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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

    The women’s open was so much better with very few interruptions.

    Must agree The usga is too much with its advertising ultimately for more revenue. They get sponsors, entry fees, tix sales, who knows what else? And of course straight donations homey…it’s one cash flow after the next.

    They do some good things but still, it’s easy to question if they do enough considering all the revenue they bring in. They literally advertise themselves in fairly prime spots asking for donations.

    As a result they are involved with some junior programs and research grass, amongst other things.

    But never tout a specific accomplishment in grass. Grasses seem to be the same grasses we have known for a long time. Yet they openly boast the crazy numbers they spend on grass research.

    The junior programs are great but why not use moneys to create places for these programs and juniors to play? Make it easier for juniors and others to get more affordable recreation, practice and competitive golf.

    May courses are shutting down. The usga can help facilities from shutting down—as many of these courses are great for the sport with potentially bright futures; all they need is some support.

    Most would gladly watch commercials from the usga and others if we can see them save more courses, help more people enjoy golf without braking the bank; something the usga clearly does not
    Need to worry about anytime soon…not with all those ads.

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      Tom Edrington

      I’ve heard the USGA’s “investment” account is well over $400 million. They’re not as hefty as the PGA Tour but plenty fat and happy. And don’t forget all those souvenir sales both one site and online — US Open shirts, hats and all sorts of stuff. U.S. Opens generate big $$$.

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        baxter cepeda

        They also tax volunteers quite a bit.

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