Attoe launches his title defence with 65

first_img5 Jun 2019 Attoe launches his title defence with 65 Tags: Elsham Golf Club, English Senior Men’s Open Amateur Championship, Holme Hall Golf Club Defending champion Ian Attoe launched his defence of the English Senior Men’s Open with a superb six-under 65 at Holme Hall Golf Club, Lincolnshire.He leads by two from Mark Stones of Boyce Hill, Essex, with another six players also beating par on the opening day of the championship.“It was a perfect round of golf, I’ve never had one like it,” said Attoe, (pictured) from Worplesdon Golf Club in Surrey.His bogey free round started with a pair of birdies and he played the more difficult back nine in four-under 30, signing off with his sixth birdie of the day on the 18th.His score is just one shot off the course record of 64, held by England Golf Championship Director, James Crampton.“I holed a couple of crucial five-footers for par,” said Attoe, who won this championship in 2015, as well as last year. “I only hit one poor shot all day, my second into the par five 9th, and I putted well, which I haven’t been doing.“I was a bit apprehensive coming into today, but under the pressure it all went beautifully and I am really pleased.”Attoe was one of eight players to beat par in the first round of the championship, which is being contested by 288 competitors at both Holme Hall and Elsham Golf Clubs.Closest to him is Mark Boyce on 67 while Adrian Firman, from Peterborough Milton, returned three-under 68, both playing at Holme Hall.On 69 is Paul Wharton (Woodhall Spa), who had an eagle two on the first hole at Elsham; and Tim Whittaker (Beaconsfield) who played in the most blustery of the conditions at Holme Hall.“Both the clubs have been incredible,” said Whittaker. “They’re so welcoming. They’ve both been brilliant in the way they’ve prepared the courses and they are playing very nicely.”Also under par, on 70, are Lancashire’s Bryan Hughes (Hesketh) – a past British Senior Champion – and Ian Crowther (Royal Lytham & St Annes); and John Coupe (Canterbury, Kent).A group of four players shot level par, including last year’s runner-up. Rich Jones, from Rotherham, Yorkshire, who lost to Attoe in a play-off.The day produced two holes in one. Glynn Catterall (Rowlands Castle, Hampshire) used a six-iron for his shot to the 160-yard 13th at Holme Hall. Steve Toyne, a past winner of the Australian Senior Match Play Championship, had his ace on the 162-yard sixth at Elsham.After tomorrow’s second round the field will be cut to the leading 80 players and ties who qualify for the final day’s play at Holme Hall.Click here for scoresImage copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

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Red Bank Seeking Funds for Basie Jazz Series

first_imgRED BANK—The borough’s Vision Committee, chaired by Councilwoman Juanita Lewis, has announced that, in honor of Red Bank-born William “Count” Basie, the group is planning a jazz series for the month of August.The group will be offering three free open-air jazz concerts on Friday, Aug. 10, 17 and 24 at various locations throughout Red Bank to celebrate the birthday month of “the Kid From Red Bank” and to pay homage to jazz music in the community that produced this musical legend, 365 days each year.The group is currently seeking sponsors to help fund this celebration of Count Basie’s contribution to music history not only in Red Bank, but all over the music world. Anyone interested in helping out should contact Lewis at 732-842-8673.last_img read more

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New Colts Neck Roundabout Nearing Completion

first_imgCOLTS NECK – A new traffic roundabout aimed at reducing accidents at one of this township’s most dangerous intersections is nearing completion and should be open to vehicles in mid-May. While severe ice and snow conditions delayed construction during the winter, all work should be finished only a month later than originally planned, said Monmouth County Engineer Joseph Ettore.The project, at the intersection of the once sleepy country intersection of Heulitt Road, Dutch Lane (County Route 46) and Crine Road (County Road 4), was approved last summer at a cost of $1,256,313, to be paid entirely by the county, which is overseeing the work. The design is similar to the roundabout at the Route 520 entrance to Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. Rather than flagpoles in the center, the Colts Neck roundabout will feature a large fir tree.The intersection became increasingly problematic as the township grew, with school buses and drivers from other municipalities utilizing it to transverse the township. The roundabout was first proposed over eight years ago after a school bus accident there. Officials said there have been several serious, near fatal accidents since at that location, which is driven by as many as 3,600 vehicles per day. The nearby resident who first championed the roundabout, Cathi Trost, passed away several years ago.There was some local opposition to the roundabout’s construction during public hearings last summer. Residents objected to the removal of large old trees; some called the roundabout “overkill.” Township Committeeman, lifelong resident and local farmer Thomas Orgo stated, “The problem is that people speed over the hill. How will they know the roundabout is there? They will look like the Dukes of Hazzard coming over the hill.” County officials testified the tree removal and road widening would improve sightlines.After extensive study, the Monmouth County Division of Engineering prepared plans and specifications for the project that were approved by the Monmouth County Freeholders, the Colts Neck Township Committee and the New Jersey Department of Transportation. The county negotiated with homeowners adjacent to the intersection to purchase additional property for the project.“We looked at the circulation patterns and tested for all types of vehicles including school buses,” said Daria Jakimowska of the county engineering division. “Every single movement is available. It does work and I have the proof. Features are incorporated into the roundabout that forces drivers to slow down.” Ettore said construction of a modern roundabout will correct sub-standard geometry at Heulitt and Crine Roads where they cross Dutch Lane, adding the previous configuration “was not safe or efficient.”Relocation of utilities at the site, originally scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014, was delayed by severe weather and finally finished on April 8 by Kiely Construction of Long Branch. The general contractor for the project is Earle Construction of Wall. Ettore said this project was designed so the relocation of existing utilities and all drainage work would be completed prior to the start of construction so work on the roundabout could proceed unimpeded after ward.The roads leading into the roundabout have speeds of 40 and 45 miles per hour, which will not change. Once a vehicle enters the roundabout, it must proceed at 20 m.p.h., Ettore said, adding, “That’s why it’s considered traffic-calming. All traffic on all approaching roads must yield at the roundabout.” The intersection has been closed on and off during construction. Near the end of April, Ettore said periods of closure and detours will last another ten days so the final work can get done on time. The radius of the Colts Neck roundabout will be slightly larger than the one at Brookdale, he said.— By Laura Kolnoskilast_img read more

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