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Bernhard Langer searches for fountain of youth, Shaw Charity title

Bernhard Langer searches for fountain of youth, Shaw Charity title

He’s just turned 57 and there’s nothing better that Bernhard Langer would like as a birthday present than to be picked for the European Ryder Cup team.

Langer, who turned 57 on Wednesday, has won five of 17 Champions Tour starts this year, and finished in the Top 10 at the Masters, which he has won twice.

He comes into Calgary for the Shaw Charity Classic with 23 wins on the Champions Tour, the circuit for the over 50 set. With 42 wins on the European Tour, and three additional PGA Tour victories, Langer is one of the game’s greats.

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And given his strong play there’s been a push to make him a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup. It is something Langer would welcome.

“It’s a great honor to represent your country and your tour any time in your career and it would be a thrill for me to be part of that,” says Langer.

European team captain Paul McGinley has all but squashed the notion that Langer could get picked for the team, but others in the Shaw Charity Classic field, including Fred Couples and Rocco Mediate, gave Langer their support.

Mediate, the winner of last year’s Shaw tournament, said he’d draft Langer for the European team without question.

“He would be my first pick—period,” said Mediate. “There wouldn’t even be a thought about it. I wouldn’t think about it twice. What Bernhard does is remarkable. He’s always been that kind of guy though. He’s got it all firing and it’s fun to watch.”

There’s a notion that a golfer’s skills deteriorate after the age of 40, but that’s been increasingly dispelled in recent years with the success of Langer, Vijay Singh, Fred Couples, Kenny Perry and others who have played well on both the Champions Tour and PGA Tour well into their fifties. And at the age of 59, Tom Watson came within one shot of winning the British Open at Turnberry in 2009.

Langer railed against the notion that age defines a golfer. Fit and slim, the German has made more than $2-million every year except once since joining the Champions Tour in 2007 when he turned 50. The golf ball, it would seem, doesn’t know the age of the player hitting it when it comes to Langer.

“Just because we are 51 or 52 or whatever age we might be, why does that make us worse than when we were 44 or 42?” he questioned. “It really doesn’t. It makes no sense. As I said, we have more experience, we have a better understanding of what we can do and how the game works and why certain things are happening because I’ve had more time grooving my swing.”

That doesn’t mean he’s found the eternal fountain of youth. Langer admits that there will come a time when he slows down and isn’t as competitive, but that time isn’t coming any time soon.

“I’ve been aching and hurting for many years,” he said. “It seems more and more, but I’m trying to ignore it and make the best of it.”

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Concussion test draws praise from parents, mixed reviews from doctors

Concussion test draws praise from parents, mixed reviews from doctors

HALIFAX – Brock Saumure, 17, still isn’t sure what happened that fateful day in May of this year, but one thing is clear – that’s the day the high school student got a concussion.

“I was told I had hit somebody the wrong way in rugby. The next day, I wasn’t right. I wasn’t finishing my sentences. I went to the hospital and was diagnosed with a concussion,” the athlete said.

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The teen from Timberlea said his condition was upgraded to a severe concussion a few weeks later. He describes the next few months as full of sensitivity to light and noise and full of headaches.

“It’s awful to be perfectly blunt with it,” he said.

“It’s nerve-wracking to think your child has had something like that happen to him,” said mother Deidra Saumure.

“Watching your child have no control over certain things is a sickly feeling.”

The teen abstained from sports during his recovery but now, he is strapping on his shoes and buckling up his helmet as he prepares to join the football team at Sir John A. MacDonald High School this fall.

And the first thing on his list is a baseline test.

Baseline testing is a series of tests designed to get a reading on an athlete. It can consist of strength, balance, visual tracking, memory and reaction tests.

It is meant to give doctors a reading of what an athlete’s ‘baseline’ is that way if he or she gets a concussion, the athlete can be monitored to see when he or she gets back to ‘normal’.

Robbie MacDonald, the co-owner of Nova Physiotherapy, said there is a difference between when an athlete feels 100 per cent better and when he or she is symptom free, which is where baseline testing comes in handy.

“What we’re able to do is have all these things assessed and establish what the individual normals are for that particular athlete. Then we’ll be able to better decide when safe return to play is for that athlete,” he said.

“We can actually say what the person was like before the concussion was received, and we can determine whether or not they’ve actually reached pre-concussion status.”

The company was approached by Complete Concussion Management to implement baseline testing.

MacDonald is proposing athletes of all ages get tested, particularly young athletes.

“That’s where the brain is still developing. People are more susceptible and more vulnerable to trauma to the brain,” he said.

“We would propose they do baseline testing every year, pre-season. Their baseline could certainly change from year to year, things like memory and recall visual tracking, as somebody grows and matures, sometimes these things could definitely be different.”

However, not everyone is on board with that idea.

