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DP World Tour not set to punish player for competing in LIV Golf events

PGA Tour continues to discuss lucrative fall options, include team events

In a memo to players last week, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan informed those who defied the circuit’s regulations and played the first LIV Golf event that they would be indefinitely suspended.

Monahan’s swift reaction to those who violated the Tour’s policy, a group that included Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, was predictable. Meanwhile, DP World Tour chief executive Keith Pelley remained noticeably quiet on the showdown between professional golf’s established tours and the Saudi-backed LIV Golf circuit. That changed on Tuesday.

“From many of your messages and my conversations, I know that many of you share the same viewpoint that Jay Monahan expressed in his note to PGA Tour members,” Pelley wrote in a memo to his players. “Namely that the players who have chosen this route have disrespected the vast majority of the members of this Tour.”

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan spoke out Sunday on players leaving the PGA Tour for LIV Golf.

DP World Tour players had previously been informed that they would not be able to play the LIV Golf event or the Asian Tour invitational series event, which were both played in London, if they were eligible to play that week’s event on the European circuit. But unlike the PGA Tour, Pelley didn’t answer with swift suspensions.

“Some members asked me why we simply do not follow what the PGA Tour have done and immediately suspend these players,” Pelley’s memo to his constituency read. “While I understand the frustration, I remind you all that although we work closely with the PGA Tour, we are different organizations and our rules and regulations are therefore different too.”

Instead, Pelley said because of the “complexity of our situation,” he will evaluate how the LIV Golf and Asian Tour events impacted the DP World Tour events played the same weeks – the European Open and Scandinavian Mixed event. Pelley said the circuit will decide how to handle those who violated its policies on June 23, which is also the commitment deadline for the Scottish Open. The Scottish Open is co-sanctioned by the DP World Tour and PGA Tour.

Last week’s LIV Golf event featured numerous DP World Tour members, including Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Richard Bland.

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Former UMH player will play in two national championships

Former UMH player will play in two national championships

Bree Purcell, former Unity Minor Hockey player, is looking forward to competing in two upcoming national female hockey championships

UNITY – Bree Purcell, a 15-year-old Grade 10 student now attending Carlton High School in Prince Albert, will be on the roster for two upcoming national championships. Bree is the daughter of Scott and Denise Purcell of Unity. Starting her hockey journey with Unity Minor Hockey, she is playing forward in her rookie season with the Prince Albert Bears in the SFU18AAHL.

Bree attended a tryout for Team Saskatchewan at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championship (NAHC), and made it through the first few rounds of cuts. She soon learned that she had been selected for a full-time roster spot. The team has girls who play across Western Canada in the SFU18AAHL and are born in Saskatchewan. The tournament will be held in Membertou First Nation in Sydney, Nova Scotia, held May 7-14. Team Saskatchewan, for this national hockey event, will have several practices together before they fly out.

The Prince Albert Bears were originally scheduled to host the National Esso Cup however COVID-19 put a halt on this. Hockey Canada decided that the pandemic was still enough of an issue and they wanted to host the national championship in a bubble centre, so relocated the championship to Okotoks, Alta, to be held May 15-22. The Bears will attend the Esso Cup as the host team, along with being awarded the Esso Cup for 2023.

Scott Purcell said their entire family is going to attend the NAHC tournament as it will be a great opportunity to see another part of Canada while spending some family time togethe, and supporting Bree in her event. Scott himself will be the only one attending with Bree for the Esso Cup in mid May.

Purcell adds, “Bree had a good first season with the Bears. She led the team in blocked shots and had a very good plus−minus. She was able to learn a lot from the second- and third-year players, and is hoping to continue to grow her hockey knowledge. The Bears ended up finishing fiftth on the SFU18AAAHL.”

Bree has been noted for being one of the most disciplined players on the Bears roster. She has played 30 games this season.

Purcell will join four of her P.A. teammates, Kelsey Ledoux, Jacquelyn Chief and Sasha Malenfant named to Team Sask. competing in the Maritimes in May at the Female National Aboriginal Hockey championships.