The annual Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) Vic Higgs Golf Tournament will be held today at the Constant Spring Golf Club in St Andrew. This year marks the 21st staging of the event, which is set to start at 6:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. Prizegiving and other presentations will commence at 6:30 p.m.
Vic Higgs, prior to his untimely passing, served on the HFJ board for many years. During his tenure, he introduced the rehabilitation programme and, as a result, the HFJ started paying more attention to prevention of heart disease rather than the cure.
Higgs was well known in golfing circles and assisted the Jamaica Tourist Board in staging the Johnnie Walker World Golf Tournament. Friends of the Heart Foundation and enthusiastic golfers became interested in assisting the Foundation by holding an annual event in his memory as a major fund-raiser.
Former champion and 2012 beaten finalist Winston 'Wimpy' Lyew of Eastern All-Stars was knocked out in the second round of the Jamaica Skittles Federation/Sista open national singles champions at Bourbon House last Sunday.
Lyew lost in four sets to Emmanuel Munda of Mister C at the east Kingston venue.
Munda came from behind to beat Lyew 3-1 in the best-of-five match, winning the last three games after trailing 0-1.
Munda will now meet former champion Eastern's Nehemiah 'Fatta' Henry, who defeated Seymour Bennett of Eagles Strikers 3-1.
Former champion Fitzroy Blair, also from Eastern, advanced at the expense of teammate Victor Phillips, winning 3-1. Blair will next meet Karyl 'Chassy' Walker of Rowe's Strikers, following Walker's thrilling five-set victory over Horace Vaz.
Mister's C skipper Aubyn Flynn edged Carlton Dennis of Rowe's 3-2 to advance, while former champion Leslie 'Toothpick' Puranda from Eastern also beat Luke Patterson 3-2 to stay on course, as did Eagles Strikers' Fred 'Bushman' Marsh, who stopped Mister C's Horace Thorpe in five games.
Former women's champion Ruthlyn 'Marcia' Bailey of Rowe's Strikers continued her giant-killing performances, whipping Excel James of Mystix 3-1, and will now meet Dane Jones of Eagles.
Jones struggled to beat female newcomer Jehann Richards of Eastern 3-1, while Garfield Willis of Eagles stopped Eastern's Mark Prendergast 3-1 and Clinton 'Fly Up' Thompson of Eagles upset the gifted Keito 'Bibi' Stephens of Mister C by the same margin. Rudolph 'Niah' Mullings got by former Skittles Federation president Lenville Pottinger in five sets.
There are four outstanding rounds of 32 matches remaining. Competition continues tomorrow at Bourbon House.
The first major pool tournament for 2013, sponsored by Worthy Park Rum, cues off on the weekend of March 30-31 at Hot Shots Pool Bar, 120A Constant Spring Road.
The double elimination eight-ball open singles tournament offers a first prize of $100,000 and trophy, second prize of $35,000, while third and fourth prizes will be $10,000. Players finishing from fifth to eighth place will each receive $3,000.
Entry fee is $2,500 by March 16 and $3,000 after today's date. Entry fees for ladies and amateurs (C class and lower) are $1,500.
The ranking system governing this tournament is five, four, and three.
When an 'A' class meets another 'A'-class player, the match will be decided by a race to four. However, if an 'A' player is up against a 'B'-class player, then the A class will have to win five games and the 'B' player four. And 'C'-class players are required to win three games.
Tayon Cruickshank defeated 'A'-class player Rennie Barrett to win the first monthly tournament at Hot Shots Pool Bar, 120A Constant Spring Road, last Saturday night.
The tournament, which requires no entry fee, received over 50 entries. Cruickshank received $5,000 and a trophy for his efforts.
Meanwhile, the weekly ladies tournament which took a break last Saturday to facilitate the playing of the monthly tournament, resumes tonight at Hot Shots starting at 7:00.
The winners of the two previous tournaments were Chyann Nichol and Nicky Lawrence.
The semi-finals of the LIME Portmore Division Two football league will be played tomorrow with a double-header at the Passagefort field.
