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Yorkshire win boys’ county crown

first_img It left BB&O needing to win five of the six singles and they made sure the games were all hard fought. But Yorkshire edged closer to victory when George Heath, 17, completed his sixth win from six games by defeating England boy international Conor Gough, 3/2.  The scoreline was completed when Swash won 2up; Charlie Daughtrey halved with Melan Dhaubhadel and Callum Macfie halved with Fraser Bown. BB&O’s full singles point was won by Harrison Arnold, who beat Michael Hay 2up, signing off with a birdie four on the last.  He took command of his game with a sparkling run from the 7th of birdie, eagle, par, par, birdie to go five up. But Paul pulled one back with his own birdie on 14 and won 15 with a par before Schmidt clinched the victory on 16, for himself and his team. “It’s great, I’m lost for words,” he said. “I had some really good holes to give myself a cushion for the match.”  Team manager Philip Woodcock said: “The boys have done really well and I am absolutely chuffed, thrilled to pieces. It makes up for last year!” He also had special praise for team coach Steve Robinson, remarking: “He has done an absolutely fantastic job.”  Yorkshire powered their way to victory in the English Boys’ County Championship, beating BB&O – Berks, Bucks & Oxon – 7-2 in the final day’s title decider at Northamptonshire County Golf Club.  In the three-day round robin, also involving Staffordshire and Somerset, the northerners were on impressive form, conceding just 4.5 points in their 27 games.  Tags: Boy’s County Finals, Yorkshire 31 Aug 2017 Yorkshire win boys’ county crown center_img Caption: The winning Yorkshire boys’ team (image copyright Leadboard Photography) The classy performance gave them their first title since 2012, their eighth overall – and wiped out the memories of last year when they lost by just half a point.  In the day’s other match Staffordshire and Somerset halved with 4.5 points apiece. Somerset took the early lead, winning two of the three foursomes, but Staffordshire proved stronger in the singles, winning 3.5 of the six points on offer.  Click here for full scores  Yorkshire were in determined mood from the outset and, as they did on the previous two days, won all three morning foursomes. The perfect score of nine wins out of nine is a new record for the county boys.  It fell to 15-year-old Ben Schmidt to take the team over the winning line when he beat Taylor Paul 3/2. Schmidt came in to the team when Alex Fitzpatrick was called up by GB&I and proved his worth, supplying three foursomes wins with James Swash and making a great singles debut this afternoon. last_img read more

Port of Olympia Congratulates LOTT for East Bay Public Plaza’s Sustainable…

first_imgFacebook42Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Port of OlympiaThe East Bay Public Plaza is located in front of the Hands On Children’s Museum.The East Bay Public Plaza is one of only 30 projects nation-wide to receive certification under the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) Rating System for sustainable landscape design. SITES holds high standards for certification; out of 150 projects that recently applied for certification, only four projects were certified – East Bay Public Plaza being one of them.The East Bay Public Plaza, located along Olympia Avenue between Marine Drive and Jefferson Street, is owned and operated by the LOTT Clean Water Alliance.  It was developed as a joint project of the East Bay partners – the City of Olympia, Port of Olympia, Hands On Children’s Museum, and LOTT.  The plaza highlights the partners’ shared educational focus on the importance of water and sustainability.The Plaza was awarded a one-star rating by the SITES program, which is similar to the LEED certification program, but focuses on outdoor spaces rather than buildings. A few of the sustainable design features include:Interactive water feature fed by Class A Reclaimed WaterUse of reclaimed water for irrigation and toilet flushingVegetated green roof on restroom buildingEnergy-efficient LED lightingBenches made of recycled contentNative and drought-tolerant plantsRedevelopment of a brownfieldThe most striking feature of the plaza is the stream-like water feature, which is truly unique.  It is the first and only recreational water feature in the state that uses reclaimed water.  LOTT produces high-quality Class A reclaimed water from the water we use and discard every day.  It is the highest quality of reclaimed water in the state, meeting stringent water quality standards and permit requirements from the state Departments of Ecology and Health.“We are pleased to be among those taking a lead in applying the SITES program rating system to enhance the environmental, social and economic aspects of our projects,” said Mike Strub, Executive Director for the LOTT Clean Water Alliance.  “This certification is evidence of our commitment to the environment and to our communities.”East Bay Public Plaza was designed by Robert W. Droll, Landscape Architects, PS, a landscape architectural firm in Lacey, WA. It was constructed by Berschauer Phillips/FORMA Construction Company in Tumwater, WA.  The plaza was completed and opened to the public in August 2012.  Since then, it has become a popular place for picnicking and family fun during warm weather and a popular destination throughout the year.The SITES program is an interdisciplinary effort led by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and the United States Botanic Garden to create a voluntary, national rating system and guidelines for sustainable landscapes of all types, with or without buildings. Certification is based on The Sustainable Sites Initiative™: Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009.Since 2009, the SITES program, in conjunction with a diverse group of stakeholder organizations, has worked to transform land development and management practices with this first national rating system for sustainable landscapes. The guidelines apply to any type of designed landscape, with or without buildings, including shopping malls, streetscapes, subdivisions, corporate and academic campuses, transportation corridors, parks and recreation areas, and single family homes.The U.S. Green Building Council, a stakeholder in the Sustainable Sites Initiative program, anticipates incorporating the SITES guidelines and performance benchmarks into future iterations of its LEED® Green Building Rating System™. While LEED minimizes the carbon footprint, SITES demonstrates how a landscape can actually sequester carbon and regenerate living systems.  Working together these initiatives will further revolutionize sustainable design.last_img read more