They didn’t get specific, so we’ll have to see how this plays out, but the USGA and R&A on Monday released a joint statement on the use of green-reading materials, likely printed and electronic devices/materials that offer a high level of detail about the greens:
“The R&A and the USGA believe that a player’s ability to read greens is an essential part of the skill of putting. Rule 14-3 limits the use of equipment and devices that might assist a player in their play, based on the principle that golf is a challenging game in which success should depend on the judgment, skills and abilities of the player. We are concerned about the rapid development of increasingly detailed materials that players are using to help with reading greens during a round. We are reviewing the use of these materials to assess whether any actions need to be taken to protect this important part of the game. We expect to address this matter further in the coming months.”
This year’s U.S. Open has accepted 9,485 entries, the fifth-highest ever. Local qualifying gets underway on Tuesday, with a qualifier set to be played at Beacon Hall in Aurora, Ont., next Monday … Toronto’s Michael Dart won the Great Lakes Tour Shootout last week at Hidden Lake in Burlington, Ont. For more, click here. The next event on the Great Lakes Tour schedule is the GolfNorth Series No. 1 Thursday at Grey Silo Golf Club in Waterloo, Ont. … The R&A has come on board as a supporting partner in Future Links. “We share a common vision to engage more youth in golf and believe the strength of our junior golf curriculum and depth of the overall Future Links program are well aligned with the R&A’s goal for golf development,” said Golf Canada chief sport officer and interim CEO Jeff Thompson. Duncan Weir, executive director of golf development for the R&A added Future Links is an extension of the relationship between the two governing organizations. ““Links are strong, dialogue is strong, Golf Canada has a strong track record and I’d like to think we have a decent track record of supporting Golf Canada’s good efforts, so this was really a continuation of that relationship and something that impressed us,” said Weir … Early registration has opened for the PGA of B.C. buying show, which will take place Oct. 11-12 at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Click here for a registration form … Brad Fritsch, David Hearn, Mackenzie Hughes and Nick Taylor are the Canadians in the field at this week’s Wells Fargo Championship in Wilmington, N.C. …
Albin Choi, Corey Conners, Adam Cornelson, Lucas Kim, Justin Shin, Ben Silverman, Roger Sloan, Adam Svensson and Ryan Yip are at the Web.com Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in the Dominican Republic … Sloan made a giant leap up the Web .com Tour money list with his tie for third at the Bosque Mexico Championship on the weekend, moving from 50th to 21st, nudging just ahead of Conners, who is 22nd this week. The top 25 at the end of the season will graduate to the PGA Tour, where Sloan played the 2015 season. Sloan began the season with three missed cuts, but now has two top-five finishes in his past three events. He is a winner on the Web .com Tour after taking the 2014 Nova Scotia Open … Stephen Ames will tee it up at this week’s PGA Tour Champions event, the Insperity Invitational near Houston. Rod Spittle starts the week as an alternate … Maude-Aimee Leblanc, Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp are in Mexico City for the Lorena Ochoa Match Play event on the LPGA Tour … The Symetra Tour is off this week before returning to Greenwood, S.C., for next week’s Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Classic … Anne-Catherine Tanguay dropped from second to fourth on the Symetra Tour money list after her tie for 14th at the Symetra Classic in Milton, Ga. It was her first finish outside the top 10 after Tanguay opened the season with four consecutive top 10s, including a tie for second at the IOA Championship in March … Last week’s GNN Poll asked if less disposable income will force consumers to cut down on their golf spends this year at the business where you work? The majority, or 60 per cent, said it will to a certain extent, while 34 per cent said it will in a big way. Only six per cent said less disposable income will have no effect at all … This week’s poll asks if the R&A and USGA are taking too long to deal with viewer call-ins to report infractions, such as the one that affected Lexi Thompson at the ANA Inspiration? As of this writing, 85 per cent said yes and 15 per cent said no. If you haven’t already, you can cast your vote on the GNN home page.