USC steamrolls Cal

first_imgFreshman quarterback Kedon Slovis attempts a pass against Cal Saturday night during USC’s 24-point victory. (Sarah Ko / Daily Trojan) “Drake’s a special guy. And to come in and not even go through spring ball and be able to do the things that he’s doing right now is really, really impressive,” offensive coordinator Graham Harrell said. “He’s just that talented of a guy, and he has a skill set that I’ve never seen before.” In a game where redshirt junior Tyler Vaughns was limited after sustaining an injury against Arizona State, USC proved yet again that its receiving unit is one of the deepest in the nation. Pittman led the charge with 180 yards, freshman Drake London finished with 111 and St. Brown added 85 of his own.  The Trojans entered halftime ahead by just 7 points, but dominated the second half. Cal struggled to get any offense going, punting three times and throwing two interceptions.  Slovis was the highlight of the Trojans’ 24-point victory, completing 29 of 35 passes for 406 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the third time in the last four weeks that Slovis has thrown for at least 400 yards.  The Trojans’ first touchdown came when Slovis was forced to roll out of the pocket before finding a wide open Amon-Ra St. Brown for an 18-yard score after the sophomore receiver’s route dropped junior cornerback Elijah Hicks. Just before halftime, Slovis threw a deep ball to Pittman in one-on-one coverage with Hicks in the end zone. While the ball was in midair, Hicks lost his footing, and Pittman just had to reel it in for an easy 33-yard score.  London made it three straight games with a touchdown catch after going the first eight contests without finding the end zone. “As a defense, nothing really changes for us,” redshirt sophomore safety Isaiah Pola-Mao said of adjusting to the different quarterbacks. “We still have the same mentality: get after the quarterback and get after their offense. When they changed quarterbacks, we knew we were just going to get after them.” “I think it just shows what our offense is capable of,” Slovis said. “Obviously, I think I can play better, even after a game like this … I think it’s just a testament to what this offense can be in the future.” Slovis came out of the gate on fire, completing 17 of 21 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, but USC’s biggest plays came when Slovis caught a couple breaks. center_img USC’s worst losses this season — and even a few of its closer wins — have featured essentially the same problem: things get bad, USC has trouble adjusting, things get worse and USC either leaves with a disheartening loss or an unconvincing win.  The Bears’ two quarterbacks combined for 15-of-32 passing with no touchdowns and two interceptions on the night. “Just doing our part really, winning every game that we can,” junior offensive tackle Austin Jackson said. “We’ve got UCLA coming up, it’s a rivalry and Pac-12 South matchup, so it should be fun, and we’ve got a lot of work to get to.” The Trojans’ win improves their record to 7-4, and though its chance at a Pac-12 South title remains slim, the team has now won four of its last five games and carries plenty of momentum into next week’s regular season finale against UCLA. In the Trojans’ 41-17 win over California Saturday in Berkeley, however, the Trojans looked like an entirely different team. USC had trouble at first and was tied at 10 at one point in the second quarter, but the Trojans eventually pulled away with a 17-0 third quarter to put the Bears away.  Redshirt junior quarterback Devon Modster entered the game for Cal after redshirt sophomore Chase Garbers left with a left shoulder injury early in the second quarter. Garbers was playing in his first game since suffering a right arm injury against Arizona State Sept. 27.  Both times Slovis was fortunate that his receivers came wide open, allowing for easy completions. “I think the biggest thing coming away from last week was, yeah we won, that’s great, but we scored 28 points in the first [quarter] and we scored 3 the rest of the game,” freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis said after the game. “That’s not to our standards. So I think this week, scoring continually throughout the game, really probably more so in the second half, that was more exciting for us.”last_img read more

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Dunne happy with showing at Joburg Open

first_imgThe Wicklow man is 5 behind leader Ross McGowan after an 8 under 63 left him 9 under.Meanwhile, at the Eurasia Cup in Malaysia the Darren Clarke-captained Europe lead Asia four and a half to one and half The pairing of Shane Lowry and Andy Sullivan were among those that won their matches.last_img

