“I was up against Horschel on the first day, too,” McIlroy recalled the following year of the incident in 2007. “I messed up the last hole and lost to him. I wasn’t happy. “Then I got him again, twice, on the Sunday. His antics were really p****** me off. For example, he had hit a bunker shot at the 14th in our morning foursome. It was a great shot and finished inches from the cup. But he came running down the hill hollering at the top of his voice. He was so loud and so obnoxious. “Anyway, that outburst of his was probably the worst thing he could have done. In the second singles, I set out to be as loud as he was. “On the first tee I ripped a drive up the middle, hit my seven-iron approach to maybe 15 feet – I was shouting ‘Be good! Be good!’ all the way – and holed the putt for an eagle. “When the ball went in, I gave it the loudest ‘Come on!’ you’ve ever heard. I think he got the point.” While the row between Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods drags on, Rory McIlroy and Billy Horschel certainly appeared to have settled their differences as they practised at the US Open on Wednesday. McIlroy and Horschel fell out at the Walker Cup in 2007, with the world number two turning on the American when the pair met on the final day at Royal County Down. McIlroy and Horschel could be seen talking amicably as they played the 16th hole alongside Woods, with the threesome completing eight holes together. Press Association
By Eileen MoonSEA BRIGHT – Waiting for the bus in Sea Bright is a lot more fun than it used to be thanks to the talents of Monmouth Beach artist Megan Health Gilhool.Like most people who live close to the ocean, she’s driven up and down Ocean Ave more times than she can count.And as she traveled, she couldn’t help but see her surroundings with an artist’s eye.In the right hands, a little paint and TLC could work wonders, Megan knew.Take the bus stop, for instance.Every time she passed it, she thought about how the workaday building that provided bus riders a place to get out of the weather as they waited could use a facelift.Or, as Megan put it, “Every time I walked by it, I just thought it needed a big hug – a big, paint hug!”Several years ago, she approached the borough about the possibility of painting the bus shelter, but at that time, no one was interested.She tried again this year however, and with the support of the Sea Bright Business Alliance, she got the green light.A fine artist whose abstracts have been featured in numerous art shows and galleries, Gilhool also does commissioned work that includes everything from family and pet portraits to tromp l’oeil murals in business and private homes.And as the bus stop illustrates, she spends a lot of time planning and conceiving her designs.She spent more than three weeks on the bus shelter project, setting up her paints and supplies and taking them down each day when she was finished. I don’t travel light,” she said.As she worked, she encountered a number of people who asked questions and commented on what she was doing. One business owner across the street often sat on a chair on the sidewalk watching her work.Some found her color choices too bright, Gilhool said. “They wanted it to look Nantuckety. But this is Sea Bright. What about New Jersey? New Jersey has its own life, its own spirit.”Like most folks blessed to call the two river area home, Gilhool has a deep love for and appreciation of the ocean, and that’s reflected in the whimsical interior of the bus stop, which is painted to resemble a comfy summer cottage by the sea.A trompe l’oeil Monmouth Beach artist Megan Heath Gilhool at work in Red Bank, where she recently painted a party room at the Red Bank ArmoryMonmouth Beach artist Megan Heath Gilhool waved her magic paintbrush over this bus stop on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright recently, replacing the drab interior with a brightly painted evocation of a summer cottage at the shore.Waiting for the bus in Sea Bright is much more fun than it used to be thanks to the talents of Monmouth Beach artist Megan Heath Gilhool.sign inside the shelter reads, “May your joys be as deep as the ocean and your sorrows as light as its foam.”Gilhool researched a lot of beach-related sayings before settling on that one, she said.Painted “Magazines” with a beachy theme are also displayed in a basket with the name of one reading, “N.J. Shore Life,” as well as a painted copy of Sea Bright’s newsletter, “The Seabreeze,” with appropriate headlines.Such little whimsies are abundant, like the painting of Megan’s real-life cat Buster, sleeping on one wall – not far from his faux food dish.Inches from the bus shelter’s floor, there’s a painted “snapshot” of Ralph Kramden, the bombastic bus driver played by Jackie Gleason on the 1950s TV series, ***ITALSThe Honeymooners***ENDTALS.Thanks to Gilhool, commuters caught in the winter chill may enjoy a little bit of summer as they settle inside on the brightly painted bench to wait for the next bus.And now that the business community has added a little evergreen at the side of the shelter, the scene has taken on a Christmas-y feel as well.Since she finished painting the shelter, Gilhool has seen parents stopping in with their kids to take photos inside the stop, which always makes her smile.“It really was a fun project,” said Gilhool.
