Burk Prepares for Big Week in Augusta

By Adam BarrMarch 6, 2003, 5:00 pm
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BURK FILES; PLANS TO SUE: A couple hundred people is how Dr. Martha Burk, chief of the National Council of Womens Organizations, describes her plans for protests in Augusta, Ga., during Masters week, which begins April 7. The week is expected to be the climax of Burks year-long campaign to have Augusta National Golf Club admit a woman member.
Burk filed documents Thursday to obtain a city protest permit, beating by at least 10 days the new requirement that protest applications be filed 20 days before the protest date.
But more conflict is on the horizon. Burk plans to sue the city because of certain language in the permit and application. The Georgia branch of the American Civil Liberties Union will file a complaint in federal district court in Augusta on March 11 alleging that the hold harmless clause in the permit is unconstitutional.
Such clauses generally absolve an issuing authority of any liability for injury or damage to the user of the permit. Burk and the ACLU maintain that the city and its police shouldnt be able to slough off that duty. Burk is likely to argue that a hold harmless clause would have a chilling effect on public speech, and should therefore be excised from the permit under the authority of the first amendment to the United States Constitution.
The ACLUs lawyers plan other allegations as well, but refused to discuss them before the filing date. One likely legal argument may be that the citys efforts to move the protests away from the clubs frontage on Washington Road exceed reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions on constitutionally protected speech.
CALLAWAY WOODS SALES STREAK: Callaway Golf claims the lead in metalwood sales for the sixth straight year, says the company, based on data from industry metrics leader Golf Datatech.
For 2002, Callaway owned 21.6 percent of the United States market measured in dollars and 28.3 percent measured in units (number of clubs sold), both No. 1 in the metalwoods category.
Callaway also led in U.S. irons sales ' 27.9 percent revenue and 16.1 percent in units (sets) ' and U.S. putter sales through its Odyssey brand, with 40.3 percent in revenues and 48.7 percent in units, according to Datatech figures.
Golf Datatech, which has been keeping track of the industry since 1997, measures actual golf shop sales through computer-based, cash-register data.
ADAMS ON ALLOCATION: The industry scuttlebutt has portrayed Adams Golf as being in trouble in recent years, and the financial statements have borne that out with much red ink. But theres more going on than meets the eye, including sold-out irons.
Demand for the companys Idea irons has been so high that Adams has had to allocate sets to pro shops instead of giving the shops as many sets as they want. Its a good problem to have in a tough industry.
While its frustrating for us not to be able to keep up with the demand, said Chip Brewer, CEO of Adams, its rewarding to see the overwhelming response to the Idea Irons.
Adams, which was founded by veteran club designer Barney Adams, is based in Plano, Texas, near Dallas.
ONLINE AT THE USGA: We figure if youre confident enough to enter a U.S. Golf Association championship, you probably have computers figured out. You can use that power to apply for three of the USGAs thirteen national championships, and soon, the other 10 as well.
Log onto www.usga.org/champs/apply to enter the U.S. Open, the U.S. Womens Open or the U.S. Senior Open. Forms for the other 10 events will be up soon, the USGA promises.
The first entry for the U.S. Open came in at 11:22 AM ET on Wednesday, March 5, just ten minutes after the form was available. And of course, that gives us a mental picture of some guy in a cubicle somewhere, clicking on Submit just as the boss comes around the corner.
Long live golf.

Trump playing 'quickly' with Tiger, DJ

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 24, 2017, 1:33 pm

Updated at 11:14 a.m. ET

An Instagram user known as hwalks posted photos to her account that included images of Tiger Woods, President Trump and Dustin Johnson Friday at Trump National, as well as video of Woods' swing.

Original story:

Tiger Woods is scheduled to make his return to competition next week at his Hero World Challenge. But first, a (quick) round with the President.

President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he was going to play at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., alongside Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Woods and President Trump previously played last December. Trump, who, according to trumpgolfcount.com has played 75 rounds since taking over the presidency, has also played over the last year with Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els and Hideki Matsuyama.

Chawrasia leads major champs in Hong Kong

By Associated PressNovember 24, 2017, 1:19 pm

HONG KONG – S.S.P. Chawrasia extended his lead at the Hong Kong Open to two strokes Friday after a 4-under 66 in the second round.

Chawrasia, who had led by one at the Hong Kong Golf Club, is at 9-under 131 overall and took as much as a five-stroke lead at one point.

''Yesterday I was putting very well, and today, also I make some up and downs. I saved a couple of short putts. That's why I think I'm leading by two shots most probably,'' the Indian said. ''The next two days, I'm just looking forward.''

Full-field scores from the UBS Hong Kong Open

Thomas Aiken (64) is second, followed by Alexander Bjork (66), Joakim Lagergren (66), Poom Saksansin (68) and Julian Suri (67) at 5 under 135.

Aiken's round was the lowest of the tournament.

''It is tough out there. The greens are really firm. You've got to hit the fairway,'' Aiken said. ''If you get above the holes, putts can get away from you.''

Justin Rose (69) had six birdies, but three bogeys and a double-bogey at the par 3 12th kept him at 3 under for the tournament.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia (71), playing for the first time in Hong Kong, was at even par, as was defending champion Sam Brazel (71) and 2014 champion Scott Hend (67).

''I have to play better,'' Garcia said. ''The way I felt like I played, it's difficult. This kind of course, you need to play well to shoot a good score.''

Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

"It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

“Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

“That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.