The Golf COE participants hit the links today at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, IL. Nathan Zhao led the way for the Sabres with a first round total of 75 and only one shot back of the leader in the 13 – 15 age group. Nathan started on hole 10 and finished his first nine holes in +4 then battled back with 2 birdies and one bogey during his final 9 holes to post a one under par for holes 1 through 9. Zhao is slated to tee off at 9:21 am on Sunday and is in the final pairing.
Sydney Brickey also had a tale of two nines during her round on Saturday. Sydney started on hole 10 and closed out her front side in 52 shots before settling down and playing solid during her final nine holes. Brickey rallied for a back side of 41 which was capped by a birdie on hole number 5. Brickey’s final score of 93 puts her in the middle of the pack and with a good round tomorrow will likely finish in the top five.
Jake Curwin and Phillip Baumberger, both competing in the boys 16-18 age group couldn’t get anything going all day and finished with scores of 87. The good news for them is the course played tough for everyone and the low score of the day was a 77 which it tool a hole in one for that to happen. Both are looking for a drastic improvement tomorrow and hoping to crack the top 10.
Golf COE completes first day at Cog Hill
Golf COE participants are preparing to play in the FCWT tournament October 22 & 23 at the prestigious Dubsdread course at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, IL. The course has been host to 4 USGA Championships and a constant stop on the PGA Tour since 1991. Justin Rose won the BMW Championship that was completed a month ago with a score of 13 under par. First round tee times are scheduled to start at 7:30am on Saturday so stay tuned for updates from Coach Higdon. You can receive updates and comments from Coach Higdon by following him on Twitter @higgolf or following the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Golf Center of Excellence on Facebook. You can also track the player’s scores on the FCWT website at the http://fcwt.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/fcwt11/schedule/index.htm. This will prove to be a true test of golf for our players as the course and field of competitors guarantee to be a tough challenge.
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UW women’s hockey: Decker makes most of chance
Brianna Decker knows time is running short, so the junior center for the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is trying to make every nanosecond count.
Decker only has another eight weeks or so to alternately observe and pick the fertile brain of Meghan Duggan before the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Award winner graduates from UW in December with a degree in biology.
Duggan, the all-time leading scorer in program history who led the Badgers to the NCAA title last season, intends to return to the Boston area where she grew up and where she’ll continue to train toward another berth on the U.S. Olympic Team for 2014.
Between now and then, Duggan is a fixture at UW practices, attacking every drill and conditioning session. Decker is never very far away.
“I’ve taken so much from her already and she’s continuously helping me,” Decker said of her former linemate. “I’m trying to soak up everything as quick as possible here the next couple months.”
Decker, from Dousman, has a world-class skill set that could reunite her with Duggan on Team USA for the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
In 70 career games, Decker has 54 goals, 60 assists and 114 points. She’s coming off a sophomore season in which she totaled 80 points (34 goals, 46 assists) and teamed with Duggan and current senior winger, captain and Olympian Hilary Knight to guide the Badgers to their fourth national title in six years.
Decker became a protégé of sorts for Duggan. Whatever drill Duggan did, Decker wanted to see if she could do it better. Whenever Duggan stayed after practice to work on her game, Decker was right there, too.
But this goes beyond the game. Duggan was an exceptional captain. Teammates respectfully referred to her as “Alpha.” When Decker picks her brain, the subjects aren’t limited to on-ice tactics.
“I ask her little things about leadership and how to control certain situations on the team,” said Decker, one of three assistant captains along with senior wingers Brooke Ammerman and Carolyn Prevost. “And I know she studies her butt off all the time. I want to pick up on those things, too.
“I want to be an all-around good person and that’s what she is. She’s a great example for every one of us in that (dressing) room.”
The top-ranked Badgers are about to get a good measure of their collective character. They open a daunting month of matchups at 2 p.m. Saturday when they host North Dakota in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at the Kohl Center.
The Sioux are loaded with talent and seem primed for a breakthrough season. That series is followed by two more against rivals Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth before Boston University comes to Madison for a rematch of March’s NCAA title game.
“We’re playing solid teams this month,” Decker said. “It’s going to be a challenge, but we need to focus on ourselves.”
In the midst of carrying 17 credits this semester, Duggan kept close tabs on Decker. Duggan likes what she sees.
“She has developed into probably, I’d say, one of the best players in the world,” Duggan said. “Just in the last year the strides that she’s made in her game are unbelievable. I think everyone has noticed them.
“I’m really excited to see where she’s going to go this year. Her eagerness to learn and get better every single day I think is what’s made her into an elite player. She’s only going to get better because of that.”
