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PENINSULA DAILY NEWS for Wednesday, June 27, 2012 SECTION


B Golf

Clallam amateur tourney in July AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE on the horizon this summer in Jefferson and Clallam counties. Clallam County Amateur Michael Championship competitors will Carman tee off at Cedars at Dungeness and SunLand Golf & Country Club in Sequim and Peninsula Golf Club in Port Angeles from July 13-15. The 54-hole medal play contest is divided into three divisions. Entry is $160 and includes three rounds of golf, a tee prize and three meals. Honey pots and KP’s will be available each day as well. Play begins at Peninsula, heads to SunLand on the second day and Cedars hosts the championship round on Sunday, July 15. A full field of 100 players will allow for $3,000 in prize money. The tourney is open to all amateur golfers living on the Olympic Peninsula who hold a valid USGA handicap. Entries are due July 8 or when a full field is formed. To sign up, stop in at Cedars or phone 800-447-6826 or 360-6836344. Golfers have a bit more time to practice for the Jefferson County Amateur, set for Discovery Bay Golf Course near Port Townsend on Aug. 18-19. Entry is $125 and includes tee prizes, continental breakfast each day, range balls, two competition rounds and a practice round. Each entry contributes $20 to a prize fund for net divisions and a gross payout. To sign up for the Jefferson Amateur phone Discovery Bay at 360385-0704.

18-hole golfers playing Cedars at Dungeness member Bonney Benson reports that the Cedars Woman’s 18-hole golf group are well underway for the season with good turnouts so far. Women’s Presidents Cup match play matches started this week and are expected to go through July. Regular play will continue with the ladies usually hitting the links at 8:30 a.m. each Tuesday. Working women are welcome, Benson says that other members are working and still play and earlier play is an option if you can find a partner. Donna MacLean, Joanie Oakes and Lori Oakes have recently joined these golf outings and “are a wonderful addition to the already great group we currently have,” Benson said. If you would like to know more about the ladies group, contact the course at 360-683-6344.

Lady Niners tourney The Cedars at Dungeness Lady Niners will hold their Jokers Wild Invitational on Thursday, July 19. Check-in will begin at 11 a.m. with tee-off at 1 p.m. Results will be announced during a lasagna feed following play. To sign up, phone Jo Hendrickson at 360-808-3440. Registration closes July 5.

On tap at Port Townsend Port Townsend Golf Club will host its annual Independence Day Scramble on Saturday, July 7. The blind-draw tournament is $30 with reduced greens fees at $10 per player for nonmembers. There will be net and gross prizes along with closest to the pin and longest putt competitions. On Thursdays this summer, Port Townsend hosts a “Summer Gangsome Skins and Comp” event at 11 a.m. TURN



Learning the craft Furbush borrows from best MCCLATCHY NEWS SERVICE

It’s unfair to say Charlie Furbush is on a roll because the Seattle left-hander has been among the best relievers in the game since opening day. Just now, however, he has gone nuclear. During his past 14 appearances — covering 19 innings — Furbush has not allowed a run, and for Next Game 11 of those innings he Today didn’t allow vs. Athletics at Seattle a hit. For the Time: 12:30 p.m. season, he On TV: ROOT began Tuesday’s game with Oakland with a 3-1 record and a 2.01 earned-run average. Opposing hitters are batting .123 against him. “I’ve learned an awful lot from watching the guys who’ve done this longer than I have,” Furbush said. “Last year, in Detroit, I watched Jose Valverde and the way he prepared. “He’d talk to you in the ’pen but as the game went along, you’d see his face change. As we got closer to the ninth inning, his focus kicked in and there simply weren’t any distractions for him.” Every reliever, Furbush said, has a slightly different way to get to the same place.


