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What Causes Menopause?

The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:

Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.

Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.

Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.

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Depression

If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.

Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:

  • Mood Swings
  • Inappropriate Guilt
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Too Much or Too Little Sleep
  • Lack of Interest in Life
  • Overwhelming Feelings

Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.

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Hot Flashes

Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.

Symptoms of hot flashes include:

  • Sudden, Overwhelming Feeling of Heat
  • Anxiety
  • High Heart Rate
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness

Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.

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Mood Swings

Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.

The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.

Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Westwood, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.

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Weight Gain

Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?

  • Estrogen: During menopause, estrogen levels are depleted. As such, the body must search for other sources of estrogen. Because estrogen is stored in fat, your body believes it should increase fat production during menopause. Estrogen also plays a big part in insulin resistance, which can make it even harder to lose weight and keep it off.
  • Progesterone: Progesterone levels are also depleted during menopause. Progesterone depletion causes bloating and water retention, while loss of testosterone limits the body's ability to burn calories.
  • Ongoing Stress: Stress makes our bodies think that food is hard to come by, putting our bodies in "survival mode". When this happens, cortisol production is altered. When cortisol timing changes, the energy in the bloodstream is diverted toward making fat. With chronic stress, this process repeatedly happens, causing extensive weight gain during menopause.
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Low Libido

Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Westwood, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?

The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.

Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.

Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.

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Vaginal Dryness

Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.

Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.

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Fibroids

Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.

Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.

Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.

Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.

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What is Sermorelin?

Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.

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Benefits of Sermorelin

Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.

  • Benefits of Sermorelin include:
  • Better Immune Function
  • Improved Physical Performance
  • More Growth Hormone Production
  • Less Body Fat
  • Build More Lean Muscle
  • Better Sleep
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What is Ipamorelin?

Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.

Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.

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Benefits of Ipamorelin

One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.

When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits. Some of those benefits include:

  • Powerful Anti-Aging Properties
  • More Muscle Mass
  • Less Unsightly Body Fat
  • Deep, Restful Sleep
  • Increased Athletic Performance
  • More Energy
  • Less Recovery Time for Training Sessions and Injuries
  • Enhanced Overall Wellness and Health
  • No Significant Increase in Cortisol

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Whether you are considering our HRT and anti-aging treatments for women in Westwood, NJ, we are here to help. The first step to reclaiming your life begins by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation. Our friendly, knowledgeable HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!

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Inside N.J.’s last Kmart, a depressing bastion of forgotten retail. How long will it last?

Westwood Plaza, a faceless strip mall in Bergen County, is now home to one of New Jersey’s most dubious pieces of retail history.Here lies New Jersey’s last remaining Kmart, a zombified version of the once-omnipresent franchise wading toward its final Blue Light Special. Stowed a few miles off the Garden State Parkway, the lonely store is now one of only three U.S....

Westwood Plaza, a faceless strip mall in Bergen County, is now home to one of New Jersey’s most dubious pieces of retail history.

Here lies New Jersey’s last remaining Kmart, a zombified version of the once-omnipresent franchise wading toward its final Blue Light Special. Stowed a few miles off the Garden State Parkway, the lonely store is now one of only three U.S. locations left standing, after the franchise’s Avenel location shuttered in April amid sweeping closures.

Kmart, which opened its first store in Michigan in 1962 (born from a five-and-dime called Kresge’s founded in 1899), once touted dozens of New Jersey locations among its nearly 2,500 North American stores, peaking in 1994. Nostalgic shoppers may recall spinoffs like Super Kmart, Super Kmart Center and Big Kmart.

The Jersey staple was a cheaper and more convenient retail option than the mall, and Kmart offered a little bit of everything — a one-stop shop for clothing, cleaning supplies, appliances, sports equipment, jewelry and more. And if you got hungry from all that perusing, a hot dog or bag of popcorn was ready in the cafe.

“They would have everything you needed,” said Adele, a resident of nearby Piermont, N.Y. who still makes the trip across the state line to visit the Westwood Kmart. “Household items, accessories, toys, kids things. Bicycles, there was a whole line that you could select from.”

