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Upper Hutt Leader : May 11th 2011
25 UPPER HUTT LEADER, MAY 11, 2011 NEWS An afternoon of fine music! Come along and support your local up and coming artists as they serenade you with their awesome talent. Contact Jade on 527 9730 or email@example.com For more info visit: www.facebook.com/YouthtownUpperHutt Purchase a ticket to a movie and go in the draw to win FREE MOVIE TICKETS! First, second and third prizes will be drawn---make sure you check out your most favourite movie and be in to win :) Check out www.ascotcinemas.co.nz or telephone: 528-5590 The Activation Push Play trailer will be rocking up to Heretaunga College for some fun and games... with an anti bullying message. The Activation Push Play trailer will be rocking up to Upper Hutt College for some fun and games... with an anti bullying message. Monthly gigging session for young people aged 13 to 18 years. Kick back and relax while checking out your local bands. Contact Jade on 527 9730 or firstname.lastname@example.org For more info visit: www.facebook.com/YouthtownUpperHutt Get your team together and rock on down to the park for a 7 aside tournament. FREE BBQ! Cash prizes! More info? Call/Text Sam on 021 2439972 or email email@example.com with DJ Slik Heaps of giveaways - Spa open to under 16's Plus FREE SLIDES!! More info? Call 527 2113 or visit www.h2oxtream.com Recognising our local young people who have achieved in the areas of Culture, Service, Leadership, Environment, Recreation & Events. Nominees are invited to attend. Contact Fran on 527 2798 or firstname.lastname@example.org For more info visit: www.uhyouth.com Get your game on! Battle against your mates and win some choice prizes! More info? Contact Jade on 527 9730 or email@example.com For more info visit: www.facebook.com/YouthtownUpperHutt ZUMBA! It's all the rage.. Get involved :) More info? email Emma@vibe.org.nz 3726363AA Ballesteros a legend in world golf SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS Severiano Ballesteros death at 54 -- the result of a brain tumour -- has shaken not just golf, but the entire sports world. Tennis world No 1 Rafael Nadal wore a black ribbon on his shirt during the Madrid Open to mark the death of his countryman. Players in the European tour golf event, the Spanish Open, stopped for a minute s silence around the course. American news bulletins have been full of news of the Spaniard s death. Why? Certainly Ballesteros won five Major titles and was world No 1 for 61 weeks, but the outpouring of emotion has been greater than even his record would seem to justify. It s because of his dynamism, dashing image and impact on the game. Seve, as he was known to sports followers everywhere, has been described as the Arnold Palmer of European golf. As Palmer energised American pro golf because of his popularity, so Ballesteros dragged European golf to respectability. There had been fine European golfers before him. Englishman Tony Jacklin won a British and a United States Open a dec- ade earlier. But it was Ballesteros who captured the imagination. He paved the way for Bernhard Langer, Nick Faldo, Ian Woos- nam, Sandy Lyle and Jose Maria Olazabal, other champions from Europe. Today the world s top 10 is dominated by Europeans. Lee Westwood (England), Martin Kaymer (Germany) and Luke Don- ald (England) are the top three. Graeme McDowell (Northern Ireland), Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) and Paul Casey (Eng- land) are also in the top 10. That would have been unthinkable before Ballesteros. Largely because of Ballesteros, the Ryder Cup was expanded from United States v Britain to United States v Europe in 1979, and what a difference that has made to world golf. New Zealanders got an early look at Bal- lesteros when he played in the Otago Classic in 1977. I remember him, a surprisingly quiet 20-year-old, having a cup of coffee in the old airport terminal in Wellington while awaiting a flight to Dunedin. What a coup that was for the Otago event organisers. Ballesteros was a caddy who turned pro at 16. At the 1976 British Open, he led for three rounds before finishing second equal with Jack Nicklaus, behind Johnny Miller. He broke through by winning the British Open in 1979, when the Americans dubbed him the car park champion . He seemed to hit a lot of second shots from fairways adjacent to the one he was aiming for, or from behind trees, or, famously, once from a car park. But that was part of his charm. He really belted his drives, but it was his irons that marked him as something special. Ballesteros was also a bunker expert and a fine putter, so had most bases covered. He eventually won three British Opens and two Masters crowns. At the 1985 British Open at Turnberry I recall him being followed by a huge throng of supporters. At one post-round press conference he spoke of playing through all four seasons in one day and recounted every shot -- and every club -- of his round so quickly it was impossible to keep up. Ballesteros vied with Australian Greg Norman as the player of the 1980s, but his impact on the game was greater. He was a Ryder Cup hero many times over. In 1997 he captained Europe at the Valderrama course in Spain and she- pherded his players to a thrilling 14-13 win. Ballesteros seemed to be at every green watching every putt on the last day as he urged his team to ever greater endeavours. Now he s dead. It s hard to believe. Larger-than-life personalities aren t sup- posed to die so soon. Taggers on camera By JIMMY NESS Vandals were caught tagging about 10 Main St buildings and causing up to $100,000 damage, early Monday morning. Steve Taylor from Taylor Higgins saw youths scratching tags into glass windows. He called Upper Hutt police after 1am and they found the offenders outside The Surveying Company office at 241 Main St. Police also have CCTV footage of the youths acting suspiciously. Alan Parkin, director of The Surveying Company, said they caused nearly $100,000 damage on Main St. Our windows have probably close to $15,000 to $20,000 worth of damage. Then you have to put signwriting on which costs another few thousand dollars. The total damage, if replacement is required, must be getting close to $100k at this end of Main St alone. Mr Parkin said they had laid a formal complaint and expected the vandals to be brought to justice. I would be far happier to see them be forced to face some real consequences of their mindless actions and made to polish out the scratches under the supervision of a glazier rather than face a fine. It is time that we, the community, sent a very clear message that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated.
May 18th 2011