Now or Never

first_imgLydia Ko moved into position Saturday to make one last bid to claim the ultimate prize for a teen prodigy in golf. With a 4-under-par 67, Ko climbed into a tie for third at the Evian Championship in France, two shots behind the leader, Mi Hyang Lee. Sunday will mark Ko’s last chance to become the youngest woman to win a major championship. She will be 18 years, 4 months and 20 days old. Notably, Ko is tied for third with Morgan Pressel at Evian. Pressel became the youngest winner of a women’s major in 2007 when she won the Kraft Nabisco (now ANA Inspiration) at 18 years, 10 months and 9 days old. By the time the final day of the next major – the ANA – rolls around next April, Ko will be 18 years, 11 months and 1 week old. The drama promised to be heightened Sunday at Evian with the golf gods appearing to shine their favor on the storyline. By virtue of their performances Saturday, Ko and Pressel were set to be paired together in the final round, a dynamic matchup with history hanging in the balance. It won’t happen, though. With a lot of rain in the forecast Saturday night and into Sunday, championship officials decided to revamp tee times and send players off early, in threesomes instead of twosomes, off the first and 10th tees. Now, Ko will join Lee and Lexi Thompson in the final threesome off at 4:35 a.m. ET. Pressel will go off with Amy Yang and Shanshan Feng in the second-to-last group off at 4:24 a.m. ET. Ko is already the most accomplished teen prodigy in women’s golf. At 14, she became the youngest player at the time to win a professional event, taking the NSW Open in Australia on the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour. At 15, she became the youngest winner of an LPGA event, taking the Canadian Women’s Open. At 16, she won the Canadian Women’s Open again. At 17, she became the youngest man or woman to rise to world No. 1 in professional golf. Evian Championship: Articles, photos and videos Ko, who has already won 12 professional titles worldwide, will be eyeing the coup de grace trying to win Evian. “Morgan’s record is pretty amazing,” Ko said. “For her to do it at 18 years old, I don’t know exactly how old, but it’s really hard to do. Winning a major at any age is pretty hard. For her to do that at the ANA, I think is pretty amazing. So, yeah, obviously this is my last chance. “I’m just going to take it as a good experience and just give myself a good chance tomorrow.” On a wild Saturday, where five players shared the lead late in the round, Lee closed out a 70 in the rain to take sole possession of the lead, leaving her one shot ahead of Thompson. Lee buried a clutch 10-foot putt for par at the last to retain that lead. Lee will have to hold off a formidable cast Sunday with Thompson, Ko and Pressel bunched behind her and nine players grouped within four of the lead. Lee, 22, is seeking he first major championship title. She broke through to win her first LPGA title in Japan at the Mizuno Classic late last year. Thompson, 20, seeking her second major championship title, made a big move Saturday shooting 66. Pressel had a share of the lead going to the 18th tee, but she couldn’t muscle a 4-hybrid out of the rough at the last hole, knocking it short and into the water. She made double bogey to close. “It’s just the grass was so wet that it didn’t get up in the air,” Pressel said. “Looking back, obviously, it was a mistake, but I thought I could hit the shot. It just didn’t work out. “I hit it great today, some of the best ball striking I’ve had in a long time. So that was encouraging. I can’t tell you the number of 10-footers that I missed. So I’ve got to go tomorrow morning and practice my putting.” Ko, Thompson and Pressel share remarkable teen prodigy stories. Thompson was 12 when she qualified to play in her first U.S. Women’s Open. She won her first LPGA title at 16. Pressel, now 27, was 12 when she qualified to play in her first U.S. Women’s Open, turning 13 just before playing at Pine Needles. As a 17-year-old amateur, she tied for second at the U.S. Women’s Open at Cherry Hills, losing out when Birdie Kim holed out from a greenside bunker at the 72nd hole. At 18, Pressel won the Kraft Nabisco. Ko knows it’s more than a four-woman race to the finish, especially if the tees are up again, as they were in the third round. “It’s a pretty packed leaderboard,” Ko said. “I don’t know how the course setup is going to be tomorrow, but I think the course setup will play a huge factor, because, personally, with them putting some tees forward, it doesn’t mean that only the long hitters are going to get on in two. Average distance players like me are reaching the par 5s as well.” With more rain expected, the course could play longer, but the greens will be softer, holding shots better. Ko has proven she has the game for any kind of course or setup. She has proven she has the game to make history.last_img read more