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Lovgreen lights up Pleasant Valley

first_imgPSC Golf from The Café KronborgMonday, March 7, Silky Oak – StablefordA Flight (0-23)1st Henning Olsen (17) 39pts2nd Peter Bygballe (18) 33pts 3rd Elias Magnusson (23) 33pts4th Arne Pedersen (18) 32ptsB Flight (24+)1st Karl (30) 37pts2nd Kaj Aabling (25) 36pts3rd Torben Sorensen (27) 36pts4th Jan Lovgreen (24) 35ptsLong Putts: #18 Hanne ErbsNear Pins: #3 Jan Johansen, #6 Elias Magnusson, #8 Ronnie Ratte, #14 Hanne Erbs, #16 Kenneth MadsenSilky Oak was the big challenge today and after a swift check-in we were off the first tee 20 minutes early in hot and sunny conditions.The course was in fine condition but with elevated tees and greens it was tough work, even though we had carts.Two flights today with the cut at handicap 23 and a full lineup of pins to shoot for.Henning Olsen took the A Flight with 39 points, six ahead of Peter Bygballe in second who won a count back over Elias Magnusson.  Arne Pedersen completed the podium in fourth with 32 points.Karl Beter won the B Flight with 37 points and Kaj Aabling claimed second on a count back from Torben Sorensen, both with 36 points.  Jan Lovgreen was a further point back in fourth.Thursday, March 10, Pleasant Valley – StablefordA Flight (0-23)1st Kenneth Madsen (18) 41pts2nd Ronnie Ratte (23) 39pts3rd Richard Kubicki (12) 38pts4th Peter Bygballe (18) 37ptsB Flight (24+)1st Jan Lovgreen (24) 42pts2nd Hanne Erbs (29) 39pts3rd Kaj Aabling (25) 38pts4th Daryl Evans (24) 37ptsLong Putts: #9 Daryl Evans, #18 Kurt SandgaardNear Pins: #5 Hanne Erbs, #8 & #17 Peter Bygballe, #13 Jan JohansenPleasant Valley was on the schedule for Thursday and once again it was another very hot day.We teed off 30 minutes early on a course that in good condition but with slowish greens.Two flights again today with the cut at handicap 23 and a full bevy of near pins.Kenneth Madsen topped the A Flight with a fine 41 points while Ronnie Ratte was second with 39.  Richard Kubicki rolled in third with 38 points and Peter Bygballe was another point back in fourth.Jan Lovgreen won the B Flight with a fine 42 points, three ahead of Hanne Erbs in second with Kaj Aabling third on 38 and Daryl Evans fourth on a count back from Eddie Glinsek and Gordon Clegg.last_img read more

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Grindvold grinds out winning round at Greenwood

