ROUNDS DOWN IN SEPTEMBER: Its hard to say whether cooling weather or the effects of the September 11 attacks were the cause, but rounds of golf played in the United States were down 1.5 percent compared to September 2000. Texas suffered most, with a 10 percent drop. Of the 15 regions measured, only four showed increases, and none of those was above 4.6 percent (South Atlantic minus Florida). Florida itself was down 8.4 percent.
For the first nine months of the year, rounds were down 2.3 percent for the nation. In Canada, rounds continue to rise everywhere except Quebec, where theyre down 1.7 percent for the year. In Ontario, rounds are up 6.8 percent this year.
The monthly rounds played research is a joint venture of industry measuring company Golf Datatech and the National Golf Course Owners Association.
MINORITY GOLF GROUP JOINS WORLD GOLF FOUNDATION: Even more public sector golf influence is consolidating in the World Golf Foundation. It will absorb the National Minority Golf Foundation, the initiative started in 1995 by the U.S. Golf Association and Golf Digest to address the low representation of minorities in the game.
The NMGFs main goal is to develop employment programs as gateways into the game for minorities interested in careers in the golf industry. The World Golf Foundation, whose chairman is PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, includes the Golf 20/20 initiative and the First Tee program.
TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR SHUFFLE: Its that time of year. Kris Kilgard is moving from his position as director of the Senior PGA Tours Verizon Classic in Tampa to the directorship of the Allianz Championship in Iowa. Stepping in for Kilgard at Verizon will be David W. Porter.
Minneapolis-based Pro Links Sports manages the Verizon and Allianz, as well as three other Senior PGA Tour tournaments (the 3M Championship in Minneapolis, the FleetBoston Classic in Concord, Mass., and the SBC Championship in San Antonio, Texas).
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: You didntumbring any extra Pro V1's with you, did you? ' Tim Finchem to Titleist chief Wally Uihlein, after Uihlein said in a panel discussion that he didnt expect all golfers to buy the popular golf balls.