NAACP to Protest Day Before WorldCom Classic

By Associated PressApril 5, 2002, 5:00 pm
The NAACP plans to remind PGA Tour fans about the civil rights group's tourism boycott of South Carolina before players tee off at the WorldCom Classic this month.
The opening ceremony is on the 15th, so there will be some people coming in,'' said Dwight James, executive director of the states NAACP. This year, we're sending an advanced signal.''
Members will gather at two island locations on April 14 to protest the state's continued flying of the Confederate flag on Statehouse grounds.
It's important for people of good will to stand against symbols of oppression,'' James said. Especially this symbol in South Carolina, which says it's OK to disrespect African-Americans, who comprise a third of the state's population.''
Last year, the NAACP protested for three days, ending with about 125 supporters holding a rally and marching near Town Hall during the third round of the tournament.
The NAACP Southeastern Conference in Charlotte, N.C., is being held at the same time, therefore limiting this year's protest to one day without a march, James said.
The tournament runs through April 21.
Last month, members protested at state welcome centers along the state's borders to inform visitors about the NAACP's ongoing boycott, which began in January 2000.
In July 2000, a compromise in the General Assembly removed the Confederate flag from atop the Statehouse dome, but a similar flag was hoisted at the Confederate Soldier Monument on Statehouse grounds.
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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.


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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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.