Brilliant Bronte wins English women’s amateur

first_img Teenage international Bronte Law is the new English women’s amateur champion, winning the trophy today at St Enodoc in Cornwall with a display of brilliance and tenacity.First she surged into the lead with a superb two-under par 69 in the third round, which included five birdies in the last six holes. Then, she held on tight to her advantage, negotiating her way round the challenging course on a tough afternoon to secure a three-shot victory.Immediately after she sealed the win with a par on the last, her 10-year-old sister, Bella, ran on to the green to be first to congratulate her. “She’s always the first!” laughed Bronte, from Bramhall in Cheshire (Images © Leaderboard Photography)She finished the championship on seven-over par, three clear of runner-up Inci Mehmet of Wentworth. Defending champion Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) and Alex Peters (Notts Ladies) were three further shots back, one ahead of Bethan Popel (Long Ashton).  Just behind her was a group which included former champion Hayley Davis (Ferndown), who shot one-under 71 in the final round – and was the only other player to break par during the championship.Bronte, 19, has played in two Curtis Cup teams, is an England international and has won on the US women’s college circuit – but this victory is special.“I have been waiting for a long time to get my hands on an England trophy so for me this is huge.“I’ve been playing well since I came back from college, at the Curtis Cup and at the Europeans (ladies’ team championship), and I felt something was close.“This week I couldn’t have prepared any better and I have played really solid and it’s really nice to have all my family here. That’s rare!”Bronte is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles, and she added: “It means all the hard work is worth it. Going to America to advance my game and being away from my family isn’t easy but you have to make these sacrifices to get better – and it’s really nice to get something back to keep pushing me on.”Bronte was right in the mix throughout the championship, on a tough course which thoroughly tested the players. Her third round set up her win, but she had to hold on tight during a testing afternoon, played under a hot sun and in a steadily increasing wind.The 16th was a great example of her staying power. She tangled with the punishing rough and was still short of the par five green after three shots, but she played a lovely pitch over a bunker to within 4ft of the hole and sank the putt for par.“There weren’t many birdies out there this afternoon but I didn’t really do anything wrong and I tried to play really steadily on the back nine because those holes were really tricky.”The final round was watched by a crowd of spectators, who found many vantage points on the course, not least the towering mound on the 6th, known as the Himalayas.They watched not only Bronte’s path to victory, but also the battle for second place. Inci Mehmet, Alex Peters, Bethan Popel and Sarah-Jane Boyd were all involved in the tussle, with the advantage swinging to and fro. But Inci’s steady play on the back nine, where she dropped just one shot, saw her into the runner-up place.Click here for full scores 17 Jul 2014 Brilliant Bronte wins English women’s amateur last_img read more

Mayweather cancels Japan kickboxing fight

first_imgFloyd Mayweather Jr. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States – Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather on Wednesday scrapped a planned fight with a Japanese kickboxer, claiming he had been duped into agreeing to the contest.In a lengthy statement posted on social media, Mayweather said he had been “blindsided” by organizers of the proposed bout against Tenshin Nasukawa, set for New Year’s Eve in Saitama.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Meralco sets sudden death READ: Meet Japan’s ‘Ninja Boy’, the prodigy who aims to stun Mayweather“I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa,” Mayweather wrote on Instagram.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe 41-year-old retired welterweight champion said he had traveled to Japan last week to discuss participating in a private bout against Nasukawa for a “small group of wealthy spectators for a very large fee.”“This exhibition was previously arranged as a ‘Special Bout’ purely for entertainment purposes with no intentions of being represented as an official fight nor televised worldwide,” Mayweather wrote. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Soon after arriving at a press conference in Tokyo on Monday, Mayweather said he and his team “were completely derailed by the new direction this event was going.”“We should have put a stop to it immediately,” Mayweather wrote.“I want to sincerely apologize to my fans for the very misleading information that was announced during this press conference.“I can assure you that I too was completely blindsided by the arrangements that were being made without my consent or approval.”READ: Mayweather to face Japan kickboxer Nasukawa on New Year’s eveADVERTISEMENT In Tokyo on Monday, Mayweather had vowed to give “blood, sweat and tears” in the fight against Nasukawa.“It’s always been a goal of mine to go outside out of the US and display my talent. The world has never seen Mayweather compete live in (Japan),” Mayweather told reporters at the press conference, framing the fight as an expansion of his businesses to the Far East.Mayweather has not fought since his money-spinning boxing showdown with mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor in Las Vegas in 2017. Mayweather returned to retirement following that bout with a perfect 50-0 unbeaten record.However, the American has repeatedly hinted at coming out of retirement since that fight, most recently teasing a possible rematch against Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao.Nasukawa, 20, meanwhile, had told reporters on Monday it had been an “easy decision” to agree to fight Mayweather.“It was a surprise offer but I accepted without hesitation,” said Nasukawa.“I don’t care what the rules are. I want to be the man who changes history. I’ll do that with these fists, with one punch — just watch.”Mayweather said he had been reluctant to speak out at Monday’s press conference because he did not want “to create a huge disturbance by combating what was being said.”“I am a retired boxer that earns an unprecedented amount of money, globally, for appearances, speaking engagements and occasional small exhibitions,” he said.US-based pundits however poured scorn on Mayweather’s stated reasons for the U-turn. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Yahoo Sports combat sports columnist Kevin Iole greeted Mayweather’s volte-face with skepticism.“Mayweather is hardly a shrinking violet and he has never — ever — failed to speak up on his own behalf since he became a professional boxer,” Iole wrote. “One would have to be a fool to believe this.” /cbbRELATED VIDEO Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more