The Challenge at Musket Ridge

The Challenge at Musket Ridge took place in Fredrick Maryland this past week (August 20 – 26, 2012). This event is one stop on the Symetra Tour- the Road to the LPGA. The Musket Ridge Golf Club, ranked second by Golf Digest is located in Myersville, Md. The best of the best are here to play in Maryland and we had a great week of competition.

The Beautiful Site at Musket Ridge- Myersville, MD

For those of you who are not familiar with the Symetra Tour it’s the developmental tour for the LPGA. This is a fantastic opportunity for women to compete at their chance to become professionals. In its 32nd year, we are pleased to have this world class event take place here in Maryland. In fact, six of the current LPGA members are from Maryland.

The top 10 money winners will go on to play in 16 tournaments, with 11 stops in the United States and one in Mexico. This event had 18 different sponsors including PNC Bank, Hood College and Wegmans. Every year the Symetra Tour donates to various charities, donating over 5 million dollars over the past 20 years. All the proceeds from this event will go to the Frederick County Commission for Women.

As a recap of the results Misun Cho from Cheongju, South Korea was the 1st place winner with top score of 205. Sarah Brown from White Hall, Pennsylvania finished in a close 2nd with a score of 206 and Mariana Alex from Wayne, New Jersey finished in 3rd place with 208. You can check out the list of participants and the results on the Final Round Leader Board here. Congratulations to all of the players and good luck in your future competition.

Olympians head to Maryland!

Pictured R-L, Casey Eichfeld, Jeff Larimer, Scott Parsons, Caroline Queen, Eric Hurd

The 2012 U.S. Olympic team members for Canoe/Kayak Slalom will be coming to the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI) for the Deep Creek Open and the U.S. National Championships being held September 8-9.   There are 80 countries (with over 1000 elite athletes) in the world with slalom programs; of those, only 30 qualified at least 1 athlete for the Olympics; of those 30 countries – only 9 had talented enough athletes to be able to compete in all four classes.   The United States was one of those 9 countries.  Additionally of the five Olympic athletes, two are from Maryland – Caroline Queen and Scott Parsons and a third, Casey Eichfeld has spent considerable time here, training and being a raft guide at ASCI.  Admission to the races is free and spectators are welcome to come and meet the athletes and cheer them on as they compete at ASCI.

The British Invasion…

On Saturday two English Premier League teams took to the pitch at M&T Bank Stadium. The crowd of approx. 43,000 witnessed the first time two EPL teams have played one another on US soil – Tottenham FC v. Liverpool FC. The bluegrass pitch looked remarkable considering the hot and steamy weather. The two clubs were outfitted in their new kits Tottenham FC in Under Armour and Liverpool FC in Warrior.

British Deputy Ambassador Phillip Barton & Terry Hasseltine, Director of the Maryland Office of Sports

Off the field most fans arrived sporting their red and white jerseys singing their favorite club’s hems and chants. I however had the good fortune to meet both the clubs management teams and present a small gift to them. In addition, I was fortunate to also present a gift to British Deputy Ambassador Phillip Barton. The two clubs couldn’t have been more excited about the reception they received by the City of Baltimore, the Ravens, the fans and the State of Maryland. At the end of the day, we met our goal: provide a world class experience for the fans and clubs, even though the match played to a tie. Job well done!

The British invasion isn’t over as Tottenham FC is spearheading a clinic and camp as well as tournament this week at Covenant Park (Howard County) in partnership with SAC and Elite Tournaments.

The match might be over on the pitch here in Baltimore, Maryland, but the relationships formed will be beneficial for years to come.