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Volume 8 Issue 2

Sports Specialist

March ~ April 2013

Mickelson Flirts with 59

Mickelson’s bid for 59 Brain Teaser Nutrition Month Funny Bone Parkinson’s Month Mental Environmental Nutrition Corner Brain Teaser answers Page 1 Page 1 Page 2 Page 2 Page 3 Page 3 Page 4 Page 4


t the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open on the TPC Scottsdale course, Phil Mickelson was sniffing some rarefied air, air that only a few have fully breathed into their lungs. He was attempting to join a group of professional golfers that doesn’t include the likes of Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods or even the venerable Arnold Palmer. Mickelson was attempting to join an eclectic group of golfers that have shot 59 in an officially recognized event.

With birdie attempts on both his 17th and 18th holes of the day – the 8th and 9th holes of the course (he started his day on the back nine), Mickelson looked poised to join this elite group. On 8, his putt was tracking to the hole and came up just short. On 9, he knocked one to 25 feet, hit a great putt that at the very end caught the edge of the cup and ended up lipping out 180 degrees, somehow staying out. For the second time in his career, Mickelson had carded a 60. A score of 60 has been carded 27 times on the PGA tour by 25 different players – with Mickelson, as mentioned, and Zach Johnson doing it twice. The first time was in 1951 by Al Brosch in the Texas Open. After Sam Snead carded a 60 in the 1957 Dallas Open, there was a drought for 33 years until David Frost

did it in the second round of the 1990 Northern Telecom Tucson Open. Other highlight 60’s include: a 19 year old amateur by the name of Patrick Cantlay who shot 60 in the 2011 Travelers Championship and closer to our Canadian golfing consciousness, Carl Pettersen, who shot a 60 in the third round of the 2010 RBC Canadian Open at Royal St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Etobicoke, Ontario. Pettersen, who had just barely made the cut after the Friday round, shot an incredible 60 on his way to winning the Canadian Open that year. Lots at 60 but shooting a 59, that elusive 59, is a rare feat indeed. Like a 2000 yard rushing season in the NFL (only 7 times), or scoring 50 goals in 50 games (8 times by 5 players), shooting 59 has only been accomplished 5 times on the PGA tour and once on the LPGA tour. The first to card a 59 and forever enter golf lore as Mr. 59 was Al Geiberger. Geiberger was a successful tour player from the late 1950s to the early ‘80s winning a major championship in 1966 with the PGA Championship and being on two Ryder Cup teams in 1967 and 1975. But his moniker making round would be played in Tennessee at the Colonial Country Club in 1977 during the second round of the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic. After shooting an opening round 72, Geiberger knew he

Sports Trivia
1. In the NHL, 50 goals has been scored in a teams first 50 games 8 times by 5 different players. Name those 5 players. 2. In the NFL, a player has rushed for 2000 or greater yards seven times. Name those seven players. 3. In the modern era of Major League Baseball, 21 perfect games have been thrown. Which one of the following pitchers did not throw one of those games? a) b) c) d) e) Roy Halladay Randy Johnson Roger Clemens David Wells David Cone

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Nutrition Month

Mickelson Continued
needed at least another 72 to make the cut. He did that and more. Geiberger finished with another 72 and a 70 to win the tournament by 3 strokes. Chip Beck was the next tour player to join the 59 club. Beck won four times on the PGA tour, was second in 3 Major Championships (the Masters and the US Open twice), played in three Ryder Cups, and spent some time in the top 10 in golf rankings in 1988 and 1989. Ironically, the tournament in which he shot his historic 59, the Las Vegas Invitational in 1991, was not one of his tournament victories – he finished tied for third. Beck’s round included 5 pars and 13 birdies setting the record for most birdies in one round. David Duval was the next member shooting his 59 in the final round of the 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. Duval, a multiple winner on the PGA tour, the 2001 Open Championship winner and a world former number 1, was playing the round of his life but still needed to make eagle on the 18th hole to not only shoot 59 but to win the tournament – which he did in dramatic fashion. Journeyman golfer Paul Goydos joined the club in the opening round of the 2010 John Deere Classic. Ranked 137th in the world at the time and having missed his previous two cuts, Goydos shot 4 under on the front nine and then blistered the back nine with an 8 under 28 to shoot his 59. Incredibly, he led by only one shot at the end of the round as Steve Stricker shot an opening round 60 – setting a record for the two lowest scores in a single round on the PGA. Goydos would lose the tournament to Stricker by two strokes. The last member joined the elusive club just one month after Goydos. Stuart Appleby gained entry shooting his 59 during the final round of the Greenbrier Classic. Appleby finished his round with 3 birdies, shooting 11 under, to win the tournament by 1 stroke at 22 under. It was an incredible round under the circumstances and considering it ended a four year winless drought on the Tour. Appleby, an Australian, was the first non-American to shoot 59. The only female in the 59 Club is Sweden’s Annika Sorenstam. She is considered the most dominant female player of all time having won 72 times on the LPGA Tour including 10 Major victories. Sorenstam’s entry came in the 2001 Standard Register Ping tournament when she rattled off 8 birdies on her front nine shooting a 28, followed by 5 birdies on her back nine by the 17th hole – she only had to make par on the final hole to shoot 59! Sorenstam had a nine foot birdie putt on 18 to shoot 58 which she rolled 3 feet past the cup – now risking a bogey and missing her 59. Clearly, she sank the putt and got her 59 but it showed her competitive spirit to the end. Mickelson’s competitive spirit almost got him into this club but he fell short for the second time in his career. Alas, the rarefied air still eludes him. An engineer crosses a road when a frog calls out to him, “If you kiss me, I’ll turn into a beautiful princess.” He bends over, picks up the frog and puts it in his pocket. The frog speaks up again and says, “If you kiss me and turn me back into a beautiful princess, I will stay with you for one week.” The engineer takes the frog out of his pocket, smiles at it and returns it to the pocket. The frog then cries out, “If you kiss me and turn me back, I’ll do whatever you say!” Again the engineer takes the frog out, smiles at it and puts it back into his pocket. Finally, the frog asks, “What is the matter? I’ve told you I’m a beautiful princess, I’ll stay with you for a month and do whatever you say. What more do you want?” The engineer says, “Look, I’m an engineer. I don’t have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog, now that’s cool!”