Seattle pitcher Charlie Furbush, left, tags out San Diego’s Everth Cabrera, preventing him from scoring on a passed ball in the ninth inning of an interleague game earlier this month. “You have to be able to forget the game, whatever happens, and be ready for the next day,” he said. “I didn’t learn everything from one or two people; I learned a lot from a bunch of guys, just talking and observing.” Furbush has developed his own pregame routine, beginning when the team comes in from batting practice. “I’ll get something to eat, take a shower, put on my uniform and lock into my game mode,” he said. “The clubhouse gets quiet before a game, with most guys focusing on what they have to focus on. “For me, it’s making every pitch. Some guys focus on getting physically ready. I find when I get physically ready, the mental comes, too.” When he begins to warm up to

ing batters – at least one in each of his last 16 appearances. That’s the seventh-longest streak by a reliever in Mariners relieve, Furbush lasers his focus history. The team record is 22, set down to each pitch. “Some guys focus on the at- by Joel Piñeiro. bat, the inning, the situation,” he said. “I go pitch-to-pitch. Commit Short hops totally to the pitch you’re about to Mike Carp will begin taking throw.” batting practice this week but No matter what happens — won’t throw with his injured strike, ball, base hit — Furbush then forgets the last pitch and right shoulder until a few days after that. focuses on the next. Franklin Gutierrez on his two “I’ve thrown ball one, and I’ve thrown ball one, ball two and ball home runs last week. “A year ago, three at times,” he said. “You can’t my best shots went to the track,” think about what you just did, he said. “I just didn’t have any except to slightly improve what strength.” Since June 2, the Seattle bullyou do next. It’s happened, it’s pen is 6-0 with a 2.29 ERA and done.” Among the things Furbush is six saves in six save opportunidoing now is striking out oppos- ties.


Draft stocked with ’Cats, Heels UNC, Kentucky expect four first-rounders apiece Thursday BY AARON BEARD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Kentucky and North Carolina appear headed for an NBAfirst during Thursday night’s draft. The two marquee college basketball programs each will likely have four players selected in the first round, starting with UK’s Anthony Davis — the allbut-certain No. 1 overall pick. If that happens, it would be the first time two schools accounted for eight first-rounders — possibly in the first 20 picks — in the same draft since the NBA went to its current two-round format in 1989. And the number could grow to as high as 10. Kentucky “brought in a lot of guys, but what was great about the talent was the way they were able to play with each other,” said Ryan Blake, senior director of NBA scouting operations.

NBA Draft “I think that’s what’s so valuable — not just the physical skill side, but the ability to play the roles in the team format. “North Carolina also brought in enormous talent and they were able to work on their games for a number of years. “It’s just unusual. I don’t know if it’ll be done again.”

Possible No, 2 On the Kentucky side, forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could go right behind Davis at No. 2 and doesn’t seem likely to slip out of the top seven. Blake expects forward Terrence Jones to go anywhere from No. 6 to No. 15, while guard THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Marquis Teague is likely a midNorth Carolina’s Tyler Zeller, left, is one of four former to-late first-round pick. Tar Heels projected to be selected in the first round of TURN


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College football playoff approved BY RALPH D. RUSSO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — Playoffs and tournaments long have determined champions of every college sport from baseball to bowling. The exception was major college football. That ended Tuesday. Come 2014, the BCS is dead. A committee of university presidents approved a plan for a four-team playoff put forward by commissioners of the top football conferences. The new system doesn’t go too far, Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger said. “It goes just the right amount,” he said. The move completes a sixmonth process for the commissioners, who have been working

BCS on a new way to determine a major college football champion after years of griping from fans.

Even more money The latest configuration is certain to make even more money for the schools than the old system. “There were differences of views,” Steger said. “I think it would be a serious mistake to assume it was a rubber stamp.” Instead of simply matching the nation’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams in a title game after the regular season, the way the Bowl Championship Series has done since 1998, the new format

will create a pair of national semifinals. College football fans have been clamoring for a playoff for years, and the BCS has been a constant target for criticism. Lawmakers have railed against it. A political action committee was formed, dedicated to its destruction. The Justice Department looked into whether it broke antitrust laws. Even President Obama said he wanted a playoff.

It’s a go Now it’s a reality. No. 1 will play No. 4, and No. 2 will play No. 3 on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The sites of those games will rotate among the four current BCS bowls — Rose, Orange,

Fiesta and Sugar — and two more to be determined. The winners will advance to the championship on the first Monday in January that is six or more days after the last semifinal. The first championship Monday is set for Jan. 12, 2015. The site of the title game will move around the way the Super Bowl does, with cities bidding for the right to host. The teams will be selected by a committee, similar to the way the NCAA basketball tournament field is set. The men’s tournament has 68 teams, and 37 at-large bids. The football committee will have a much tougher task, trying to whittle the field down to four. TURN