Ben

Ben Ortwein’s putter, Grace Sanborn’s irons, Evelyn Wong’s bathroom break and Jordan Barker’s chill mood lead to gold

Ben Ortwein spent hours during the COVID-19 pandemic putting in his basement.



a man holding a baseball bat on a field: Notre Dame-Green Pond's Ben Ortwein won the District 11 Class 2A boys golf tournament title thanks to a stellar round of putting Wednesday at Steel Club in Hellertown.


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Notre Dame-Green Pond’s Ben Ortwein won the District 11 Class 2A boys golf tournament title thanks to a stellar round of putting Wednesday at Steel Club in Hellertown.

The Notre Dame-Green Pond junior was not pleased with that part of his golf game after winning the 2019 Colonial League title and …

“It was atrocious,” he said Wednesday. “It was so bad.

“I’m glad all those hours paid off.”

Ortwein completed a stellar round at the District 11 Class 2A golf championships with a 3-over-par 75 to beat Central Catholic’s Nathan Meyers by a shot for the gold medal.



a person swinging a golf club: Moravian Academy golfer Grace Sanborn reacts after draining a birdie put on the ninth green Monday during the Colonial League golf championships at Bethlehem Golf Club. r


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Moravian Academy golfer Grace Sanborn reacts after draining a birdie put on the ninth green Monday during the Colonial League golf championships at Bethlehem Golf Club. r

The Crusader didn’t miss a putt inside of five feet until the last hole, when he knew he had two putts to win.

Ortwein’s round started by draining a birdie putt on the uphill, par-4 first hole. He birdied the par-5 ninth and 14th holes to straighten out his round.

Meyers had the lead until a double bogey on the par-3 16th, then finished bogey-bogey on a day when swirling, gusty winds made it difficult with club selection.

Ortwein, who parred the 17th to take the lead before securing the victory by matching Meyers’ 5 on the last hole, said experience allowed him to focus on the next shot.

“Being able to control your nerves and not let them get out of hand was good,” Ortwein said. “And having a lot of fun [playing]. We had a good group. Everyone was nice. That made it a lot easier

How Ben Hillman from a Place in the Sun renovated his house on a budget

Presenter Ben built a play area for his daughters (Picture: Simon Eldon)

As a presenter of the long-running Channel 4 show A Place In The Sun, Ben Hillman is used to helping homeowners visualise a property’s potential.

But with lockdown grounding flights, Ben finally got the opportunity and time to finish off his own dream home renovation project in Shoreham-by-Sea – and save a lot of money in the process.

Since buying it in 2016, Ben and wife Gaby have been slowly renovating their 1934 semi-detached, four-bed. Ben had spotted the house online while in Costa Rica and checked out its potential for extension and renovation by looking at Google Earth.

The couple were quick to add a wraparound extension downstairs. With that complete and the new, enlarged kitchen created and finished by Ben, there were a multitude of smaller jobs to complete, including a mammoth upstairs bathroom project budgeted to cost £15,000.

Retro: Furniture reflects a classic, mid-century vibe (Picture: Simon Eldon)

When the pandemic struck, Ben realised he needed a whole new approach.

‘We had been saving money for the bathroom but spent that money on shopping,’ he says. ‘I had spent so much money on the house [in the past] but lockdown made me reassess what money I’m chucking at it. We went from spending £15,000 on a bathroom to £500. But even though it’s super-budget, it’s great, and just as pleasing. Lockdown has taught me to be more inventive.’

Out went plans to knock the bathroom, shower room and hall into one larger space with a freestanding bath. In came a self-fitted plywood birch floor and a birch plywood shelf with birch wood bath panel.

Ben also managed to update the UPVC window using a new paint from Zinsser, which allows people to turn the frames