Augusta Protest Proposal Is Defeated

By Associated PressJanuary 22, 2003, 5:00 pm
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Opponents of Augusta National's all-male membership claimed victory after the defeat of a proposal that would have hindered protests planned for the Masters.
County officials split 5-5 Tuesday on a plan to require demonstrators to give at least 30 days notice of their plans to picket. The plan also would have required the sheriff to approve the application within 10 business days.
The five commissioners who opposed the ordinance are black. The five who supported it are white.
Augusta Richmond County Mayor Bob Young, who could have broken the tie, was in Washington for a national mayor's conference. He said he did not know how he would have voted.
That means the National Council of Women's Organizations and the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition can wait until just before the tournament in April to get a permit to protest.
``I'm grateful that at least half of the (commission) recognizes the ordinance for what it is: an attempt to stifle free speech and put off social change,'' said Martha Burk, chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations.
Existing law requires protesters to secure a permit from the Richmond County sheriff before picketing on public property. Sheriff Ronnie Strength has said he will not allow demonstrations on property around Augusta National because of safety concerns.
The proposal could be reconsidered next month.
``I'm against Jesse Jackson coming to Augusta. I'm against Martha Burk, but they have a right to freedom of speech,'' said Commissioner Bobby Hankerson, who voted against amending the law.
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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.