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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 definitely and hopefully is looking like the beginning of the end of green reading books on the pga tour.

    Ironically the pga tour is probably the last level of golf needing to eliminate these time sucking books of cheese.

    The usga and the other organizations needs to eliminate these things for their lower level events such as the junior Ams even more.

    The junior am for example not only doesn’t allow parent caddies , which is a huge disadvantage to many whom may not have other options and cannot afford pro caddies; then the usga separates richer participants from others whom cannot afford these expensive books.

    There can still a place for green reading products. Players can use them to study courses before; especially since sometimes practice rounds are not available (my kids jr am qualifiers last practice round was 10 days before the competition; which is a whole other issue).

    Once competition starts, players should be rewarded for preparation and general skill on the greens; as Rory said.

    These things are very important—not so much for “growing the game” but to make competitions fair without making everyone break the bank.

    Range finders are on the same boat but players can at least find a decent one for about 100$. These green books can be close to that much for one; but of course players need many of them in order to keep up with the Jones’.

    The usga needs a simple rule that reads no reading books once ball is on the greens; only reading greens.

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      Tom Edrington

      Sad fact: Golf is a very expensive sports and every time I see one, I believe the last thing we need is another $500-$600 driver or another $300-$500 putter!

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