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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

    Calis problem is that it’s too good for its own good. Needless to say this is a scary proposition.

    California’s homeless problem would not even take a dent even if every municipal course we’re turned into affordable homes. There are countless reasons other than the housing supply why so many people live under bridges and overpasses in that state. Killing municipal golf may help a few families but we all know it would really mostly help a few politicians and contractors pad their pockets even more. And at what cost for the community?

    I’m not saying golf solves all of life’s problems but organizations like The Latinas Golfers Association—not to mention First Tee— truly are changing lives. If nothing else these orgs are providing a healthy green space for kids to do healthy things. And who knows maybe go on to earn a scholarship and a more successful life as a result —but it’s predicated on having these spaces so golf can do the incredible things it does for young people.

    And it’s not just young people. Golf can do a lot for older people who just need something to do. And middle aged people who need an escape from the grind of the concrete jungle. It’s a place to be alone. A place to hang with buddies and family. A place to meet other good people. Municipal golf courses are community centers at their best.

    I want to have faith things will work out. But it’s scary. LA alone truly has so many gem municipal golf courses. So much history. So much enjoyment for so many people. I really pray and hope the protectors of muni golf in the state can make everyone come to their senses once and for all on this one.

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      Tom Edrington

      Well said Baxter, well said!

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