But during our visit last week, the lingering big box store was almost empty — more of a derelict, fluorescently lit portal to the past than a functional shopping experience. Shelves were sparse or altogether barren, loosely stocked with Trapper Keepers, above-ground pools and Valentine’s Day cards (it’s June). One corner of the store was completely bereft of merchandise, blocked off to customers by a barricade of shelves. Elsewhere, Adele’s line of bikes was reduced to a dwindling few on an otherwise bare wall.

Yet one aisle remained full: The DVD section, a format made obsolete by the internet — just like Kmart. Posters for movies and TV shows that have since been replaced by sequels and new seasons were still on display: Season 3 of “Stranger Things,” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” both of which were released in 2019.

Only a handful of staff members remain employed at the Westwood location (none were made available to talk to NJ Advance Media), yet they nearly outnumbered the paltry few customers who lurked in the aisles.

When asked if the final Jersey store, first opened in 1982, has plans to close, the store’s manager declined comment and directed NJ Advance Media to contact their corporate office, operated by Illinois-based parent company Transformco, which was not reachable for comment.

But let’s be real — it doesn’t look good.

Washington Township resident Rosanne used to shop at the Kmart in Paramus, which closed in 2014, before she started taking trips to the Westwood store. She’d bring her grandchildren here while babysitting, “just to waste time.” She still finds herself shopping there for herself now. On this day, she was simply looking for a broom.

“I can’t say it’s nostalgic. But it’s convenient,” Rosanne said. “It was around when my kids were little. So you know, it’s been around for a long time.”

She noted that the store’s selection was somehow even more meager just a few months ago, and worse still during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic — less stock was difficult to imagine.

“I hope it stays here,” Rosanne said. “Or, maybe a Walmart.”

While Kmart was never as dominant as Walmart — the Arkansas-based chain has more than 10,000 stores worldwide — it certainly held its own in the battle for New Jersey shoppers’ business through the end of the 20th Century.

Then came a financial crisis and bankruptcy in 2002 along with the closure of hundreds of stores as the company’s CEO was sued by the SEC for misleading shareholders. Sales continued to dwindle, and 326 more locations were shuttered the next year. As Target, Walmart and online shopping became more dominant, Kmart withered. The chain’s biggest impact on New Jersey in recent years was at the West Orange shop, which closed in 2020 and became a COVID-19 vaccine center for Essex County.

When reached by NJ Advance Media, Kmart declined comment on the remaining stores’ profitability or the future of the company.

Could Kmart keep on limping along, with only this lowly trio of brick-and-mortar locations as other shoppers presumably buy online? Perhaps, but judging by how little upkeep was being provided to the Westwood store, imminent closure seems far more likely.

Aiden Martin, a 19-year-old from Hillsdale, used to come to the Westwood Kmart all the time as a kid. He and friends would play hide-and-seek throughout the stores well-stocked aisles and build forts out of toilet paper, seeing if they could stay hidden even after the store had closed.

“There used to be couches everywhere. It’s kind of all gone. Gone with the times, I guess,” Martin said. “It takes a little bit of fun out of my childhood memories to see it completely dead now with nothing. Everything’s cheap. But it’s just like everything’s gone.”

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The 5 best ‘old school’ NJ ice cream shops for ice cream purists

Officially or not, July is national ice cream month, meaning ice cream should and will be enjoyed the majority of nights.Nowadays, however, ice cream shops have been rolling the dice, coming up with flavors and toppings that not everyone is too familiar with.I will always prefer a classic ice cream shop to a new and flashy one, which I’m sure many of you can agree on. So next time you’re craving ice cream check out one of these old-school spots.Since 1928, Conrad's has been the go-to candy shop in all of West...

Officially or not, July is national ice cream month, meaning ice cream should and will be enjoyed the majority of nights.

Nowadays, however, ice cream shops have been rolling the dice, coming up with flavors and toppings that not everyone is too familiar with.

I will always prefer a classic ice cream shop to a new and flashy one, which I’m sure many of you can agree on. So next time you’re craving ice cream check out one of these old-school spots.

