15 Year Old Wins LPGA Event

Ko, 15, is LPGA’s youngest winner

Lydia Ko, 15, wins the Canadian Women’s Open by three strokes.
 
Updated Aug 26, 2012 6:37 PM ET
 

COQUITLAM, British Columbia (AP)

Lydia Ko won the Canadian Women’s Open on Sunday to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history and only the fifth amateur champion.

 

The 15-year-old South Korean-born New Zealander closed with a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke victory. She broke the age record of 16 set by Lexi Thompson last September in the Navistar LPGA Classic in Alabama and is the first amateur winner since JoAnne Carner in the 1969 Burdine’s Invitational.

In January, Ko won the New South Wales Open in Australia at 14 to become the youngest player to win a professional tour event, a mark broken by 14-year-old Brooke Henderson in June in a Canadian Women’s Tour event in Quebec. Ko also won the US Women’s Amateur two weeks ago in Cleveland.

Ko finished at 13-under 275 at The Vancouver Golf Club, pulling away with birdies on five of the first six holes on the back nine. She opened with consecutive 68s and shot a 72 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round.

Inbee Park shot a 69 to finish second.

US Women’s Open champion Na Yeon Choi, Chella Choi and Jiyai Shin tied for third at 8 under. Na Yeon Shoi had a 73, and Chella Choi and Shin shot 71.

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Beyond Grades and Trophies, Teaching Kids the Definition of Success

Beyond Grades and Trophies, Teaching Kids the Definition of Success

August 24, 2012 | 7:00 AM | By

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By Amanda Stupi

In her new book Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success, psychologist and author Madeline Levine exposes the pitfalls of over-parenting, and argues for a new definition of success and achievement.

Levine uses the term “authentic success” to differentiate success as it is traditionally viewed: titles, money, good grades, and prestigious schools. In the forward to her book, Levine writes that parents also need to encourage kids to “know and appreciate themselves deeply; to approach the world with zest; to find work that is exciting and satisfying, friends and spouses who are loving and loyal; and to hold a deep belief that they have something meaningful to contribute to society.”

Levine joined host Dave Iverson on KQED’s Forum to discuss her book. Here are some tips that surfaced from the conversation.

1. REMEMBER THE BASICS

According to Levine, research shows that “the four most important factors in parenting are reliability, consistency, stability and non-interference.” She says that most people don’t argue with the first three but that she receives push back on the last one — non-interference. Levine says learning from mistakes (the kind that occur when parents don’t interfere) is an important skill — one that employers say too many young workers lack.

2. BUILD A GOOD FOUNDATION

“We’ve all become these decorators as opposed to construction workers. What kids really need is not the right curtains i.e. the right schools, the right grades, but they need a strong foundation. So many parents are busy paying attention to the decorative aspect of their child.”

3. SPEND TIME WITH YOUR KIDS

Research shows that eating dinner with your kids is a good habit to maintain. But many parents over-think it. When asked about eating dinner with her own kids, Levine says “It wasn’t brilliant, deep conversation with three boys every night about how they felt about things, not by a long shot.” What mattered was that she spent time with them.

Levine says to emphasize play time, down time, and family time, or P.D.F.

“It’s in that quiet space that you actually get to know who your child is and that’s your primary job as a parent.” And don’t worry if progess is slow going. Levine says “Getting to know your child is a quiet, long process.”

4. ESTABLISH INTERNAL DEFINITION OF SUCCESS

Levine says that both parents and children need to shift from an external, performance-oriented version of success to an internal version that embraces “real curiosity about learning and how the child experiences things.”

Instead of equating a high grade with effort and intelligence and a low grade with a lack thereof, switch to questions like ‘Did you learn anything new on the test?’ or ‘What was the test like for you?’”

Encourage children “to go inside and evaluate for themselves.” At the end of the day that’s what I think authentic [success] means,” says Levine.

5. LET KIDS FAIL

According to Levine, letting kids fail is “one of the most critical things” parents can do. She encourages parents to remember how often toddlers fall when they’re learning to walk.

“That’s the model in life, for how kids master things. If we swooped in at the first stumble, a child wouldn’t learn how to walk. She walks because she fails over and over and over again with our continued encouragement and presence.”

6. FOCUS ON CHILD’S STRENGTH

“When you grow up you only have to be really, really good at one or two things. This idea of being good at everything, straight A’s, building water treatment plants in the Sudan and being the captain of the lacrosse team is so unrealistic.”

