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Irving’s Hackberry Creek Golf Club hosts Texas Golf Association Women’s Eclectic Tournament

CourseDay2-1The Women’s Eclectic Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Texas Golf Association (TGA), was held for the first time at the Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving on March 9 and 10. Women from all over the country came to participate in the event.

WHAT IS AN ECLECTIC TOURNAMENT?

The elements of an eclectic tournament are explained below:

  • Shotgun Start: Groups or teams of 3 – 4 players are assigned to start at different holes – some on the front nine (holes 1 – 9) and some on the back nine (holes 10-18). The players continue through the course, eventually playing all 18 holes
  • Eclectic: This part of the tournament is unique in that not only do the players individually earn a score for 18 holes each day, but on the second, and final, day, each player uses their lowest score for each hole as her final “Eclectic Score”
  • Best Overall Gross Score: The player’s true score without adding her handicap
  • Best Overall Net Score: The player’s score, including her handicap

This year, Kathy Crumley took home the trophy for the best Gross Eclectic Score, shooting 2 under par for a score of 70.  Lorraine Werner shot a Net Eclectic Score of 60, or 12 under par, winning the best Net Eclectic trophy.

Some talented young golfers came from all over the nation to participate in this tournament.

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Ashni Dhruva

Ashni Dhruva, who is 21 years old, came to the tournament from Pennsylvania. She’s about to graduate from Penn State with a major in Biology. Dhruva has been accepted to attend graduate school at Rice University in Houston and would like to major in Biosciences and Health Policy.

“Hopefully I’ll be doing research or working for the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a hospital or something like that,” she said.

Her family played a large part to inspire her interest in golf.

“I was born in Connecticut, but when I was maybe 7-years-old, I lived in England. My dad used to take us to take us to the driving range and we all just kind of got into golf from that, even though my dad wasn’t a serious player,” Dhruva said. “I kept playing these little Junior tournaments, and when I got to high school, it just took off from there. I played high school golf and then I realized I could play in college one day because I was fanatic about it. Golf is the number one sport for women’s scholarships.

“I started right away playing a lot of tournaments in my freshman year [at Penn State], but my sophomore and junior years were a bit of a struggle, to be honest,” Dhruva explained. “There are a lot of good girls that come to play, but I did play a few tournaments. My senior year has been great. It’s been a lot of fun.”

Dhruva has thrived in college, and with only about two months left until graduation, she is feeling a bit nostalgic. “I love Penn State. I am actually sad to leave it. My sister is there playing golf too, so it’ll give me an excuse to visit,” she said.

Dhruva likes to play tournaments all over the country because of the differences in playing conditions. When she is at school, she practices every day. “This course [Hackberry Creek] is about 5,500 yards,” Dhruva said. “The course at Penn State is about 800 yards longer.”

Dhruva holds an average of approximately 75, which is 3 over par. Many professional golfers have trouble maintaining such a low average.

However, Dhruva was not the youngest player in the tournament. Local player Raeleigh Davidson is 16 years old.

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Raeleigh Davidson

“I go to school at Liberty High School in Frisco,” Davidson said. “My family’s just kind of always played golf. My [older] sister plays [at Incarnate Word in San Antonio], and so I just kind of naturally started playing.”

Davidson plays for her high school golf team, holding a “low seventies” average, which is also on par with some professional golfers.

“I’m for sure going to try to play golf in college. I haven’t decided where I want to go yet. I’ve been going on visits to campuses. I definitely want to stay in the south. I like the weather and I preferably want to stay close by my family,” she said.

Davidson says that her favorite subject in school is math. “There are fortunately a lot of opportunities for girls who are good in math and other STEM subjects,” she said, while speaking about scholarship opportunities.

Adam Davidson is Raeleigh’s dad, and took the time to explain his outlook on how golf has impacted his and his daughters’ lives.

“I coach [golf] at Frisco Liberty. Both of my daughters are very athletic, doing cheer, gymnastics, soccer and softball – basically every sport you can play. They both decided in middle school that they wanted to get more serious. I felt like kids are playing the same things year-round and are getting too many reps in the same muscle groups. Around eighth grade, if you want to do something beyond high school, you have to figure what that’s going to be,” Davidson said.

“Personally, I played football, wrestled and played baseball in school. Baseball was my big thing. I didn’t start playing golf until I was out of college. I’m left-handed but had to learn to play right-handed because of an injury in my elbow from baseball,” Davidson revealed. “I’ve coached baseball and I’ve told some people that because I played [baseball] from such a young age, and baseball is natural for me, I found that my expectations as a coach weren’t right. When I was learning to play golf, playing ‘on the other side’ made me a better coach, realizing that everyone has different talents.”

