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Tom Edrington

Tom Edrington spent the first 10 years of his misguided youth as a sports writer for the Tampa Tribune. His career brought him face to face with many of sports greatest stars -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali, Don Shula, countless Hall of Fame NFL stars, more PGA Tour players than he can count. In 1980 he was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for writing the best news story that year, his coverage of Jack Nicklaus' U.S. Open victory at Baltusrol. Today, 36 years later, golf is still a great part of his life, thanks to competitive playing days and the wonderful people he has met on this fabulous journey.

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6 Comments

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    beege

    Tom,
    great writing–Stricks is great for golf and he went out and did it on his own–yes, you know my feeling–this stuff about the non-profit USGA, PGA Tour and all of their respective entities makes us cringe. Amazing how they make themselves about the charities(and they do alot for charities) but could be dramatically more and then the fact that they got stupid Fox to put up monopoly dough was , well a stroke of genius on their part. I won’t comment on the first tee program except to say you are soooooooo correct. take care,
    bob

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      Tom Edrington

      Bob, yes, the USGA is packed with loot. Glad Stricks is in there, bet he’s super excited. Would love to see him play well.

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    bigbwana

    It’s about time Uncle SAM took a closer look at these so-called NOT FOR PROFIT entities, it is such a FRAUD!!!!!!!

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      Tom Edrington

      The government has made it more difficult to obtain 501-C-3 status. The USGA has had its status for a long time, it is a very old and very politically-connected organization.

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    RNW7654

    Inexplicable. Not only does Steve exemplify the values of a professional golf, he is regarded as a “nice guy” and a mentor. Here is what makes the USGA’s denial inexplicable–the official USGA “117th U S Open Championship” magazine has a full page “Last Word” article by–Steve Stricker!

    Good enough to welcome USGA members to Wisconsin but not good enough to play.
    Way to go Steve–36 holes to qualify after a great showing at Muirfield.

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      Tom Edrington

      Yes, there’s Strick on the back cover, thank goodness he played his way in otherwise it’s more egg on the USGA’s face. He will have his wife on the bag so they should have a lot of friends and family out there pulling for Steve. He’s an easy guy to pull for, some folks from ‘Skonsin tell me he’s a great guy, never had the pleasure of meeting him but glad he’s part of this U.S. Open field!!

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