January 28, 2001 |
If there was any hope for compromise in the increasingly contentious battle between the U.S. Golf Association and Callaway Golf on the issue of the banned ERC II driver, it probably ended last week. Both sides - golf's governing body in the United States and the equipment giant - reiterated that they were doing what was best for golf and for golfers, and both made it clear that they would not budge. "We told them, if they drew the line in the sand, we were going to continue to make clubs that exceed them," a defiant Ely Callaway, founder and chairman of Callaway Golf, told the golf media at a company demonstration of the company's newest lines, including the nonconforming ERC II driver, at the annual PGA Merchandise Show.
May 22, 2013 |
Stu Ingraham has utilized an anchored stroke with a long putter for the last 23 years, a span during which he has won Philadelphia Section PGA player of the year honors on eight occasions including last year. So Ingraham strongly disagreed Tuesday with the joint decision by the U.S. Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews to ban an anchored putting stroke, either with a long putter or a belly putter, saying the stroke goes against the traditional golf swing where a club is gripped with both hands away from the body.
June 26, 2013 |
STONEWALL LINKS, in Elverson, Chester County, will host the 2016 Mid-Amateur Championship, the USGA announced yesterday. It will be the first USGA championship held at Stonewall Links. The dates are Sept. 10-15. Stonewall Links is located 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia, and will host the event on its Tom Doak-designed Old and North Courses. The Old Course's design challenges players from tee to green and emphasizes accuracy and distance, while the North Course features more difficult green complexes and requires a more exacting short game.
January 14, 2001 |
In laymen's terms, the dispute between Callaway Golf and the U.S. Golf Association is about how fast and how far a golf ball bounces off the face of the new ERC II driver. The clash began to take shape three years ago, when the USGA, the governing body for golf in this country, decided that manufacturers were developing clubs that could hit a golf ball too far. The USGA feared that eventually, as clubs were developed that could hit the ball even farther, golf courses and, indeed, the integrity of the game could be jeopardized.
September 17, 1986 |
Merion Golf Club, the host for four U.S. Open championships, will welcome back the U.S. Golf Association twice in the next six years, when it hosts the 1989 U.S. Amateur and the 1992 U.S. Women's Open. Meade Geisel, the president at Merion, said yesterday that a contract had been signed with the USGA for both tournaments. The USGA plans a formal announcement today from its headquarters in Far Hills, N.J. Merion last hosted a U.S. Amateur in 1966; the 1989 Amateur will be its fifth.
June 18, 1998 |
Since 1984, the rules of golf have stated that "the material and construction of a club face shall not have the effect at impact of a spring. " Now, the U.S. Golf Association has proposed a test protocol to measure that effect. A lot of folks believe equipment advances are allowing players to hit the ball too far, and thereby threaten the integrity of the game. The USGA, which governs the game in this country, maintains that it is merely addressing those concerns. "The current language requires clarification," executive director David Fay said yesterday at the Olympic Club, site of the U.S. Open, which begins today.
September 14, 1997 |
Judy Bell, president of the United States Golf Association, worked over Labor Day. That wasn't all that unusual for an administrator of a major organization. What she was doing, however, had nothing to do with the royal and ancient game. "We were short of people at the deli," she said, referring to Bell's Deli, one of six businesses she owns or co-owns in Colorado Springs, Colo. "They called and asked me to come in and help with lunch. I took orders and made sandwiches. Then I had to stay and help set up for dinner.
April 6, 1990 |
On the first day of the Masters, there was controversy. The United States Golf Association has banned the golf shoes worn in the past by John Huston. Huston, after shooting a 6-under-par 66, good for second place heading into today's second round, revealed that the USGA ruled illegal the Weight-Rite shoes he normally wears and endorses. This week, he is wearing a pair of flat Footjoys, which he purchased for $160. According to Huston, the USGA feels the Weight-Rites give him an unfair balance advantage; they feature a built-up outer edge of the soles.
June 14, 2013 |
The threat of severe weather for Thursday's opening round of the U.S. Open has U.S. Golf Association officials and the grounds staff at Merion Golf Club braced and prepared for anything on either side of the spectator ropes. Heavy rain and thunderstorms that could be severe, and strong wind and hail could make it a challenge for the USGA to get all 156 players around Merion's East Course, a layout that has been battered by 61/2 inches of rain since Friday. Already the weather has forced one change.
February 9, 2003 |
At its annual meeting in San Diego last week, the U.S. Golf Association named Reed Mackenzie to a second and final year as president. Mackenzie, 60, a successful trial lawyer from suburban Minneapolis, became a USGA committeeman in 1977 and joined the Executive Committee in '92. He has worked as a rules official at every U.S. Open since 1978. In addition to being a four-time club champion at Hazeltine National Golf Club, site of last year's PGA Championship, Mackenzie is a passionate jazz fan and an accomplished saxophonist.