Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club in Suffolk has become the first winner of England Golf’s Championship Venue of the Year Award, sponsored by Travelbag.The club was honoured at last night’s England Golf Awards 2018, sponsored by Bridgestone. About 500 guests attended the glittering, black tie event at the Royal Lancaster London to celebrate all that’s great about golf in England.Felixstowe Ferry hosted the 2017 English Women’s County Championship, a five day tournament involving six teams and their many supporters, which was eventually won by Yorkshire.Alison Kemp, who was ladies’ captain in 2017, said: “This just means everything to the club.” Jo Woodward, who helped to organise the event, added: “We are absolutely over the moon, this is testament to all the hard work that went into the championship by all the volunteers and staff, we have a great team at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club.”The club produced a course in tip-top condition and its army of volunteers included tireless hostesses who looked after the needs of each team. The club overcame a shortage of space for spectators by setting up a refreshment tent – serving Pimm’s in the afternoon – which turned into a tournament hub.The attention to detail was remarkable, right down to the seaside-themed decorations on each team’s table and the specially produced signage which helped to organise the car park – and even the members’ dogs wore club collars.The new award was introduced to recognise the contribution of the golf clubs which host England Golf’s 55 championships and tournaments each year, offering competition to 6000 players, ranging from handicap golfers to elite amateurs.England Golf championship director James Crampton commented: “We couldn’t run our events without the amazing support of our clubs and volunteers. All three of our finalists went above and beyond to make their events outstanding successes and deciding on our winner was extremely difficult.“Felixstowe Ferry won through because of the scale of their enthusiasm. The club got right behind the event from our very first meeting and the support they gave us was quite exceptional.”The other finalists for the award were Goswick Golf Club, Northumberland, which hosted the English Senior Men’s County Championship – also won by Yorkshire; and Manchester Golf Club, hosts of the English U14 Boys’ Open Championship for the Reid Trophy, won by the South African Casey Jarvis.Caption: Felixstowe Golf Club representatives (from left) Alison Kemp, Jo Woodward and club secretary David Spencer, with their award. It was presented by Ian Sykes from sponsors Travelbag 22 Feb 2018 Suffolk golf club wins top national award Tags: Award, Championship Venue of the Year, Felixstowe Ferry
“(Howley) and his immediate family are among more than 230 investors who were victims of a sophisticated Ponzi scheme perpetrated to defraud investors nationwide of nearly $400 million,” Hansen said in a prepared statement to The Two River Times. A financial advisor with ties to Rumson is facing accusations of wrongdoing. Howley’s home on Rumson Road is currently for sale, listed at $4.5 million. The complaint continues that “Howley used the GCR investment as a selling point for the Guardian Life Insurance policy that earned (Howley) a large stream of commissions.” “My relationship with (Howley) is restricted to running and charitable work,” local restaurateur, philanthropist and Rumson-Fair Haven High School running coach Tim McLoone said in an Aug. 12 inter view. “(Howley) has always been good to our athletes and a supporter of our charitable efforts. There was never any inkling of anything like (these allegations). He’s always been a very, very positive influence on our community.” In 2016, John “Jack” Howley, a founding board member of Rumson’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, was selected to be its Grand Marshal. Photo by The Two River Times Though five customer disputes are being arbitrated out of court by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, known as FINRA, a Two River-area couple filed a civil complaint in Monmouth County Superior Court in March. Though Howley was never charged by the SEC, the damages requested from complaints filed against him total more than $4.9 million. Howley chose not to comment for this story. But Mary P. Hansen, a partner with the Philadelphia law firm Drinker Biddle, is representing Howley during this legal process and said the allegations contained in the lawsuit “are without merit.” “Like other investors and sophisticated institutions, Mr. Howley placed his trust in Kevin Merrill, who in May admitted under taking the fraudulent Global Credit Recovery scheme, pled guilty to multiple federal criminal charges and is facing a lengthy prison sentence. At no time did Mr. Howley have knowledge of Kevin Merrill’s criminal enterprise or intent to defraud,” Hansen added. In May, GCR’s Kevin B. Merrill, 53, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and wire fraud. GCR operated from 2013 through September 2018. Co-defendants Cameron R. Jezierski, 28, and Jay B. Ledford, 55, pleaded guilty in September for their