Since 1928, Conrad's has been the go-to candy shop in all of Westwood. To this day, all of their ice cream is homemade, and they have several specialty flavors like “Folk Song Mule,” which is peanut butter ice cream w/ Graham crackers & chocolate chips, and “Sea Turtle,” which is salty caramel ice cream with chopped Conrad's homemade turtle candy. They also have other unique products like chocolate-covered pretzels, bananas, and more.

If you ever have driven on 202 near Flemington then you have absolutely passed this place and wondered what was going on inside. Thee Ice Cream Parlor has been around for 17 years, although the interior suggests it's been around since the ’50s. All of the ice cream inside is homemade, and there are also Italian ice and fat/sugar-free ice creams available.

This is probably the most unique ice cream parlor in New Jersey, as you aren’t just coming for a satisfying dessert. At The Show, people can enjoy cabaret and “Waitri” singing and dancing while enjoying ice cream. There are even theatrically themed ice cream sundaes with names such as The Sound Of Music, Annie Get Your Gun and The Phantom of the Opera. The Show also takes reservations so that you are guaranteed to see the entire show.

Cool Scoops is as old school as it gets and is one of the Jersey Shore’s best spots. They are best known for their sundaes, but they also have a ton of ice cream and ice cream cone flavors to choose from. If you want to go back in time this is definitely the place.

Over 75 years old, Holsten’s is very well known among New Jerseyans. While they have a wide variety of candy to choose from, it's the ice cream that keeps customers coming back time after time. They are best known for their milkshakes, which come any way you like but be prepared for a mountain of whipped cream.

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Hackensack Meridian Pascack Valley Medical Center Receives HFMA 2022 MAP Award for High Performance in Revenue Cycle

Newswise — Westwood, NJ - (July 13, 2022) – Hackensack Meridian Pascack Valley Medical Center, in partnership with Ensemble Health Partners (“Ensemble”), has been named as a recipient of the 2022 MAP Awards for High Performance in Revenue Cycle, sponsored by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (“HFMA”). The national award recognizes Pascack Valley Medical Center for meeting industry-standard revenue cycle benchmarks...

Newswise — Westwood, NJ - (July 13, 2022) – Hackensack Meridian Pascack Valley Medical Center, in partnership with Ensemble Health Partners (“Ensemble”), has been named as a recipient of the 2022 MAP Awards for High Performance in Revenue Cycle, sponsored by the Healthcare Financial Management Association (“HFMA”). The national award recognizes Pascack Valley Medical Center for meeting industry-standard revenue cycle benchmarks, implementing patient-centered recommendations and best practices embodied in HFMA’s Healthcare Dollars & Sense® initiatives, and achieving outstanding patient satisfaction.

“A lot of hard work has been done by our physician practices and our hospital teams to improve processes and patient satisfaction and education regarding financial responsibilities,” said Emily Holliman, chief executive officer of Pascack Valley Medical Center, “This recognition demonstrates our team’s commitment and collaboration to prioritize safe patient-centered care.”

“It’s an honor to receive this award in partnership with Pascack Valley Medical Center. This is a result of our strong partnership and our shared mission of redefining the possible in healthcare,” said Judson Ivy, Ensemble’s founder, president and CEO. “At Ensemble, we are dedicated to continuing to deliver technology-first processes with people-first service to drive financial performance improvement for hospitals and health systems.”

Award recipients are acknowledged as industry leaders and share proven strategies with their colleagues. The award was formally presented on June 26 during the HFMA Annual Conference.

“Congratulations to all of our winning organizations, which have not only adopted HFMA’s Best Practices for Patient Financial Communications but also achieved excellence in revenue cycle overall,” said HFMA President and CEO Joseph J. Fifer, FHFMA, CPA. “These exceptional organizations have superior processes for communicating complex financial issues to patients in understandable ways.”

Created by and for healthcare leaders, HFMA’s MAP initiative sets the standard for revenue cycle excellence in the healthcare industry. MAP is a comprehensive strategy that allows organizations to measure revenue cycle performance using the industry-standard MAP Keys; apply evidence-based strategies for improvement; and perform to the highest standards to improve financial results and patient satisfaction.

