PENNANTS WIN A REAL FLAG-RAISER

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

QCairns Golf Club claimed top prize at the 2018 Golf World FNQGA In­ter Club Pen­nant this sea­son, that must be a big thing for the club in brag­ging rights?

AI must ad­mit early on, I didn’t ac­tu­ally think the play­ers put much value on win­ning Pennants. But the first time I drove the team bus, I was able to wit­ness the joy and pride in the play­ing roster and the dis­ap­point­ment af­ter losses, which made me re­alise a whole lot more. Golf is typ­i­cally an in­di­vid­ual game and the team com­po­nent does tend to cre­ate a real ca­ma­raderie that I en­joy.

QAWho do you fol­low over in the states in the MLB and why do you fol­low them?

I’ve al­ways been a San Fran­cisco Gi­ants fan, but more re­cently I prefer to fol­low MLB Team Gen­eral Man­agers and how they are chang­ing the game through the use of an­a­lyt­ics or saber­met­rics. Oak­land’s Billy Beane started it with Money­ball, Theo Epstein broke the curse of the Bambino to win in Bos­ton and then broke a 108-year World Se­ries drought with the Chicago Cubs. The book Money­ball ac­tu­ally in­spires me to en­cour­age staff here.

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