Anti-Martha Burk Protests Planned

By Associated PressFebruary 22, 2003, 5:00 pm
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Two groups have asked for permits to demonstrate in support of Augusta National Golf Club, which is under pressure to admit female members.
 
Martha Burk, chairwoman of the National Council of Women's Organizations, has indicated that she might organize a protest demonstration during the Masters tournament in April against Augusta National's all-male membership.
 
The other groups turned in applications this week to the Augusta-Richmond County Sheriff's Office to demonstrate against Burk's group.
 
Allison Price, an Augusta woman who started a group called 'WAMB,' or Women Against Martha Burk, applied for a permit to demonstrate in the downtown Augusta area on April 6, the Sunday before the Masters.
 
Todd Manzi of Tampa, Fla., who started a Web site called www.theburkstopshere.com, has applied for the four days of the tournament, April 10-13. The location has yet to be determined.
 
Price, the owner of a local restaurant, said she has '20 to 25 women' who want to hold up signs opposing Burk.
 
'Martha Burk does not speak for all women across this country, especially for many in Augusta,' Price said.
 
Burk said she had heard that Manzi was going to apply for a permit but 'I didn't know there was going to be another one.'
 
'It's a free country. This is what a democracy is all about,' said Burk, who has not applied for a permit.
 
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PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:

PGA Tour:

The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.

LPGA:

We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.


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Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm

Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.