it actually happens. I’d been struggling a little coming into that event too, so it taught me a lot in terms of patience and trust in my own ability. I think it gave me some perspective too – as much as I wanted to win every tournament, actually doing it made me realise how few people get to achieve something like that in their careers.Golfing goals?To be the best player in the world.Top tip for girls with ambitions to follow you?I think one of the most important things is to have people around you that you trust. Trusting them to help you improve your game, in whatever way that might be, but also trusting them to be there and to have the same commitment when things aren’t going well. You have to be prepared to work hard too. But the way I see it is if you truly want to get to the highest level as a golfer, working hard shouldn’t feel like work.Interests outside golf ….Newcastle United! Anything else?Travelling so much means that I enjoy the little things a lot more than I used to – just being at home and getting to spend time with the people I care about. I like learning as well, and since I left college I’ve made more of a conscious effort to do that myself, whether that’s through reading, listening to podcasts, or writing things down to try and make sense of them. (megmaclaren.com if you’re even a tiny bit interested!). Golf can be pretty consuming, but I’m lucky that it’s one of the reasons I love it so much.• Inspired to Get into Golf and follow Meghan’s example? 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Results & Standings Wednesday, Oct. 4 (week 20) E.I.S. Bar1789129126324 Diva Devils201551851157045 Queen Maxima2002063237-1740 TeamPWLFA+/-Pts. Honey Bees201822158513054 Lek’s Bar201551741264845 Full Moon20911148152-427 Moonies Magnet20416127173-4612 Diva Sports19910135150-1527 Black Moonies19613133152-1918 Mary Lou’s20911135165-3027 Hideout Bar19910147138927 Honeypot19109144141330 GB Bar201641841166848 Moonies Kitchen191631781077148 Blue Moonies20911148152-427 The Pride19712135150-1521 Apple Bar2011971229-1583 Pin House191451741116342 Results: Apple Bar 3 – 12 GB Bar, BlackMoonies 7 – 8 Lek’s Bar, Blue Moonies 12 – 3 Hideout Bar, Diva Sports 9– 6 Honeypot, E.I.S. Bar 9 – 6 Moonies Magnet, Honey Bees 11 – 4 QueenMaxima, Mary Lou’s 6 – 9 Full Moon, The Pride 6 – 9 Diva Devils
Sabai Friday moved up from eighth place to sixth after taking three points from third place Brother D. Nok Kennedy led Sabai Friday with a 201 game and 542 series.Noodle Russell bowled a 209 game and a 565 series, best of the day, and Tue Pettae had a 547 series to lead Green Tree to a four point sweep over Jack Tar.Bavaria won three points from USMC despite Mai Munsitha’s good 563 series for USMC. Aht Johansson bowling as a Pacer had a 511 series. 200 Bowlers: Mio, Nok, Lek & Noodle.Mio Aamlid bowled a 224 game and 542 series for House of the Golden Coin but that was only good enough to win one point from first place VFW Post 9876. David Shaw bowled a 518 series for VFW and they increased their lead over Café Kronborg, who lost four points today, to nine and one half points.Second place Café Kronborg lost all four points to Canada as Lek Reaper led Canada with a 204 game and 512 series. Jang Shaw bowled a 509 series for Kronborg.