“We spend so much time with tutors or worrying about a kid who has difficulty in one field as oppose to concentrating on their strengths.”

7. DON’T DROWN YOUR KIDS IN PRAISE

Levine emphasized that one of the most important things parents can do for their children is to hold back the praise – that’s correct, you shouldn’t constantly tell your children that they are great.

“We seem to be under the impression that you can graft self-esteem onto your children if you just tell them enough how special they are. The reality is that self-esteem comes out of competence. How do you get confident about something? You get better at it.”

Levine explains that telling children they’re good at something builds pressure and expectations and that the possibility of not meeting those expectations works against kids.

“The risk for the child then becomes very great.”

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Back-to-School Questions Asked and Answered

Back-to-School Questions Asked and Answered – from commonsensemedia.org

Tips, guidance, and solutions for managing technology in school and home.
by Caroline Knorr | Aug. 16, 2012 | Educational issues

School seems to start earlier every year. One minute you’re packing for a week at the beach, the next you’re wondering whether your kid really needs a spiral-bound notebook for every single subject, including PE. This year, back to school will bring another big surprise: more technology — both in and out of the classroom — than ever before.

Navigating this territory will be a fresh challenge to all involved. Teachers and administrators want to use tech to reach out and relate to students, without disrupting class or skimping on lessons. Parents want to make sure that kids maximize the benefits while minimizing the risks. And kids? They mostly just want to have fun — and that often means hours spent online, texting friends, or playing games.

Added to the mix is a 24/7 pipeline that can be both a boon (homework help, research, current events) and a bust (hours-long texting marathons, Facebook drama, age-inappropriate content). Managing kids’ schedules to provide enough time for schoolwork and activities with a reasonable amount of screen time is a delicate balance.

Here are some of the top concerns we’ve heard from parents trying to figure it all out.

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Advice For New Middle School Students

MARILYN HAGERTY: One of life’s great challenges: middle school

Being the coolest student in middle school doesn’t amount to a hill of beans. That’s because it changes all the time, according to Rachel Trenne. And she ought to know. She just finished three years of middle school at Schroeder and is moving on to high school at Red River this week.

By: Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Herald

Being the coolest student in middle school doesn’t amount to a hill of beans.

That’s because it changes all the time, according to Rachel Trenne. And she ought to know. She just finished three years of middle school at Schroeder and is moving on to high school at Red River this week.

She would like to tell younger students entering middle school that’s more important to be nice and treat others with respect and kindness.

“If you’re going to worry, don’t worry about popularity. Worry about the way you treat people.”

Those were her words in a letter she wrote last spring. Her teacher, Jan Monley, thought they were worth passing on.

That’s because middle school is one of life’s greatest challenges and it looms large this week. Nobody takes the students by the hand as they did at the beginning of kindergarten.

Instead, it’s a huge step for those who finished fifth grade in Grand Forks in May are moving into middle school at Valley, Schroeder and South.

The words written by Rachel Trenne reflect her feelings of moving up the ladder. This week, she is going into ninth grade. She wrote her advice last spring to make middle school more enjoyable for sixth graders.

“If I could tell you one thing, it would be to do your own homework. As easy as it is to cheat, it will be much harder when the test or quiz rolls around.

“Popularity is fleeting,” she wrote. “Being nice is not. Treat others with respect and kindness,” she said in part. “Don’t worry about who the coolest person is because, trust me, it changes all the time.”

Rachel makes a case for middle schoolers to use the Golden Rule and treat others the way they want to be treated. “Don’t talk behind people’s backs. Don’t do things to make them look bad. And don’t spread rumors.”

Kindness, she wrote, would make middle school and all of life so much easier.

“As weird as it may seem,” she wrote, “in the next three years many of you will be offered alcohol, easy access to illegal drugs and be pressured into doing things you don’t want to do.

“Make sure you stay true to yourself and make decisions you can live with…. Listen to your mom and dad. They really do have your best interest at heart.”

From here on, Rachel tells new middle schoolers they will have more opportunities. She suggests, “Get out of your comfort zone. Try new things. Make new friends.”

In middle school, Rachel wrote, “You’re going to change, don’t be afraid of that. Don’t be worried if you don’t know what you want to be when you grow up, you have plenty of time to decide.

“Have fun,” she concluded. “Enjoy being this age. It can really be hard, but it can be fun as well. Make the most of it.”

