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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

    It’s a scary story but glad sagstrom got this help from Karlsson; proof there are still some good men out there.

    This amateur stuff is a step in the sensical direction but must disagree with some key points.

    My daughters have been volunteer coaching for years now. Amateurs should be able to make a few bucks for their hard coaching work; especially if now blue chippers are going to be given overtly free rides through amateur golf.

    It’s good for amateurs to be able to be sponsored.

    But if amateurs can make up to 750$ for an event, amateurs should be able to make an honest wage teaching the next generation; as they are doing the critical work of growing the game.

    After a certain point of coaching work maybe athletes lose amateur status, but amateur golfers should be able to make a few bucks teaching beginners without losing status.

    It’s a lot more professional to be sponsored than it is to have a part time job coaching. These sponsored athletes are going to be encouraged to just think about themselves and their golf while these amateur coaches are working hard for others and are learning a lot about the real world.

    The last part frankly seems
    Unfair in a world where a few athletes will get money from sponsors for nothing other than playing golf; while others cannot be rewarded for their hard work with golf organizations.

    Getting sponsorship money from just playing golf is the most professional part of this. Making money to help people play better is nothing financially compared to sponsorships which could surpass a million dollars for some athletes.

    The important thing is distinguishing competitive pros from amateurs.

    If some former tour pros will be allowed to regain amateur status; more golfers whom work in golf should be allowed to remain amateurs so long as they do not make more than that 750$ for playing competitive golf.

    I would also increase that number to an even $1000.

    This all needs to be considered strongly. Imo.

    Again some kids will be given millions to just play while others may be punished for honest humble work helping others.

    It doesn’t make sense.


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