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The LPGA's Top Rivalries: Young Guns
It's time for my favorite part of this year's rundown of the LPGA's top rivalries: a look at the LPGA's Young Guns--those players who started their LPGA careers in the last 3 seasons.

Head of the Class? Ya Ni Tseng v. Seon Hwa Lee: Even though she's struggled with her putting the past 2 seasons after a brilliant rookie campaign, Lee has been the paragon of consistent excellence in her generation, heading the 2005 Futures Tour's money list, winning Rookie of the Year in 2006 over much more celebrated players, getting at least 1 win each of her 3 seasons on tour, and averaging over $1M in winnings per season. Last season, Tseng just missed averaging 4 birdies per round and taking the #2 spot on the money list from Paula Creamer--not to mention about 7 more wins--but still managed to win a major, break the $1.75M barrier in season winnings, post a sub-71 scoring average, and beat out an inspired Na Yeon Choi for Rookie of the Year. If she can learn from Lee's ability to close the deal when in contention and match her resilience and consistency--not to mention get healthy and improve her accuracy off the tee--Lorena Ochoa should be watching out for her this season...and for many more to come.

Major Talents: Morgan Pressel v. Inbee Park: Whereas Pressel is the quintessential precision player, Park is an inspired putter. Each has struggled after making her 1st LPGA victory a major, Pressel with swing changes in a quixotic quest for more distance and Park with a sophomore slump in the second half of the past season. While both have been outdistanced and overshadowed by fellow major winner Ya Ni Tseng, only Pressel has gotten win #2--and has failed to break the $1M barrier in season winnings at least once.

Best Without a Win? Na Yeon Choi v. Jee Young Lee v. Angela Park: Yes, Lee has a non-member victory (in the 2005 LPGA event in Korea), so perhaps I should stop putting her in this category, but like Choi and Park, I see her as one of the most likely candidates in her generation to break through to the game's highest levels. They all make over 90% of their cuts, rack up a lot of top 10s and top 20s, and have put themselves in contention multiple times. But they're a study in contrasting styles: Choi is a strong all-around player, Lee is a bomber with great touch on the greens, and Park is a precision player. It'll be very interesting to follow these 3 over the course of their careers.

What Have You Done for Me Lately? Eun-Hee Ji v. In-Kyung Kim v. Ji Young Oh v. Louise Friberg v. Julieta Granada v. Meaghan Francella: They all have 1 career win with varying degrees of other success. Who among them will avoid the 1-hit wonder label? The 1st 2 for sure. The next 2? I hope. The last 2? Stranger things have happened.

The Expectations Game: Amy Yang v. Ai Miyazato v. Brittany Lang v. Song-Hee Kim v. Momoko Ueda v. Jane Park v. Hee Young Park v. Shanshan Feng: Some of them have built up expectations with international victories (Miyazato with 14 on the JLPGA, Ueda with 7 on the JLPGA, Hee Young Park with 4 on the KLPGA, Yang with 2 on the LET), others with domestic success (Lang and Jane Park on the NCAA, Kim on the Futures Tour), and some from carrying the weight of a nation's hopes on their shoulders (Miyazato, Ueda, Feng). So far their LPGA results haven't met such high expectations. But there's plenty of time for them to reach their potential.
Modern Home wins Ricoh accolade

Modern Home - the exclusive distributor of the Ricoh brand in Qatar won the Ricoh Appreciation Award for Excellent Business Growth for 2008, at a glittering ceremony held in Prague.

The award was presented to Modern Home's Electronics Business Unit Manager, Mr. Ziad Asmar during Ricoh's annual international conference.

Modern Home is a leading name in the office automation business offering state-of-the-art faxes, copiers and business solutions, supplying to offices, schools, banks, universities, military bases and embassies whether in sales, installation or after-sales support.

During the ceremony, Mr. Paul Renkema, Sales Director for Ricoh International announced that Modern Home had increased its total MFP sales by 160%. It had also almost doubled its colour placements for both MFP and printers, by increasing its business-to-consumer ratio from 21% to 40%. Put together, total turnover had increased by around 56%, year-on-year.

'In a country that finds itself under the joint pressure of declining oil and gas prices, where government and businesses are even more careful than normal when making their investments into new machinery, this is quite an extraordinary accomplishment. At Ricoh International, we would like to congratulate Modern Home for its excellent business growth in 2008.'

he said.

For his part, Modern Home's Electronics Business Unit Manager Mr. Ziad Asmar explained: 'Our entire sales ethos is built around supplying the general public with quality brands & services, so we are naturally happy to represent and distribute a brand like Ricoh. With such recognition Ricoh has publicly reinforced their trust in us, and we are delighted to be part of such a dynamic partnership,' Asmar concluded.
Ricoh Arena bosses confident on Olympics 2012 bid
Aug 17 2009
Add a commentRecommend BOSSES at the Ricoh are still confident of winning the bid to host Olympic events at the 2012 games despite reports they would need to delete all signs of its title sponsor.

The home of the Sky Blues announced it had put in a late bid after Villa Park suddenly dropped out and the London Olympic Games organisers announced it was looking for a Midlands alternative.

But Daniel Gidney, chief executive of the Ricoh Arena, said a 10-year sponsorship with the Ricoh would still be in place when the Olympics is staged and the sponsorhsip ruling was not considered a problem.

He said: “When we host the Rugby World Cup it will definitely have to be a clean stadium with no title sponsors and I anticipate it to be the same situation with the 2012 Olympics.

“However the process is quite fluid and the details are still to be resolved.

“It is accepted by our sponsors that this is standard industry practice if we are to attract global events.”

The 32,000 capacity stadium has already won the bid to host pool matches for the Rugby World Cup in 2015, and a decision on the successful venues for the 2012 games is expected at the end of the year.

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