Top seed Greater Portmore oppose fourth seed Cumberland in the opener at the venue at 1 p.m., while, at 3 p.m., second seed East Portmore Portals tackle the third seed Bridgeport at the same venue.
Cumberland took the final semi-final spot as they brushed aside winless Silverstone 4-0 last Thursday, while it was the end of the road for a fast-starting Racing United which ended their campaign on 20 points, and gained fifth place in the preliminaries with a 2-2 draw with Greater Portmore on the same afternoon.
Heavyweights Right Stuff, the defending champs, and Fort International, will meet tomorrow in a big clash in the Portmore/St Catherine Domino League at Sky Sport Bar, located along Passagefort Drive. Right Stuff (44 points) have their unbeaten record to preserve, but fourth-place Fort (40 points) will come out firing against their opponents. In other games (home teams named first), Eradication take on ISCF at Gregory Park, Hurricane vs Masterpiece, Prozz and Conns vs Passagefort United, Highlight Strikers versus Black Rooster, Spring Village vs Exceptional International, Caymanas Track vs Ken's Wildflower, Correctional Services vs Westchester Rudiz, while Eagle View face the challenge of Colours Sports Club. All games begin at 11:30 a.m.
Organisers of the popular Braeton Phase 3, Gully League, said that all is in place for the staging of the event on April 1.
The gully situated along the Hellshire main road was cleaned by men from the area.
The Portmore Municipal Council has come on board to sponsor the league. The winning side will gain $20,000. Entry fee is $1,200. Entries close on Thursday, March 28. The event is made possible through a collaboration between the Braeton Phase 3 Police Youth Club, and the man behind the Gully League, Orville 'Chippy' Irons.
The quarter-finals of the Power of Faith Ministries T20 Church Cricket League will be played tomorrow. Old Harbour Bay New Testament, the defending champions, will take on Fellowship Tabernacle at 9:30 a.m. Then at 1:30 p.m. Portmore Gospel Assembly battle Miracle Open Bible at Bridgeport sports ground. At Lime Tree Oval, at 9:30 a.m., Power of Faith International
St Catherine teams Rivoli and Frazsiers Whip will take important goal advantages into tomorrow's South Central Confed Super League semi-final double-header at Prison Oval.
Kick-off is at 3:30 p.m., with Frazsiers Whip taking on Appleton FC of St Elizabeth, while in the big clash at 6 p.m., Rivoli will host New Green of Manchester.
The Rivoli/New Green match-up is a repeat of last year's final where New Green triumphed at Prison Oval on penalties. Both Appleton and Frazsiers Whip are making their first-ever trip to the semi-finals.
If the overall scores are tied at the end of regulation time, extra time and penalties will be used.
In last weekend's first leg, Valentino Gardner's first-half strike was good enough for Rivoli to defeat New Green 1-0 at Brooks Park. In the other semi-final hosted in Santa Cruz, Frazsiers Whip won 2-1. Getting the goals for Frazsiers Whip were Kemar Beckford and Moshelle Nelson. Jemel Sinclair scored Appleton's lone strike.
Excitement should fill the air as the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC) hosts another edition of its National Street Gun Championship at its Lincoln range, tomorrow.
The Street Gun championship is hosted quarterly, and is open to all licensed firearm holders across Jamaica. It is popular among local shooters and firearm enthusiasts, and generally pulls the most spectators to the range. It is called 'Street Gun Championship' as it goes beyond fulfilling the basic difficulty levels for practical shooting. The stages usually reflect typical Jamaican danger scenarios where the shooter is required to react to targets from a domino table, shopping or driving positions.
The gates will be open at 10 a.m. with an entry fee of $1,000. Shooting will commence at 11 a.m., with major competitors to include the number-one female shooter on the local practical-shooting circuit, Sue Ann Henriques, and international Master Class Limited Division and Jamaica representative Orville Henriques.
The day's programme also features an open-class 'Man against Steel' competition for prize money.
