Montana golf team struggles in California

SEAL BEACH, Calif. — The Montana women’s golf team wrapped up Round 2 of The Gold Rush with a 313 on Tuesday morning, then shot 324 in Round 3 to finish 14th out of 14 teams at the Old Ranch Country Club.

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Kari Opatz (75-81-78 — 234) tied for 54th. Hailey Hoagland (78-75-83 — 236) tied for 62nd, Teigan Avery (80-80-79 — 239) tied for 68th, Baylee Barckley (80-77-87 — 244) finished 79th and Abby Pfeifer (96-84-84 — 264) placed 87th in the 87-player field.

Montana had just two of four scoring rounds in the 70s in each of the three rounds. No player scored all three rounds in the 70s.

Spaatz 75 in Round 1 and Hollands 75 in Round 2 were the team’s low rounds of the tournament.

Opatz had the team’s best round on Tuesday of 78. She was 1-over through 11 holes but played her final seven holes at 5-over.

Avery was the only other player to break 80 on Tuesday, shooting a 7-over 79, her best round of the tournament.

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Trump’s aides don’t want to admit the President is golfing

West Palm Beach (CNN)President Donald Trump has made visiting his Florida golf courses a near every-weekend habit in the first month of his administration, and his aides are trying to obscure whether Trump is actually golfing during the visits.

One possible reason: Trump was a frequent and vocal critic of President Barack Obama‘s golf habit, regularly slamming the former president for playing golf with many pressing issues before the country. Trump even suggested during a 2016 event in Virginia, in a knock on Obama, that if elected he was “not going to have time to go play golf.”

“I’m going to be working for you, I’m not going to have time to go play golf,” Trump said at the time.
Trump has visited his two golf courses near his Mar-a-Lago estateTrump International Golf Course in West Palm Beach and Trump National Golf Course in Jupiter — six times in his first month in office.

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Aides would not confirm that Trump played golf each time, but through a series of social media posts and interviews with the professional golfers who joined him, it is clear the President golfed during most of these visits. By comparison, Obama played his first round of golf as President on April 26, 2009, at Andrews Air Force Base.

The level of secrecy around golf is new for the presidency, too. While the Obama administration was hesitant to allow cameras to regularly get shots of the President hitting the links, they would tell reporters who joined the President for each round. Trump’s nascent administration has not done that.

According to a picture posted by Clear Sports, a golf technology company, Trump hit the links at Trump International Golf Club on Sunday with Rory McIlroy, one of the top-ranked golfers in the world.

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McIlroy later told No Laying Up, a golf blog, that he played a full 18 holes with the President, the CEO of Clear Sports and Paul O’Neill, the former New York Yankees right fielder.
The professional golfer said Trump “shot around 80” through 18 holes, eight strokes above the course’s par 72 layout.

The reported 18 holes of golf, however, directly contradicts how White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders described Trump‘s visit to the golf course during a briefing with reporters on Sunday.

“I know he played a couple of holes this morning but I am not going to disclose any of the others that were there,” Sanders said, adding that Trump also “played a couple” on Saturday, as well.

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Trump Criticized Obama for Golfing. Now He Spends Weekends on the Links

jerry-p-sagerThe Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla. The course was one of the courses where President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan played golf. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times

As a private citizen, Donald J. Trump was repeatedly critical of President Obama’s fondness for relaxing with a round of golf.

“Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.” Mr. Trump tweeted on Oct. 13, 2014. “Worse than Carter.”

“We pay for Obama’s travel so he can fundraiser millions so Democrats can run on lies,” he said a day later. “Then we pay for his golf.”

Then for a third time that month, Mr. Trump tweeted about Mr. Obama’s golf habit on Oct. 23, 2014.

President Obama has a major meeting on the N.Y.C. Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but decided to play golf!”

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As a president, though, Mr. Trump seems to have had a change of heart about the appropriateness of a president hitting the links.

On Saturday, Mr. Trump played golf with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan at two of his courses in South Florida: 18 holes at the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, and nine more at the Trump International Golf Club in nearby West Palm Beach. On Sunday, he returned, without Mr. Abe, to the club in West Palm Beach for five hours.

It was the president’s second visit this month to South Florida, where he owns the Mar-a-Lago resort in West Palm Beach along with the golf courses.

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Apple seals $10bn debt financing as iPhone rebound fuels demand

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Apple clinched $10bn of debt financing on Thursday in the fourth bond sale worth at least that much globally this year, as a rebound in the iPhone maker’s sales stirred up strong investor demand.

The US technology group will use the proceeds from the sale for share buybacks and to fund dividends, as well as for general corporate purposes.

US companies have issued a huge amount of debt since the turn of the decade, with more than $1tn borrowed each year since 2010. Many companies, including several in the technology sector, have turned to debt markets to finance shareholder returns in an attempt to avoid the tax hit of repatriating cash generated abroad. Apple is flush with cash held overseas.

Goldman Sachs analysts forecast in January that S&P 500 groups would repatriate $200bn of cash held offshore this year, which would “be directed primarily to buybacks”.

Apple holds more than 90 per cent of the $246bn of cash on its balance sheet in foreign subsidiaries, and has become one of the largest issuers of debt since it launched its multi billion-dollar buyback and dividend programmer in 2012. The group has since returned about $195bn to shareholders in buybacks and dividends.

The iPhone maker has issued more than $90bn of debt since 2013, including roughly $25bn last year, according to Ideological. Analysts at rating agency Moody’s said Thursday’s sale would raise the company’s adjusted debt to more than $100bn.

