VP hopes to bring event back to Pines

The Barrie Examiner - - SPORTS - Johnny Ruiz pumps his fist af­ter sink­ing a birdie on No. 18 at Na­tional Pines to get into the play­off at the On­tario Cham­pi­onship on the week­end. DAN BARNES POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

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.

POST­MEDIA FILE PHOTO

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.

CLAUS AN­DER­SEN/MACKEN­ZIE TOUR PHOTO

Kramer Hickok jumps up to check his shot dur­ing play at the On­tario Cham­pi­onship at Na­tional Pines in In­n­is­fil on Sun­day.

CLAUS AN­DER­SEN/MACKEN­ZIE TOUR PHOTO

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