first_imgPSC golf from The Golf Club Sports BarMonday, Sept. 19, Green Valley – Stableford1st John Emmerson (11) 37pts 2nd John Pierrel (13) 37pts3rd Joe Mooneyham (16) 36ptsFour groups headed down the 36 this morning to test the links of Green Valley. Finally, the whole game came together, the back nine was stronger, and thus our TGC partner John Emmerson snatched this week’s victory on count back.Last week I wrote that 39 would normally be enough for a win when writing of our second place finisher Mick Beresford, and that was true today.  Timing is everything, not just on your swing, but your entire game.  But today Johnny got to the top on count back over John Pierrel who has been traveling Thailand and playing golf all over the kingdom.  Emmerson’s 19 on back was 2 better than Pierrel’s 17, so ring the bell pal!  You actually had good reason to bum a cigar from Warboys this time.John Emmerson & Joe Mooneyham.It was great to see our PSC golf chief Joe Mooneyham out with us and playing great golf with his 36 points for third on the day.Our buddy from Hawaii, Kalani is back with us for a couple of weeks now, so Mahalo, man.For the record, the proper stableford count back criteria is back 9 total points, if tied then back 6 total, if still tied then back 3 total, if still tied then last hole total, if still tied then highest points on the #1 handicap hole.  There are actually 4 more stages, but they are rarely necessary.Wednesday, Sept. 21, St. Andrews – Stableford1st John Pierrel (13) 39pts2nd Henry O’Brien (18) 35pts3rd Terry Wagner (20) 31ptsNot content with his second place finish on Monday, John Pierrel set his standards high and came out the winner of today’s competition.  John played some very consistent golf with only one blob on the card.  Shooting a 39 on this course is quite difficult, so well played to John.Bob, Mark, McHugh, Roachie, Jez & pals after Friday’s trip to Greenwood.Henry O’Brien has been playing well of late and an 18 handicapper that shoots 35 here has had a very good round of golf.  Terry Wagner got away with a third with his 31 points, but some days you just get lucky sneaking that one in.St. Andrews is one of the best courses we play in Pattaya.  It never ceases to impress with its beautiful vistas of the Rayong hills.  The course was in very good nick today and the weather was overcast, making for a cool and pleasant day of golf on a great track.Friday, Sept. 23, Greenwood – Stableford1st Jack Grindvold (5) 37pts2nd Gareth Gill (7) 35pts3rd John McHugh (9) 35ptsIt was TGC partner Johnny McHugh’s birthday today, so a very special outing was on the agenda for this trip out to Greenwood.  McHugh sponsored the four long drives, something he usually excels in… but not today.  There was that silly rule about drives having to be in the fairway he forgot about.  Sorry about that birthday boy.Long time buddy Ernie MacInerney took 2 of the LD’s.  It’s a shame the Dalai Lama didn’t play today, big hitter, the Lama.  A rare appearance by Joe Sebastian on the golf course was noted, good to see the lefty back in action as he apparently had a great back nine after 6 months of cobwebs on the bag.It was one of those days when you wished you had shares in Bacardi, as the Breezers were flowing like the Pattaya floods of the past week.  But the star of the day was our own Jack Grindvold who won with a great round, a Cinderella story if you will.There was a trio of single digit handicappers on today’s podium.  These guys make few mistakes, so Jack’s victory was that much sweeter.  Well done Jack, our favorite Swede, and don’t worry, that new Ikea in Bangkok will be open next month.Greenwood was in spectacular shape and we will be returning next month, so watch for the October schedule soon.  Keep it in the fairway lads!Note:  The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro, off Soi Buakhao and Soi Diana junction.  We can be reached on 085 434 3377 or pattaya4golf@gmail.com and our website is www.golfclubpattaya.com.last_img read more

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Brooks & Oats lead the way

first_imgPSC Golf from the Tropical Golf GroupFriday, July 17, Bangpra – StablefordThe Tropical Golf Group had a couple of treats last Friday.  The first was we were playing Bangpra – high on the list of favorite courses for most golfers.  The second treat was that it was fairly cloudy and cool most of the round with no threat of rain.  Who could ask for better than a great course in good weather?  So off 24 golfers went in search of glory. Bangpra is a course usually in good condition, and it didn’t disappoint this day.  Fairways and greens were well tended.  The interesting layout makes sure this course is not a ‘grip it and rip it’ challenge, and anyone without some pre-shot thinking better be just plain lucky to have their name called after the round.  With 23 golfers we had two flights plus a bevy of technical prizes, and everyone was curious who would take advantage?Barry Oats (left) with Landis Brooks. In the A Flight (0-14), Landis Brooks came out on top with a well-constructed 37 points, one up on Bill Steinmann in second and Alan Sullivan took third with 35.Barry Oats topped the B Flight (15+) standings with another fine round and 37 points while Graham Buckingham placed second on 33 and Kenny Chung completed the podium with 29.Near Pins:  Don Carmody, John Pierrel (2), Barry Oats.Long Putts:  Brian Parish, Paul Sharples.last_img read more

