Golf In The Obama Nation

Reader Martin has sent along this email which he says is making the rounds at his club:


There is a possibility of MAJOR rule changes to the game of golf, this may occur sometime after November 4.

This is only a preview as the complete rule book is being written now.

Here are a couple of basic changes.

Golfers with handicaps:

– below 10 will have their green fees increase by 35%

– between 11 and 18 will see no increase in green fees

– above 18 will play for free and even get a check from the club/course played

The $ amount put in for bets will be as follows:

-for handicaps below 10 an additional $10

-between 11 and 18 no additional amount

-above 18 you will receive the total amount in the pot and you do not even have to play.

The term “gimme putt” will be changed to “entitlement”

and will be used as follows:

-handicaps below 10, no entitlements

-handicaps above 11 to 17, entitlements for putter length putts

-handicaps above 18, if on green, no need to ever putt, just pick it up

These entitlements are intended to bring about fairness in scoring so that the final scores of all players will be about the same.

In addition, a Player will be limited to a max of one birdie and/or six pars, any excess must be given to those fellow players who have not yet scored a birdie or par. Only after all players have received a birdie or par from the player making the birdie or par, can that Player begin to count his score again.

The current USGA handicap system will be used for the above purposes but the term “net score” will be available only for scoring those players with handicaps 18 and above.

This is intended to “redistribute” the success of winning by making sure that in every competition the above 18 handicap players will post only “net score” against every other player’s gross score.

These new Rules are intended to CHANGE the game of golf.  Golf must be about Fairness Only, it should have nothing to do with Ability.

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2 thoughts on “Golf In The Obama Nation”

  1. Oh grow up.  We had hardcore republican rule through 2000-06 and as I see it, things didnt turn out too well.  Time to move on. 

    All these conservatives on tv and in the newspaper love to bash democrats and Obama, but can they explain why their ideas dissolved the American economy over the past eight years?  Republicans came to power in 2006, they put their ideology into practice and into law, and it failed.  The results are clear. 

    Let me just say, whoever wins, Bush is leaving an unbelievable amount of problems for the next president.  What a disgraceful president.

  2. Actually, most economists—and I am one, with a Master’s degree in the subject—trace the current economic problems back to the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, which essentially required banks to make loans to people who couldn’t afford them. It was largely ignored until the Clinton Administration, which decided to enforce it. What we are seeing now is the fallout of that act in the mortgage industry.

    Bush tried on twelve occasions to get Congress to approve further oversight of the mortgage industry, esp. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but was blocked by Democratic congressmen, including Barney Frank and Christopher Dodd, who it turns out were on the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac take.

    As for Republican control, the Democrats have had unchallenged control of Congress for the last two years—and have done nothing with it. As you no doubt know, under our Constitution, all taxing and spending powers lie with the Congress. They could have changed things if they wanted.

    That said, I’m no big fan of Bush. The good news is that he’s not on this year’s ballot.


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