Calabar High School is still awaiting an explanation from the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) on the reasons for allowing Aryamana Rodgers of Uganda to represent Kingston College at the Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships set for March 28 to April 1 at the National Stadium.Representatives of the school handed over the Mortimer Geddes Trophy it won last year to ISSA’s competitions officer George Forbes at the association’s head office yesterday and repeated a call for a full explanation from the governing body of high-school sports.Rodgers, a Ugandan middle-distance runner, is regarded as one of the favourites for the boys’ Class Two 1500m and 800m events at Champs.Rodgers joined KC in October last year, missing ISSA’s registration deadline of September 30, 2016. ISSA has cleared him to compete, citing what is being described as “extenuating circumstances”.Calabar’s vice-principal, Calvin Rowe, who handed over the trophy, dismissed rumours that the earlier-than-usual handing over was a mark of protest.”We are not making a protest. We are returning the trophy. This is no protest; we saved ISSA the trip of coming to Calabar for the trophy,” Rowe said.After the trophy was handed over, Rowe read an official statement from the school on the matter.’ONGOING DISCOMFORT'”Following on our press release of March 14, 2017, in which we stated our intention to employ various modes of expression of our ongoing discomfort with the still unexplained ISSA decision to admit the ineligible Ugandan athlete (Rodgers), we are using this occasion, the public return of the trophy which we won at the 2016 Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, to make the following comments:”We call upon ISSA to pay us the courtesy of a response to, or at least an acknowledgement of, our letter requesting a copy of their written ruling or statement on the matter in question.”We again urge ISSA to reflect on the ways in which their decision may be interpreted as jeopardising the level playing field to which all participants in this championship are entitled, thereby calling into question the very integrity of the organisation of this proud showpiece of Jamaican junior athletics.”We believe that the issues of governance which have been highlighted as a result of the juxtaposition of this particular ISSA decision against former decisions to which we are privy, are serious issues which, if left unacknowledged and unaddressed, have implications for our participation in activities surrounding this year’s staging of the Boys and Girls’ Championships as well as other ISSA-organised competitions going forward.”As a consequence, we regret that Calabar High School will not be in attendance at the launch of the Boys and Girls Championships scheduled for later today,’ the statement concluded.
While Howell has worked on his mechanics, his putting has lagged. He has ranked in the top100 on the PGA Tour in putting just once in the past fiveyears, and that was a 97th-place finish in 2003. He has improved his work on the greens this season, and currently ranks 38th. “The one thing I did (this offseason) is I made sure I stayed really disciplined in the amount of time I’ve spent on every area of my game,” Howell said. “I’m a range rat; I love to hit balls. I love the mechanics of the swing. So I can spend seven or eight hours on the driving range pretty easily. And then you go, `Well, there is 30 minutes left for chipping and 30 minutes left for putting.’ I did a lot better job this offseason of dividing my (practice) time. Putting is something that you take for granted, being that it’s an 8-foot putt. But it counts just as much as a 300-yard drive.” He also attributes the improvement in putting to his equipment. “One thing I’ve done, which I haven’t since I turned pro, I haven’t switched putters in four months now,” he said. “I didn’t even tinker with one this whole offseason.” With that, he returned to the driving range to chase the most elusive of his goals. “I’m ranked No. 45 in the world,” he said, “so I’ve got to keep getting better and better.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3632 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Chasing the perfect swing, chasing the perfect thing that you never quite catch,” Howell said Friday after shooting a 6-under 65 at Riviera to move into third place in the Nissan Open at 8-under 134. “You know, if I get my golf swing perfect, I will never hit a bad shot. Chasing that … it’s a helluva goal.” For most of his professional career, Charles Howell III has been like a puppy chasing its tail. Always trying to catch up to his potential, yet not quite able to. Since his lone PGA Tour victory, in the 2002 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill, Howell has had nine second-place finishes, including a playoff defeat to Mike Weir at the 2003 Nissan. Howell already has two runner-up finishes this season, at the Buick Invitational and Sony Open. “I take it like I’m getting closer (to winning),” Howell said of his near misses. “The best thing I can do is keep giving myself chances.” Howell, who is three shots behind co-leaders Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington at Riviera, admitted he has had a tendency to worry a bit too much about his mechanics while chasing that perfect swing. “I was one of the first of the generation that grew up with mechanics, and grew up with a video camera,” said the 27-year-old from Augusta, Ga. “I remember when I first went down to Orlando (Fla.) to get a golf lesson, my dad called David Leadbetter. “They said, `I’m sorry, sir, David doesn’t teach 11-year-old kids that just call up. We can put him with an assistant.’ I went in and got a lesson and the first thing they did was videotape my swing. So from the very beginning, I have taken everything someone has told me and I’ve been able to see it because I’ve done everything with video cameras.”