involvement in the scheme. A Sept. 9, 2018 lawsuit against GCR and Merrill was filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the United States District Court in Maryland. The District Court indicted Merrill and two others Sept. 11, 2018 for conspiracy, identity theft, money laundering and wire fraud. Merrill and GCR’s assets were frozen two days later. According to former Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl, Howley is a “pay-it-forward, giving-back type of guy,” who served on the borough’s recreation committee. Howley also coached recreation and travel basketball and softball and was active in the local track and cross country community. The lawsuit alleges that over the next 15 months Howley recommended the purchase a $6 million life insurance policy from Guardian, a life insurance agency with which Howley has been an advisor since 1983. Howley also suggested an investment in Global Credit Recovery. Guardian could not be reached for comment. Hansen noted that Howley is hopeful the court-appointed arbitrator will soon begin distributing Merrill and GCR’s asset proceeds to investors who were harmed. Rumson resident John “Jack” C. Howley, 58, was discharged from the New York-based Park Avenue Securities Oct. 30, 2018 after failing to disclose private securities transactions and referring clients to investments not offered by the firm. Since the firm severed its ties with Howley, six customer complaints have been levied against him that are still pending decisions. The complaints stem from Howley’s alleged dealings with Global Credit Recovery (GCR), an investment offering the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) labeled a Ponzi scheme in September 2018. Despo’s complaint said that by December 2017 his clients invested a total of $1 million with GCR, an investment that “would be sufficient to pay the premium for the Guardian Insurance.” In 2016, Howley was named the Grand Marshal of the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade, an event he helped found and for which he was a board of trustees member. The lawsuit seeks a total of $1 million in damages from Park Avenue Securities and Howley Financial Group, a financial services firm headed by Howley for 25 years. Its official website is not currently functional. Prior to the pending customer disputes against Howley, which date back to November 2018, the Rumson resident was an active part of the borough community and was celebrated professionally in May 2018 when he was inducted into the Guardian Life Insurance Hall of Fame. “We think we’ve been harmed, and I think we’ll be successful in what we’re seeking,” Despo said when reached by The Two River Times Aug. 5. Howley also organized the first Rumson Opening Day baseball/softball parade, a tradition that continues today. According to the civil complaint, which was submitted on behalf of the Two River-area couple by Rumson attorney William A. Despo, his clients first met with Howley in early 2017 for professional assistance with their investments, life insurance and retirement planning.
A TOTAL OF 58 STAKES, INCLUDING NINE GRADE I EVENTS, TO BE OFFERED THROUGH SANTA ANITA DERBY DAY, APRIL 8 For a complete roster of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet stakes, please visit santaanita.com. ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 5, 2016)–Santa Anita Park, which will offer 58 stakes races beginning with opening day of its traditional Winter Meet on Dec. 26, has announced that the prestigious Grade I, $300,000 American Oaks, which was most recently run in May, 2015, will now be run on Dec. 31. Santa Anita’s 72-day Winter stand will conclude on April 9 and be followed by its Spring Meet, which will run from April 14 through July 4.A blockbuster card consisting of four graded stakes will await fans on opening day, with a pair of Grade I, $300,000 races at seven furlongs–the Malibu for 3-year-old colts and geldings and the La Brea, for 3-year-old fillies, highlighting a 10-race program. The Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) and the Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Handicap, at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, will round out the graded stakes action.Heading Santa Anita’s Grade I Winter Meet stakes lineup is the $1 million Santa Anita Derby, which has produced 17 Kentucky Derby winners, and will be run on April 8. The Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap, to be contested for the 81st time, will be run on March 11.Additionally, there will again be a similar number of $75,000 overnight stakes as well as a robust menu of California-bred stakes offered throughout the meeting.HERE IS A COMPLETE ROSTER OF SANTA ANITA’S GRADE I WINTER MEET STAKES: Dec. 26 $300,000 Malibu Stakes Dec. 26 $300,000 La Brea Stakes Dec. 31 $300,000 American Oaks March 11 $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) March 11 $400,000 Triple Bend Stakes March 11 $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap March 18 $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes April 8 $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks April 8 $1,000,000 Santa Anita Derby