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Rogers & Eyles retain anniversary scramble title

first_imgPSC Golf from The Golf ClubMonday, June 29, Green Valley (white tees) – Monthly Medal1st Kenny Aihara (3) net 702nd Paul Tudor (5) net 723rd Charles Tregurtha (7) net 73 Wow!  Kenny did it again!  For the very first time in our 8 year history, one man has won 4 stars on his shirt for 4 monthly medal wins and it was no surprise to see it was Mr. Aihara.  That is a run of great golf and as consistent as Kenny is, it really was just a matter of time.  Way to go Kenny, we know a 5th is on the cards for next year.  Pretty soon you will have as many Antigua’s as Dave Ferris.Wednesday, July1, Greenwood A&B (white tees) – Stableford1st Ben Denham (3) 37pts2nd Kenny Aihara (3) 34pts3rd Steve Zeigler (13) 32ptsWe hadn’t been out here to Greenwood in quite some time and it was good to get back to this lovely golf course.  Like Pattavia and Treasure Hills, it is another 15 minutes up the 331 but so good when you do finally get here.Scramble winners, Peter Rogers & Billy Eyles.Visiting Floridian Steve Zeigler did well today and found his form for third.  Once again, it was Kenny up on the podium as the previous week he was absent from any victories thus giving the other lads a shot.  Ben Denham was the story of the day though as he blew away the field with a 37, so well played to Ben for a great round off just a 3 handicap!Friday, July 3, Pattavia (white tees) – 2M Scramble1st Billy Eyles/Peter Rogers net 61.82nd Freddy Graham/Nick Handscombe net 63.63rd Barry Collier/Ron Robertson net 64.5Today we celebrated the 8th birthday of The Golf Club a day early as the 4th fell on a weekend.  It was a quick trip out as the last 7km of road has improved greatly and we had little problem dealing with Amata, as the previous week was a nightmare through this junction.  You just never know!  Time out was 55 minutes and back about the same, but it is well worth it once you get here.Wednesday’s top three, Ben Denham with Ken Aihara & Steve Zeigler.Apart from a sizzling one hour stretch in the middle, the weather was just great and a perfect afternoon breeze kicked up for the back nine play.The golf course was in top shape, it really is worth that little extra bit of a drive to get out here because it is such a good track.  Greens are probably the fastest and most treacherous in Pattaya, but that is what makes this place fun!This is a great course for a scramble, and when you throw in that rainbow format (6 red, 6 white and 6 blue tees) it makes for some interesting strategic moves.  For once, my fellow TGC partner Adam and I found ourselves at the finishing 4 holes with all our drives in and playing 3 reds and a blue in hand.  As hot as Adam’s putter was, I certainly dragged him down to my level.Third Place went to Barry Collier and Ron (R2) Robertson with a decent score of 64.5 and second was a card from Freddy Graham and Nicky Handscombe with a 63.6 circled on top.  But the big winners were the defending champions, Peter Rogers (U.S.A.) & Billy Eyles (England) who ham & egged their way around this tough track to reclaim the top prize with a hot 61.8.  Both players will receive our legendary Antigua shirts monogrammed for the event as well as a steak night dinner of their choice.Diehard scramblers at Pattavia.Near pins went to Peter Rogers (4th hole), Mark Wood (7th hole), Nick Handscombe (13th hole) and lastly Steve Ellison on the 17th.  Nicky also took the longest putt on the 18th of 26 feet and Kenny Aihara had the long drive nailed down on the 9th.  All of these technical prizes win pork chop dinners on the BBQ for another day.  Thanks to all who joined us and we hope the 4th was just as good for you!Note: The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro.  Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclubpattaya .com and for more information mail us: pattaya4golf@gmail.com and see updates at www.facebook.com/golfclubpattaya… all handicaps welcome!last_img read more

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