French Broad Distance Paddle

first_imgFor this week’s post, I wanted to tell you about a special project that I have in the works for this spring.  I’ve been hoping to do this one for a while, and it seems as though the pieces are finally falling into place.In about a month, I will start from the source of the French Broad River in NC, and paddle as fast and as far as I possibly can in 12 hours.  The journey will begin with a team on the steep class V stretches of the North Fork of the French Broad and hopefully Courthouse Creek (with a 40 foot waterfall if water levels and wood conditions permit).  The French Broad will then flatten out and I will paddle the rest of the way solo.  The focus will be to make as many miles as possible as the river winds its way through the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It will be an incredible trip, and I’ll be able to see parts of these mountains that I never have before.  This challenge will need to be tentative since it depends on rain to make the class V sections possible.  My goal is a day in early to mid April.I would love it if you could support this cause!  I have chosen to work with several non-profits that are doing great things.  Feel free to browse through the links below to donate and see why I have chosen each of these organizations:First DescentsAmerican Whitewater (Please enter “French Broad Distance Paddle” in the Additional Comments section)Western North Carolina AllianceIn addition to contributing to a good cause, there will be prizes from Astral Buoyancy, TerraVida and others for donators.  Prizes will be awarded for largest donations, best guess of river miles traveled, and other categories.Thanks so much for supporting organizations that are doing great things in the world, and I will keep you updated as this project develops!last_img read more

Guyadeen storms to 12-stroke lead in WI American Golf Association Spring tournament

first_imgARMED with his new TaylorMade golf clubs, Guyanese-born golfer, Crisendat Guyadeen, took control after day-one of the West Indian American Golf Association (WIAGA) Three-Day Spring Tournament by romping to a 12-stroke lead.The 60-year-old shot a score of 64 at the Douglaston Golf Course in Queens, New York last Saturday.His amazing 18-hole round included seven birdies, three of which were scored in the first four holes.Guyadeen, who qualified for the 2019 Golf Channel Amateur Tour Senior National Championship last year, finished with a score of 31 in his front nine.The US-based golfer, who hails from Bush Lot on the West Coast of Berbice, told the Guyana Chronicle that he had an amazing day on the greens.“I won the Queens Open last year at that same course, so I have a fair idea of the course. Also, I putted very well and dropped seven birdies.”Guyadeen was able to upstage 35 other golfers on the small course (smaller than regulation courses with five par threes).  In fact, both the second- and third-place finishers ended with scores of 76 each. In total, only seven of the 36 golfers shot under 80.The three under par score (par was 67 at the course) was one of Guyadeen’s best finishes in his career.He still rates a par score of 70 at the extremely difficult Bethpage Black in Farmingdale Long Islands in 2017 as his best score to date.The golfer said he is prepared for the second round of competition, which is scheduled for Forest Park Golf Course (Woodhaven NY) and the third round, which is billed for the Marine Park Golf Course in Brooklyn.Guyadeen only started to play golf in Guyana three years ago. He learnt the game in the US after moving there in 2004. In 2010, he joined the Golf Channel Amateur tour, where he played in their ‘A’ flight.  During that time, the building contractor won several local tours and a two-day major.last_img read more