Women’s Golf: NCAA Division I, New York

While collegiate athletics are certainly one of the most competitive levels in the country, when it comes to the NCAA’s Division I athletics, it’s a whole new ball game – quite literally.

For women’s golf, many Division I players view college golf as a platform to boost their career into the professional realm. How they play in their collegiate career determines whether or not they can cut it on the LPGA tour. At least, this is the case for the top 50-100 ranked colleges in the U.S. Beyond that however, the competition is pretty close and while most players aren’t considering turning professional, it doesn’t make the fight to rise to the top any less challenging.

Here in New York, some of the top ranked institutes such as St. John’s University (Queens) and Wagner College (Staten Island), though better known for their excellent basketball and football programs respectively, are ranked pretty far down the ladder as far as their golf programs go.

St. John’s has one of the better programs for women’s golf in the northeast and is ranked at 230 in the country amongst top Division I Universities including Ivy leagues like Yale and Stanford. Meanwhile, Wagner College, who are known for their phenomenal Liberal Arts program, is ranked further down at 246. It is interesting to note however that though a whopping 16 spots separate the two as far as ranking goes, St. John’s has a stroke average of 81.25 while Wagner is merely a little more than a stroke behind at 82.79. This just goes to show how stiff the competition really is.

Although tournament scores show that St. John’s performs better as a team, it may not be considered fair to equate them with Wagner who competes in fewer events and so are at both an advantage and a disadvantage with only a limited number of scores to consider for the season. While St. John’s finished in the top 10 spots 67% of events competed in, Wagner finished the in the top 10 spots 71% of events competed in. This would indicate that that Wagner is the better team, but total three day and two day scores tell a different story.

Statistics are a good method of collecting data and analyzing performance, but the fact of the matter is that it can be manipulated to tell whichever side of the story is desired.

Some details for the 2014 season so far can be found below.


Bush on Content Marketing and Public Relations

Leah Bush

Photo Courtesy: Leah Bush’s LinkedIn Profile

Long Island, NY – A freelance writer, Editor for Patch.com (Long Island) and Marketing Consultant, Leah Bush wasn’t always in the media field. Bush got her start at the Red Cross working as an investigative coordinator and then went on to work as a legal assistant before she got her first job in the journalistic field as a reporter and photographer for the Oyster Bay Guardian Newspaper.

A philosophy major in college, Bush had no idea that she would eventually turn to journalism. But her love for travel and desire to see new places found her searching for a job where these dreams could become a reality.

About her first job at the Oyster Bay Guardian Bush says, “I was thrown into it and just figured it out along the way,” addressing one of the most common concerns among young journalists just starting out.

For the most part, Bush emphasized the importance of visuals and easy accessibility of material in the modern world of journalism. Content and social media marketing, fields that are Bush’s forte, are the new S.E.O. or Search Engine Optimization and is important for the wide distribution of content to a large variety of readers.

“The news is a business now more than ever. You have to accept that and think of it like a business,” Bush said on her view of journalism today.

Bush also spoke to those who were considering going into the Public Relations side of the business, saying that creating and distributing relevant and consistent content to attract and acquire a clearly defined audience with the objective of driving profitable customer action is key in the field. In her experience, it is former journalists who make the best PR professionals. She also advised students to write as much as possible, especially with regard to blogging and stressed the importance of good content to attract readers to sites.

In conclusion, Bush agreed with Adina Genn, a former colleague at Patch, in saying that the skills acquired as a journalist can be used in a variety of different roles and the art of storytelling is one that comes in handy no matter what line of profession one may ultimately choose.

Cuomo Triumphs Over Astorino

Incumbent Governor and democrat, Andrew M. Cuomo, was re-elected on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, with a 54% majority. However, this is a significantly smaller figure compared with the 62% majority vote that he mustered the first time he was elected to office in 2010. Nonetheless, Cuomo finished way ahead of opposing republican candidate and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who lagged behind with only 40.6% of the majority vote. The son of three time elected governor Mario Cuomo, who was last re-elected with a 65% majority, he really didn’t live up to his father’s legacy, though admittedly the benchmark was set pretty high. Although his father’s son in every sense of the word, Cuomo claims that he has a different vision than that of his father’s. He wants to focus on more concrete results rather than simple philosophical idealism and inspiration like his father did.

In his victory speech, the Governor thanked Astorino’s “for his graciousness” on being congratulated by him and then went on to talk about the importance of investing in education and healthcare as New Yorkers.

A large contributing factor to Cuomo’s victory is the support that he managed to garner from Assemblyman Dov Hikind and New York Mayor, Bill De Blasio. Without the support from these two politically prominent figures, it seems near impossible that Cuomo would have gotten through this election.

Some prominent features of Cuomo’s campaign include great agendas, the most controversial of which includes making “Education Investment Taxes” a reality. Obviously, not everyone is pleased with the idea of paying yet more taxes.

However now that he has been re-elected, Cuomo finds himself faced with the pressure of having to make a decision on fracking in the state of New York, a problem that is not of much concern locally in Long Island, but is very much of relevance throughout the rest of the state. This is a continuing issue that seems to have been carried over from his previous term and one that he had managed to successfully put off until the elections.