Notes Ogilvies Benevolence Armour Talk

By Associated PressJuly 5, 2008, 4:00 pm
AT&T NationalBETHESDA, Md. -- Tom Pernice Jr. can think about winning for the first time in seven years, and not missing his 13-year-old daughter who is legally blind sing the national anthem in Dodger Stadium.
Brooke Pernice has Lebers Congenital Amaurosis, in which her retinas did not develop fully at birth. Last year, she released an album called Help From Above, and twice this year she sang the national anthem at road games for the Chicago Cubs in an effort to help raise money for Project 3000, which is trying to find the 3,000 estimated to have the disease.
Derrek Lees daughter also has the disease.
Brooke is trying to help Derrek with his charity to bring awareness to these people that have this disease that thought there was no possible cure, Pernice said. All we need to identify is the gene, and his charity will pay for the blood work.
His daughter sang at Petro Park for a Cubs-Padres game, and Dodger Stadium when the Cubs went to Los Angeles. Trouble was, Pernice was playing at the Stanford St. Jude Championship in Memphis.
He thought he might catch an early flight for the second game, but he played well enough that Pernice had to stick around to make sure he would not be in a playoff. Brooke told him to keep playing, and Pernice at least watched the video.
Shes doing awesome, Pernice said.
One can only assume that the singing voice came from her mother?
Neither one of us, Pernice said. Its a gift from the Father up above. Shes an amazing girl, and were awfully proud of her.
Among those watching the AT&T National on Saturday was Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is slowly becoming more than a spectator.
Golf is a new passion, she said.
Rice said she took up golf three years ago, and while she played tennis and was a figure skater in her youth, nothing has captured my imagination like this. But just like everyone else, mastering the game has taken time.
Ive always been good off the tee. I the love the driver, Rice said in an interview with CBS Sports. And I love putting. My struggle is everything in between.
She said she recently established a handicap index for the first time'21' although Rice was quick to add that shes only been playing three years and travels too much to play more.
Her summer goal is to work on her short game. Tournament host Tiger Woods wont be around to offer a few tips, since he is in a full leg brace in Florida after going through season-ending surgery on his left knee.
Rice said she has met the worlds No. 1 player a few times'she taught at Stanford when he played on the golf team'but they have not seen each other at Stanford since both were at a basketball game in 2000 when the Cardinal defeated Duke.
Stanford hit a buzzer-beater, and Tiger and I rushed the court, she said. Thats our common experience.
Joe Ogilvie looked like he would have the weekend off until making four birdies in a five-hole stretch to reach 2 over. But when he missed an 8-foot par putt on the final hole, that bogey brought 13 players back into the tournament.
If he had made the par, 70 players would have made the cut at 2 over. Instead, 83 players made the cut at 3 over.
Either way, Ogilvie kept playing.
But that brought in the infamous MDF policy'made the cut, did not finish. There was another cut for the top 70 and ties on Saturday because more than 78 players qualified for the weekend.
Ogilvie would have been guaranteed two days to improve his standing had he made the par putt Friday. He shot a 72 on Saturday and did not advance to final round.
Seven players whom Ogilvie let into the tournament advanced to Sunday, including Vaughn Taylor, who had a 64 and was tied for 20th.
I bought his dinner last night, Taylor said. I was in the hotel when Joe came in and told the waitress, Ive got his check.
Whether it was the Booz Allen Classic or the AT&T National, Tommy Armour has only missed coming to this area twice in the last 20 years.
He had a relatively simply explanation.
I like D.C., I like to play golf, he said. Those are the two things.
Armour kept it short and sweet in explaining his round of 66 and just about everything else regarding the week at Congressional.
I hit the ball well. I made some putts. Thats what youve got to do on this course, he said. Its a good test of golf and I hit a lot of good shots.
And his thoughts going into the final round?
Need to play good, he said.
Steve Stricker had never been to a holiday birthday bash quite like this. He was among 14 players invited Friday night to the White House to celebrate Fourth of July and President Bushs upcoming birthday.
Ill remember that the rest of my life, Stricker said. Just the opportunity to go there and to see what goes on in throwing a party and trying to get into the place. Once youre in, they pretty much let you walk wherever you wanted to go.
Stricker had an audience with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who sat next to him and talked about golf.
No, slow play never came up.
It was interesting, Stricker said. Im really a fish out of water, me and politics. But it was fun to see.
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    Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Well, this is a one new one.