By John BurtonRED BANK – A members-only cigar luxury lounge and retail cigar shop is in the offing, contingent on the approval next month by the borough Zoning Board of Approval.SMS Ventures, LLC is hoping to develop the 22-24 West Front St. location for Le Malt Club, to serve as the lounge, including amenities on the ground floor with nine apartments on the upper levels of the property. The applicant is to appear before the zoning board on June 2.According to information filed with the borough’s Department of Planning and Zoning, the plan is for SMS Ventures to renovate the 3,600 square-foot site and establish the membership-required lounge area—a portion of which will permit on-site smoking in a space that will have a smoke filtration system. Food service will be available for members in a separate non-smoking area 24-hours-a-day. There will also be a retail shop, which principals are calling a cigar boutique, which will be open to the public.No alcoholic beverages will be served. The company will instead offer a BYO (bring your own) policy, allowing club members to stock their personal minibars and keep cigars in humidors for themselves and their guests, according to the narrative the applicant provided to the borough office.The location’s upper floors will have three one-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom units.The Red Bank club would differ from the Le Malt Lounge in Colonia, which has been in business for more than a year. The north Jersey location promotes itself as a restaurant with alcohol table service (no bar), describing it as a brown spirit/wine lounge – one, which its website announces, features more than 1,000 different brown spirits, including especially rare and aged Scotch whiskies and a selection of 300 wines.But the Red Bank and Colonia locations will both have the same individual heading up the operations. The principal in this project is Saurabh Abrol, who has 100 percent ownership of SMS Ventures, LLC, and functions as chief executive officer for Le Malt Lounge in Colonia.Abrol is also CEO and president of Wine Chateau, an online and brick and mortar retail liquor operation. Wine Chateau was founded by Abrol’s father, Arun Abrol, in 1994 and currently operates retail establishments in Metuchen, Piscataway, Colonia and Matawan.Neither Saurabh Abrol nor his attorney, Rick Brodsky, responded to phone calls seeking comment for this story.The 22-24 West Front St. property, owned in equal parts by Richard Stavola of Jupiter, Florida and Rumson resident Rim Lindau, is currently vacant on the first floor retail space, having previously been used for a salon and yoga studio.SMS Ventures would require the zoning board to approve a use variance for this technically non-permitted use, as well as needing 48 parking spaces for the commercial and residential uses.A cigar club has been tried before in the borough’s downtown commercial district. The now-defunct Ashes, 33 Broad St., now the home of Char Steakhouse, had operated as a private club, with a restaurant and bar open to the public. That spot, however, came under fire from both local and state officials and the subject of bitter acrimony among its owners. The business became bogged down in lawsuits among its owners resulting in it being placed in court-appointed receivership. State tax officials shut down the location for a time for failing to pay sales tax, and state Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) officials alleged impropriety with the liquor license ownership.
Story and photos by Joseph SapiaLOOKING TO GET involved somehow environmentally, Leigh Oarsley booked a ticket on the Shrewsbury River Eco-Cruise.“I thought this would be an introduction,” said Oarsley, who lives in Monroe. “I love the Jersey Shore.”“I’d rather sit on water than on the couch,” said Oarsley’s daughter, Isabelle, 15. “I love the idea you get a different perspective (on the water).”The Oarsleys were among about 80 aboard the 85-foot Captain John, which on Sunday, July 17, cruised Raritan Bay, Sandy Hook Bay and the Shrewsbury River between Keyport and the Sea Bright-Rumson bridge. It was one of the water tours sponsored by the Keyport-based New York/New Jersey Baykeeper.“We think the best way to protect the water and environment is to see it,” said Greg Remaud, deputy director of the Baykeeper. “What we always try to do is get people on the water ways. If a picture is worth a thousand words, being out in the environment is worth 10,000.”The Baykeeper eco-cruises are 5 years old, but this was the first one specifically using the route of the two bays and the Shrewsbury River, Remaud said. Debbie Mans, the Baykeeper executive director, was the host for the cruise, highlighting different points via the boat’s public-address system. Adults paid $50, and children were $25.Mans pointed out the Baykeeper’s pump-out boat, which pumps out a boat’s sewage for free on Raritan Bay. The alternative would be pumping out at a marina or even dumping sewage into coastal waters, Mans said.“It’s a great way to keep pollution out,” Mans said.This summer, the Baykeeper also is running Monmouth County government’s pump-out boat, the Royal Flush, on the Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers. This, too, is a free service.As Chris McFarland cruised on the Captain John, he was on his home waters – he grew up in Holmdel and his family kept a sailboat at Keyport on Raritan Bay. McFarland, 55, also served in the Coast Guard, stationed at Sandy Hook for three years.“I like the ocean, I’ve always liked the bay,” said McFarland, who lives in Toms River. “A lot of good memories.”The New York City-based No Water No Life is now studying the Raritan River basin, trying, for example, to show upstream influences on downstream water quality, said the group’s director, Alison M. Jones.