Business Edge for Friday March 2 2001

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CLICK HERE, THEN HEAD TO THE FIRST TEE: The U.S. Golf Association prides itself on the popularity of its 13 national championships, and the smooth running of them. They may become even more popular now that entrants can register for all but two of the competitions online.
 
The USGA experimented with online entry last year. It worked so well that the organization decided to extend it to every event it runs, except for the U.S Junior Amateur and the U.S. Girls' Junior. Entries for those events require the entrant's parent's or guardian's signature.
 
To begin your dream of national golf glory, log onto www.usga.org/champs/apply. You won't be the first, though: Within an hour of the opening of online entries on the USGA website, M.H. Kuperstock, a 40-year-old pro from Redondo Beach, Calif., entered the 2001 U.S. Open.
 
GOOD THREADS: Things appear to be looking up at golf apparel company Ashworth. Fiscal first-quarter 2001 net revenue was $27.7 million, up from $22.5 million for the comparable quarter in 2000. Net income for the first quarter of 2001 was $381,000 (3 cents per share). For the first quarter of 2000, Ashworth netted $273,000 (2 cents per share).
 
Ashworth stock trades on NASDAQ under the symbol ASHW.