Ensemble, the industry leader in healthcare financial management services, has served as Pascack Valley Medical Center strategic revenue cycle partner since 2015. The partnership drives financial performance in support of exceptional patient care. Ensemble partners with more than 300 hospitals across the U.S. to improve financial outcomes and patient experiences by bringing effectiveness, efficiency and clarity to the revenue cycle.

To learn more about Pascack Valley Medical Center, visit www.pascackmedicalcenter.com. To learn more about Ensemble, visit EnsembleHP.com.

About Hackensack Meridian Pascack Valley Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Pascack Valley Medical Center is a 128-bed, full-service, acute-care community hospital, located in Westwood, NJ providing a caliber of care consistent with Hackensack Meridian Health’s world-class standard. The state-of-the-art facility features a brand-new Emergency Department, state-of-the-art maternity center, a women’s imaging center, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, center for joint replacement, wound care center, and an intensive/critical care unit. The hospital is the only hospital in Bergen County with all private rooms at no additional cost to the patient. Find the kind of care you’ve been looking for at Pascack Valley Medical Center. For more, please visit www.PascackMedicalCenter.com

About Ensemble

Ensemble Health Partners is a leading provider of technology-enabled revenue cycle management solutions for health systems, including hospitals and affiliated physician groups. They offer end-to-end revenue cycle outsourcing, patented technology, targeted revenue cycle management solutions to clients across the country.

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Henrik Stenson Loses 2023 Ryder Cup Captaincy After Joining LIV Golf

LIV Golf has claimed another major-winning golfer from the PGA and DP World Tour.Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson, who won the 2016 Open Championship, is making the jump to the LIV tour, a decision that led Ryder C...

LIV Golf has claimed another major-winning golfer from the PGA and DP World Tour.

Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson, who won the 2016 Open Championship, is making the jump to the LIV tour, a decision that led Ryder Cup Europe to strip him of his captaincy effective immediately.

Stenson announced his decision to join the Saudi-backed tour Wednesday afternoon in a statement on Twitter. He will join fellow Europeans Paul Casey, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood on the breakaway circuit during LIV Golf's next event in Bedminster, N.J beginning July 29.

"After much consideration I have decided to join several of my fellow professionals and play in the LIV invitational series starting at Bedminster in a week or so's time," Stenson wrote. "My interest in this concept has been well documented over the past few years and despite some of the unfortunate and ongoing tension between LIV Golf, the DP World Tour & PGA Tours, ultimately, the opportunity to play in LIV events moving forward is something that I want to experience."

Ryder Cup Europe first tipped off Stenson's intended change in allegiances Wednesday morning.

"In light of decisions made by Henrik in relation to his personal circumstances, it has become clear that he will not be able to fulfill certain contractual obligations to Ryder Cup Europe that he had committed to prior to his announcement as captain on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, and it is therefore not possible for him to continue in the role of captain," Ryder Cup Europe said in a statement.

Stenson, 46, was set to be the captain of Ryder Cup Europe in Rome next summer. He expressed disappointment over the decision by Ryder Cup Europe to no longer allow him to serve as captain.

"This is despite me making specific arrangements with LIV golf, who have been supportive of my role as Captain, to ensure I could fulfil the obligations of the Captaincy," Stenson wrote." While I disagree with this decision, for now it is a decision that I accept. I have huge respect and admiration for the Ryder Cup and those individuals behind it who I know are doing their utmost to act in the best interests of the historic event. I want to thank everyone I have worked with to date to prepare for Rome in 2023, I am hugely disappointed to not be allowed to continue in my role but wish you all the best in your ongoing preparations."

"It's a shame to witness the significant uncertainty surrounding the Ryder Cup, who will be eligible to play etc," Stenson wrote." I sincerely hope a resolution between the tours and its members is reached soon and that the Ryder Cup can act as a mechanism for repair amongst various golfing bodies and their members."

The other European captains are Thomas Bjorn and Edoardo Molinari. It is unknown who will step into his void as captain.

With a third golf tournament set to take place at the end of this month in New Jersey, let's look at a few headlines that the LIV Golf tour has made this summer.

When is LIV Golf tour's next event?

