Golf News Roundup: LPGA Players Ok; PGA Tour VS Anchoring Ban; Marine Lies; Operation Penalty Stroke

Paula Creamer, Suzanne Petterson and Ai Miyazato suffered minor neck injuries after a multi-car accident on the way to the airport following Sunday’s final round of the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament. On Petterson’s blog, she wrote:

On our way to the airport we were in a car accident! Paula , Ai , my mum and myself with the rest of our entourage! We were driving on the highway pretty fast and at times maybe to ruff. Meaning , no room for errors what so ever ! And it was just a matter of time we must say before something actually happend! Don’t know how it all went down, but in a split second the entourage of our 5 cars was all crushed together! Paula said she felt like a ping ping ball being hit from both ends pretty hard! I was in the last car and manage somehow to just miss the rest! Out of all the cars , the car I was in was the only car suited to take us to the airport! We are just happy no one got more seriously injured from the impact! Ai and Paula and some of the guys had some pain in their necks! It was a scary split second, where u realize how quick it can go!

Over the last weekend, the PGA Tour joined the PGA of America and the Golf Course Owners in opposing the proposed anchor putting ban. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said:

Our player advisory council looked at it twice. We had the USGA come in and make a presentation to a player meeting in San Diego and the USGA made a presentation to our board. We researched and looked at it and articulated our position at the end of last week to the USGA and shared that thinking also with the R&A.

Essentially where the PGA Tour came down was that they did not think that banning anchoring was in the best interest of golf or the PGA Tour.

“I think the essential thread that went through the thinking of the players and our board of directors and others was that in the absence of data or any basis to conclude that there is a competitive advantage to be gained by using anchoring – and given the amount of time that anchoring has been in the game – that there was no over-riding reason to go down that road.

An awful lot of amateurs today use anchoring and a number of players on the PGA Tour who have grown up with a focus on perfecting the anchoring method, if you will, did so after the USGA on multiple occasions approved the method years ago.

For us to join in supporting a ban we think as a direction is unfair to both groups of individuals. We have worked with the USGA over the last 20 years on a wide range of rules issues. I continue to hope that regardless of where this matter ends up that it gets there after a process that is good-natured, open and not contrary or divisive.

I fully expect the USGA and R&A to go through with their self-immolation, however.

A former Marine lied about having war injuries so he could get free golfing lessons, endorsements, cash, a trip to Iraq and to fulfill his dream of playing golf on the PGA Tour, court documents show.

The accused, Michael Duye Campbell, has admitted to defrauding charities of $40,000.

There’s a special place in Hell for people like this.

In Pennsylvania, the state Attorney General has completed “Operation Penalty Stroke

Suspected drug dealers from Lackawanna, Susquehanna, and Wayne counties were brought in for arraignment in connection with “Operation Penalty Stroke”.

“It’s a big investigation, especially for here in Wayne County. Like at a golf course, I know this is my first investigation that dealt with dealing drugs out of a golf course,” said John Soprano of the Attorney General’s Office.

Angelo Pozza, 76, owns the Red Maples and police charged him as the ring leader of the scheme. According to cops, his place of business was where more than 15,000 grams of cocaine was stored and distributed.
Cathy Gabriel, of Scott Township, was charged with delivering the cocaine to Pozza. She allegedly brought the drugs from New York City to the golf course.

“It was the perfect front. It was innocent looking but it had the same amount and the same effect, the same damaging effect, as it would any other cover,” said Deputy Attorney General Tim Doherty.

Looks like these Sopranos are on the other side of the law.


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