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Michelle Wie Wins CN Canadian Open

Michelle Wie wins second LPGA Title

Michelle Wie tore up the 13th, 14th and 15th holes firing birdies on each and taking a three stroke lead in the CN Canadian Open in Winnipeg, Canada.

Wie started the day in a tie at 10 under par and didn’t really get her game started until the par 5 13th hole where she used her long distance driver to put her into position for birdie.

On the par 5, 14th hole, Wie hit her second shot into the sand bunker, but placed the ball to within 20 feet on her third shot before draining another birdie.

On the 15th hole Wie put the tournament out of reach by dropping another birdie and moving herself four strokes ahead of on the leader board.

Wie is considered by many, me included, to be the Tiger Woods of professional golf and a key person that will bring life back into the LPGA.

The six foot tall, Hawaii born, 20 year old is the darling of the women’s circuit and has now won her second tour victory.

Wie was tied for first after the third round with Jiyae Shin at 10 under.  Shin had an up and down final round and finished with a bogey on the 17th hole to drop her in a group at 9 under for the runner-up position.  Wie also bogeyed the 17th, but still won the Canadian Open by three strokes.

Wie led the Open for 68 out of 72 holes, winning by three strokes over her closest competition.

August 29, 2010 Posted by | golf | , , , | Leave a comment

Michelle Wie has lead after round two of CN Canadian Open

Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie remained in the lead after day two of the Canadian Women’s Open in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Wie shot a 65 on day one followed by a 69 on day two to go 10 under par.  During day one Wie shot a ace on the 11th hole, only her second ace of her professional career.

The Hawaii born 20 year leads going into day three and is looking for her second victory on the LPGA circuit.

Kiyai Shin is in second place at 7 under par with Morgan Pressel tied for third along with defending champion, Suzann Pettersen at 6 under.

August 28, 2010 Posted by | golf | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wineglass Marathon & Hilo Marathon Directors Meet

Wineglass director, Mark Landin, exchages t-shirts with Hilo Marathon director

CORNING, NEW YORK – One of the most challenging distances in racing is being able to finish a full marathon, 26.2-miles.

   In 1986 it became the crown jewel in my running accomplishments when I finished my first 26.2-mile race, the Honolulu Marathon.  During the months of preparation I continued to tell myself that this would be my first and the last marathon, as the preparation was taking its toll.

   When I crossed the finish line on that beautiful Honolulu December morning I realized that this marathon was going to be the first of many more to come.

   While the world has seen a fluctuation in the infatuation of marathon running we don’t have to look hard to find a 26.2-mile race somewhere on the planet today.

   According to Marathon Guide writer, John Elliot, there are 800 marathon races in the world in 2010 and half of them are found here in the U.S.A.

   It didn’t take me long while on vacation in upstate New York to bump into the race director of the Wineglass Marathon in Corning.

  Mark Landin is an avid runner himself and has spent years on the road either running in races or in hosting them.

   When I met Landin he was just recovering from putting together a first time race for the City of Corning, an 8K (just short of 5-miles) that coincided with a Glass Festival.

   “First time events are always difficult to coordinate,” Landin said.  “The City wanted to find something to replace the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) which had their final event last year due to financial reason.  That’s why they came up with the idea to host a Glass Festival and have a road race to go along with it.”

Mark Landin

Landin, like most race organizers around the country, is relied upon by the community to use his knowledge and expertise to put on events that attract outside residents and promote tourism.

   Coming up later this year is the 29th Annual Wineglass Marathon which attract close to 800 marathoners each year.  If you’re wondering why the Corning Marathon is called the “Wine Glass” it’s because Corning Ware and Corning Glass come from this part of the country.

   Corning also host the world largest glass museum and is famous worldwide for its elegant work.

   Recently voters in a Runners World survey selected the Wineglass Marathon as the “speediest” 26.2-mile race in the nation.

  “Our cool fall temperatures, and relatively flat course, makes for fast times by most people,” Landin said.  The event is held during the first week in October (Oct. 3, this year) and is considered one of the most spectacular as all the trees leaves are turning colors.

   Landin was the director of the Wineglass Marathon from 1993 to ’97 before moving to Asia.  “My job with Corning, Inc sent me to Seoul, Tokyo and Shanghai from 1998 to 2001,” Landin said.

   Once Landin got back from Asia he was quickly recruited back to organizing the Wineglass event.  It was Landin who redesigned the course to its “speediest” status.  “We had previously had a course that started at the bottom of a long hill, about 4-miles from where we start today,” he said.

   By changing the course Landin was able to get the finish line moved to downtown Corning which made it relatively flat with a slight downhill net elevation drop making for a super fast qualifying course for those interested in trying to make the Boston Marathon.

   “I expect that with the positive articles from Runner’s World over the past few years we will continue to grow as we are considered by many to be a “best kept secret” in terms of a race in this part of the country,” Landin said.

   Hilo’s own, David Hammes, a professor of Economics at the University of Hawaii – Hilo was in Corning this past October and had rave reviews for the fast course and the many amenities that went with finishing the race.

  “I found the mementos quite unique in that finishers were given a half split bottle of champagne, a nice finisher’s shirt with Wineglass motif and a glass finisher’s medal,” Hammes said.  “If I’m ever in the area again I would definitely do this race a second time.”

   “We usually get one or two marathoners from Hawaii each year,” Landin said.  “Most of our runners come from states where the driving time to Corning is five hours or less.”

   Landin is the type of race director that most runners appreciate having, as he is a runner himself.  Runners make the best race directors as they know what other runners like and appreciate about doing their event.  Landin can even brag about having a sub-par 3 hour marathon time under his belt.

   “I’ve been a runner since high school, so I have 35 plus years and an estimated 30,000 plus miles on my legs,” Landin said. 

   If you’re looking to do a fast, well organized 26.2-mile marathon, that is certified and a Boston qualifier, then take a look at making a trip to upstate New York in October.

June 21, 2010 Posted by | Marathon Running | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Michelle Wie falls in a tie for 2nd at Tres Marias – After 3rd Round

Michelle Wie looks to win her first LPGA at Tres Marias

  • The Course at Tres Marias Residential Golf Club-Womens, Morelia, Michoacan
  • Michelle Wie had an even par 3rd round to fall into a tie for second with fellow Americans Brittany Lincicome and Stacy Lewis going into the final round on Sunday.
  • Japan’s Ai Miyazato and American Brittany Lincicome were tied for first at -13 on the 18th hole when Miyazato pared and Lincicome bogeyed.Home crowd favorite, Lorena Ochoa, is three strokes behind the leaders at -10 and in a tie for fifth.Wie is looking for her first victory on the LPGA circuit.  The Hawaii resident and Punahou High School grad stands at 6 feet tall and has one of the best drives in the LPGA.
  • May 1, 2010 Posted by | golf | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

    Hawaii’s Own Michelle Wie leads Tres Marias Championship

    Punahou grad, Michelle Wie, on verge of winning her first LPGA title

    Hawaii native and Punahou graduate, Michelle Wie, fired a five-under 68 on Friday to seize the second-round lead in the LPGA Tres Marias Championship in Mexico as Lorena Ochoa faltered in her farewell event.

    Wie had a 36-hole total of 134, one shot in front of Japan’s Ai Miyazato and American Brittany Lincicome.

    Overnight leader Miyazato carded a 72, while Lincicome notched a 67.

    South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi was alone in fourth after a 68 for 137, and compatriot Jee Young Lee was a further shot back after a 67 for 138.

    Wie has never won on the LPGA circuit, but this may be her best opportunity to make a breakthrough in the winner’s circle.

    April 30, 2010 Posted by | golf | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment