Softball player nets hardware
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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