Sandals Latin American Travel Agents Golf Tourney tees off


first_imgOCHO RIOS:More than 100 golfers will participate in the annual Latin American Travel Agents Golf Tournament which tees off this morning at the Sandals Golf and Country Club in Ocho Rios.Travel agents from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Panama are being hosted at Beaches Ocho Rios, as the resort chain reaches out to the Latin American market for holiday, and hopefully, professional golfers.The two-day event will comprise teams playing in a four-man scramble format, putting their skills to the test competing in various competitions throughout the tournament.Categories to be contested include: Overall Champions and Runners-Up; Closest to Pin Female; Closest to Pin Male; Longest Drive Female; Longest Drive Male.Miguel Arthurs, general manager of the Sandals Golf and Country Club, said the event promises to be an interesting affair and the course was in great condition for excellent scores.”We anticipate a good tournament and all systems are go for two days of splendid golf, ” Arthurs noted.Garth Laird, Sandals Resorts’ director of travel industry programmes, was upbeat about the event, noting that this year promises to be the most exciting yet.”All is in place for what promises to be a great event,” Laird said. “The Travel Agents Golf Tournament is of great benefit to both Jamaica as a golfing destination and Sandals Resorts, as the Latin American market is a growing one and gives the travel partners a chance to experience the products first-hand, hence being better able to market the destination and facilities to their respective clients.”last_img read more

CSUN to Peek this season


first_imgHome runs: 13 Slugging percentage: .831 Jaw hasn’t dropped yet? How about the 19-game hitting streak she went on from April 2 through May 12 last season? Or her 13 multiple-hit games? Or when she hit home runs in four straight games from April 12-15? Suffice it to say, Peek is expected to lead the Matadors’ offense this season. She insists that she’s not feeling any pressure. “I really don’t think about having to back up what I did last year,” Peek said. “I just go out, work hard and have a good time. “We have a really strong team this year. Our offense and defense are really good and I think we can go far.” All in all, that analysis is spot on. The Matadors scored 14 runs in their first five games this season, which should be plenty for any college softball team. But questions remain in the circle because last year’s ace, former San Fernando High standout Selena Salazar, is redshirting the season because of personal reasons. Fortunately, former Royal of Simi Valley High standout Mercedes Lovato transferred to the program over the summer. Lovato has the skills to become the staff ace – she was 17-11 as a freshman at Illinois-Chicago in 2005 – but the rest of the staff is unproven. Junior Samantha Schroeder was 9-9 last year, but had a 4.83 earned run average. Freshman Amanda Pitzenberger has shown promise, but struggled with her control in three appearances at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., over the weekend. Selden back for Bruins: UCLA has no such concerns in the circle with All-American Anjelica Selden back for her senior season. The 5-foot-9 right-hander was 35-7 with a 1.06 ERA as a junior last season. In her career at UCLA, Selden has always carried most of the pitching load. This year should be no different. But junior Lisa Dodd and freshmen Megan Langenfeld and Whitney Baker are also expected to see time. This year, Selden will be throwing to someone other than catcher Emily Zaplatosch, who graduated in June, but she has a good relationship with senior catcher Jaisa Creps (Valencia High), so the transition should be smooth. Freshman Kaila Shull should also see time behind the plate. Creps is regarded as the superior defensive catcher, but Shull is regarded as stronger offensively, so look for her to get into the lineup in other spots when Creps is catching. The biggest hole UCLA needs to fill is at third base following the graduation of Andrea Duran, last season’s Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year. Former Valencia High standout Ashley Herrera earned the nod at third to open the season, but suffered a serious knee injury in the first game and could miss significant time. Freshman Julie Burney is next in line. Senior Jodie Legaspi, a four-year starter at shortstop, will anchor the infield. Legaspi hit .349 with 15 home runs as a junior. ramona.shelburne (818) 713-3617 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! College recruiters weren’t exactly lining up to sign Amanda Peek out of Crescenta Valley High in 2004, but plenty probably wish they could take a mulligan on that now. Some would say Peek “made an impact” in her freshman year for the Cal State Northridge softball team. That doesn’t quite do her justice, though. Frankly, she was more like an earthquake. center_img Name an offensive category and Peek was at the top of it. Batting: .408 last_img read more