Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, is home to fewer than 3,000 students. Despite its unassuming enrollment, the Paladins pack quite the punch when it comes to women’s golf with a legendary list of alums that includes Betsy King, Beth Daniel and Dottie Pepper. You can now add Natalie Srinivasan to that lineup. The soon-to-be graduate, who led all of Division I with three victories this past season, was honored Friday evening with the Annika Award, which is given to the top Division I women’s golfer as voted on by players, coaches and media. The player-of-the-year award marks the first in Furman’s storied history. “She’s in their category now,” Furman head coach Jeff Hull said. “In fact, she’s done something that none of them did. It’s an amazing feat.” In 1976, Furman won the AIAW National Championship behind King, Daniel and Sherri Turner. King went on to win 34 times on the LPGA, including six majors, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1995. Four years later, Daniel, a two-time U.S. Women’s Amateur champ and 33-time LPGA winner (including one major), joined King in the hall. Turner won three times on the LPGA, including what is now the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in 1988. Following close behind were Cindy Davis, Caroline Peek and Pepper, all three-time All-Americans while at Furman. Pepper went on to record 17 LPGA wins, including two majors. “You always dream of seeing your name with theirs, and they’ve always set the example for us,” Srinivasan said of her Paladin predecessors. “To have my name now up there with them is pretty surreal.” The 21-year-old Srinivasan has been fortunate to pick the brains of many of those greats. But if they’ve taught her patience, it was her father, Ajai, who instilled in her the importance of attention to detail. Ajai Srinivasan came to the U.S. when he was just 16 years old, leaving behind his parents back home in Chennai, India. He later enrolled at Lander University, an NAIA school in Greenwood, South Carolina, where he became a tennis star, leading his team to two national championships and winning the 1987 Arthur Ashe Award. Now, Ajai works as a surgeon in Spartanburg, about 30 minutes from Furman’s campus. “He’s always taught me that golf is a game of millimeters,” Natalie said. “I’ve always tried just being really aware of what I’m trying to do and paying attention to the little things.” College Central #SeniorStories: Celebrating those saying goodbye to college golf BY Golf Channel Digital — April 16, 2020 at 6:47 PM Here is a collection of stories on seniors who saw their college-golf careers come to an end because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hull remembers recruiting Srinivasan as a Furman assistant. While she didn’t possess an electrifying skillset, Srinivasan stood out for her methodical approach to the game. “She’s so cerebral,” Hull said. “She just plays the game smarter than a lot of people.” After three years of All-SoCon play, Srinivasan took off as a senior. It wasn’t just that she won three times, it was how she won. Her first victory came in the fall at the Glass City Invitational, where she shot 4 under in her final eight holes to beat Florida star Sierra Brooks, who was grouped alongside Srinivasan, by four shots. “That validated where she was in the collegiate golf world,” Hull said. The next week Srinivasan took down Wake Forest’s Swing Liu to win Furman’s home event by three shots. Her third triumph, at the Moon Golf Invitational in February, came by four shots. Arguably, though, Srinivasan’s most impressive showing was her last as a college golfer, a runner-up finish at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, which is played on one of the toughest venues and features one of the most star-studded fields of the year. To no one’s surprise, Srinivasan, Golfstat’s No. 1-ranked player, had a huge target on her back as the postseason drew near. Only it never came. The season was canceled just days after the Darius, and with it the end of Srinivasan’s college career. She had planned to play a second Augusta National Women’s Amateur, compete for an NCAA title and represent her country for the first time at the Curtis Cup, all in a four-month span. All three events were either canceled or postponed until next year. The normally unfazed Srinivasan was suddenly the most emotional Hull has ever seen his star player. “When you’re playing well and you’ve got confidence and you’ve got some things within your reach, it’s hard to take,” Hull said. College Central Theegala wins Haskins; Annika goes to Srinivasan BY Brentley Romine — May 8, 2020 at 6:23 PM Pepperdine’s Sahith Theegala and Furman’s Natalie Srinivasan won the Haskins and Annika awards, respectively, on Friday. Despite the heartbreak, Srinivasan never considered taking advantage of the NCAA’s decision to offer seniors an extra year of eligibility. She’ll graduate this month with a Bachelor’s degree in health science and hopes to one day follow in her father’s footsteps by going to med school. But first, she’ll give professional golf a go. With Symetra Tour status in her back pocket, Srinivasan plans join the pro ranks when the tour resumes later this year. She may not make the jump as an NCAA champion, but hey, Player of the Year has a nice ring to it, too. No one can take that away from her. She’ll be in the Furman record books forever, right alongside Betsy and Beth and Dottie. “It wouldn’t matter where she was,” Hull said. “She was destined to win an award like this.”
ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) — The “incredibly sophisticated” burglary crew that stole $2 million worth of merchandise from a Manhattan jewelry store in December 2016 — and another $2 million worth from a Los Angeles jewelry store three months later — had every specialist needed for their caper.Acrobats, strongmen and electronics experts were part of the so-called Pejcinovic Enterprise, named for alleged ringleader Damir Pejcinovic, which federal prosecutors in New York said struck 16 times between 2006 and 2017 in the United States and Europe, according to New York federal prosecutors.Pejcinovic and two alleged members of his crew were arrested last week and pleaded not guilty in a case that had all the trappings of a real-life Hollywood heist.“This burglary crew was incredibly sophisticated,” said assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Ken-Wei Chan. “They used power tools, sledgehammers, jackhammers and other tools to break into jewelry stores, banks and safes within those locations.”If the job required rooftop access “they had people with acrobatic capabilities,” Chan said. “If the burglary crew needed somebody with a lot of strength with the ability to break through walls … they had members of the crew who were incredibly strong.”The crew included people who knew how to disable security systems, jam cellphones and cut phone lines that connected jewelry stores with their security companies, according to court records.Beside the jewelry heists in New York and Los Angeles the crew has also been linked to burglaries in Portland, Kansas City, Beverly Hills and Frankfurt.After Pejcinovic was arrested investigators said they found evidence of plans for future crimes, including research on diamond dealers in Belgium and Switzerland, police scanner frequencies in Amsterdam, and a diamond workshop in Ohio.After he pleaded not guilty Pejcinovic was ordered held without bond. He is due back in court November 2.Two associates, Gzimi Bojkovic and Adrian Fiseku, also pleaded not guilty and were ordered held without bond.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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INDIA: Following cabinet approval on February 17, a Rs107bn railway investment stimulus programme covering the double and triple-tracking of several routes has been announced by the Ministry of Railways. To be delivered through ‘extra budgetary resource and institutional funding’, the six schemes around the country are intended to increase capacity on constrained corridors for both passengers and freight. The projects are:Doubling of the 190 km broad gauge line between Hubli and Chickajur within a budget of Rs13bn. The project is planned for completion by the end of 2020 and forms part of a bigger programme to provide a double-track alignment along the Pune – Miraj – Hubli – Bangalore corridor, which in turn is an important link for trains running between Mumbai, Bangalore and the port of Mangalore. Doubling between Bangalore and Tumkur and between Arsikere and Chickajur has already been completed, and work is in progress on the section between Hubli and Vasco-da-Gama.Triple-tracking of the 132 km line between Wardha and Ballarshah in Maharashtra at an estimated cost of Rs14·4bn; work is expected to be finished by 2021. The 160 km Ramna – Singrauli line, which runs from Madhya Pradesh into Uttar Pradesh, is to be double-tracked at a cost of Rs27bn by 2019-20. This project is designed to increase sectional capacity for freight and passenger traffic serving the Northern Coal Fields, power plants and associated industries in and around Anpara and Shaktinagar.Doubling of the 261 km between Katni and Singrauli at a cost of Rs21bn has also been approved. Due for completion by 2021, this project is again being driven by coal traffic as well as the need to enhance capacity around the busy junction at Katni, which is on the main line between Allahabad and Mumbai. Also in Madhya Pradesh, a third track is to be built along the 165 km section between Anuppur and Katni at a cost of Rs16bn for completion by 2021. This would alleviate a significant bottleneck caused by rapid growth in mining in the region, the ministry says.Costed at Rs17bn, double-tracking is envisaged on the Rampur Dumra – Tal – Rajendrapul route in Bihar. Due to be completed by 2019-20, this project includes construction of a new bridge at Hathidah to replace a single-track road and rail structure which cannot be widened; this is the only bridge linking the northern and southern parts of the state, MoR says.Subscribers to Railway Directory can access a map of the Indian main line network.