“A lot of my attention on the Raritan Basin is on this estuary,” said Jones, 67, who was raised in Hunterdon County. “I grew up on the Upper Raritan, (but) I never saw Raritan Bay till last summer.”A sailboat on Raritan Bay.Jones said she had heard from acquaintances Raritan Bay stinks. But she took a boat ride and reported back “you have no idea how beautiful it is.”“It was a beautiful sunset,” said Jones, recalling her boat ride. “We saw dolphins. It’s a resource that serves 6 million people in New Jersey and New York City. It’s the largest open space that serves that area.”Raritan Bay, including Sandy Hook Bay, is 109 square miles.On this trip, Jones, an internationally known photographer, shot photos.The Shrewsbury River has been in the news lately, because clinging jellyfish, an invasive species from the Asian Pacific Ocean area has turned up in the river. The dime-size jellyfish have a severe sting, which hospitalized a man.Clinging jellyfish are a concern to the Baykeeper, Remaud said. Remaud said the Baykeeper will “learn as much as we can and share that information.”Maya Speelmans, 61, of Rumson said she was concerned about the clinging jellyfish. She said she goes kayaking in the Navesink River, which flows into the Shrewsbury River.“I don’t think they’re there (in the Navesink River), but you never know,” Speelmans said.Speelmans attended the cruise with her boyfriend, Alex Purdon, 63, of Belmar and her son, Michael Sleutz, 20, of Rumson.“The eco-cruise thing interested me,” Speelmans said. “It’s my surroundings. I believe in environmental issues.“I knew it was going to be out on the water, which is a nice thing to do,” Speelmans said.“Great day out,” Purdon said.The Baykeeper, founded in 1989, advocates for the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary. It basically runs north to south from the Tappan Zee Bridge on the Hudson River to Raritan Bay and west to east from Perth Amboy to Sandy Hook.The cruises provide “much more community engagement, all good things happen from that,” Remaud said.“Plus, it’s just an enjoyable time,” Remaud said. “We can’t always be fighting battles.”Upcoming is the New York-New Jersey Baykeeper “Boat and Bridges Eco Cruise” circumnavigation of Staten Island, 3:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. The Baykeeper is at 52 West Front St., Keyport, 07735; 732-888-9870; nynjbaykeeper.org.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd ace Pogba breaks silence on Mourinho axe: I know you want answers…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba spoke of Jose Mourinho’s dismissal after being named man-of-the-match for victory at Cardiff City.Pogba spoke for the first time following the departure of Mourinho with the pair not enjoying a good relationship.He said: “I know you’re waiting for something about Jose, or about the result today.“Obviously, we’re really happy about the result. We played well. The performance of the team was great. And I know what you want to ask…“With Jose, we won trophies. We worked. I want to thank him for that.”Pogba, who claimed two assists in the rout, continued: “Not everything went well but things went well. We won trophies. He made me improve. As a person as well.“That’s it. That’s the past. I want to thank him for that. I’m sure all the players do.“Now we’re looking at the next game, for the points we need. We want to go back to the top of the league.“The performance was great. We are happy as well for the first game with the new manager to start like this. And the most important thing is to carry on like that.“We cannot play like this with five goals and in the next game lose. That’s it.”
LEXINGTON, KY – MARCH 07: Ashley Judd watches the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Florida Gators at Rupp Arena on March 7, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 67-50 to finish the regular 31-0. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Tonight, the undefeated top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats take on fifth-seeded West Virginia in the Sweet 16. The winner advances to the Midwest Regional final to play either Notre Dame or Wichita State. Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd is as excited for this game as you would expect she’d be. So excited that she recorded a video dedicated to her favorite team as soon as she woke up. Needless to say, she’s supremely confident in UK’s ability to move to 37-0 tonight. According to Judd’s scouting report, Trey Lyles and Willie Cauley-Stein will be too much for the Mountaineers, and WVU’s pressure defense will be neutralized by the play of ‘Cats point guard Aaron Harrison. //I woke up with this on my mind: Sweet 16! Here are my eyes just opened I am supposed to be trading spiritual texts and…Posted by Ashley Judd on Thursday, March 26, 2015Her acting career has been her calling card but Judd might have a future as a basketball analyst.
Twitter/LindseyFour-star wide receiver recruit Tyjon Lindsey, one of the top prizes for the 2017 class, announced Monday afternoon on Twitter that he’s narrowed his decision down to 10 schools. He’s also informed fans of when he’ll be making his final decision.Lindsey, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound player from Corona, California, says he’ll make his decision on August 22nd. His final 10 schools, in no order, are Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Tennessee and USC. His list varies slightly from the one he dropped back in late March – Georgia is in, Texas A&M is out.T H E D A Y . ® Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Tennessee, & USC. pic.twitter.com/eDzViedLdQ— Tyjon A. Lindsey ® (@tyjonlindsey) August 1, 2016Lindsey is thought to be an Ohio State lean, given his flirtation with the program on social media the past few months.Lindsey is ranked as the seventh-best player in California, per 247 Sports. He currently has 24 offers outstanding.