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Coming off their first team title since 2015 at the Pinetree Intercollegiate, the University of Wisconsin men’s golf team has been a middle-of-the-pack squad for most of the season. The Pinetree played to the likes of senior Jordan Hahn, who led the Badgers by tying for first place individually. Hahn got red hot on his back nine, carding four birdies and joining teammate Griffin Barela to become the second Badger in under a year to tie for first in a tournament.Three other Badgers, including Barela, finished in the top 10, solidifying a dominant five-stroke team victory. Most recently, the team traveled to Awendaw, South Carolina, to compete at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Golf Club. The Badgers’ starting five consisted of freshman Cameron Frazier, sophomores Barela and Sam Anderson, junior Pete Kuhl and Hahn, the team’s steady leader. Men’s Golf: Badgers look forward to spring season with high ambitionsAfter a 10th place finish in last year’s Big Ten championships lead by a top 10 individual performance from then Read…Head Coach Michael Burcin noted before the trip that Barela and Hahn continue to be the leaders of the team. In their previous tournament, Barela’s strong weekend finish brought him to tie at sixth on the leaderboard at the Mission-Inn Spring Spectacular down in Florida. His personal efforts brought Wisconsin up to a respectable ninth-place finish.At the Hootie, the Badgers finished at 7-over par, which ranked 13th out of the 15 teams that participated in the tournament. Barela carded two rounds under par, both times shooting a 69. His final round propelled him to finish tied for 13th place. Joining him in the top-25 was Hahn, who finished the tournament at 1-under par, giving him his seventh top-25 finish of the season. The Badgers will look to get back on top when they travel to West Lafayette, Indiana, for the Boilermaker Invitational in two weeks.
The Gfinity Elite Draft and Elite Series is edging ever closer. It’s just a matter of days now before the pre-requisite, the Challenger Series shut and those that will be considered by the now confirmed eight professional organisations will wait for their chance to be picked up. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Rocket League and Street Fighter V comprise the eclectic mix of games that are set to be played. exceL eSports, Reason Gaming, Prophecy, Team Infused, Team Endpoint, Method, EnVyUs and Epsilon eSports are the eight teams that look set to battle it out to be the best in each title. We spoke to Head of Partner Relations, Martin Wyatt to find out exactly what eager fans can expect from the upcoming spectacle. Esports Insider: How much traction have you seen with the Challenger Series?Martin Wyatt: If anything it’s exceeded expectations and the participation is growing steadily. We’ve been really, really pleased with the initial uptake in terms of participation and quite humbled by the level of support we’ve received from our publisher partners. That’s people like OMEN by HP and also the positive feedback we’ve experienced from the vast majority of the community.ESI: Which of the three titles are you most excited about?Martin: I couldn’t possibly choose. CS:GO is obviously such a well established esport that we’re bound to see some amazing action there. It’s incredibly exciting for us to be able to move into FGC for the first time and Street Fighter is a franchise that probably has one of the richest heritages in all of games, never mind just esports.“We just can’t wait to reveal the next superstar SFV player – or maybe even the next CS:GO Major champions.” We’ve also been doing some work with the Rocket League community for a while now. We’ve run some of the biggest cups and tournaments that exist in Europe so to be able to bring that to a live event and league programme like the Elite Series, it all just makes me beyond excited.You’ll find me sat front and centre, every weekend lapping up the action – I can’t wait.ESI: Tell us more about the Franchise championship? Is it like the F1 Constructors Championship? Martin: It’s very similar to the way that the Constructor’s championship works in F1. The reason it’s there is that we want to ensure that the franchises and teams there are encouraging top performance across all of their teams and titles. Undoubtedly some of these franchises will be stronger in one game over another but we want to make sure that they’re fighting on all three fronts and promoting and supporting each player in each game. Undoubtedly they will be as they’re professional and competitive.It’s cool from a story perspective. We’re going to be able to pick up and build some great rivalries between teams and players and the overarching structure of the Elite Series itself will be able to create some amazing talking points.ESI: These guys that are joining Franchises are they buying in? How is the model built? How do teams enter/how are they chosen?Martin: Teams were chosen for multiple reasons. We’ve tried to involve a blend of globally successful and well renowned organisations to well established UK organisations, some new and some older.We’ve selected them to try and offer an opportunity to all and sundry, as well as you can do with eight spots in a league. Obviously there are people that are disappointed they weren’t involved. We have had to turn some people down and that’s never a nice thing to do but ultimately we’ve got a mix of teams that we think is exciting – for those players representing them or for those tuning in and becoming fans of them.“We’re going to be able to pick up and build some great rivalries between teams and players and the overarching structure of the Elite Series itself will be able to create some amazing talking points.”One of the things we really want to do is build a fanbase for these teams. Either build it if it doesn’t exist or help them grow it. The actual financial details and commercials will remain behind close doors for reasons I’m sure you understand but the way that the teams are involved it means that they get to benefit from loads of things that the league generates.For example, it’s set to be very content rich and the exposure the league will get will mean a big bright spotlight will shine on these brands – and some of them for the first time. It will help them raise their profile and grow their organisations beyond the Elite Series and become successful in their own right as they should do. That’s one of the things the Elite Series is here to do – to support their growth and encourage it.ESI: Many argue that content in esports is king. What are your plans for the Draft and beyond?Martin: One of the things I think is undervalued in esports is the personalities that these guys have. The stories that some of these players have to tell is sensational and it’s something that we want to tap into. We want to build the profile of these players as people. It’s about unearthing the superstars, the controversial characters – as they exist in every sport and every walk of life. We want to be able to pick out the real interesting stories and tell them and we think that he way that the Elite Series works in the way that the seasons are structured and the fixtures work and the broadcast and content plan will be wrapped around it will bring to the fore a lot of those stories.I think we’re going to be able to build some superstars. They’re undoubtedly out there. Again, one of the reasons the Elite Series was set up was to mine and tap into this really rich source and pool of talent that exists in the UK that may or may not have had the opportunity to showcase their talent before. That’s what we’re really really excited about, as well as the unbelievable game play and competition!We just can’t wait to reveal the next superstar SFV player – or maybe even the next CS:GO Major champions.
Letterkenny Parkrun participants shook off the New Years cobwebs with the first 5k of 2018 this morning. The first to finish the 5k was Bliadhan Glass from Slaughneil, near Maghera, Co Derry.Bliadhan was joined across the finish line by Aaron Nepgen in second place and Martin Gormley in third. Every Saturday morning at 9:30am, walkers, joggers, fun runners, and elite runners alike come together to take part in this free 5k at St. Conal’s Hospital Grounds, which includes Letterkenny Town Park.The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying yourself – why not join in next week?Picture Special: Letterkenny parkrun participants put their best foot forward with first 5k of 2018 was last modified: January 6th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:5kletterkenny parkrun