Rachel has an older brother, Ben, who will be a junior at Red River this year. Her parents, Paul and Karen Trenne, are Lutheran ministers.

She is entering high school with a jest for dance, cheerleading and playing softball. She’s hoping to find a place in DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) and student council at Red River.

She has taken part in Summer Performing Arts and worked with the news team at Schroeder. She was among those at the National Youth Conference in New Orleans this summer. While there, she donated 8 inches of hair to the Children With Hair Loss cause.

Augusta National Admits First Female Members

Augusta National Adds Condoleezza Rice, Darla Moore As First Two Female Members

By DOUG FERGUSON 08/20/12 01:29 PM ET AP

 
 

Augusta National

The sun rises over the Augusta National Golf Club house before practice rounds for the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in Augusta, Ga.

NEW YORK — For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members.

The home of the Masters, under increasing criticism the last decade because of its all-male membership, invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to become the first women in green jackets when the club opens for a new season in October.

Both women accepted.

“This is a joyous occasion,” Augusta National chairman Billy Payne said Monday.

The move likely ends a debate that intensified in 2002 when Martha Burk of the National Council of Women’s Organizations urged the club to include women among its members. Former club chairman Hootie Johnson stood his ground, even at the cost of losing Masters television sponsors for two years, when he famously said Augusta National might one day have a woman in a green jacket, “but not at the point of a bayonet.”

The comment took on a life of its own, becoming either a slogan of the club’s resolve not to give in to public pressure or a sign of its sexism, depending on which side of the debate was interpreting it.

“Oh my God. We won,” Burk said. “It’s about 10 years too late for the boys to come into the 20th century, never mind the 21st century. But it’s a milestone for women in business.”

Payne, who took over as chairman in 2006 when Johnson retired, said consideration for new members is deliberate and private, and that Rice and Moore were not treated differently from other new members. Even so, he took the rare step of announcing two of the latest members to join because of the historical significance.

“These accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf and both are well known and respected by our membership,” Payne said in a statement. “It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their green jackets when the club opens this fall. This is a significant and positive time in our club’s history and, on behalf of our membership, I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome them and all of our new members into the Augusta National family.”

Tiger Woods, who knows Rice through a mutual connection to Stanford, applauded the move.

“I think the decision by the Augusta National membership is important to golf,” Woods said. “The Club continues to demonstrate its commitment to impacting the game in positive ways. I would like to congratulate both new members, especially my friend Condi Rice.”

A person with knowledge of club operations said Rice and Moore first were considered as members five years ago. That would be four years after the 2003 Masters, when Burk’s protest in a grass lot down the street from the club attracted only about 30 supporters, and one year after Payne became chairman.

Moore and Johnson are close friends, both with roots in South Carolina and banking, and the person said Payne and Johnson agreed on the timing of a female member. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the club typically does not discuss membership issues, said it was important to Payne to be respectful of the membership process.

The person said prospective members often are not aware they are being considered. Augusta National does not say how much it costs to join or provide figures on annual dues.

Johnson said in a statement to The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., “”This is wonderful news for Augusta National Golf Club and I could not be more pleased. Darla Moore is my good friend, and I know she and Condoleezza Rice will enjoy the Club as much as I have.”

Burk maintains her initial letter to Johnson on June 12, 2002 – and his defiant reply – paved the way for Rice and Moore to become members a decade later.

“It came sooner than I expected. I thought they were going to try to outlast me,” Burk said. “And I really thought they would wait until the women’s movement would get no credit. But if we had not done what we did, this would not have happened now.”

Augusta National, which opened in December 1932 and did not have a black member until 1990, is believed to have about 300 members. While the club until now had no female members, women were allowed to play the golf course as guests, including on the Sunday before the Masters week began in April.

The issue of female membership never went away, however, and it resurfaced again this year after Virginia Rometty was appointed chief executive of IBM, one of the Masters’ corporate sponsors. The previous four CEOs of Big Blue had all been Augusta National members, leading to speculation that the club would break at least one tradition – membership for the top executive of IBM or a men-only club.

Rometty was seen at the Masters on the final day wearing a pink jacket, not a green one. She was not announced as one of the newest members.

Most players at the Masters steered clear of the issue when it was raised, citing the private nature of the club. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem also tried to stay out of it. In some of his strongest comments in May, he said the Masters was “too important” for the tour not to recognize the tournament as an official part of the schedule.

Finchem commended the club on Monday.