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Four Golf Center of Excellence players took to the course at their home facility, The Legacy, on Saturday, October 8th. The event saw 35 juniors from the state of Minnesota play in windy conditions and understand the true test of the course. Sydney Brickey was able to capture the girls crown by shooting a score of 90 and beating her nearest competitor by 2 shots. Jake Curwin was the top performer of the SSM boys by shooting a 40 on the front nine and following up with a 37 on the back nine for a total of 77 and a 4th place finish which was six shots behind the winner who shot a 1 under par 71. Nathan Zhao was only one shot back of Jake with a 78 and finished in 5th place. Phillip Baumberger shot a 39 – 45 for a total of 84 and finished in 7th place. We would like to thank Bob Bush and the Minnesota PGA for their hard work and hosting a fall event at The Legacy golf course. Our golfers will get a short rest on Sunday before hitting the links in competition on Monday, October 10th at Wayzata Country Club.
Matt Smaby- Anaheim Ducks
Joe Corvo – Boston Bruins
Drew Stafford – Buffalo Sabres
Jamie McBain – Carolina Hurricanes
Jonathan Toews – Chicago Blackhawks – Team Captain
Patrick Eaves – Detroit Red Wings
Ty Conklin – Detroit Red Wings
Taylor Chorney – Edmonton Oilers
Jack Johnson – Los Angles Kings
Zach Parise – New Jersey Devils – Team Captain
Kyle Okposo – New York Islanders – Assistant Captain
Derek Stepan – New York Rangers
Sidney Crosby – Pittsburg Penguins – Team Captain
Chris Porter – St. Louis Blues
Ryan Malone – Tampa Bay Lightning
15 Shattuck Alumni Make NHL Opening Day Rosters 2011-12
Devils put the ‘C’ on Parise’s sweater
By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer
The move comes after Parise signed a one-year contract this offseason. Parise will become an unrestricted free agent after this season, but has said both his agent and the team will work on a long-term extension during the season.
As per the collective-bargaining agreement, Parise can’t sign a new deal until after Jan. 1.
Parise talked about potentially becoming the team’s captain with NHL.com before training camp, saying: “Of course I would like to. I think right now, with our team, we’re in a transition period where for six years, I was always the youngest guy and all of a sudden I’m one of the oldest. We’re at a point where there are a lot of veteran guys who aren’t with us anymore.
“As a player, you try to take a little bit more of a leadership role every year. Whether you have the ‘C’ or not, it’s not as if players are going to look at me different. That’s just now how it is. Players just respect other players whether they got a ‘C’ on their jersey or not.”
The Devils drafted Parise in the first round of the 2003 Entry Draft. In six seasons with New Jersey, the native of Minneapolis has scored at least 30 goals four times with a career-high of 45 in 2008-09. The left wing is coming off a season where he played just 13 games due to a knee injury suffered at the end of October.
Devils put the ‘C’ on Parise’s sweater
The first tournament of the Golf Center of Excellence came to conclusion on Sunday, October 2, 2011. Day two of the FCWT competition being held at The Warren Golf Course on Notre Dame’s campus was better from a weather and golf standpoint. Jake Curwin was 1 under par through 13 holes until he suffered a double bogey on the course’s 16th hole. He was able to keep his composure and finish his round with 2 pars on tough holes facing directly in the wind to finish with a 2 over par 73 which was the second lowest score of the day for the 52 player field. It was good enough for Jake to move up 6 positions and end up in 6th place and only 2 shots behind the leaders. Nathan Zhao competing in the 13 – 15 boys division improved on his first round score by 10 shots to shoot a 3 over par round of 74 which was also the second lowest score of the day for the age group. Nathan played a solid round which include 3 birdies on the day. He played well enough to move up to a sixth place finish and 6 shots behind the leader. Phillip Baumberger shot a final round 84 which dropped him to a 19th place finish in the 52 player national field but Phillip did have a high point of three birdies during the round. Sydney Brickey was able to better her score by one shot and shoot a 97. This was her first national tournament and great learning experience to see how things are more competitive on a national level. The players will be practicing hard this week in preparation for a Minnesota PGA junior event that is going to be held Saturday, October 8th at The Legacy Golf Course which is located on Shattuck-St. Mary’s campus. The Public is more than welcome to come out and watch and support the SSM golfers.
Golf COE Wraps up first tournament weekend
Four members of the Golf COE started tournament play today for the 2011-2012 season, at the FCWT tournament hosted by The Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame. Phillip Baumberger got off to a fast start of his 8:39am tee time by carding a birdie on his opening hole which was the par 5 10th. He was able to add another birdie on his 17th hole to help finish his round at 80 which is good enough to tie for 10th place of the the 50 player national field and 6 shots back of the leader. The cold temperatures and wind made the challenging course more difficult as the low round for the boys 16 – 18 age group was a 74. Jake Curwin was able to grind through a tough day of putting and finished with his only birdie of the day on his 18th hole to finish in a tie for 12th place with an 81. Nathan Zhao is competing in the 13 – 15 age group and concluded his round in 84 which puts him in a tie for 11th and only 4 shots out of 3rd place. Sydney Brickey who is competing in the girls division shot an opening round 98 which puts her in a tie for 7th place. The Sunday forecast looks a little better as the temperatures are supposed to be a bit warmer, but the wind looks to be a factor yet again for the final round of the 36 hole event.