Prize fighters: Lovemark, Herman playing for Masters berth

first_imgHUMBLE, Texas – The race is on for golf’s final golden ticket. A win at any point in the PGA Tour season is a welcome result, bringing with it a bevy of perks. But this particular week at the Shell Houston Open offers players just one perk – the simplest, yet most coveted perk of all.  Lift the trophy on Sunday, and your next stop is the front gate at Augusta National. It’s the kind of stuff that players dream about, a motivator that can drive hours of offseason practice. And for Jamie Lovemark and Jim Herman, it’s tantalizingly close after three rounds at the Golf Club of Houston. But Lovemark and Herman aren’t just playing for the chance to take their first trip down Magnolia Lane. They’re also playing for their first Tour victory. The two have taken very different paths to this point. Lovemark, 28, was a can’t-miss prospect who has battled injury and is now beginning to play to the level many expected when he first turned pro in 2009. Herman, meanwhile, is a 38-year-old journeyman who has bounced between circuits and just last season made the FedEx Cup Playoffs for the first time. But now they are united in the spotlight, sharing the 54-hole lead and sitting one shot clear of a potent chase pack. Lovemark began the day one shot behind Charley Hoffman, but a 2-under 70 gave him a share of the overnight lead for the first time in his career. Seven years after losing a playoff at the Open, he is older, wiser, healthier and eager to close the deal. Shell Houston Open: Articles, photos and videos “That was my third or fourth event as a pro. Things seemed kind of easy,” Lovemark said. “Hindsight, it’s not too easy after all. I’m not taking much for granted, just going to do what I do.” Herman moved into contention with a bogey-free 68, channeling form that seemingly came out of nowhere. He had only one top-40 finish in eight starts this year, and Herman hadn’t broken 70 in his last 10 rounds entering the week. But now he has strung three straight sub-70 scores together, and with only a handful of top-10 finishes to his credit he is on the cusp of a breakthrough victory. “Houston or any of the other places would be fantastic, just to get one,” Herman said. “I’ve been out here five years, and we’ll see what happens tomorrow. If it goes my way, that would be awesome.” Lovemark and Herman will have to cope with the crucible that Sunday’s final pairing creates, but their quest is also complicated by the pedigree of players hot on their heels. Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Russell Henley all have multiple Tour wins, and each is eager to add another. For Stenson especially, it’s a chance to end an 18-month victory drought that has included a myriad of close calls. “I know I can play my best, and hopefully bring that out on the final days as well,” Stenson said. “I think some of my fellow colleagues might have been more fortunate in those situations, and a few times I haven’t delivered what I need to deliver. It’s been a bit of a combo, but I’d love to get on the No. 1 podium.” Ever the cool customer, Lovemark strode to the podium after his third round and said all the right things: a win’s a win, whether it comes here or elsewhere. The focus remains on getting the job done, stamping your name as the best for at least one week at the highest level. A Masters invitation is merely icing on the cake. “Not too concerned about it, honestly,” he said. “If I play next week, that’s great. Obviously a win on any level is very important to me.” But this isn’t just any other week we’re talking about. Players can use the SHO as golf’s fastest launching pad, teeing it up in the season’s first major before the trophy even has a chance to collect dust. Plus, you know, it’s Augusta National. It’s the Masters. The place – and the event – speak for themselves. “You know there’s a lot to play for tomorrow,” Herman said. “You think about it coming into the week. This is your last chance to get to Augusta, but it’s more than that. I’m not going to put any more pressure on myself than I already might.” For Herman and Lovemark, this could be the point at which their professional career paths pivot. This could be the event that transforms them from “PGA Tour member” to “PGA Tour winner.” It’s a distinction that both covet, and one that can’t be erased. To do it, they’ll need to outlast each other, not to mention those in close pursuit, under pressures that are largely unfamiliar. But if they manage to pull it off, they’ll not only graduate to a new tier professionally, they’ll get to take the best post-victory trip the game offers. Golden tickets, after all, come around only so often.last_img read more

​BIFA’s bitesize training

first_imgBIFA took its industry training programmes online in May, as HLPFI reported here.  The training session – run by BIFA trainers Graeme Wilkinson and Carl Hobbis – is set to take place online on July 8, 2020. It will focus on Customs procedure codes. “We intend to make this training session fun, interactive, and all participants will receive a BIFA certificate to count towards their continuing professional development,” Hobbis said. Robert Keen, director general at BIFA, said that there are plans for further events for the YFN, such a guest interviews and Q&A sessions, still to come. www.bifa.orglast_img

Three students inducted into Hall of Fame

first_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Three students inducted into Hall of Fame by: – April 26, 2013 166 Views   2 comments Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Maycee Lawrence and her mother Samantha Lawrence standing in the Hall of FameThe St. Luke’s Primary School has added three more inductees into its Hall of Fame at a special ceremony on Friday April 26 at the school’s compound in Pointe Michel.The Hall of Fame was designed to highlight the achievements of students and other citizens towards Dominica’s development.The inductees are;• Daneal Dupigny for sports (cricket)• Maycee Lawrence for diving and• Jarett Jean Jacques for music.According to the citation read by Thomas Kentish who is also a St Luke’s Hall of Fame inductee, Daneal Dupigny, a former student of St Luke’s Primary, has made significant progress in the game of cricket.Daneal Dupigny and his father Felix Dailey“He represented the Dominica under 15 team before he represented the under 13 so that’s a good accomplishment from him. He just came from St Vincent where he was part of the Dominica under 15 team which won the Windward Islands under 15 competition,” Mr Kentish said.Mr Dupigny who currently attends the St Mary’s Academy, also participated in the Ministry of Sports Primary School program and is one of four Dominicans who will be going to Jamaica in July of this year to represent the Windward Islands at the under 15 competition.Maycee Lawrence, a current student of the St Luke’s Primary School and daughter of William and Samantha Lawrence, the owners of Al Dive and Water Sports has a deep love for diving.Jarett Jean Jacques plays eight instruments but his favorite is the trumpet.She began swimming at the age of two and her love for the sea and all it entails quickly developed according to the citation read by her teacher.“Maycee can be seen on her own little boat on a regular basis…she was introduced to diving at Dive Fest which takes place every year, she followed Discover Scuba which introduced her to diving”. She became certified at age 10 from the National Association of under Water Instructors in January 2012. Meanwhile, current student Jarett Jean Jacques, the son of Norman Jean Jacque, was introduced to music at a very early age.He plays eight instruments namely; the piano, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, French horn, euphonium, flute and clarinet but his favorite is the trumpet.“He has sat examinations at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London and has attained grades four level certification in piano, trumpet, trombone, euphonium and French horn,” his teacher said in the citation.Other Hall of Fame inductees include Mr Lemuel Christian, Dr Alwin Bully, Ossie Lewis, Pat Aaron, Aileen Burton, Dr Lennox Honeychurch, Sonia Lloyd, E. O LeBlanc, Ophelia Marie, Reginald Shillingford, Marie Davis Pierre, David Toussaint, Clara Walsh, Felix Henderson and Joan Frampton, among others.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more