March is Nutrition Month:
The Dieticians of Canada have issued some tips for Nutrition Month 2013. Their theme is Best Food Forward: Plan Shop Cook Enjoy! 1. Plan: Before heading out to the store to buy your groceries, plan out your meals in advance. This allows you the opportunity to check what you have already in stock, make a grocery list of items needed and scan the flyers and coupons for specials on those items. Remember, it’s not really a deal if you didn’t need it in the first place. (Continued page 4)


Parkinson’s Month
approximately $22 800 per patient compared to $10 000 for someone without Parkinson’s. More than half of that increased cost was shown to be associated with the increased use of nursing home services. Indirect costs for Parkinson’s such as missed work or job loss for the patient or caregiver, travel expenses to see a neurologist or movement disorders specialist, home modifications, adult day care and personal care aides added $6.3 billion to the total. One of the studies also made some predictions with regard to improving the economics of this situation should they find a treatment to slow the progression of the disease. They estimated that a 50% slow down would yield a 35% drop in excess cost. This would represent a huge savings that would be spread over a longer time period representing an increase in expected survival time.

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The Economics of Parkinson’s


arkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative (brain degeneration) disease that particularly affects the neurotransmitter dopamine’s neurons in a particular part of the brain that controls movement patterns. Parkinson’s disease was first described by James Parkinson in 1817 in an essay titled “An Essay of the Shaking Palsy”. Numerous attempts have been made to find the cause of Parkinson’s and find a cure but to date neither has been successful. It affects 1-2% of the over 50 year old population in the US – approximately 1.5 million people. It is generally believed that there are certain environmental factors that may play a role in developing Parkinson disease as well as certain hereditary factors. There may also be a combination of these two factors. Studies have shown that exposure to pesticides, industrial waste, and environmental toxins is involved in the start of disease in some people. Familial links have been found in <10% of the cases. Two recently published studies in the journal Movement Disorders review the economic burden associated with Parkinson’s disease for those families in the US. It is estimated that this burden is at least $14.4 billion per year with the prevalence (or how widespread the disease is) more than doubling by 2040. As a comparison, one of the studies noted that Parkinson’s related medical expenses were

Michael J. Fox Foundation
Michael J. Fox is one of Canada’s most recognizable actors and one of Parkinson’s most recognizable patients. Fox is best known for his work as Alex P. Keaton on NBC’s Family Ties from 1982-89, Michael Flaherty on ABC’s Spin City from 1996-2000 and as Marty McFly in the Back to the Future movie series. Fox was diagnosed with youngonset Parkinson’s disease in 1991 but wouldn’t go public with his condition until 1998. He started the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in 2000 and has become his life’s primary professional focus. Fox believes that with a concentrated effort from the Parkinson’s community, government and general public, Parkinson’s researchers can finally pinpoint the cause and find a cure within our lifetime.

Mental Environmental
lants and trees have long been lauded for their ability to add oxygen to the environment by converting carbon dioxide. Moving plants indoors has also been shown to have a similar effect. But is this the only beneficial effect? Studies done by NASA suggest that there may in fact be more to this friendly foliage than meets the eye. The NASA study done in 1989 proved that the indoor plants act as powerful air purifiers that can also remove toxic materials such as formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide and benzene. Combining totals of being at work and at home, the average person spends approximately 90% of their time indoors. A little leafy relief from these toxins can only be beneficial for the person as well as beautifying the office and home.


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Nutrition Corner
6. Cook: Prepare your meals from scratch with the nutrient rich foods you have just shopped for. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated; nutritious foods can be convenient as well – frozen fruit, already made salads and pre-prepared fruit and veggies offers a simple shortcut. 7. Enjoy: take the time to sit down with your family and enjoy your meal – talk about your day and their day.

2. Shop: Take the time to read the food labels and compare to other similar items in that aisle of the store – try to load up on the nutrient rich foods. Fill your cart with vegetables, fruit, whole grains, milk products, lean fresh meat and meat/protein alternatives such as legumes. Try to skip the processed foods that are filled with less nutrient rich alternatives like fat, sugar and salt. 3. Shop in the Bulk Section: you will save money by buying only the amount you need. 4. Shop as a team: Grocery shop with a friend or family member so that you can take advantage of the lower cost of volume discounts. 5. Buy only what you need: if you can’t shop with someone else, break up a bunch of bananas, buy half a dozen eggs and ask the butcher to split packages of meat. If you do buy bigger packages of meat, divide these into single portions and place in your freezer for later.

Sport Trivia Answers
1. Maurice Richard, Mike Bossy, Wayne Gretzky(3), Mario Lemieux, Brett Hull (2). Answers Brain Teaser 2. OJ Simpson, Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders, Terrell Davis, Jamal Lewis, Chris Johnson, ANSWER Adrian Peterson. 3. c) Roger Clemens


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