    According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

    “No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

    Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

    “If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

    The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

    “I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

    The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

    Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

    Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.

    PGA Tour suspends Hensby for anti-doping violation

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 8:02 pm

    Mark Hensby has been suspended for one year by the PGA Tour for violating the Tour’s anti-doping policy by failing to provide a sample after notification.

    The Tour made the announcement Monday, reporting that Hensby will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

    The statement reads:

    The PGA Tour announced today that Mark Hensby has violated the Tour Anti-Doping Policy for failing to provide a drug testing sample after notification and has been suspended for a period of one year. He will be eligible to return on Oct. 26, 2018.

    Hensby, 46, won the John Deere Classic in 2004. He played the Tour this past year, playing just 14 events. He finished 142nd on the money list. He once ranked among the top 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking but ranks No. 1,623 today.

    The Sunshine Tour recently suspended player Etienne Bond for one year for failing a drug test. Players previously suspended by the PGA Tour for violating the anti-doping policy include Scott Stallings and Doug Barron.

    The PGA Tour implemented revisions to its anti-doping program with the start of the 2017-18 season. The revisions include blood testing and the supplementation of the Tour’s prohibited list to include all of the substances and methods on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list. As part of this season’s revisions, the Tour announced it would also begin reporting suspensions due to recreational drug use.

    The Tour said it would not issue further comment on Hensby's suspension.

    Good time to hang up on viewer call-ins

    By Randall MellDecember 11, 2017, 7:40 pm

    Golf announced the most massive layoff in the industry’s history on Monday morning.

    Armchair referees around the world were given their pink slips.

    It’s a glorious jettisoning of unsolicited help.

    Goodbye and good riddance.

    The USGA and R&A’s announcement of a new set of protocols Monday will end the practice of viewer call-ins and emails in the reporting of rules infractions.

    “What we have heard from players and committees is ‘Let’s leave the rules and administration of the event to the players and those responsible for running the tournament,’” said Thomas Pagel, the USGA’s senior director of rules and amateur status.


    The protocols, formed by a working group that included the PGA Tour, LPGA, European Tour, Ladies European Tour and the PGA of America, also establish the use of rules officials to monitor the televised broadcasts of events.

    Additionally, the protocols will eliminate the two-shot penalty when a player signs an incorrect scorecard because the player was unaware of a violation.

    Yes, I can hear you folks saying armchair rules officials help make sure every meaningful infraction comes to light. I hear you saying they make the game better, more honest, by helping reduce the possibility somebody violates the rules to win.

    But at what cost?

    The chaos and mayhem armchair referees create can ruin the spirit of fair play every bit as much as an unreported violation. The chaos and mayhem armchair rules officials create can be as much a threat to fair play as the violations themselves.

    The Rules of Golf are devised to protect the integrity of the game, but perfectly good rules can be undermined by the manner and timeliness of their enforcement.

    We have seen the intervention of armchair referees go beyond the ruin of fair play in how a tournament should be conducted. We have seen it threaten the credibility of the game in the eyes of fans who can’t fathom the stupidity of a sport that cannot separate common-sense enforcement from absolute devotion to the letter of the law.

    In other sports, video review’s timely use helps officials get it right. In golf, video review too often makes it feel like the sport is getting it wrong, because timeliness matters in the spirit of fair play, because the retroactive nature of some punishments are as egregious as the violations themselves.  

    We saw that with Lexi Thompson at the ANA Inspiration this year.

    Yes, she deserved a two-shot penalty for improperly marking her ball, but she didn’t deserve the two-shot penalty for signing an incorrect scorecard. She had no idea she was signing an incorrect scorecard.

