Soft­ball player nets hard­ware

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CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. — Play­ers are al­lowed to wear shorts dur­ing prac­tice rounds at the PGA Cham­pi­onship. That won’t be nec­es­sary in two years when it moves to May.

The PGA of Amer­ica is mov­ing its ma­jor cham­pi­onship to May for the first time in 70 years when it goes to Beth­page Black on New York’s Long Is­land in 2019 as part of a long-term plan that in­volves a ma­jor shift in the golf cal­en­dar, in­clud­ing The Play­ers Cham­pi­onship go­ing back to its March date, The Associated Press has learned.

Two of­fi­cials in­volved in the dis­cus­sions say the PGA of Amer­ica and PGA Tour will dis­cuss de­tails of the move as early as Tues­day at Quail Hol­low Club, site of this year’s PGA Cham­pi­onship. They spoke to the AP on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the move has not been an­nounced.

The change has been in the works for four years, one

It’s been a siz­zling sum­mer for Cal­gary’s Anas­ta­sia Mor­ri­son.

Mor­ri­son, a pitcher with the Cal­gary Kaizen un­der18 soft­ball team and Grade 12 stu­dent at Western Canada High School, re­turned with hard­ware from the 2017 North Amer­i­can In­dige­nous Games in Toronto, where she played with Team Al­berta in the U19 Fe­male Soft­ball di­vi­sion. An­nie and Team Al­berta earned Sil­ver at the 2017 NAIG.

In round-robin play at the North Amer­i­can In­dige­nous Games, Mor­ri­son pitched against Team On­tario. Team Al­berta won with a score of 10-2. In the semi­fi­nals, Team Al­berta faced Team B.C., and Mor­ri­son pitched a shutout as Team Al­berta won 7-0.

Team Saskatchewan proved to be tough. Saskatchewan beat Team Al­berta in the round robin by a score of 3-1.

The two teams faced off in the gold-medal game, and again, Team Saskatchewan beat Team Al­berta by a score of 6-2, as Mor­ri­son took the loss for Team Al­berta, as Al­berta set­tled for sil­ver. of­fi­cial said. The cat­a­lyst be­hind the move­ment was golf’s re­turn to the Olympics, along with the PGA Tour’s de­sire to wrap up its FedEx Cup be­fore the NFL be­gins.

The move to May also puts the PGA Cham­pi­onship in the mid­dle of the ma­jor cham­pi­onship sea­son — af­ter the Masters, be­fore the U.S. Open — in­stead of be­ing stuck at the end in Au­gust when cour­ses typ­i­cally are softer be­cause of the sum­mer heat and sports fans have one eye turned to­ward foot­ball.

Still to be de­ter­mined is the how the rest of the PGA Tour sched­ule is con­stricted to fin­ish around La­bor Day. One of­fi­cial said the play­off event in Boston is likely to go away af­ter 2018. An­other of­fi­cial said one plan is for the Green­brier Clas­sic, typ­i­cally held in July, to move to the fall.

The PGA Cham­pi­onship has been in Au­gust since 1969 with two ex­cep­tions. Jack Nick­laus won in Fe­bru­ary 1971 when it was held at PGA

An­nie was proud to help Team Al­berta get to the Gold Medal game, and sat­is­fied with a sil­ver medal af­ter fac­ing such a strong op­po­nent.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter play­ing at the 2017 NAIG, she was off to Lloy­d­min­ster, Alta., with Na­tional in South Florida, and last year it was held the fi­nal week­end in July at Bal­tus­rol ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The PGA is sched­uled for Hard­ing Park in San Fran­cisco in 2020, so there was al­ways the pos­si­bil­ity of mov­ing to May dur­ing the next Olympic year. How­ever, that would mean the PGA gets bounced around the cal­en­dar ev­ery four years.

The PGA of Amer­ica was in­ter­ested in build­ing con­ti­nu­ity, and a move to May could en­er­gize what has been looked upon as the last of the four ma­jors. That also would al­low it to go to some ar­eas that were deemed too hot for Au­gust, such as Texas, Florida and parts of the South­east. It al­ready has said the PGA Cham­pi­onship would re­turn to South­ern Hills in Tulsa be­fore 2030. The last time it was held at South­ern Hills, in 2007, tem­per­a­tures topped 100 de­grees. the Cal­gary Kaizen to play in un­der-18 Cana­dian Na­tional Fast­pitch Cham­pi­onships. The Kaizen ended their sea­son on a high note on Satur­day, win­ning their fi­nal two games of the tour­na­ment in the play­off round, beat­ing the Win­nipeg Light­ning 6-3 and the Ed­mon­ton War­riors in ex­tra in­nings by a score of 12-11.

Mor­ri­son pitched both games and earned a spot on the play­off round leader­board for throw­ing 19 strike­outs.

Mor­ri­son was Soft­ball Al­berta's 2016 Mi­nor Player of the year for pur­su­ing com­pet­i­tive soft­ball with Cal­gary Kaizen and Team Al­berta NAIG, and for be­ing in­vited to the se­lec­tion camp for Team Al­berta Canada Sum­mer Games, at­tend­ing try­outs for Team Canada ju­nior women's soft­ball and con­tribut­ing to mi­nor soft­ball as an um­pire with the Cal­gary Mi­nor Soft­ball Um­pires As­so­ci­a­tion.

She plans to con­tinue be­ing a pos­i­tive role model for In­dige­nous youth by play­ing soft­ball at the univer­sity level, with the hopes of rep­re­sent­ing Team Canada in the fu­ture.

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