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June 26th, 2011
Letâs break away from the daily grind and wrap our minds around the following hypothetical scenario.
Itâs April 2011 and the NFL Draft â the one piece of business green-lighted during the labor dispute â is taking place. Emotion is a universal language at these types of events, from the tension of waiting to hear your name called to a sense of relief once it is. In a split second the clenching of fists and sweaty palms give way to a smile, the realization that your long sought-after dream has come true.
BELLINGHAM â New England Country Club is a hidden jewel among public golf courses in the Blackstone Valley.
âWeâre located just on the edge of Woonsocket,â said golf pro Mark Copithorne. âIn fact, part of our second hole is in Woonsocket, behind the Sears store on Diamond Hill Road. When I first came here, I couldnât believe you could be driving through Woonsocket and then within three blocks you are in this wooded area where a championship course was built.â
The 1998 New York Yankees were a take-no-prisoners juggernaut, a team not to be trifled with. Perched high above in their pinstriped ivory tower, those Yanks achieved a 125-win season (including playoffs) that culminated in outstanding style â a World Series title.
LINCOLN â If Lincoln was playing nervous during Saturdayâs District 4 tournament opener, it sure didnât show.
The perennial power looked right at home â literally and figuratively â in coasting to a 10-0 mercy-rule victory over East Woonsocket at Hien Field, the first of four pool play games for each team.
Seeking its 16th District IV title in the past 21 years, a stretch of dominance that dates back to 1991, Lincoln pounded out eight hits and capitalized on sloppy defense from East Woonsocket, which committed five errors.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Peter Uihlein looked a little bit like Secretariat running away from the field while galloping to a tournament-record score of 261 on Saturday en route to victory in the 50th Annual Northeast Amateur Invitational.
Uihlein opened up a six-shot lead midway through the final nine before bogeying No. 17 and finishing at 15-under for the tournament, breaking Dan Woltmanâs existing mark of 11-under set in 2009.
Runnerup James White also broke the tournament record with a score of 262. The Georgia Tech rising senior played one group ahead of Uihlein and closed with a 64.
EAST PROVIDENCE â Golf is never as easy as Luke Guthrie made it look when he shot a tournament record round of 61 in the opening round of the 50th Northeast Amateur on Wednesday.
Guthrie came back to earth during Thursdayâs second round, shooting a 71 that left him with a one-shot lead over Georgia Techâs Kyle Scott and Florida Stateâs Michael Hebert heading into todayâs third round.
âThere are so many great players in this tournament,â Guthrie said after finishing early. âI expect by the end of the day, I might not even have the lead.â
EAST PROVIDENCE â The 50th annual Northeast Amateur got off to a rousing start on Wednesday when University of Illinois standout Luke Guthrie broke the tournament scoring record for 18 holes with an opening round of 61 that vaulted the Big Ten champion into a five-shot lead after one rainy day of action.
PAWTUCKET â Josh Gilkenson is not what you consider a pessimist, but three years ago he kind of knew his fate the first time he ever placed his racing flats in a set of starting blocks.
After already showing promise as a freshman for the football team at the Moses Brown School, the Pawtucket native competed in the 45-meter dash in his inaugural track meet for the Quakers just a few short weeks later against rival Barrington High at the CCRI-Lincoln Fieldhouse.
âIâve seen the old videos from the parades (when the Boston Bruins won titles in â70 & â72) back when they were held at City Hall Plaza. You definitely donât want to put the horse before the cart, but you canât help but think what the celebration would entail. They would have to break out the duck boats.â
â Dave Goucher, May 2009
BARRINGTON â Paired in the final group with Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson, defending champion J.B. Holmes (and playing partner Ricky Barnes) got a bird's eye view of the overall leaders during the final round of the CVS Caremark Charity Classic on Tuesday.
âIt's almost boring watching those guys play,â Holmes said. âThey hit it right down the fairway and get it on the green. They hit the wedges really good and they putted really good. They made a lot of 10- and 12-footers. They are great players and it was fun to watch.â
BARRINGTON â Matt Kuchar admitted he felt a little beat up after finishing in a five-way tie for 14th at the U.S. Open this past weekend.