Dr. Kevin Gordon, a pediatric neurologist at the IWK and a professor of pediatrics at Dalhousie University, said baseline testing can be both a good and bad tool.

Gordon said he recommends baseline testing for athletes who play high-risk sports, such as football, and those who are considering turning professional.

“Should it be incorporated into children’s sports? I’m not sure because I’m talking about a high cost with a low probability of something happening. Generally, 85 per cent of concussions recover within one to two weeks,” he said.

Gordon also shares concerns about baseline testing for children, whose results could be non-existent or change dramatically since they are still developing.

“It’s going to have to be done again next year because children change on an annual basis. Once you commit to a pre-testing environment, you are committing to annual re-checks to update your data,” he said.

“There may be many reasons why you can’t get a baseline on a kid. Someone who is inattentive, who can’t focus on the test well enough to actually get a reliable score.”

He also said the ‘normal’ gathered on an athlete is relative, saying what is normal pre-concussion may not be what is normal post-concussion.

“If you have a migraine and you tell on a scale of zero to 10, it’s an eight. If then you encounter a kidney stone after that, you’ll tell me your migraine is a two,” he said.

“If I had allowed them to return to play at their so-called baseline, I would have allowed them back in the game and I think that’s just a little too liberal an interpretation of a baseline test.”

The neurologist also reminds parents that baseline testing is just that – a test.

“The testing doesn’t prevent the concussion from happening. The testing just tells you where you were before the concussion happened,” he said.

Gordon said he would rather educate parents better on the signs and symptoms of concussions and what they can do in the event their children sustains one.

But for parents of athletes, like Deidra Saumure, baseline testing is a security blanket.

“He’s young. He has a whole life ahead of him,” she said of her son. “It’s important to me to make sure everything is fine up there.”

As for Brock, he admits he often wonders not if, but when, his next concussion will be.

“All the time. I worry I’m going to fall. I worry I’m going to hit somebody the wrong way. [That] Something’s going to happen,” he said.

The teen admits that besides buckling up his helmet, he isn’t taking many other precautions to ensure he does not get another concussion. But he is confident about getting baseline testing.

“I can see what I’m like before a concussion. I can see what I’m normally like and afterward I can see how far my brain has been damaged or altered to see what kind of issue we’re dealing with.”

“This is my precaution.”

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5 players to watch at Shaw Charity Classic

5 players to watch at Shaw Charity Classic

Rocco Mediate’s record-tying win at the inaugural Shaw Charity Classic overshadowed many of the other stars in the field at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club. That was understandable—Mediate shot 22-under to win last year, including tying the course record of 63—and there were few challengers for the title.

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This year the course is slightly different—the par five 15th hole has been turned into a monstrous 492-yard par four—meaning scoring will likely not be as low. That factor, and a rain that softened the course on Thursday, certainly brings a couple of the tour’s longer hitters, names like Fred Couples or John Riegger, into the mix.

The tournament kicks off on Friday and runs through Sunday. Here’s five players to watch at the Champions Tour event, which features golf’s biggest names over the age of 50.

Where: Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club
When: Friday to Sunday
What: Shaw Charity Classic—a Champions Tour event for golfers over the age of 50

Rocco Mediate

It is impossible to count out the effervescent Mediate, who clearly has great affection for Calgary and its fans. He recorded three incredible rounds last year—63, 64, 64—to win the tournament with some ease. Mediate has five Top 10 finishes this year on the Champions Tour, but his season hasn’t rivaled his 2013 campaign where he recorded two wins.

Fred Couples

The coolest man in golf, Masters winner Couples is always a fan favorite wherever he plays. Now 55, Couples is still among the longest hitters on the Champions Tour and despite playing a limited schedule this year—he’s only appeared in eight tournaments on the senior circuit—the golfer with the silky smooth swing has a win and five Top 10 finishes. He finished T10 at last year’s Shaw Charity Classic.

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Bernhard Langer

With five wins on the Champions Tour this year, Langer comes to the Shaw Charity Classic having apparently located the fountain of youth. Langer, 57, who didn’t play the Shaw Charity Classic last year, enters this week having won two of his last four events.

“Being able to win two majors and five tournaments is a real blessing,” said Langer. “It doesn’t happen very often.”

He’s right—and Langer is easily one of field’s top picks.

Kirk Triplett

After finishing in a tie for third at last year’s Shaw Charity Classic, Triplett comes to this year’s tournament having recorded a Top 10 finish in half of the events he’s played. Triplett, who once played on the Canadian Tour (now PGA Tour Canada) before moving to the PGA Tour, where he played on the Presidents Cup team in 2000. With three wins on the Champions Tour, Triplett, who is 52, has become one of the tour’s most consistent players.