    We nearly saw the ruin of the U.S. Open at Oakmont last year, with Dustin Johnson’s victory clouded by the timing of a video review that left us all uncertain if the tournament was playing out under an incorrect scoreboard.

    “What these protocols are put in place for, really, is to make sure there are measures to identify the facts as soon as possible, in real time, so if there is an issue to be dealt with, that it can be handled quickly and decisively,” Pagel said.

    Amen again.

    We have pounded the USGA for making the game more complicated and less enjoyable than it ought to be, for creating controversy where common sense should prevail, so let’s applaud executive director Mike Davis, as well as the R&A, for putting common sense in play.

    Yes, this isn’t a perfect answer to handling rules violations.

    There are trap doors in the protocols that we are bound to see the game stumble into, because the game is so complex, but this is more than a good faith effort to make the game better.

    This is good governance.

    And compared to the glacial pace of major rules change of the past, this is swift.

    This is the USGA and R&A leading a charge.

    We’re seeing that with the radical modernization of the Rules of Golf scheduled to take effect in 2019. We saw it with the release of Decision 34/3-10 three weeks after Thompson’s loss at the ANA, with the decision limiting video review to “reasonable judgment” and “naked eye” standards. We’re hearing it with Davis’ recent comments about the “horrible” impact distance is having on the game, leading us to wonder if the USGA is in some way gearing up to take on the golf ball.

    Yes, the new video review protocols aren’t a panacea. Rules officials will still miss violations that should have been caught. There will be questions about level playing fields, about the fairness of stars getting more video review scrutiny than the rank and file. There will be questions about whether viewer complaints were relayed to rules officials.

    Golf, they say, isn’t a game of perfect, and neither is rules enforcement, though these protocols make too much sense to be pilloried. They should be applauded. They should solve a lot more problems than they create.

    Lexi 'applaud's USGA, R&A for rules change

    By Randall MellDecember 11, 2017, 5:15 pm

    Lexi Thompson’s pain may prove to be the rest of golf’s gain.

    David Rickman, the R&A’s executive director of governance, acknowledged on Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive" Monday that the new protocols that will eliminate the use of TV viewer call-ins and emails to apply penalties was hastened by the controversy following Thompson’s four-shot penalty at the ANA Inspiration in early April. The new protocols also set up rules officials to monitor TV broadcasts beginning next year.

    “Clearly, that case has been something of a focus point for us,” Rickman said.

    Thompson reacted to the new protocols in an Instagram post.

    “I applaud the USGA and the R&A for their willingness to revise the Rules of Golf to address certain unfortunate situations that have arisen several times in the game of golf,” Thompson wrote. “In my case, I am thankful no one else will have to deal with an outcome such as mine in the future.”

    Thompson was penalized two shots for improperly returning her ball to its mark on a green during Saturday’s round after a viewer emailed LPGA officials during Sunday’s broadcast. She was penalized two more shots for signing an incorrect scorecard for her Saturday round. Thompson ultimately lost in a playoff to So Yeon Ryu.

    The new protocols will also eliminate the additional two-shot penalty a player receives for failing to include a penalty when a player was unaware of the penalty.

    Shortly after the ANA Inspiration, the USGA and R&A led the formation of a video review working group, which included the PGA Tour, LPGA, European Tour, Ladies European Tour and PGA of America.

    Also, just three weeks after Thompson was hit with the four-shot penalty, the USGA and R&A released a new Rules of Golf decision decision (34-3/10) limiting video evidence in two ways:

    1. If an infraction can’t be seen with the naked eye, there’s no penalty, even if video shows otherwise.

    2. If a tournament committee determines that a player does “all that can be reasonably expected to make an accurate estimation or measurement” in determining a line or position to play from or to spot a ball, then there will be no penalty even if video replay later shows that to be wrong.

    While the USGA and R&A said the new decision wasn’t based on Thompson’s ANA incident, LPGA players immediately began calling it the “Lexi Rule.”