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How the PGA Tour honors true heroes in the coronavirus battle



How the PGA Tour honors true heroes in the coronavirus battle

FORT WORTH, Texas – If you watch golf on TV this week, you know the suspect is at or near the top of the star ranking board.

Jordan Spieth? You know him. Rory McIlroy, ranked 1 in the world? You know him.

Same with Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Gary Woodland, Bubba Watson and Justin Rose – all the big names in the middle of the fight at the Charles Schwab Challenge enter the game weekend.

You might have noticed some other names behind the caddy auto bibs – names you don’t know, but people who are far more important in big life schemes than people who hit and chase white balls around the golf course for millions of prize money.

You might not know who John Hollingsworth is. You most likely have never heard of Anit Singal, John Burk, Alan Kramer or Steven Meadors.

All are part of one of the coolest initiatives the PGA Tour has dreamed of – recognizing 148 first respondent areas of the COVID-19 health service by putting their names on the auto caddy along with the names of the players.

“I think it’s a very clever idea to bring awareness and appreciation to the work being done,” Hollingsworth, director of critical care medical at Fort Worth Texas Hospital of Health, told The Post on Friday. “We are in capacity at our hospital now, and my concern is people are ignoring warnings when unfortunately I think we might be at the beginning of this second wave. I pray that it won’t be this bad. ‘

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Kramer, assistant vice president of health systems strategy who appeared at UT Southwestern, told The Post, “This is a difficult time, and with the tour coming back, it is a glimmer of hope for many people. Paying attention to health workers who have experienced the great difficulties of the past few months are the extraordinary things about this tour. ‘

Rose called it “a great honor to have Mr. Kramer’s name right next to me,” added, “We’ve been home for three months. People who obviously work on the front lines may not have seen their families for three months. This is a real contrast Certain areas and certain sectors have reached their maximum limits, and it is clear that healthcare workers have become absolute champions and true heroes in all of this.

“Recognizing them in any way is important, but this is a fun initiative, and it’s something cool, and hopefully walking on the fairway on Sunday afternoon can bring a smile to Alan Kramer’s face if we disagree and maybe just give him a little light assistance. I think after a few months it was quite difficult for all of them. “

Bernhard Langer and his caddy and daughter, Christina Langer, prepare to play from the ninth tee. Caddies wear a combination of their golfer's name and the name of the first respondent on the back of their bibs during the tournament.
Bernhard Langer and his caddy and daughter, Christina Langer, prepare to play from the ninth tee. Caddies wear a combination of their golfer’s name and the name of the first respondent on the back of their bibs during the tournament.Getty Images

One shame about this program, which is scheduled to continue for the next two tournaments – RBC Heritage next week at Hilton Head and the Travelers the week after that – is this: With no fans allowed in the tournament, recognized health workers cannot being in a sunbathing tournament in their newly discovered fame.

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Burk, a critical care lung specialist at Pulmonary & Critical Care Consultants with service for 43 years, has his name behind Tim Mickelson’s bib when he praised him for his brother, Phil, who missed the piece. But he didn’t even find out about it until his son, Justin, called him from Nashville on Thursday after seeing him on TV.

“I got a call from my son, who asked me, ‘Dad, did you play golf?’ Burk, who is not a golfer, told The Post. “Now there are several phone calls and pictures sent and my sons have all decided that I now have to play golf at the moment.”

Like Burk, Singal, a doctor at UT Southwestern Medical Center, not golfers also don’t know much about the game. But he was touched by the PGA Tour movement.

“I don’t know many golfers, but I know about Rickie Fowler,” Singal said. “My wife does not know sports, but she knows Rickie Fowler. When I hear that I will be attached to her, it makes honor even greater.”

Unfortunately, like Mickelson, Fowler failed to prune, so the name Singal was no longer visible around the Colonial for the next two days.

“I have never thought of myself as someone who is shown on TV on a sporting event,” Singal said. “This is a lifelong dream that I don’t think will be fulfilled.”

Unlike Burk and Singal, Meaders, a vascular surgeon at UT Southwestern Medical Center, is a cripple and a golf addict. His wife, also a doctor, put him on the list when the PGA Tour came calling.

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“He said he filled out the form and I was like,‘ Yeah, right. What is my chance of being selected? ‘Meaders said.

He, and his name is behind Ryan Palmer’s bib caddy.

“I have been a golf fan all my life,” Meaders said. “So it’s a bit involved with the PGA Tour and my name on the bib is quite special, something I’ll never forget.”

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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