In Comes Company…With a Gay Twist! Stephen Sondheim & John Tiffany Team Up for New Reading

first_imgYou’ve never seen Company like this before! Composer Stephen Sondheim and Tony winning director John Tiffany are collaborating on a revised production of Sondheim’s beloved 1970 musical, which reimagines Bobby as a gay man with commitment issues and a revolving door of boyfriends, The New York Times reports. The Roundabout Theatre Company is holding a reading of the revised musical on October 18, starring Tony nominee Daniel Evans as Bobby and Tony winner Alan Cumming putting a gender-bending spin on the character of Joanne, as well as Big Fish star Bobby Steggert and Buyer & Cellar’s Michael Urie. No additional dates or casting have been announced. Although previously Sondheim and original book writer George Furth have stated explicitly that Bobby is not gay, the composer changed his tune when Tiffany approached him with the new idea. “It’s still a musical about commitment, but marriage is seen as something very different in 2013 than it was in 1970,” Sondheim told The New York Times. “We don’t deal with gay marriage as such, but this version lets us explore the issues of commitment in a fresh way.” Hey, as long as we can hear Alan Cumming belt “Ladies Who Lunch,” we’re happy! Tiffany is the director of the acclaimed revival of The Glass Menagerie and the Tony-winning musical Once, both currently on Broadway. He co-directed Alan Cumming’s one-man Macbeth alongside Andrew Goldberg. Company originally opened on Broadway in 1970, starring Dean Jones as Bobby and Elaine Stritch as Joanne. It won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It has been revived twice on Broadway: In 1995 (produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company) and 2006. An eight-time Tony winner, Sondheim is the composer and lyricist of Passion, Assassins, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Merrily We Roll Along, Sweeney Todd, Pacific Overtures, The Frogs, A Little Night Music, Follies, Company, Anyone Can Whistle and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He wrote the lyrics for West Side Story, Gypsy, Do I Hear a Waltz? and additional lyrics for Candide. View Commentscenter_img Bobby Steggert Alan Cumming Star Files Michael Urielast_img read more

