NORTH BERWICK, Scotland – English golfers Chris Wood and Matt Fitzpatrick secured easy first-round wins at the Paul Lawrie Match Play on Thursday as they look for a victory to cement a place in Europe’s Ryder Cup team for the first time. Wood recovered from losing the first hole to Brett Rumford and won 4 and 3, while Fitzpatrick got out to a 6-up lead after nine holes before closing out a 4-and-3 win over Thomas Bjorn. Wood is the top-seeded player at Archerfield in Scotland and, like Fitzpatrick, currently occupies a spot in the European team for the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine next month. Tournament host Paul Lawrie advanced to the last 32 by beating Lucas Bjerregaard 4 and 2. Renato Paratore of Italy was the biggest winner in the first round, beating Stephen Gallacher 7 and 6. Gallacher, who played in the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, was making his return to the European Tour after recovering from a career-threatening wrist injury. Haydn Porteous of South Africa, Roope Kakko of Finland, English players Oliver Fisherand Matt Southgate, and Spanish players Eduardo de la Riva and Alejandro Canizares all required extra holes to win their matches in the last 64. In a change to the schedule, the European Tour said the Round of 32 and the Round of 16 will both take place on Friday because of severe winds being forecast for Sunday.
The Marin County Sheriff’s Office marked a new chapter with its move to a new, expanded call center and its return to the Airbus DS Communications VESTA 9-1-1 solution after years of using another system. Lee Ann Magoski, Marin County Sheriff’s Office Communications Manager says there are many things about the VESTA 9-1-1 solution that make it the right choice for them including the ability to customize the user interface, the instant call recorder and the ability to have geo-diversity with Marin County’s partners in the areas. “As we upgraded our 9-1-1 operations–everything from facility to phones to software–we focused on preparing ourselves for the future of NG9-1-1,” said Lea Ann. “We looked for a system that could grow and expand with our capacity needs and a partner that could work with us as an extension of our team. The VESTA 9-1-1 solution is perfect for us and, now that it is up and running, it feels like coming back home for the dispatchers.” In 2013, Marin County processed more than 135,000 calls–41,000 for emergency 9-1-1 calls and 94,000 for law enforcement, fire rescue and medical services.