LocalGolfer.com Participates in Golf Tournament for Crater Basketball at Stone Ridge Golf Course

by Wayne Allyn

As predicted, the weather was great, and the sun was out at Stone Ridge Golf Course in Eagle Point, Oregon, host to the golf tournament to benefit Crater High School’s Basketball team.  By all reports, it was a resounding success.  “The turn-out was great and everyone had a great time,” said John Parent co-organizer of the tournament.  “It was a good tournament,” said Willy Eaton, one of the players.  “One of our team members was only six feet away from a hole-in-one on the Vegas Hole!”

Bob Foote, Travis Brink, Jaime Burton and John Walker made up the winning team.  Many local businesses donated prizes to the raffle, drinks for the players and food for the lunch, as well as donating money for tee signs to raise money for the basketball team.  Crater cheerleaders were also on hand to cheer on the golfers, and Stone Ridge Head Pro, Scott Lusk, ran the event in his usual smooth fashion.  “We are proud to provide support for local school sports,” said Randy Eek, Director of Promotions at LocalGolfer.com.  “We enjoyed being involved.”

 

 

 

Rory McIlroy: The Intimidator

Greg “The Shark” Norman has made some comments that seemed to bring up a laugh at both Tiger Woods’ and Rory McIlroys’ press conferences in Atlanta this week.

“What I’m seeing is that Tiger’s really intimidated by Rory,” Norman said. “When have you ever seen him intimidated by another player? Never. But I think he knows his time’s up and that’s normal; these things tend to go in 15-year cycles.”

Tiger responded with:

“No one is the size of (linebacker) Ray Lewis who is going to hit me coming over the middle, so this is a different kind of sport,” Woods said Wednesday on the eve of the 30-player Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club. “We go out there and play our own game and see where it falls at the end of the day.”

Rory responded with:

“How can I intimidate Tiger Woods?” McIlroy said. “I mean, the guy’s got 70-whatever (74) PGA tour wins, 14 majors. He’s been the biggest thing ever in our sport. I mean, how could some little 23-year-old from Northern Ireland with a few wins come up and intimidate him? It’s just not possible. I don’t know where he (Norman) got that from, but it’s not true.”

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are paired for the first two rounds of the Fed Ex Championship this week.  Tiger hasn’t won a major this year but has had a pretty good year.  Rory has won three out of the last four tournaments including the PGA Championship.  The two have played four of their last 12 rounds together.

An Open Letter From Rory McIlroy Regarding the 2016 Olympics

Having just won three out of my last four tournaments, including a second Major Championship, I was hoping that my success on the golf course would be the more popular topic of golfing conversation today! However, the issue of my cultural identity has re-emerged, and with it, the matter of my national allegiance ahead of the Rio Olympics in 2016.

I am in an extremely sensitive and difficult position and I conveyed as much in a recent newspaper interview.

I am a proud product of Irish golf and the Golfing Union of Ireland and am hugely honoured to have come from very rich Irish sporting roots, winning Irish Boys, Youths and Amateur titles and playing for Ireland at all levels. I am also a proud Ulsterman who grew up in Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. That is my background and always will be.

I receive huge support from both Irish and British sports fans alike and it is greatly appreciated. Likewise, I feel like I have a great affinity with American sports fans. I play most of my golf in the US nowadays and I am incredibly proud to have won both the US Open and the US PGA Championship in the last two years.

As an international sportsman, I am very lucky to be supported by people all over the world, many of who treat me as one of their own, no matter what their nationality, or indeed mine. This is the way sport should be.

Since turning professional at 18, I have travelled the world playing the game that I love and consider myself a global player. As the World No 1 right now, I wish to be a positive role model and a sportsperson that people respect, and enjoy watching.

I feel very fortunate to be in a position to play the sport that I love professionally and to have enjoyed the success that has come my way.

I wish to clarify that I have absolutely not made a decision regarding my participation in the next Olympics. On a personal level, playing in the Olympics would be a huge honour. However, the Games in Rio are still four years away and I certainly won’t be making any decisions with regards to participating any time soon.

The Olympics will be great for the growth of golf on a global scale, but my focus right now is on being the best player I can be, trying to win Major Championships and contributing to what will hopefully be a victorious European side at the forthcoming Ryder Cup Matches against the USA.

Lastly, I would like to thank everyone for the amazing support that I receive around the world every time I play.  It is hugely appreciated

Rory