Stephen Ames

The Calgary resident has only played in one Champions Tour event since turning pro, and this is his debut in front of a hometown crowd. The four-time PGA Tour winner, including the 2006 Players Championship, was one of the founders of the Shaw Charity Classic and has been a big supporter of trying to bring the RBC Canadian Open to Calgary. Ames, who was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame earlier this week, has struggled on the PGA Tour this year, and says he intends to play a split between Champions Tour and PGA Tour tournaments next year.

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Woman’s survival highlights importance of emergency preparedness

Woman’s survival highlights importance of emergency preparedness

Watch above: surviving eight days in the wilderness

SASKATOON –  After a 62-year-old woman spent eight days in the wilderness, RCMP say her outdoor survival skills and experience saved her.

Paddle Canada, a national standards and accreditation organization for recreational paddle sports, said the story highlights the importance of being prepared.

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Bryan Sarauer is one of the organization’s board members. He has been canoeing for 30 years, and he’s taking advantage of the final days of summer to go on a trip with friends; however, before he heads out on the water he runs through a checklist.

“An emergency blanket, string, fishing line, fishing hooks, flagging tape to make it easier for someone to find me,” he explained.

Sarauer is also bringing a device he hopes he won’t have to use.

“An emergency communicator that uses satellite, and that would allow me to send and receive messages in the wilderness,” he said.

Sarauer explained he brings a signal mirror, whistle, extra food and matches inside his life jacket, so if he gets separated from his boat, he’ll be ok.

He said the signal mirror can be purchased at a local outdoors store for a couple of dollars.

“{It’s about} making yourself large. Making yourself as visible as possible, so that if someone does come looking for you, that they can see you,” Sarauer said.

The 62-year-old woman was rescued after spending eight days in northern Saskatchewan.

She was on a canoe trip with her husband when they capsized in rapids on Kinosaskaw Lake.

Tragically, her husband’s body was found near the canoe Tuesday morning.

A search plane found the woman on the shoreline, where she had a fire burning and was waving at the aircraft.

“At that point they were called to the scene and chartered an aircraft to the area that could land on the water, and the members hiked into the area where the woman was located and brought her out to the plane,” said RCMP spokesperson Mandy Maier.

The woman was taken to hospital in La Ronge and released in good health.

Friends of the couple have identified the pair as Enid and David Dice of Prince Albert.

Fellow outdoor enthusiasts and friends hope for more answers about what happened to the couple in the coming weeks.

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Fatal slough car crash points to need for life-saving equipment – Saskatoon

Fatal slough car crash points to need for life-saving equipment – Saskatoon

Watch above: there are tools that can help you escape a vehicle in a life-threatening situation

SASKATOON – A tragic incident Tuesday near St. Denis resulted in the death of three seniors and a fourth person who’s age is still unknown.

The investigation is ongoing and it hasn’t been determined if the victims died during the roll-over or if they drowned when the vehicle came to rest in a deep slough.

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Nonetheless, it has many thinking about what can be done if you find yourself in a similar situation. With recent incidents fresh in her mind, it’s a thought that prompted Joan Nutall into action Thursday morning.

“It’s a wake up call and everybody should have something to be able to break the window and get out. It’s a dangerous thing,” said Nutall.

On Dec. 30, 2013, a 23-year-old woman’s car ramped the Circle Drive North bridge and plunged into the river below. The woman escaped but Nutall says that combined with several motor vehicle incidents this summer resulting in vehicles submerged in sloughs, led her to Home Hardware where she purchased the eight remaining, and potentially life saving tools appropriately named ResQMe.

Priced at $14.99, store owner Fred Kwan said a new shipment is on the way.

“We bought 144 just last week and sold them out in about three or four days” said Kwan.

The tool hooks to your key-chain and has a quick release for emergency situations. Global News tested the product at Amigo’s Auto Wrecking yard in Clavet.

Owner Blair Bentley says the caravan is a common vehicle and leads us to one in his lot of 6,000 vehicles. The ResQMe is designed for tempered glass only.

“The wind-shield glass is two panes of glass with a plastic laminate that sticks the two panes together,” preventing the wind-shield from breaking open.

Bentley recommends a side or rear window for the experiment. With a quick press and minimal pressure the driver side window shatters.

RCMP recommend using any hard object you may find in your vehicle. Bentley tests a hammer on the wind-shield of a different van which takes several hard blows before breaking.

The first tip if entrapped in a submerged vehicle is to stay calm. According to RCMP staff Sgt. Stephane Caron, if you don’t have any escape tools, be patient.

“Stay in the vehicle and wait for it to fill with water. It equalizes the pressure between the outside and inside and at that point the door becomes easier to open,” said Caron.

Most escape tools also have a blade which can be used to cut through seat belts which Caron said is useful especially if you’re suspended upside down in a vehicle.

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