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THE RIVER - AUGUST 14, 2015
McIllroy, Spieth, Dustin Johnson
Headline Final Major Of The Year
by Ed Frank
In every major sporting event, there are numerous story lines,
but this weekend’s PGA Golf Championship, the fourth and
final major tournament of the year, carries an exceptional
number of fascinating anecdotes worth following over the four
days of competition at the extremely difficult Whistling Straits
in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
First and foremost is the health of defending champion Rory
McIllroy, the world’s No. 1 ranked player. He ruptured a liga-
ment in his left ankle on July 4 while playing a pick-up soccer
game in Ireland, and hasn’t played a competitive round of golf
since June’s U.S. Open.
On Monday of this week, however, McIlroy said he is “100 percent ready to
go,” after playing three practice rounds at the course. “The game is good. I’ve been
practicing for the last week and a half. It’s coming together pretty well,” he was
quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The second story line that will be chronicled involves 21-year-old Jordan Spieth,
winner of this year’s Masters and U.S. Open. Should he capture his third major, he
would join only three other golfing legends who won three majors in a single year –
Bobby Jones in 1930, Ben Hogan in 1953 and Tiger Woods in 2000.
The personable Spieth is ranked No. 2 in the world.
The PGA is returning to Whistling Straits for the second time and perhaps you
will recall the controversy in 2010 that might have cost Dustin Johnson the cham-
On the 18th hole of the final day, Johnson grounded his club in a bunker right
of the fairway which he had figured was just a patch of dirt given that spectators
had walked through it.
It resulted in a two-stroke penalty and thus eliminated him from a playoff with
Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer, the eventual champion.
Johnson had no one to blame but himself, as tournament officials had distributed
a local rules sheet and even posted it in the locker room. “I guess I should have
looked at the local rules sheet a little harder,” he said afterwards.
You can bet he will this week.
Fresh in our memory is Johnson’s tough-luck finish in this year’s U.S . Open
when he three-putted the last hole to hand Spieth the title.
The tournament will get under way Thursday with McIllroy, who won two majors
in 2014, paired with Spieth and Zach Johnson, winner of the British Open. It will
be a fun threesome to watch.
But there will be many others to follow.
The PGA’s power rankings that were released earlier this week also listed Jason
Day, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler along with Watson, Spieth and McIllroy.
The Pete Dye-designed Whistling Straits has 1,012 bunkers and all will play as
true bunkers regardless of how they may appear.
As Dustin Johnson vies for his first major championship, you can be certain he
will be wary of each and every one of them.
Time Running Out for Miracle to Defend League Title
If the Fort Myers Miracle baseball team wants to reach post-season play and
defend their 2014 Florida State League Title, they have little more than three
weeks to accomplish the task.
As the week began, the Miracle had a 24-21 second-half season record, trailing
first-place Palm Beach by 6-1/2 games. Fort Myers must win the league’s second-
half South Division title to reach the playoffs as Charlotte captured the champion-
ship in the first-half.
Only the division winners in the first and second half qualify for the playoffs.
Fort Myers has the chance to close the gap on Palm Beach this weekend as
the Cardinals come to Hammond Stadium for three games – Thursday, Friday and
The Miracle travel to Charlotte Sunday and then host the Stone Crabs Monday
Florida SouthWestern State College
(FSW) Head Softball Coach Robert
Iamurri has named Karla Powell
the team’s assistant softball coach.
“Karla brings valuable experience as
a top Big Ten softball player and the
experience of coaching to our team,” said
Iamurri. “She will make an immediate
impact on this team.”
“I am very excited to start this new
journey at Florida SouthWestern. It’s not
every day that you get the opportunity
to be part of a brand new program and
to be able to say that you were the first
assistant coach in school history,” said
Powell, a former Wisconsin standout. “I
come to work getting to do what I am
passionate about, meaning that I get to
teach young girls the sport I love, assist
them to grow not only as softball players,
but as young ladies as well.”
A two-time All-Big Ten selection,
Powell finished her career on Wisconsin’s
all-time list second in walks (72), eighth in
career home runs (15) and 10th in RBIs
with 72. She earned first-team all-confer-
ence honors as a junior in 2011 when
she batted .313 and led the Badgers in
home runs (9), slugging percentage (.569)
and doubles (10). Powell was also named
Wisconsin’s Most Inspirational Player
in 2012. Powell graduated from the
University of Wisconsin in 2013 with a
bachelor’s degree in sociology.
Before arriving at Florida
Southwestern, Powell was the head
assistant at St. Johns River State College
(SJRSC) in Palatka, Florida. She was in
charge of all hitting, defense and recruit-
ing. She helped lead the Vikings to their
program’s best record in school history,
33-22, reaching the state tournament for
the first time in five years. The Vikings
also made an appearance in the top 25
in the country during their record break-
ing season in late March, along with
ending the season 18th in the country in
stolen bases (117).
Before Powell was an assistant at
SJR State, she was the volunteer softball
coach at George Washington University
in Washington, DC during the 2013-14
seasons. In addition, Powell served as a
student assistant coach at the University
of Wisconsin from 2012 to 2013,
when the Badgers won the Big Ten and
advanced to the NCAA Regionals with
a 44-13 overall record. Powell worked
extensively with Wisconsin’s hitters and
infielders, helped develop practice plans
and analyzed film.
Powell has also served as a camp
instructor at Replay Hitting, the Diamond
Elite Baseball & Softball Academy in
Sterling, Virginia, as well as USA Preps
Powered by Mizuno in Fresno, California,
and Chicago. Illinois.
A native of Ashburn, Virginia, Powell
was a three-time Washington Post All-Met
first-team selection and an ESPN High
School All-American out of Broad Run
High School, the top high school team in
the nation in 2008.
Florida SouthWestern State College
(FSW) is bringing back a longstanding
tradition of athletics. Baseball and softball
will begin in the fall 2015 at the City of
Palms Park in Fort Myers. Located on
the Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus in Fort
Myers will be the Suncoast Credit Union
Arena, where FSW’s men’s and women’s
basketball teams will play in the fall 2016.
FSW will compete in the National Junior
College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
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Samuel Graduates From Lake Forest
Ramel Samuel of Fort Myers graduated from Lake Forest College with a bach-
elor of arts degree in economics.
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Foundation Opens Grant Cycle
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