Despite the rising debt load, investor demand for the bonds was intense. Underwriters, led by Deutschmark Bank, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, counted orders of more than $36bn for the offering, according to two investors and one banker familiar with the deal. The group had initially planned to raise between $6bn and $8bn.

Apple issued the debt across nine tranches, including three floating rate notes that mature in 2019, 2020 and 2022. The fixed-rate notes span two-year to 30-year maturities.

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Trump repeats unproven claim of illegal votes

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

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President Donald Trump is telling House and Senate leaders he would have won the popular vote in the 2016 election if not for the votes of 3 million to 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally.

There is no evidence to support Trump’s claim.

Trump made the assertion at a meeting with congressional leaders Monday night. That’s according to a Democratic aide familiar with the exchange, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting. The Washington Post first reported the conversation.

Trump has made the unverified claims before, tweeting in late November that he had “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 2.9 million votes but lost the Electoral College to Trump.

— By Erica Werner

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President Donald Trump is meeting with congressional leaders in the White House as he starts his first week as president.

Trump was joined by Republican and Democratic congressional leaders from the House and Senate during a reception in the State Dining Room. The reception also included Vice President Mike Pence, top Trump aides Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is Trump’s senior adviser.

Trump was speaking to Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and others as reporters were ushered from the reception. Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other congressional leaders are having a dinner later Monday to discuss health care.

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3:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump is telling union leaders that he is redoing the nation’s trade deals “to put a lot of people back to work.”

Trump convened a meeting of about a dozen labor leaders Monday at the White House.

He noted that he earlier in the day signed a memorandum announcing the United States’ intention to withdraw from the multi-nation trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Trump also said he would renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement “at the appropriate time” and said he wanted future deals to be between just two countries.

The president repeated his campaign criticism of the current agreements, saying it was “inconceivable this was allowed to happen.” He has blamed the trade deals for a decline in American manufacturing jobs.

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3:10 p.m.

Donald Trump’s press secretary has reiterated the president’s support for energy projects like the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline.

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While no official crowd count has yet been released for Trump’s inauguration, Obama’s inauguration in 2009 set a record for attendance

obama_inauguration_crowd_fbPhotograph shows much larger crowd at Obama’s inauguration than Trump’s.

Origin:On 20 January 2017, multiple media outlets began posting side-by-side photographs of the crowds at former President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration and President Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration:

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Obama’s inauguration set a record for attendance with an estimated 1.8 million people, as it was a historical event: he was the first African-American U.S. president to take office, and his first 2009 inauguration generated wide viewership worldwide.

While it may be hard to gauge the size of a crowd based purely on a photograph, CNN looked at other factors like weather and public transit ridership: By Jerry P Sager

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Phil Mickelson calls his 4-under 68 ‘phenomenal’ in return to golf from surgery

I’ll say this about Phil Mickelson: The man knows how to make a splash. Big Lefty made his 2017 debut on Thursday at the CareerBuilder Challenge where he doubles as the tournament ambassador.

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Mickelson, who hasn’t played since October and underwent two sports hernia surgeries in the off season, shot an impressive 4-under 68 and is just four strokes off the lead.

He carded five birdies and a bogey on the day and also rocked a logo of himself on his rain jacket. The likeness is of him leaping in the air at the 2004 Masters, which was his first major championship. Here’s a closer look.

Mickelson said that, all things considered, Thursday’s 68 was a success.

“I thought it was phenomenal,” said Mickelson. “I struck it horrible, but I scored out of my mind. So I’m very happy with it. My first round of golf was Saturday, and I’ve been able to work out just the last two weeks. In the last three months, I haven’t been able to do much, but the last two weeks I’ve been able to work out, been practicing for a week, game is rusty, but body feels good.

“And there’s no better place to learn and to get better than to come out here on these great golf courses and put it to the test. Around here you can get away with some mistakes, and I was able to salvage a few pars with up-and-downs, so it doesn’t beat you up too bad. It’s a perfect place to start the year, and it’s fun for me to be involved with the event and fun for me to be able to play it.”

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Jerry P Sager | What Barack Obama’s golf clubs say about his game

As we come down to the last days of President Barack Obama’s time in the White House, the belongings of the First Family are hurriedly being moved into their new digs. Unlike Calvin Coolidge, who left his golf clubs behind when he left office, President Obama is taking his somewhat substantial collection of sticks with him.

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The Associated Press captured a pair of photographs showing the First Golfer’s clubs being transported to the Obama’s new home in the Kalamazoo neighborhood of Washington, D.C. They reveal a few things about Obama the golfer: First, he’s a lefty and most of his clubs are game-improvement models, suitable for his game (the President, a 13-handicap according to Golf Digest’s recent list of the top 150 golfing politicians, is no threat to anyone’s course record). The majority of the clubs are of older vintage and, fittingly for someone well versed in diplomacy, there are clubs from most of the major manufacturers.

Like most everyday golfers, Obama keeps his clubs in stand bags—two of them, one Nike, one Titlist. The Nike bag contains a pair of drivers under head covers (Cobra F7 and Nike Sumo) as well as an uncovered Call away Great Big Bertha. The fairway woods appear to be old Taylor Made Super Steels (the chipped orange paint perhaps a reflection of the 306 rounds Obama played while in office) and a pair of Titlist Vokey wedges are hiding behind some Nike VR irons and what could possibly be a Cobra knockoff iron. Along with three indistinguishable blade putters is a 2012 Taylor Made Ghost Manta mallet with “U.S. President” engraved on the sole with “U.S.” in red and “President” in blue.

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