Written by Phil Cerroni
By Jess Paniszczyn
Building excitement for the upcoming North Texas LPGA Shootout to be held April 25 to 28, the Las Colinas Country Club hosted a Media Day on March 5. Three players committed to play in the tournament, Brittany Lang of McKinney, Gerina Piller of Plano and Angela Stanford of Fort Worth, along with golf legend Kathy Whitworth joined LPGA representatives in formally welcoming area business people and media representatives to the new tournament. The Shootout will be The North Texas region’s first LPGA Tour tournament in more than 20 years.
“Our product is fantastic; these girls are so talented,” Kraig Kann, the LPGA’s Chief Communications Officer, told the crowd. “The passion that these players have is off the charts. They are the greatest ambassadors of their product in all of professional sports. The only issue that they have had is that they haven’t had a big enough stage to shout the message about the good things they do and showcase that talent. Now when their ratings are up 70 percent, they are in 165 countries and they’ve added eight events over the last two years and their social media following is growing; they’ve got that opportunity. This is the start of something special.”
A professional golfer for 13 years, Angela Stanford has been nicknamed ‘the fossil’ by some of the younger, cheekier tour members.
“This tournament is pretty special,” Stanford said. “I’ve never been able to play in my backyard. I have told people the LPGA is missing the boat by not being here. I understand the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Las Colinas is the perfect spot for us because it kind of brings everyone to the middle geographically. I think it is a very strong place for us to be.
“I can’t wait. The fans here are awesome. I know the community here loves the men. They are going to fall in love with the women.”
Currently a Flower Mound resident, Kathy Whitworth played professional golf from 1959 to 2005. She holds 88 tournament titles, more than any other golfer (male or female) in history.
“The Tour is bigger and better,” Whitworth said. “When I first came on the Tour, there were like 35 players. We traveled by car most of the time. You couldn’t fly to anyplace we played anyway, so you had to drive. Our media room was the parking lot, and our locker room was the back end of the car. So a lot of things have changed. It is exciting to see where it is going.
“I’m thrilled to see that the Tour is back here in Dallas. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a tournament in Texas. We used to have maybe five or six tournaments in Texas, so we’ve always had a great fan base here. I think you’re going to be pleasantly surprised with the response.”
As the Las Colinas Country Club begins to celebrate its 50th anniversary, General Manager Ron Woolard is excited to welcome the LPGA to Irving.
“I think it is going to be a great event,” Woolard said. “There are so many elements to it, from featuring and showcasing some of the greatest golfers in the world. Such a spectacular field of many different countries being represented with Irving having its businesses in this market, representing the world in this direction. I think it is a cool direction to go. There is going to be some great play, someone is going to be a champion and our community is going to get a chance to have some fun.
“We have been working on this for three years. For the LPGA tournament to fall into alignment so that it is part of the Las Colinas Country Club’s 50th anniversary celebration is fantastic. Las Colinas Country Club was the foundation for Mr. Carpenter to build Las Colinas. I think it is just great for pride, reputation for the club, and the community.”
The $1.3 million North Texas LPGA Shootout will host a full-field of 144 players playing 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Tournament proceeds will benefit The Nexus Club which primarily supports and raises funds for the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf in North Texas.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 12:32
Written by Phil Cerroni
After years of support from mentors like Officer Rosario Solis (lft), Irving PAL Boxer George Rincon makes his place in history as the sixth boxer to win five state Golden Gloves championships. George will represent Texas in the National Golden Gloves in May in Salt Lake City, UT May 13-18.
Tom Adams, James Busceme, Morris Carona, Bobby Scoggins and Fort Worth’s Jose Orozco have all won five titles over the course of the tournament’s 77-year history.
Source: Irving Police Department
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 12:31
Written by Phil Cerroni
Hackberry Creek Country Club staff members, and ClubCorp president Eric Affeldt present a $10,545 check for The Dallas Mavericks Foundation to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban during halftime of the Feb. 24 game. The donation was the result of the club’s 2012 ClubCorp Charity Classic, an annual open-house event to raise funds for a variety of worthy causes. Companywide, ClubCorp raised a record-breaking $2.07 million during 2012 Charity Classic events. Pictured, from left: Hackberry employees Katie Baker and Derek Linders, Hackberry member Chris Chapman, Mark Cuban, Hackberry employee Carol Summers, Hackberry members Shiek Shah and Tricia Macaluso, and ClubCorp President and CEO Eric Affeldt and Sam Affeldt.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 12:27
Written by Phil Cerroni
IRVING, Texas (SMU/C-USA) --- No. 10 seed SMU (15-16, 5-11 C-USA) will face No. 7 seed UAB (15-16, 7-9 C-USA) in the first round of the Conference USA Championship on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. The 2013 C-USA Championship is at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. The Mustangs fell 74-69 at UAB on March 2. The winner will play No. 2 seed Southern Miss on Thursday at Noon.
Source: Southern Methodist University
Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2013 08:59
Written by Phil Cerroni
Second-half goal from Ferreira doesn’t hold up under late offensive surge by home side
CARSON, Calif. (Sunday, March 10) – FC Dallas dropped its first road match of the season with a 3-1 loss at Chivas USA on Sunday afternoon.
The visiting side took an early second-half lead behind a fantastic finish from captain David Ferreira in the 57th minute. Kenny Cooper found Ferreira at midfield and the Colombian played a little give-and-go with Fabian Castillo before dribbling downfield. Isolated on the wing, Ferreira sliced through the Chivas defense to find himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, who closed the near post gap to show Ferreira a tough angle. However, the former MLS MVP calmly slotted the ball under Kennedy’s outside glove to give Dallas the early lead.
