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  • 15 August 2019
    All you need to know about Graham DeLaets desire at the Open Championship can be gleaned from this quote, uttered after he grinded to a one-over 72 on Friday. “We came a long ways and it wasnt just to make the cut,” said the Weyburn, Saskatchewan native. “We want to be in the hunt.” To do that, of course, DeLaet had to make the cut, which he accomplished through some brilliant and risky play on the Muirfield links. He threw out his game plan and decided to take some chances, most of which paid off. Paired with a brilliant flat stick, he made three birdies and a few par-saving gems to survive the 36-hole cut. On 12, a short par four that was playing downwind, DeLaet pulled out the driver and almost made an ace, settling for a two-putt birdie. “That was only because we needed to start forcing it a bit,” he stated. “Even on 10, I hit driver and that really wasnt the play. On 11, I wanted to hit it but Julien (caddie Julien Trudeau) talked me out of it.” Another birdie came the next hole when his iron shot landed three feet from the hole. And he added a third back-nine bird on 15 after a slick second shot left him 10 feet. There were also a few nervous moments as he battled with the cut line. On the par-3 16th, he hit his tee shot on the far right side of the green and his first put left him a 15-footer for par, which he dropped centre cut. And even on the final hole, after reaching the green in two, his first putt came up a bit short – no doubt after memories of how slick that green was past the hole on Thursday – but the four-footer that remained was no trouble. “Thats not what I wanted to leave myself on the last hole. It was just a really slow putt,” he said with a smile after the round. “I kind of told myself when I was walking up to that putt ‘This is why we practice and I hit a good putt right in the middle.” DeLaet showed the mettle of his game with that back nine, something he hopes will continue into Saturday, when hell tee it up with the defending champion Ernie Els. “Im happy that Im playing the weekend but this is a long way to come just to try and make the cut. I had higher goals,” he said. “It would be nice to play two great rounds, maybe not get in the mix but have a nice, respectable finish.” Its easy to see theres something burning inside DeLaet, that hes hungry to get better, to play better and to win. Just surviving isnt in the plans. Still, for a first major and a first test of the Open Championship under brutally tough conditions his play is fun to watch. Its great to see him use his imagination and try to bounce balls close, or to take on a hole such as the 12th. Even if he isnt in the hunt to lift the Claret Jug on Sunday – and who knows what might happen out here – he does have a lot to play for. Moving up the Official World Golf Rankings inside the top 50 would bring benefits of more starts in bigger events. And a spot on the International Team at the Presidents Cup is within sight. Hes 12th on the points list at the moment. “That was one of my goals at the start of the year,” Delaet said. “I really want to be on that team.” All those numbers and points can be sliced and diced on Monday. First up is another spin around this beast of a links which doesnt appear to be ready to settle down. Thats just find for DeLaet, it appears. Bring it on. Russell Wilson Jersey . Tracey comes to the Blue Bombers after spending over a decade with Queens University. Most recently he was the schools assistant football coach. D.K. Metcalf Jersey . It just didnt show when he hit the ice. 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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Vanderbilt womens soccer team suffered its first loss of the season Sunday night, walking away from a tough match against Lipscomb with a 2-0 defeat.We just didnt have any urgency in the box, said head coach Darren Ambrose. We have six or seven players that were rotating in and none of them have played in a competitive collegiate game. Those players are still learning, and you cant rush that. Until we figure that out, were going to be making some of the same errors.The Commodores had several early opportunities including a fantastic run by defender Danae OHalloran, which resulted in a well placed cross that forced the Bisons goalkeeper to abandon goal.While crosses and corners were aplenty, it was shots that the Commodores lacked as Lipscomb led 3 shots to zero before achieving its first goal of the outing.A momentary lapse of defense proved costly for the Commodores as Olivia Doak drilled the ball it into the upper left corner of the goal. Vandy goalkeeper Kaitlyn Fahrner leaped, hoping to put a hand on the ball, but the ball was placed just out of reach as LU took the 1-0 lead in the 21st minute.Ambrose and his staff subbed regularly throughout the evening, keeping players bodies and minds locked into the game. Friday, against Miami of Ohio, eight newcomers took the field for the first time sporting the black and gold. Transfer Allie Bruder joined the crew Sunday night, making her Commodore debut in the 39th minute.Just before the period came to a close, the redshirt freshman forward nearly leveled the game, however her firrst shot as a Commodore sailed wide.dddddddddddd The first half ended with both teams tied in attempts, 4-4.The Bisons began the second half with fast pace offense, possessing the ball and making counter attacks off Vandy errors. At 15 minutes left on the clock, the LU offense began bombarding Fahrner in goal, forcing the redshirt junior to make back to back saves on three shots.Vanderbilt, still looking to tie the match, had a surge in offense with a little less than 10 minutes remaining. However Lipscomb managed to deflect three corner kicks and form a counter attack following a Bison clear.With predominately most of the Vandy squad in the final third, trying capitalize off the corner kicks, the Lipscomb clear found leading scorer, Doak. One on one with Fahrner, and the goal abandoned, Doak lobbed the ball over Fahrners head from around the 30-yard mark. The ball looked as though it might go over, but top spun into the upper 90 of the Commodore goal to secure the 2-0 victory.We committed everyone forward to try to tie the game up. With seven to eight minutes to go, youre just trying to find a goal, which means you throw everything at them that you can. Theres no point leaving players back, because at that point youre losing players. Fair play to them.Following the loss, the Dores host Florida State, Thursday, August 25th at 7:30 with a 1-1-0 record. The home opener is free to admission and will be Back to School Night. ' ' '