“At a time when women represent one of the fastest growing segments in both playing and following the game of golf, this sends a positive and inclusive message for our sport,” Finchem said.

Three-time Masters champion Gary Player tweeted, “Great news. Augusta National admits its first female members in 80 years: Condoleezza Rice & Darla Moore.”

“I think it’s great,” Tim Clark of South Africa said Monday after his runner-up finish in the Wyndham Championship. “Obviously it shows a sign of the times and like I say, Augusta’s a place I love, love going there to play and love the tournament. So it’s nice to see them do this now and kind of get everyone off their backs.”

Moore, 58, first rose to prominence in the 1980s with Chemical Bank, where she became the highest-paid woman in the banking industry. She is vice president of Rainwater, Inc., a private investment company founded by her husband, Richard Rainwater, and she was the first woman to be profiled on the cover of Fortune Magazine,

In 1998, Moore made an initial $25 million contribution to her alma mater, the University of South Carolina, which renamed its business school after her. She pledged an additional $45 million to the school in 2004. And last year, she pledged $5 million to the college for a new aerospace center. She also pledged $10 million to Clemson University in her father’s name.

Moore was mentioned as a possible Augusta National member during the height of the all-male membership debate in 2002. She and Johnson worked on South Carolina’s $300 million capital campaign in the late 1990s.

“Augusta National has always captured my imagination, and is one of the most magically beautiful places anywhere in the world, as everyone gets to see during the Masters each April,” Moore said. “I am fortunate to have many friends who are members at Augusta National, so to be asked to join them as a member represents a very happy and important occasion in my life.

“Above all, Augusta National and the Masters Tournaments have always stood for excellence, and that is what is so important to me.”

Rice, 57, was the national security adviser under former President George W. Bush and became secretary of state in his second term. The first black woman to be a Stanford provost in 1993, she now is a professor of political economy at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

“I have visited Augusta National on several occasions and look forward to playing golf, renewing friendships and forming new ones through this very special opportunity,” Rice said in a statement released by the club. “I have long admired the important role Augusta National has played in the traditions and history of golf. I also have an immense respect for the Masters Tournament and its commitment to grow the game of golf, particularly with youth, here in the United States and throughout the world.”

Rice recently was appointed to the U.S. Golf Association’s nominating committee.

Johnson regarded the membership debate as infringing on the rights of a private club, even though every April it hosts the Masters, the most popular of the four major championships, which brings in millions of dollars through television rights for the highest-rated telecast in golf.

In a 2002 interview with The Associated Press, Johnson the all-male nature of the club was more important because of four parties for members only, instead of who gets to enjoy one of the most famous golf courses in the world.

“Our club has enjoyed a camaraderie and a closeness that’s served us well for so long, that it makes it difficult for us to consider change,” he said. “A woman may be a member of this club one day, but that is out in the future.”

The membership issue might now shift across the Atlantic to the British Open, which returns in 2013 to all-male Muirfield Golf Club.

 

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Holley Mangold, Olympic Weightlifter

An Olympic Weightlifter on Football, Breaking Windows and the Perfect Lift

Holley Mangold successfully completes a 145-kilogram clean and jerk on her first attempt during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Weightlifting on March 4, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. Photo: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

 

People have called Holley Mangold “Big Girl” most of her life. She heard it growing up playing football against boys, it’s what everyone called her when she starred in an episode of MTV’s True Life and it’s how people think of her now that she’s an Olympic weightlifter in the superheavyweight division.

 

Mangold’s totally OK with that. In fact, she embraces it. She’s 5-foot-8 and weighs 350 pounds and she doesn’t care what you think about it. But then, she’s never been especially concerned with what others thought, and it’s served her well through an athletic career that’s been as impressive as it is unusual.

Mangold, the younger sister of New York Jets All-Pro center Nick Mangold, started playing football when she was 8. She was on the offensive line at Archbishop Alter High School and the first girl who wasn’t a kicker to play high school football in Ohio. She started powerlifting at about the same time and won the junior nationals at age 18. Her path to the Games was set then, but the 22-year-old wasn’t expected to make it until 2016. Instead, she sealed her spot in London with a surprise second-place finish at the Olympic Trials with a combined total of 255 kilograms. That’s 562.2 pounds, for the metrically challenged.

Wired chatted with Mangold about her about challenging stereotypes, surpassing expectations and chasing the feeling that comes with the perfect lift.

 

Wired: How did you get into weightlifting?

