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From the Fringe: Toledo Champions Literacy on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Last Updated on Friday, 10 April 2015 05:11 Friday, 10 April 2015 04:43

Esteban ToledoBILOXI, Mississippi (Amy M. Wilson of Tulane University and Susan Lamey) — One professional golfer and 15 4-year-olds equals a morning of fun and learning.

Champions Tour professional Esteban Toledo took time to read “Count on Golf” to a group of preschoolers at ABC Child Development Center while in Biloxi, Mississippi, to play in the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic presented by C Spire.

The event was an effort to support the Excel by 5, an innovative early childhood community certification process focusing on a community's young children. The program emphasizes the important role parents and early childhood educators play in the lives of children during their most formative years — birth to five. Biloxi is currently a certified EB5 community among many others on the coast.

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The Open Wins Sports Technology Award

Last Updated on Friday, 10 April 2015 04:43 Friday, 10 April 2015 04:37

altLONDON, England (R&A) — The extensive digital content offering at The Open was recognised at a glittering awards ceremony in London.

The Open won the Best Technology for Fans award at the Sports Technology Awards held at The Brewery in London.

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From the Fringe: Will Masters Boast World’s Most Beautiful Parking Lot, Too?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 21:36 Wednesday, 08 April 2015 21:28

Billy PayneCanadian Press

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Jim Litke/AP) — Owning what is arguably the most beautiful golf course in the world apparently isn’t enough for members of Augusta National. Soon they may lay claim to the world’s most beautiful parking lot, too.

Chairman Billy Payne hinted as much while fielding questions following his annual "State of the Masters" address.

The club recently bought a roughly 2-square-mile parcel of land just north of the golf course that has been used as a parking lot for the Masters. Berckman’s Road, which currently separates the two properties, will be diverted farther north to form one contiguous parcel.

“While it will continually be maintained every year as a parking lot, it will look appropriately as though it belongs inside the fences of Augusta National,” Payne said.

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From the Fringe: Golf's Savior? New Golf Game Sweeping Across the Country

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 03:10 Wednesday, 08 April 2015 03:04

Boomerang GolfThousands flock to try Boomerang Golf. Originally from Australia, the game has spread like bushfire across the UK and USA since its inception last month.

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From the Fringe: Mickelson, Lewis in Campaign to Highlight Women Executives

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:37 Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:29

Phil MickelsonCanadian Press

(Doug Ferguson/AP) Stacy Lewis hit one of the most significant drives of her career, and it really didn’t matter where it landed.

It’s what it shattered.

Lewis and Phil Mickelson, who have endorsement deals with the accounting firm KPMG, are taking part in a media campaign aimed at the advancement and empowerment of female executives. The campaign began Tuesday and will run through the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in June, which will feature a women’s leadership conference with executives from business, sports, entertainment and politics.

“I like the fact Phil was willing to be involved. That’s the coolest part,” Lewis said.

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