Valderrama Owner Calls for Standardized Tournament Ball

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PATI'O WANTS TOURNEY BALL: The American Society of Golf Course Architects continued its campaign against longer golf balls by enlisting the influence of Jaime Ortiz Patio, owner of Valderrama in Spain, site of the 1997 Ryder Cup.
 
Specification of [limited distance] tournament golf balls is something the USGA and the R&A could establish quite easily, Patio said, and this specification should be adopted by all manufacturers of golf balls and played by professionals and scratch amateurs.
 
Patio joins the chorus of course owners who fear the obsolescence of existing courses, which they believe are being overpowered by longer balls struck by skilled players.
 
But many golf ball manufacturers cited the single-digit-under-par winning score at The Players Championship, where the TPC at Sawgrass tested most and punished some, as proof that new balls dont threaten a tough course, even for the worlds elite players.
 
Bluetrac Cleat w/ CaptionNEW CHAMP CLEAT SHIPS: The latest spikeless cleat offering from Marlborough, Mass.-based Champ ships this week. The design, first seen at the PGA Merchandise Show in January, includes a so-called anti-clogging bar to prevent grass clippings from accumulating in the cleat, Champ says.
 
Blister packs of 22 cleats are color-coded depending on fastener system: Q-LOK, Tri-LOK, small thread and large thread.
 
WHAT RECESSION?: Golf apparel company Tehama, whose chief claim to fame is founder Clint Eastwood, is saying, Did our sales increase 100 percent, or 200 percent? Tell you the truth, in all this confusion, I kind of forgot myself..
 
Turns out they feel lucky. Tehama reports a 200 percent pre-booked sales increase for the first quarter of 2002 compared to last year. That comes after a 15.2 percent increase for all of 2001.
 
WELL-DRESSED, NO THREE-PUTTS: Thats the hope, anyway. In the latest high-end golf industry promotion, you can get a Never Compromise putter when you buy a Hart Schaffner & Marx suit at a Dillards department store. The offer lasts until April 14.
 
It was the putter companys idea, and not a surprise. Considering the background of NC chief Vikash Sanyal, once the marketing guru of Odyssey Golf, cross-promotions are a natural.
 
No word yet on whether alterations are included. Of your putting stroke, that is.