Assault Amphibian School Battalion

first_imgThe Assault Amphibian School Battalion (Building 210568) is by the Del Mar Boat Basin, facing the Del Mar Beach in the 21 Area. The battalion is composed of two companies, Support Company and Schools Company. The battalion commander is also the 21 Area commander for Camp Del Mar, Camp Pendleton.The battalion is the formal school for Assault Amphibian Vehicle training in the Marine Corps. It is chartered to instruct eight formal courses of instruction. The Officer Course (MOS 1803) provides training for officers to become assault amphibian platoon commanders and is 54 training days long. The Assault Amphibian Crewman Course (MOS 1833) presents entry-level instruction in basic crewman operations of an AAV and is 46 training days long. The Assault Amphibian Intermediate Maintenance Course (MOS 2141) is a repairman skills progression course for NCOs and SNCOs. It is 63 training days long. The Basic Repairman Course is an entry-level training course, producing repairmen capable of performing first- and second-echelon maintenance on the assault amphibian vehicle. It is 70 training days long. The Assault Amphibian Unit Leader Course provides selected NCOs and staff NCOs with advanced leadership and tactical skills necessary to become a section leader in an Assault Amphibian battalion. The course is 39 training days.In direct support of the Fleet Marine Force, the battalion provides a Mobile Training Team to conduct instruction in the operation and maintenance of the MK154 Linear Mine Clearance Kit. The course is 10 training days.For the Marine Corps Reserve, the battalion provides the Reserve Gunnery Course. This is a high-tempo, 13-training-day course that Reserve SNCOs and senior NCOs undergo. The eighth course the school provides is the Reserve Crewman’s Course. It is also 13 training days long, and it provides training for Marines as basic vehicle crewmen. The school trains more than 1,000 Marines each year.The Assault Amphibian School Battalion is home to the WWII/Korea LVT Museum. On display are the six amphibious tractors (Landing Vehicle Tracked) utilized by the Marine Corps during World War II and Korea. In addition to the vehicle displays there are displays of artifacts and personal memorabilia.THE CORPORAL’S COURSEMarine Corps Base, 1st Marine Division, 1st Force Service Support Group and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing provide the majority of 100 noncommissioned officers in each of the 15 classes a year. Camp Pendleton tenant units and all other West Coast commands also contribute students for the classes held yearly. The chief instructor may be reached at 760-725-2752. Operations can be reached at 760-725-2074/2906. The fax number is 760-725-2671.SCHOOL OF INFANTRYSince 1942, Camp Pendleton has been the U.S. Marine Corps’ primary location for teaching Marines how to fight and win on the battlefield. Young Marines who learned the fundamentals of infantry weapons and tactics at Camp Pendleton are the same Marine heroes who raised the flag at Iwo Jima, landed at Inchon, made valiant sacrifices in Vietnam and liberated Iraq.Today, the School of Infantry (SOI), in the San Onofre area, continues the tradition by providing training that follows the commandant’s guidance of “every Marine, regardless of occupational specialty, being capable of serving effectively in a rifle squad in offensive and defensive combat, being able to participate in security and ambush patrols, and being able to employ medium and heavy machine guns.”This Marine Combat Training (MCT) is a continuation of the Basic Warrior Training, started in boot camp. Following recruit graduation and a 10-day leave period, every Marine, except those with infantry military occupational specialties, attend this course.MOSs are assigned during the 28-day course. All infantry specialties bypass the 24-day MCT and report to Infantry Training Battalion to complete one of six basic-infantry courses, to receive the infantry MOS.Basic infantry training courses are designed to qualify Marines in one of six MOSs prior to assignment to their first permanent duty station. These specialties include rifleman (MOS 0311), machine-gunner (MOS 0331), mortarman (MOS 0341), anti-tank assaultman (MOS 0351), anti-tank assault guided missileman (MOS 0352) and light armored vehicle crewman (MOS 0313).Courses are eight to 10 weeks in length. SOI graduates a class of 150 to 320 new infantrymen every three weeks, year-round. Graduates are assigned to duty stations throughout the world, including Fleet Marine Force and Marine Corps Security Forces. Reserve Marines complete initial active duty and return to their Reserve units.The School of Infantry also conducts advanced infantry training for 260 squad leaders and 156 platoon sergeants each year. These seven- and 11-week courses provide key, small unit leaders with weapons and tactical expertise to function effectively on the battlefield.Additionally, SOI provides officer and SNCO LAV leaders training to 60 LAV company commanders, platoon commanders and platoon sergeants annually.SOI has 50 officers and 690 enlisted permanent personnel. Four subordinate commands provide the organizational framework for instructor and support functions within the school. Collectively, SOI’s formal courses of instruction trained approximately 18,000 Marines in fiscal year 2014.FIELD MEDICALSERVICE SCHOOLThe Field Medical Service School, in the Del Mar (21) area, is a Marine Corps formal school whose mission is to educate and train members of the Naval Medical Department for duty with the Fleet Marine Force; the primary course offered is a physically demanding, five-week course for hospital corpsmen and dental technicians to earn the HM8404 and DT8707 Navy enlisted classification (NEC) codes, respectively.The course emphasizes combat casualty care, battlefield survival, basic proficiency in emergency medical techniques, casualty evacuation, field sanitation, preventive medicine procedures, personal protective measures, basic tactics and the use of weapons for self-defense.last_img read more