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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

    No brainer indeed. Patty is in the poy conversation but there is no Roy conversation.


    Simplified but still complicated.
    It’s good there are exceptions to allow amateurs to do some teaching but IMO instruction and competing are completely different things. Good amateur golfers should be allowed to make some money teaching to help fund their pursuit of amateur competitions.
    Not everyone is going to have sponsors throwing money at them.

    Btw a few days ago I took part in a zoom conversation with a usga rep and other golf parents on such matters. My message was simple: cheaper and closer qualifiers, and more financial support for those whom make the big amateur championships. The travel costs make it so the usga and others cannot always accomplish the goal of identifying the best amateurs;
    Because many great amateurs simply cannot afford it. To their credit they feel a responsibility to address these issues; but sponsor and up to 1000$ of prize money is still not enough to solve these issues.

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      Tom Edrington

      Baxter thanks, great perspective for certain!

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