But the 33-year-old PGA veteran still had plenty left in the tank to team with playing partner Zach Johnson to manufacture enough good shots to take the first-round lead at CVS/Caremark Charity Classic on Monday.
EAST PROVIDENCE â This weekâs 50th Annual Northeast Amateur Invitational, which begins Wednesday morning at Wannamoisett Country Club, boasts one of its strongest fields in recent years, according to tournament director Dennis Glass.
Oklahoma Stateâs Peter Uihlein, the No. 1 amateur in the world, heads the field. However, the tournament took a slight hit on Saturday afternoon when second-ranked amateur Russell Henley, a senior at the University of Georgia, made the cut at the U.S. Open.
FOXBORO â Asked how the National Football League lockout might impact his restaurant, Jeff Senior had a simple response.
âIn todayâs economy, I think any time sales are down itâs significant â whether itâs small or large,â said Senior, owner of Skipjackâs Seafood Emporium at Patriot Place. âA lot of potential guests wonât be coming.â
PAWTUCKET â Protecting pitchers from injury is a major part of Pawtucket Red Sox manager Arnie Beyelerâs job. It isnât something he can control. Competition and the need to succeed push some pitchers to keep throwing, even when their body sends them hints that something is wrong.
On Sunday, PawSox starter Kyle Weiland âfelt a twingeâ while warming up for the sixth inning. He quickly motioned to the dugout and Beyeler went to his bullpen.
REHOBOTH â If you talk to golfers who play Rehoboth Country Club on a regular basis, one thing becomes clear.
âYou canât spray the ball on this course,â East Providence native Luke Ring admitted. âI try to hit the ball in the middle of fairway and then get the ball on the green as quickly as possible. And that isnât easy. Rehoboth has distance and itâs very narrow on most holes.â
Pawtucketâs Al Deroche, a retired firefighter, strikes a similar note.
PAWTUCKET â As a safeguard, veteran players signing minor-league contracts often include opt-out clauses. Call it a creative response by agents in making sure their clients have the best chance of making it to the parent club.
Andrew Miller received a crash course in this cut-and-dry process earlier in the week. For those unfamiliar, Miller had a clause in his contract that would have granted him free agency Wednesday. The rangy lefthander let the deadline pass after being told by the Red Sox that he would soon be promoted to the major-league roster.
Just shy of his teenage years, Brendan Doyle remembers being at a few of the water stops along the course of the 1990 Ocean State Marathon.
His older brother Patrick was there, too.
Earlier in their lives they were two young to really witness the impact that their father had at the 26.2-mile race that traversed over the Newport streets. On this day, though, it was different.
First-hand, the oldest sons of the late Bobby Doyle, got to see their dad in action.
PAWTUCKET â Andrew Miller is proof that itâs never too late to turn things around. At the seasonâs onset the lanky lefty was viewed as the ultimate redemption project, a pitcher who had spent the better portion of his career mixing promise with underwhelming results.
This may sound like an altruistic plea, but baseball and wooden bats belong together. Those governing American Legion baseball in this state are inclined to agree, as board members have decided to eliminate the usage of aluminum in favor of a wooden-bat league.
This landmark change takes effect for the 2011 summer session, which is currently under way. Gone is the ringing âping!â sound that ensues whenever an aluminum bat strikes a baseball. Expect to hear a âcrack!â at your local Legion ball field, a natural emanation that figures to add great theater to this season.
Dave Adamonis Jr. knows his younger brother Bradâs golf game as well as anyone.
Growing up in Cumberland, the two siblings, a mere four years apart in age, spent endless hours on the links during their childhood years and beyond. Although more than 1,000 miles separate them now, they still keep in close contact, talking about golf and their personal lives.
âEven though Brad lives in Florida,â Dave said, âwe still talk to each other every day.â