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Winners & Losers 4/12/12

WINNERS
Gerry Lester “Bubba” Watson, Jr.
The Bagdad, Fla. native can now lay claim to being the area’s best golfer after winning the 2012 Masters after defeating Louis Oosthuizen in a sudden death playoff. He won the tournament on an impossible shot from the woods on the 10th hole, when it looked like Oosthuizen had a certain victory. The sight of Bubba crying and hugging his mother, Molly, after sinking his final putt will become a cherished moment in PGA lore.

Pensacola Ice Flyers
Few expected the Ice Flyers to win a playoff game against the Knoxville Ice Bears, but our team swept them.  Goalie Steve Christie stopped all 29 shots from the Ice Bears and had his second shutout in the Southern Professional Hockey League playoffs.  The Ice Flyers face the Columbus Cottonmouths in the SPHL President’s Cup finals.

Jessica Jensen
The IN Rising Star has been awarded a grant by the Challenged Athletes Foundation® to purchase a new racing bike for the pursuit of qualifying for the 2014 Paralympic Games in Brazil. Jessica is a cancer survivor and amputee. She recently finished 57th out of 1,147 able-bodied women competing in her category at the Warrior Dash last weekend in NW Florida.

LOSERS
Escambia County Commission
The state has hit the county with a $6-million Medicaid bill. How does the county commission plan to deal with the sudden budget shortfall? Cut library funding. For a county that has crippling poverty and literacy issues, an attack on libraries makes little sense. The leaders might as well plan on more jail cells in a few years.

Hugh “Don’t call me, doctor” King
The former Pensacola City Councilman, former pastor of Greater Union Baptist Church, former CMPA board member, former Democratic candidate and current NPV candidate for Escambia County Commission, District 3 has been arrested for allegedly striking one of his opponents at church after a forum for children regarding the shooting of Trayvon Martin. He told the media that he was upset that he had been called “doctor.” Too bad, King missed most of the forum.

Wahoos Parking Scare
The daily newspaper had everyone worried about $10 parking for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos’ home games. Even though the park was nearly filled, few fans had trouble finding parking within a two-block radius of the stadium. The city tried to charge $7 for parking at city hall, but the DIB had $3 spots across the street.