Former South Central Confed Super League representatives Newell FC will clash with Black Star FC in the mid-season final of the Wray & Nephew-sponsored St Elizabeth Major League slated for the St Elizabeth Technical field, tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.
Black Star, formerly Black River FC, finished the first half of the league on 19 points from nine games. Newell mined 17 points also from nine games. Interestingly, both teams have lost to Round Hill who failed to make the finals after gaining just 15 points.
Newell enter the game with a psychological advantage having beaten Black Star 2-0. Black Star have the leading goalscorer in the competition so far - Recardo Reid, who has netted six goals. Both teams will get cash incentives and a trophy.
Jamalco completed its second 6-0 drubbing of the season to make it three wins in as many matches in the Captain's Bakery and Grill-sponsored Clarendon FA Major League. Former South Central Confed semi-finalists Monymusk were the first to suffer at the hands of Jamalco. Jamalco, who have now netted 14 goals, maintained their perfect record and are atop the point standings by two points. They are yet to concede a goal.
Following next on seven points are the development sides of the parish's two National Premier League teams - Sporting Central and Humble Lions. New Bowens, Summerfield, Original Hazard and Monymusk are all on four points.
The rest of the standings sees Woodhall and Comfort on three points each, followed by York Town on two, Rock River on one, and Milk River, pointless.
The results from the mid-week schedule saw Rock River and Woodhall drawing 0-0, Original Hazard stopping Comfort 2-0, Sporting Central edging Summerfield 2-1, Humble Lions defeating York Town 1-0, and Monymusk clipping New Bowens, also 1-0.
Four teams have made winning starts in the 2013 season of the Manchester Division Two which kicked off at Kirkvine Sports Club a fortnight ago. A whopping 18 teams are taking part.
They are Manchester Academy who have scored most goals (four), May Day United, Royal Flat and Blue Mountain. Eight teams have just one point while six are pointless after one round. In matches completed this week, Khadiel Smith scored to give Royal Flat a 1-0 win over Clandon, Blue Mountain pipped DC Strikers 1-0, while South Stars and Albion United ended 2-2.
The competition continues today with four matches: Mike Town vs Land Settlement at Greenvale; Grey Ground vs Mandeville United at Comfort; Hanbury host Blue Mountain, and DC Strikers play New Green at DeCarteret College. All games begin at 3:30 p.m.
Greenvale have replaced three-time champions Downs at the top of the Captain's Bakery & Grill-sponsored Manchester Major League.
In action from last weekend's 11th round, Greenvale defeated Comfort 2-1 to notch their seventh win of the season and take their points tally to 22. Downs, who entered the round as leaders, could only manage a 2-2 draw with Mile Gully and are now in fourth place on 20 points. In a tightly run race, Porus who defeated Hillstars 2-0, are second on 21 points, the same as Alligator Pond who edged Vila United 2-1.
The 12th round promises another shake-up in the standings. In probably the key match, Greenvale will travel to face Alligator Pond at the Downs Community field today. The three other match-ups are slated for tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. Kirkvine Sports Club will host a double-header starting at 3:30, featuring Hillstars vs Mile Gully and Comfort vs Villa. Downs will host Porus.
Defending champions Jamalco began their 2013 campaign in the Jamalco Open Netball League with a 36-5 whipping of Seven Stars, last weekend at the Mineral Heights Sports Complex.
Hayes All Stars matched Jamalco's exploits with a similar 36-5 demolition of Holmwood C. However, the more experienced Holmwood A team exacted some revenge by hammering Humble Lions 34-9.
In other results from the first round, Cable Pro beat Fogo Road High 31-13, Glenmuir A schooled Chapelton 27-9, Glenmuir B got the better of Old Harbour High 19-4, while Denbigh High B outscored Bushy Park 18-12. Manchester High B and Sewell Lane ended 25-25 while Manchester A and Vere tied 22-22.
In two close games, Holmwood Technical B edged May Day High 23-20 while Central High outscored Fogo Road B 8-5.
The competition continues tomorrow without most of the high-school teams who are involved in the annual Boys and Girls' Athletic Championships at the National Stadium.