October 31, 2002
Volume I, Issue 13
State of the what?
Associated Press — Martha Burke is lobbying Tim Finchem (PGA Tour Commissioner) to address her signature issue during his "State of the Tour" address at this week's Tour Championship. "It is wrong for Finchem to believe he can say, 'We don't have any control over Augusta's membership policies,' and let it go at that," said Burke.
Exactly what were they doing?
Golf Week — The Golf Channel has fired long-time coordinating producer Paul Farnsworth and suspended popular on-air personality Rich Lerner. The two were given sentence along with five others for alleged after-hours misconduct while on out-of-town assignments. An internal investigation was initiated by The Golf Channel after anonymous colleagues logged complaints.
At least he understands
Associated Press — Peter Jacobsen thought he had everything in line to bring a PGA Tour event to his native Oregon — a title sponsor willing to put up about $7 million a year, a choice of quality courses, and prime-time television for golf on Labor Day. But the Tour rejected his proposal, instead focusing on a Labor Day weekend tournament that would benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation. "The tour is doing everything it can to get Tiger Woods more involved. I'm a huge fan of Tiger Woods and what he's done for golf. Getting him involved in a tour event would be huge," said Jacobsen.
Associated Press — Angela German, a skilled college player out of the University of Georgia, had sent in her LPGA Q-School application form three weeks prior to deadline and received confirmation that it was received. Unfortunately for German, the LPGA never logged the letter, and although the error was theirs, they were going to exclude Ms. German from Q-School. Luckily her story — and a few LPGA players going to bat for her — got her in, and she was given a chance to qualify. In true blue-chip fashion, German qualified eighth out of thirty players and will be on tour next year.
No, I am not about to write an article about Jesse Ventura or Pamela Anderson! This is about your game, remember?
Perhaps the most overlooked portion of a golfer's game is their body. We often don't consider golf a sport requiring athletic ability. Well, I hope you can put down the Krispy Kremes long enough to read the rest of this article. It's time to tighten up or shut up!
Good golf requires great flexibility, strength, and coordination.
Here is my sage golf fitness advice. Don't listen to anyone with a gimmick; go see a physical trainer. First, ask the trainer to put you on a light strength training regimen with emphasis on the big muscles in your legs, lower back, and abdomen. Second, remember to do cardiovascular training for those hot summer days. No sense in carrying around the de-fib paddles if you don't have to. Lastly, have the trainer show you at least two different stretching techniques for all the muscles you will be working. You do not want to bulk up and not be able to move later.
While you are initiating this training regimen, schedule a lesson with your club pro and get him to show you some golf-specific stretching techniques that will allow you to extend like Charles Howell III.
Let's face it, pretty soon the holiday parties will be upon us and somehow, some way we need to stay in golf shape. (Notice golf shape — not decathlon shape, you whiner!) Hey, if Craig Stadler can make the commitment, you can, too!
If you would like to get even more serious about your golfing body, ask your local professional who specializes in golf fitness in your area. You will be surprised at how many programs are out there.
Membership, membership, publicity, membership ...
A private club in Pennsylvania is undergoing its own gender equality issues. Coatesville Country Club in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, has 300 members, of which 60 are women. So what's with the hullabaloo? It seems female members are not given the same voting rights and tee time rights as their male counterparts. This most assuredly will be resolved now that legal action has been taken in the matter, but an interesting note is that this fracas started in January of this year. Dr. Burke and her coalition to browbeat Augusta into submission didn't really get going until this past summer.
James Madison once said in reference to the self-government of this great country of ours, "Is there no virtue among us?" I must now recall this wonderful insight while again reflecting on the issue of Augusta National. Finchem won't peep. Hootie has stopped talking. The LPGA has no comment. And Martha simply won't drop it. Is there no virtue among these folks to create a sensible outcome?
Hal of a guy
Alright, the title was cheap, but I must say that I am already looking forward to the next Ryder Cup. Hal Sutton will bring some testosterone back to this event for our boys. If you can't get up to play for Sutton you're gonna hear it. And that goes for our striped friend as well. We all know how scared Hal is of Tiger. Or need I remind everyone how he knocked that six iron stiff two years ago at the Player's Championship to keep Tiger from his first win at Ponte Vedra?
Doubtfire doubts decision making
Colin Montgomerie is shocked! Shocked at the decision of golf's governing bodies not to ban the one thing that has saved his career. Seems that Monty believes that any sort of long putter should be made illegal because it makes putting that much easier. I mean, five footers are no problem these days for the Scotsman! Getting it within five feet, however, is apparently still a challenge, as his bid for an eighth Order of Merit title has fallen short. In related news, Justin Leonard, Brad Faxon, Loren Roberts and David Toms have all decided to switch to the broom handles and pool cues as well.
Viva la discount golf
The public has spoken! Fringe brethren, your collective voice was resounding in response to the article in the last Fringe regarding declining rounds played. In thunderous terms you told us the high prices are the biggest reason for golfers not teeing it up. Whether it be the budget-oriented retiree, the young professional, or the family man, you complained that playing golf with any frequency devours an excessive amount of a finite sum of disposable (entertainment) income. Obviously, golf is simply too expensive right now. I hear you and promise to investigate this further.