It was much more than another assignment for photographer Gary Gellman.Gellman was in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, on hand to photograph Pope Francis, capturing what posterity may eventually consider among the iconic images of the visit as well as allow him to get in touch with his spiritual side.“As a Catholic,” Gellman said, “being able to photograph the successor to St. Peter was really neat and a great honor.” Gellman, a Howell-based still photographer and videographer, was provided access to the tarmac for the plane’s arrival in Philadelphia, and captured the image of Francis blessing the 10-year-old disabled boy in his wheelchair. That photograph has already been widely distributed and seen.“It was very emotional,” Gellman offered.“And to me as a Catholic to be that close to the leader of the our church and to know I was selected and blessed to be selected to be there, the signature event,” he explained, “it was a wonderful experience.”Gellman has in the past photographed the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has taken portrait photos of Diocese of Trenton Bishop David M. O’Connell and knows Archbishop Charles Chaput, with Archdiocese of Philadelphia, who helped Gellman along the lengthy process of obtaining security clearance for the assignment. That process took the better part of 10 months, beginning last November, to secure security clearance to be a photographer for the World Meeting of Families event, according to Gellman. “I like to say it was a 10 month process and a 27-year training period,” he said, referring to his time as a professional in his field.On the airport tarmac as the jet arrived and the pope and passengers disembarked, “It was something quite unique to be blessed to be so close,” with only about 200 people there and only a couple of photographers – “probably the smallest group surrounding the pope during his visit.”At the time “I was in work mode,” concentrating on the assignment. “Until that one point,” with Pope Francis “coming down those steps, I realized where I was, what I was doing,” and it having a profound effect on him, he acknowledged.Over the years, Gellman has photographed many, including such celebs as Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi and many others, especially in his role as photographer for the New Jersey Hall of Fame. “I’ve met a lot of cool people, many are special in their own right.“But this,” assignment, he stressed, “was one of a kind, really special.” By John Burton
A-League Andrew Nabbout – From unwanted Victory player to Jets A-League star Kieran Francis Last updated 1 year ago 12:55 12/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) A-League Melbourne Victory v Newcastle Jets Newcastle Jets Melbourne Victory Forced to leave the country to find top-flight football, Andrew Nabbout has earned the right to be among the top players in the A-League As Melbourne Victory captain Mark Milligan raised the 2014-15 A-League championship trophy, Andrew Nabbout could be seen smiling and celebrating on stage.But he wasn’t a player on the day. He was dressed in a suit and wasn’t picked in the squad that beat Sydney FC 3-0 at AAMI Park.In fact, Nabbout only made five league appearances during that season for 35 minutes of pitch time in total — it was clear the writing was on the wall. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It’s always difficult for a young player trying to break through because it’s a club with such big expectations,” Nabbout told Goal.”Any coach is going to put out their strongest 11 to win every week because that’s what is expected and I accepted that.”It kind of made me work harder and keep pushing for a spot, but it wasn’t to be unfortunately.”Nabbout was released by Victory shortly after their championship win but felt other top-flight opportunities would come.They didn’t.”I took a couple of weeks off to rest the body but I was waiting for something to come up. I thought a club would have been interested at that point,” he said.”But unfortunately come the end of October when the new season started there was nothing on. I had a week-long trial with the Mariners which I thought went really well but unfortunately nothing came of it.”Running out of options, Nabbout was presented with an offer to join Malaysia’s Negeri Sembilan, or he could drop back to an NPL club with many keen to take on his services.It was a fall from grace for a player who once single-handedly put Sydney FC to the sword with a brace off the bench, but a step he needed to make if he wanted to continue his career.Nabbout figured he could always return to the NPL if a stint in Malaysia failed, so why not give it a go?The unique move to Malaysia saw Nabbout hit top form in a weaker league, with nine goals and eight assists in 12 games, but more importantly gave him belief in his own ability.”It was a good experience for me because I gained a lot of confidence. The league wasn’t as good as the A-League but it helped me strengthen my attacking game,” Nabbout said.”It helped me realise what my strengths were and work harder on them every week and it was a good league to do that because the standard wasn’t as high as Australia.”Incredibly, Nabbout was released mid-season by Negeri Sembilan despite his stunning record and Newcastle Jets, then coached by Scott Miller, decided to pounce for the 2016-17 seasonHe won the Jets golden boot with eight goals, picked up the members player of the year and started to be mentioned by press for possible Socceroos selection.It was a level of consistency that many thought he didn’t have, and the player himself admits it was the lessons he learned through failure and complacency that helped raise his game.”This time around (at the Jets) I know not to be complacent because at some points I kind of got a little bit comfortable at Victory,” Nabbout said.”They brought in players I didn’t know what to do cause I wasn’t playing as much as what I was.”I took everything I learned about myself in Malaysia, everything I learned in my last year at Victory about not being complacent and working that extra little bit to get ahead — and so far at Newcastle it’s worked.”The Jets have only made the finals in the nine seasons since their only championship in 2007-08, but are sitting pretty currently in second position – five points behind Sydney FC but seven ahead of third-placed Melbourne City.This form has continued on despite a horror injury run that has seen foreign stars Roy O’Donovan and Ronald Vargas be long-term absentees, forcing usual winger Nabbout to be deployed as a central striker.In the unfamiliar role, Nabbout has contributed six goals and five assists in 12 matches, in a Jets attack that has scored 29 times — more than their goal totals for any of the past three campaigns.Having added striker to the positions he can play, Nabbout has pundits calling for a Socceroos selection, but the player himself is remaining grounded.”It’s on the back of every player’s mind. It’s a chance to put yourself in a shop window for the World Cup and of course that’s going to be playing on my mind especially as my name has been mentioned before,” he said.”If I keep playing the way I have been playing recently and hopefully keep going the rest of the season like this then if the call comes, it comes, and I’ll be more than ready and happy to take it.”Until then it’s club football and it’s number one on my mind.”It’s not a bad situation for a player whose only thought two years ago was finding a club full stop.Now he is among the top players in the Australia because of his bravery to make a unique move overseas and willingness to learn.