THE MARTIN EFFECT: No matter what the outcome of PGA Tour Inc. v. Martin in the Supreme Court of the United States, the hopes of Casey Martin's supporters may be coming true. Two major golf cart companies - Club Car and E-Z-GO - have introduced single-rider models for disabled golfers. And now the PGA of America is starting a new program for disabled players.
On six Thursdays starting March 1, the PGA Learning Center in St. Lucie, Fla. will offer a golf instruction class to 24 disabled golfers. PGA professional Judy Alvarez will teach the program. She is a leading advocate for disabled golfers and a former director of the Annual Disabled Golf Tournament.
For more information, call the PGA at 800-800-4653, extension 3.
LOCK `EM UP: Callaway Golf continues its longstanding campaign against counterfeit golf clubs, especially in Taiwan. Callaway reports that a Taiwanese court has convicted two more defendants of selling bogus Callaway clubs in Taiwan. Liao Fa-Ching received a sentence of two years and Chou Yu-Mei a sentence of 18 months, Callaway said. Callaway typically works with the Taiwanese government to arrange raids on counterfeit clubmakers' places of business.
BEATS A PAPERBACK AND A SNICKERS: Next time you're stuck in Terminal 2 at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, you can indulge your golf jones to kill the time. In Celebration of Golf, the successful themed retail shops started by Roger Maxwell, has opened its first airport location at Sky Harbor.
The 1,800-square-foot store will feature the golf-themed areas for which Maxwell's freestanding installations in Scottsdale, Ariz. and Las Vegas have become known. (One of the more popular has been the repair shop, in which a canny old 'Scot' tells golf tales while working on clubs.)
Maxwell opened the Sky Harbor location in an alliance with News & Gift Shops International, which generates $80 million in annual sales from shops in 29 airports worldwide.
And with airports turning into shopping malls (been to Pittsburgh lately?), Maxwell's store may be an idea whose time has come.