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Rory McIlroy catapulted himself into contention at the Deutsche Bank Championship with a flawless seven-under 64 that leaves him just two shots off the lead. The in-form world number one was in sublime touch and seven birdies in his penultimate round carried him into a tie for third on 10 under overall, with American Russell Henley leading the way. Having won three of his last four tournaments, at the Open Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the US PGA Championship in recent weeks, McIlroy will now fancy his chances of adding to his haul on Monday in this second of four FedEx Cup play-off events. Speaking after his round, he said on Sky Sports 4: “I converted some more of the chances that I gave myself today. I was pretty frustrated coming off the golf course in the last couple of days because I felt like I left a lot of shots out there. “Even today, I felt like I might have left a couple out there, especially on the last. But I’m happy with how I converted those chances and I’m going to need to do the same tomorrow if I’m going to win.” McIlroy made an excellent start with birdies at two and three before driving a 132-yard approach to nine feet at the seventh, with a nerveless putt moving him to three under for his round. Two more excellent up and downs at the 13th and 15th left him with simple putts, while he was inches away from acing the 16th, consoling himself by tapping in for his seventh birdie of the day. He passed up a chance to close his round with a flourish after finding the rough with his approach on his final hole, but he saved managed to save par and now sits alongside American Chris Kirk and Australia’s Jason Day, who was on 12 under after a birdie at the 13th but back-to-back bogeys dropped him back. Henley tops the standings following a six-under round that contained seven birdies and just a solitary blemish at the par-four sixth. The 25-year-old is now finely placed, on 12 under for the tournament, to claim the third PGA Tour title of his career, and the second this year following his success at the Honda Classic in March, when McIlroy was among the runners-up. Billy Horschel is one shot adrift of his United States compatriot after finishing his round with three successive birdies to card a fine 67. Scotland’s Russell Knox is seven shots off the lead after failing to advance his five-under score for the tournament, Ian Poulter is three shots behind after matching Knox’s Sunday score, while fellow Englishman Luke Donald is on four-over after his second successive 74 in Boston. Press Association
National tourism body VisitEngland has praised the early work being done by Golf Tourism England (GTE) to encourage golfing venues to work together at local level to attract more visitors. While clubs may have historically viewed others in the immediate vicinity as direct competition for green fees and memberships, GTE has highlighted the benefits of a closer and more collaborative relationship. This strategy has led to the successful creation of ‘clusters’ across the country, such as the Pennines Golf Trail, Suffolk Coastal Golf, The Dorset Heathland Tour and Southern Counties Heathland Tour (click here for a full listing of clusters/tours created by Golf Tourism England). Combined with building links with local accommodation providers, this has allowed golf clubs which have often operated in isolation, to draw on the collective strength of what each region has to offer the travelling golfer, thus making the proposition of visiting a more attractive one. James Berresford, VisitEngland Chief Executive, spoke highly of the efforts of GTE in encouraging these closer working relationships. He said: “As a supporter of GTE, it is very pleasing to see that they are gaining the backing of the golf industry by strengthening bonds between clubs at a local and regional level, creating a more attractive product for travelling golfers. “While some areas may lack an Open Championship host or tour-ready layout, through a combined effort to come together as a ‘cluster’ or golf tour, there is real potential to create golf destinations that offer the very best that England has to offer as one of the world’s longest-established and most diverse golfing nations.” These comments were echoed by David Joy, Chief Executive of England Golf, the national governing body for amateur golf, which has launched a strategic plan to create a brighter future for the sport. Its aims include creating stronger clubs, increasing the number of regular golfers and halting the decline in club membership. He commented: “Our relationship with GTE is one of partnership, which complements the England Golf strategic plan, ‘Raising Our Game’. This puts England Golf at the heart of a network of partners, each operating to the benefit of the game and I am delighted that Golf Tourism England is encouraging many of our great golf clubs to adopt a similarly collaborative approach.” Providing the most attractive proposition for international and local golfers, Joy also went on to explain, is one of the most effective ways for clubs to generate new revenue streams through increased inbound tourism. GTE Chief Executive and founder, Andrew Cooke, is delighted to see many traditional private members clubs embrace a forward-thinking and innovative approach and he added: “We are now seeing clubs begin to lay the foundations for growth in golf tourism in England for the next 5-10 years. “If we take the Dorset Heathland Tour for example, which includes incredible courses like Parkstone, Ferndown, Broadstone and Remedy Oaks, we get an impression of the depth of quality and variety that golf in England can offer. It is examples like this that should make people realise just how popular England could become as a golf destination.” To find out more about Golf Tourism England, visit www.golftourismengland.com. 5 May 2015 VisitEngland backs GTE’s work to promote golf tourism
Submitted by Thurston CountyThe new rules banning smoking, e-cigarettes and the use of other tobacco products at county buildings go into effect on January 1, 2014. County staffers have been hard at work since the county Board of Health approved the new policies back in May, and many county employees and visitors to county buildings have been reminded of the change in recent weeks as blue and white signs with the new policy information are appearing near doors and walkways on county properties.The new sign featuring the words “cleaner air” on a blue sky background is also featured on the county’s website. The goal of the new tobacco-free policy is to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke for employees and for guests visiting county properties. Commissioners also hope the new policy will encourage employees who do use tobacco to quit the habit.“We know there’s no such thing as a safe amount of secondhand smoke, and this new policy is a tried and tested way of reducing secondhand smoke exposure and making our facilities and campuses safer and healthier for our employees and for the public,” said Thurston County Commissioner and Board of Health Chair Karen Valenzuela.Thurston County is one of several South Sound organizations to go tobacco free. Other government agencies and large employers have adopted similar policies in recent years:Mason County – 2006Capital Medical Center – 2010Providence St. Peter Hospital – 2010Washington State Department of Health – 2010South Puget Sound Community College – 2011All county properties and worksites, including wholly-leased properties, will be subject to the new tobacco-free policy. Thurston County parks will not be subject to the new tobacco-free rules.For more information on the county’s new tobacco-free policy, click here. Click on the blue and white graphic with the words “Coming January 1st—cleaner air.” Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty Pictured from Left, Mike Fischer, Coldwell Banker Chief Operating Officer, Mitch Dietz, Sean Blankenship, Coldwell Banker Chief Marketing Officer, and Budge Huskey, Coldwell Banker Chief Executive OfficerMitch Dietz, a real estate broker with Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty in Olympia, was recently named to the prestigious Coldwell Banker Real Estate 30 Under 30 list. This represents the top young real estate professionals worldwide. The Coldwell Banker organization honored Mitch at their international Generation Blue Experience in Chicago, Ill. in September.Mitch, 27, was honored for his successful service to clients, innovative use of mobile technology, and his commitment to the community. He is also active with several local charities and organizations including the Hands on Children’s Museum, Concern for Animals and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of SW Washington. Mitch has been affiliated with Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty since 2010.