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Starting pitching makes Astros the World Series favorites, but Dodgers are close

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Justin Verlander (Photo by Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

October starts Tuesday, and so does the postseason. We could just tell you which teams are in, or we could tell you which team is going to win.

The Houston Astros, right?

We would like to tell you the Dodgers will win, and the grainy Kirk Gibson videos finally can be retired, and 30-year-olds all over the Southland can say they have seen the Dodgers win the World Series within their lifetime. It could happen, and it is long past time.

But pitching wins in October, and the Astros start with Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke. Verlander or Cole will win the American League Cy Young Award; the other will finish second.

Read more from the LA Times…

TEXAS HUNTING AND FISHING LICENSES GO DIGITAL

Hunters and fishermen in most cases will no longer be required to carry their original paper hunting and fishing licenses with them to the field.

HB 547, which went into effect Sept. 1, allows licensees to use a photograph of their physical license to serve as verification of a valid license while hunting any game that doesn’t need a tag, like dove.

HB 547 was authored by state Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg.

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Angels Pitcher Found Dead in Southlake Hotel Room Died of Accidental Overdose of Painkillers, Alcohol

tyler-skaggs-mccannLos Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who was found dead in his Southlake hotel room July 1, died from an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office says in a report released Friday.

According to the report, Skaggs had the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system along with alcohol.

Skaggs, who was in town with the Angels for a four-game series against the Rangers, was found unresponsive in his hotel room, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene and no foul play was suspected.

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Texas Rangers ban fan who racially harassed family, made obscene gesture at game

By RJ MARQUEZ, RYAN PRIOR, CNN

fan pic splash image blurred_1565192601490.png_22157589_ver1.0_1280_720Texas Rangers baseball officials took action against a fan who racially harassed a members of a Hispanic family and made an obscene gesture in the background of their photo at a game.

Jessica Romero says she and her family were harassed at Globe Life Park in Arlington by a fan who made racist comments. That fan has now been banned from home games.

Read more from ABC 12…

Southlake DPS Press Release regarding Los Angeles Angels’ pitcher Tyler Skaggs

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Texas sweeps No. 1 LSU with late rally for Sunday win, 7-6

UTAUSTIN, Texas — An Austin Todd RBI single with one out in the bottom of the ninth capped a three-run rally as Texas battled back to claim a 7-6 victory over LSU on Sunday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field and finish off a three-game sweep of the No. 1-ranked Tigers. Texas (10-3) trailed LSU (8-3) heading into the bottom of the ninth, 6-4, when the Longhorns got to work in front of a raucous home crowd on a bitterly-cold afternoon on the Forty Acres.

LSUFacing LSU relief pitcher Todd Peterson, Texas has the first two batters of the inning reach base as catcher Michael McCann was hit by a pitch and second baseman Masen Hibbeler singled to right. Freshman infielder Lance Ford advanced McCann and Hibbeler with a bunt before center fielder Duke Ellis beat out an infield single to bring in a run and make it a one-run game, 6-5, in favor of the visitors from Baton Rouge.

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Fourth-grader wins school science fair by proving Tom Brady is a cheater

Author: Adrianna Rodríguez

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A 10-year-old boy in Kentucky set out to discover through hard science one of history’s most debated questions: Is Tom Brady a cheater?

Christopher Davis was looking for ways to get his son, Ace, excited about his school’s science fair at Millcreek Elementary.

Davis knew his son was a big football buck and thought this was a good way for him and the family to get through “the tedious project.” And it looks like Ace had a good time with it.

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GCISD trustees approve changes to Mustang Panther Stadium stairwell

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Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the status of the fireproofing. The fireproofing has already been completed, and the article has been updated throughout.

mpsnewArchitects for Grapevine-Colleyville ISD’s Mustang Panther Stadium have suggested additional work to ensure the completed stadium meets the district’s standards.

At the Jan. 25 GCISD board of trustees meeting, trustees approved $78,000 for additional work and provided these funds from a contingency budget for the stair towers of the stadium’s press box.

Huckabee architect Lowell Taylor explained to trustees due to the structural changes to the stadium, the press box was raised. The added height requires the press box to meet the building code, which requires it to be fireproofed.

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Retired NFL athlete to open sports performance and fitness center in Southlake

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fotolia_121166552_subscription_xxlFASST Performance & Fitness is opening at 1605 Hart St., Ste. 180, Southlake. The targeted opening date is early March. Programs will be available to help youth and adult-level athletes prepare for optimal performance and to help individuals reach their personal fitness goals. FASST stands for footwork, agility, speed, strength and technique, owner Willie Pile said. A youth football coach in the Southlake community, Pile previously played for the Dallas Cowboys and the Kansas City Chiefs as well as in the Canadian Football League. Official contact information for FASST will be added at a later date.

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