VP hopes to bring event back to Pines
Ruiz, Newcombe, Shelton and McCoy will get Web.com status to start next year if they can maintain their position after next weekend. Beyond the top five, players six through 10 get a pass to the final stage of qualifying later this fall and Nos. 11 through 20 get to skip the first of three stages. It may not sound like much but all of those cut-offs are virtual gold for a young touring pro.
“That’s why we’re out here,” said Chad Ramey, a 23-year-old from Fulton, Miss., who finished in a tie for 22nd this week and is currently 14th on the money list.
Sanctioned by the Mackenzie Tour, the tournament was conducted by the Canadian Junior Golf Association. Not announced until late June, the event not only had to face a tight lead-up to get organized locally, the area was deluged with rain earlier in the week.
“In my time in event management, I’ve never seen a tournament come together like this,” said event director Reegan Price, praising his team and the local Over the years, Taylor has had a number of top-10 finishes at Golf Ontario events across the province. With Durham College hosting the 2017 Ping Canadian Colleges Athletic Association national championships at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club in October, Taylor will have the opportunity to compete on the national stage in his rookie season. “I’m very excited for nationals,” he said. “Playing at nationals is going to be a perfect opportunity for me.” The Durham golf team will head to the Fire Rock Golf Course for the Fanshawe Invitational on Sept. 16. volunteers who pulled off a very difficult task to make the tournament possible.
The Mackenzie Tour is looking to add two more tournaments to its 2018 schedule, one each in Western and Atlantic Canada. his overage season. “We are pleased to welcome Leo Lazarev to the Barrie Colts family and look forward to the experience he will bring to our organization,” Colts general manager Jason Ford said in a release posted on the team’s website. The 20-year-old has spent the past three seasons with Ottawa, appearing in 153 career Ontario Hockey League games, finishing last year with a 3.84 goals-against average and a .888 save percentage. The Moscow, Russia native won’t have to wait long to face his former team as the Colts take on the 67’s on Sept. 21 to start the season at the Barrie Molson Centre. The Colts also sent goalie Anthony Dumont-Bouchard, after claiming him off waivers, to Kitchener for a 14th-round pick in 2018. Barrie now has four goalies listed on its training-camp roster, including 17-year-old Kai Edmonds, 18-yearold Christian Propp and 20-year-old David Ovsjannikov. If local organizers can solidify enough local support, the Ontario Championship could return to the area.
“I’m hopeful we’ll be back in Barrie and at National Pines,” said Mackenzie Tour vice-president Scott Pritchard in his closing remarks on Sunday.
Two local golfers participated in the tournament with Eric Hawerchuk of Barrie and Drew Nesbitt of Shanty Bay missing the cut on Friday.
For years, Heather Moyse pushed.
Well past the expectations of others and her own limits. To World Cup podiums. To a pair of Olympic gold medals. To the pinnacle, again and again.
And then, one of Canada’s most decorated bobsledders walked, gold medals a-jangling. There were possibilities to realize, people to empower. She became a sought-after motivational speaker, embraced the roles of mentor, ambassador and humanitarian. She’ll add published author to the resume, with Redefining Realistic out in November.
And now, more than three years removed from her last race in Sochi, and in the wake of all those new and diverse actions, there has been an equal, opposite and wholly unexpected reaction. The push has pulled her back.
Though she hasn’t sprinted since 2014, has in fact rarely ventured inside a gym, recently turned 39, and has been dealing with a cranky back since June, Moyse has been lured to Calgary, to the national bobsleigh team.
“I’m excited. I love the challenge of seeing if I can physically do it again,” she said.
The surroundings will be familiar, but the job much different. She said she won’t be returning to her customary spot in Kaillie Humphries’ sled, despite an invitation last year to reunite with Humphries.
“I’m pretty sure she understands I’m just not motivated to do the same thing again,” Moyse said Saturday.
The comeback attempt was triggered instead by an early August email from second-year pilot Alysia Rissling, who wanted help navigating the mental and physical minefield of an Olympic season. The query provided an intriguing link between Moyse’s old passion for bobsleigh and her new commitment to empowering others.
“At first I was just like, ‘well, I’m kind of done. I love what I do now.’ My business is all around empowering other people and helping other people achieve their goals. But when I started saying it out loud, I was like ‘coming back and helping (Rissling) or other development drivers or whomever on the team, that is empowering other people, that is coming back and investing in the next generation, and pushing future athletes.’
“I’m not motivated to go back and just try and win another Olympic medal, but I am motivated by the idea of helping someone else win their first.”
The two met Saturday night in Calgary for the first time, though their relationship has been building over the phone. The mentorship begins in earnest Tuesday morning, when Moyse embarks upon the delicate task of rejoining a national team full of athletes who have been grinding it out for a quadrennial. She is fully aware of the sensitivities, and is hoping for the best.
“It’s not easy, but I need to focus on the positives and the fact that I am truly here to help,” said Moyse.
Ottawa 67’s goalie Leo Lazarev was acquired by the Barrie Colts on Sunday in exchange for a conditional 12th-round pick in the 2020 draft. The 20-year-old Russian netminder is entering his overage season following three years in the nation’s capital.
Kramer Hickok jumps up to check his shot during play at the Ontario Championship at National Pines in Innisfil on Sunday.