For many of the youth living in and around Upton District, St Ann, the Sandals Golf and Country Club provides a playground of opportunity with its junior golf programme. Catering to children as young as five years, the long-running golf project, part of the community outreach for the hotel resort chain, is enabling talent for the sport and bigger things. “It teaches them golf and life skills,” Miguel Arthurs, general manager, Sandals Golf and Country Club, explained. “Discipline, sportsmanship, honesty, provides tutors for academics, mentors,” he continued, outlining benefits of the programme that is coordinated from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Through training, the participants develop their game to a high standard, with many moving on to represent both Jamaica’s junior and senior golf teams. In fact, the current Caribbean Amateur Golf Championship winner, Romaine Evans, developed in the programme, as well as Wesley Brown, who has graduated onto the United States Professional circuit. It even provides opportunities for a higher education, through golfing scholarships. “We’ve people who joined the programme not thinking they’d have gone on to college,” exclaimed Arthurs. “It’s opening doors where they didn’t exist. “That’s teaching a man how to fish,” he continued. “In a word, that sort of experience is priceless.” The programme is funded by the Sandals Foundation, plus proceeds from events such as the recent series of Travel Industry Golf competitions, which culminated with the 21st staging of the Baxter’s Golf Tournament. During these events there are contests such as the Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and Putting and Chipping. Participants pay to enter and those monies are funnelled into the golf club’s junior programme. “It’s the only way to secure the program and continue the development of the youth,” said Arthurs. Expanding on the positives, he pointed to tournaments held at the club that involve members of the programme and noted the effect it had in bringing out family and friends. “Families, friends come out to the tournaments, so you’re creating a ripple effect … That’s where you’re making a real change, when you can change the psyche (mindset) of a person that is priceless. That person can change the thought process of others as well,” Arthurs reasoned. “It’s a game of discipline and sportsmanship … and you’re seeing tangible results. If you’re not seeing tangible change then it’s pointless. There’s the community effect and it’s building families,” he added. “The junior golf program has rekindled my faith about what is possible when you invest in young people.”
Gareth Bale and Ryan Giggs felt a contentious penalty decision took the game away from Wales in Denmark on Sunday.Wales lost 2-0 in Aarhus after a Christian Eriksen brace, with the second goal coming from the penalty spot after Ethan Ampadu was adjudged to have handled in the area.Stand-in captain Bale was particularly frustrated by the decision and suggested that the call would not have been made if Denmark were the away team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I can’t comment too much because, obviously, you get into trouble these days,” Real Madrid star Bale told Sky Sports.”But for me, it wasn’t a penalty. It was very soft.”Maybe if it’s not at home, it’s not given. That made it a lot more difficult for us being 2-0 down. At 1-0, we were still in the game, still fighting hard.”Manager Giggs added: “In the second half, we started really well. We were in it and then the penalty decision. Whether it was a penalty, yes or no? I don’t know. It’s harsh.”Then, after that, it’s an uphill task against a good team.”Before and after the penalty, Wales fell below the standards set in a 4-1 thrashing of the Republic of Ireland on Thursday, but Giggs is determined to get his side performing on a consistent basis.”It’s about coming back. We set the standard on Thursday and to repeat that is difficult, but that’s what I’ve challenged the players to do,” he said. “I think that we can do it.”Overall, I can’t fault the effort. We had two games in a short space of time and we were in it up until the penalty decision.”
Robert Lewandowski Bayern striker Lewandowski gets a degree… after writing about himself Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 15:33 10/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Robert Lewandowski Bayern München Bundesliga The prolific Poland international is now a bachelor of sports, but has taken 10 years to get to this point following a decade of study Robert Lewandowski is one of the finest strikers in world football, and the Bayern Munich star is now also a bachelor of sports.The 29-year-old has finally finished a degree in Physical Education with coaching and management at Warsaw’s School of Education in Sport.Lewandowski 16/1 to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. It has taken him 10 years to get to this point, and his thesis focused on himself!Lewandowski’s ‘RL 9, path to glory’ marks the end of a decade of study for the Poland international, who has been given the highest possible grade by his university panel.One of his professors, Marek Rybinski, said that Lewandowski’s answers within his work were “excellent”.Having added academic honours to his list of achievements, the Polish frontman is now free to turn his attention back to matters on the football field.He collected his degree less than 24 hours after helping his country to the 2018 World Cup finals.Lewandowski will now be among the galaxy of stars at next summer’s global showpiece in Russia.Prior to that, though, he has domestic issues to address with Bayern.The German giants have endured a testing start to the 2017-18 campaign, which resulted in the dismissal of Carlo Ancelotti as manager.Jupp Heynckes has been drafted back into the post on a short-term basis, with a fourth spell at the helm for the experienced coach set to take him through to the end of the season.If he is to get close to the treble-winning exploits that he achieved during his last stint, then Lewandowski will have a key role to play.He has 12 goals in just 11 appearances this season, taking him on to 122 efforts in only 158 outings for Bayern.Lewandowski has also passed the 300-goal mark in club competition this term, while raising his international tally to 51 from 91 caps.