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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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    baxter cepeda

    Well deserved poy for rahm from yet another silly points system from golf.
    This doesn’t feel like a huge honor and not just because it was not voted on by anyone. I mean Bryson was second on this silly points list when clearly MAD was 4th at best this season behind cantlay and morikawa.

    Pga story for you Tom:

    I just spent the weekend with a bunch of pga guys and gals. One pga of America veteran coach – who was only supposed to talk to his players and only between holes- used his authority to make one of my Junior league players move to the further back tees because the tall boy looked older. Didn’t ask him anything. Just told him he belonged in the back tees. The 14 year old kid being respectful complied and ended up playing 6 holes 40 yards or so back from his proper tees (for his age) before I finally caught it and corrected it.

    Then this same pga coach argues with another match that his team got a 28 when both teams agreed they had a 29. The Coach didn’t realize it was a par 35-37 course. He scolded them, accused them of not knowing how to count. And who knows what other shenanigan.

    The ironic thing is the pga spent weeks before and the whole event trying to avoid any potential issues from parents; one coach even saying the only people who ruin these events are parents… all the while forgetting some of their pga members are shmucks who don’t even belong in a GA, much less the PGA.

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      Tom Edrington

      Doesn’t surprise me…..had a guy abusing me on Facebook who doesn’t know me and claimed to be a PGA of America professional in Ohio…..failed to know I was a sports writer in my life and know a lot of GREAT PGA Professionals…..sad to see guys who have to insert themselves into a junior tournament…..if I were you, I’d call the Section President and let him know what transpired!

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        baxter cepeda

        I basically had to call the organizer twice that day, spending quite a bit of energy and time.

        I told the organizer I respect their decision but I would have sent him back to the hotel, especially after the second incident. They said there was some additional history there but still basically just warned him. He never manned up and came up to apologize to us even though he had a few obvious opportunities.

        He definitely cost us a chance to be in the final match with the distractions, confrontations and infractions.

        They ended up losing the final.
        We ended coming from a 4-2 deficit in the consolation final to win 5-4 thanks in large part to my oldest daughter draining a clutch 15 footer on the last hole. So we left feeling good, which is nice.

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          Tom Edrington

          At least there were positives to go home with.

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