Slightly more than 10 minutes later, Juan Agudelo found the equalizer for Chivas with a class goal of his own. Walter Vilchez sent a perfectly weighted ball over the top for the young forward. Under pressure from Matt Hedges, Agudelo used his right instep to cut the ball back to his left, turning the second-year center back and giving himself enough space to tuck a left-footed shot inside the near post.
Oswaldo Minda put Chivas on top in the 76th minute, pouncing on a defensive miscue in the box to come up with a loose ball and send a right-footed shot past goalkeeper Raul Fernandez to make it 2-1 in favor of the home side.
Despite continued pressure from the visitors, it was former Dallas man Eric Avila who helped put the game on ice in stoppage time, launching a quick counter attack off a Dallas corner kick. Avila raced 80 yards down field before sending a diagonal ball into space for Edgar Meija who sent it back across the box for Giovani Casillas. Casillas capitalized on the three-on-one breakaway opportunity with an easy finish and the third Chivas USA goal of the afternoon.
DAL – David Ferreira (Fabian Castillo) 57
CHV – Juan Agudelo (Walter Vichez) 68
CHV – Oswaldo Minda 76
CHV – Giovani Casillas (Edgar Meija, Eric Avila) 90+3
FC Dallas – Raul Fernandez, Michel, George John, Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd, David Ferreira, Fabian Castillo (Jair Benitez 68), Jackson, Bobby Warshaw (Je-Vaughn Watson 46), Andrew Jacobson, Kenny Cooper (Eric Hassli 74).
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Seitz, Bradlee Baladez, London Woodberry, Stephen Keel.
TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Jackson 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Fabian Castillo, David Ferreira 2); FOULS: 13 (Jackson, Michel 2); OFFSIDES: 4 (Eric Hassli 2); CORNER KICKS: 7 (David Ferreira 5); SAVES: 2 (Raul Fernandez 2).
Chivas USA – Dan Kennedy, Mario de Luna, Bobby Burling, Walter Vilchez, Joaquin Velazquez, Edgar Mejia, Oswaldo Minda, Miller Bolanos (Giovani Casillas 64), Laurent Courtois (Eric Avila 57), Juan Agudelo, Tristan Bowen (Jose Correa 46).
Substitutes Not Used: Marvin Iraheta, Tim Melia, Julio Morales, Carlos Alvarez.
TOTAL SHOTS: 18 (Four players with 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Five players with 1); FOULS: 18 (Oswaldo Minda 6); OFFSIDES: 2 (Laurent Courtois, Jose Correa); CORNER KICKS: 8 (Edgar Mejia 6); SAVES: 6 (Dan Kennedy 6).
CHV – Bobby Burling (caution; foul) 23
CHV – Oswaldo Minda (caution; persistent infringement) 55
CHV – Mario de Luna (caution; foul) 67
Referee: Armando Villarreal
Referee’s Assistants: Gregory Barkey, Brian Poeschel
4th Official: Jair Marrufo
Weather: Clear, 68 degrees
Time of Game: 1:53
FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman
Thoughts on the game: “We got a little bit too wrapped up in the things that were going on off the field, we were a little naive and will get better with that. We were too spread out and too open when we had a 1-0 lead. We should have condensed the field and made things a bit more difficult, instead we opened it up. The first two goals, I think, were defensive errors which are going to happen, and the third goal we put everything forward. I think we played well enough to win the game, we just did not play smart enough. ”
Thoughts on Chivas USA winning the game: “I think we are a better team than what we showed today. Again, a lot of things going on in the field that we are going to have to get better at, like the spacing.”
On his club creating opportunities: “There were a lot of opportunities. I think that we could of bounced off of it. It seems like we held the ball a little bit long. The grass was high, it was very dry out there, I don’t think it was watered. It slows the game and the ball down and it gets more physical. You have to look at gamesmanship or the things that are going on out there. At kickoff we had a great opportunity, two guys were open in front of the goal, we could have done better and we will do better.”
Chivas USA head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola
Thoughts on the game: “In this team we are all obligated to play soccer, but nobody is obligated to do the impossible. However, this team [Chivas USA] today got to the edge of the impossible. This team, to many, lacks the quality, but if you pay attention, we scored the first and second goals with a lot of quality. I believe that’s the difference between last week and today. We, as a group, are fighting and giving all on the field, that’s what we are obligated to do. For that, everyone who is involved with this team, we are doing our best, day in and day out. If with that, we can do what we did today, I have to say welcome. We still can improve in many aspects, especially individually. Today, we missed a lot of passes and we should have been close to score more.”
On the substitutions: “Obviously you make substitutions looking to improve your team’s performance, but please do not give me credit for the win. The players won today, not me. Every one of my players wants to go in. If I could, I would make seven substitutions, but I can’t. This win is a credit to all my players.”
On the win: “This is our first win, we are still like a new-born in this league, but thank God we did something good today and that gives credibility to my players and the institution. As I said before, we committed several mistakes on the field, but the only mistake that I’m not going to allow is for my players to stop fighting. I insist, my players should never put their heads down, and today we demonstrated that once again. With the score against us [1-0] , with little time on the clock, we came back when some people thought we were dead and [Chivas USA] kept on fighting and found Dallas’ net three times.”
Source: FC Dallas
Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2013 08:24
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