Mangold: I was playing football and one day in the weight room my coach was like, “Well, you’re pretty strong for a female.” I’m pretty sure he meant it as an insult, but I took it as a compliment. I decided to go into powerlifting. I got some national records there, and then moved on to Olympic weightlifting. I just fell in love with it.

Wired: Did you and Nick ever play together?

Mangold: Oh no, I’m sure I would have killed him, so he wouldn’t want to play against me.

Wired: Do you miss football at all?

Mangold: I miss the contact, you know. I really do. I love contact sports. I love when you get to beat someone out. [laughs] Here you’ve just got to lift more than them. But I have a lot more passion for weightlifting.

Wired: What stokes your passion?

Mangold: It’s so technical. It looks so effortless when you do it right, and when you do it wrong it looks like it’s really, really heavy. There’s this thing called weightlessness. When you get a good lift the bar is literally weightless. It’s off your body and you don’t feel it until it’s over your head. You get that with maybe one in 100 lifts, but when you get it you’ll chase it for the rest of your life.

Wired: How do people look at women weightlifters?

Mangold: I think a lot of people think they all look like me. There’s a lot of small weightlifters, 48 kilo class. People forget about that. I feel women weightlifters kind of try too hard and are too feminine just to show they’re still feminine. I don’t do that. I try to have a nice balance. But I haven’t had any problems. People don’t really say anything to your face because they’re a little intimidated that you can out-lift them.

Wired: I hear you were kicked out of the gym in college for breaking windows….

Mangold: Oh yes, I did. It was a second-story weight room. It wasn’t really built for Olympic weightlifting. In weightlifting you drop the weights, and because it was an all-girls college they weren’t really expecting girls to do Olympic weightlifting. I dropped the weights and it broke all the windows. It wasn’t even that much, like 200 pounds. I wasn’t allowed to lift there anymore, needless to say.

Wired: The training regimen for weightlifting seems obvious. But how much time is spent training each week?

Mangold: I train about three hours each practice. I have two practices Monday, Wednesday, Friday, one on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. And I have Sunday off. It’s about 27 hours a week.

Wired: What do you do to stay focused before you compete?

Mangold: Before I go in I usually wrap a towel around my head and try to get in the zone, focus and block everything else out. I don’t pay attention to who’s lifting, what they lifted, if they missed, if they didn’t. I just focus on me and what’s happening. It’s very important to visualize yourself making the lifts, visualize yourself doing thing correctly.

Wired: There’s a certain amount of grace involved in weightlifting.

Mangold: A lot of people think we just pick things up and put them back down. But if you’re a quarter of an inch off your path at the bottom, it’s going to be five inches behind you at the top. It’s very technical in the fact that you’ve got to be precise in your movements. I always say weightlifting is like controlled explosion. You must control the bar completely all the way through the lift, through an explosion of power. It’s hard to grasp the technical things you have to do but there’s a million of them. But you’ve got to make sure you’re not thinking of a million things, because then you’re not even going to lift it.

Wired: Is the technical proficiency one reason weightlifters often are older than many Olympians?

Mangold: Yeah. They say it takes five years to see if you’re going to be any good in weightlifting and 10 years to see if you’re going to be great. I’ve been doing it for about three and a half, so I don’t know if I’m good yet. [laughs] I feel I’m just scratching at the surface of what I can do.

Wired: You’re ahead of schedule, actually.

Mangold: You know, the 2012 Olympics means so much to me because everyone thought I was going in 2016. I was kind of like the underdog that just came through. This was an unexpected thing, everybody was projecting me for 2016, so now I’ve got to show that I deserve going to 2012. It means a lot of work.

Wired: What would you tell girls who may want to get into weightlifting?

Mangold: You’re not going to end up like me. You’re not going to be huge. A lot of girls don’t go into weightlifting because they think it’s going to make them like bulky and huge. You gotta be born this big. You’re not going to reach my size just because you start weightlifting. That said, do what you want to do and have fun doing it. If you love it, continue doing it and do not worry about what other people say.

Wired: Your confidence and attitude are inspiring.

Mangold: I love my body. I think it’s perfect. I don’t know what my personality would be like if I wasn’t so huge. And I think it’s a great thing for me. I’ll never be skinny and I’m perfectly okay with that. As soon as I retire I will be doing cross-fit and I’m sure I’ll go crazy with health stuff. But right now I’m kind of enjoying being a super heavyweight. I kind of like it.

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