The next LIV Golf tournament is set to begin next weekend at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

LIV announced its field for that event on Tuesday, July 19. The field at Trump National Golf Club is notably missing three players -- spots left open presumably for golfers who have yet to publicly commit to LIV.

Here's a breakdown of everything you need to know about LIV ahead of its third tournament of 2022:

In matchup of coaching brothers, Ramsey tops Westwood for N1G2 title behind Kirk’s CG

It was a bittersweet feeling for Ramsey coach Paul Urbanovich as he stood near the edge of the infield grass in left field following the Rams’ win over Westwood on Saturday.He was ecstatic that his team just won its first sectional championship since 2014, yet he couldn’t help but feel emotional, not only because of the triumph but who was in the Westwood dugout. It happened to be his older brother, Nick Urbanovich, that he had to defeat.The brothers downplayed the championship game, which was the third meeting betw...

It was a bittersweet feeling for Ramsey coach Paul Urbanovich as he stood near the edge of the infield grass in left field following the Rams’ win over Westwood on Saturday.

He was ecstatic that his team just won its first sectional championship since 2014, yet he couldn’t help but feel emotional, not only because of the triumph but who was in the Westwood dugout. It happened to be his older brother, Nick Urbanovich, that he had to defeat.

The brothers downplayed the championship game, which was the third meeting between the two teams this season, as brother vs. brother. They tried to make it about Westwood vs. Ramsey.

Behind a complete-game shutout and a three-RBI effort from sophomore lefty ace Will Kirk, top-seeded Ramsey, the No. 10 team in the NJ.com Top 20, defeated second-seeded Westwood 6-0 in the final of the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 2 sectional tournament.

Ramsey (26-4) advances to the Group 2 Tournament, where it will face Caldwell, the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 champion.

With his team celebrating, Paul had to keep his composure as he spoke about what it meant to win the title in his second year as Ramsey’s coach.

“It’s funny, we’re competitive people by nature and competitive with each other and it ultimately comes down to the kids. The kids are the ones who decide the game. It’s not us. It’s just having him in the dugout, it just adds that little bit extra to it,” Paul said as his voice was filling with emotion.

The two brothers exchanged a few words during the post-game handshake line as they both were the last ones to shake hands.

They gave each other a quick embrace before leaving to speak to their respective teams.

“I just said congratulations,” said Nick, who in his fifth season, guided Westwood to a 21-9 record. “Somebody had to win and somebody had to lose. ... It’s not easy, but winning championships isn’t supposed to be easy.”

It wasn’t easy for Westwood to face Kirk, who was efficient yet again on the mound.

He worked quickly, with his slider and changeup complementing his low-to-mid 80s fastball. Kirk kept his pitch count low by pitching to contact and getting weak contact on multiple occasions. He allowed just four hits, walked one and struck out five, lowering his season ERA to 1.14.

The sophomore also found success at the plate, going 3-for-3 with his three RBIs. He opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning by roping an RBI double, scoring Robbie Caffrey.

In the bottom of the second inning, Kirk helped himself out more, driving in two more runs with an RBI single to extend Ramsey’s lead to 5-0.

On the mound, he didn’t allow a runner to get past second base, and was at the bottom of the dogpile when center fielder Anthony Pallone recorded the final out.

“It was awesome,” Kirk said. “This is everything we wanted to do at the start of the season, and for it to come true, it just feels awesome.”

The Urbanovich family hung around after the end of the contest. The emotions of the family were high.

But a sense of relief washed over them after the final out.

“In the family, we make it about Paul vs. Nick, but it’s really about Ramsey vs. Westwood,” said Mike Urbanovich, Nick’s twin brother. “It’s about the guys on the field. The two brothers kind of prepare the kids, and the kids go out and play. It’s a lot of buildup, but I’m sure we’ll have a couple of jabs back and forth at the dinner table. In the end, I’m sure Nick will be happy for Paul once he sits down and realizes that he got beat. (Westwood) had a really good year in their own right. Ramsey is just a notch above right now.

“I just want to congratulate both of them.”

Added Paul: “We’ll all celebrate. I think my parents are happy that it’s over. Obviously, one team had to win and one team had to lose. I think they are glad it’s over.”

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