Multiple juniors have advanced through U.S. Open local qualifying and will play in Sectional qualifying June 3 at various golf courses around the country. But for Zachary Bauchou, he will always remember his first.
The USGA and R&A officially announced the ban of the anchored stroke on Tuesday morning, sending plenty of golf's elite players, coaches and equipment manufacturers to Twitter to make a statement.
The AJGA’s Thunderbird International Junior is set to take place May 25-27 at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Raptor course in Scottsdale, Ariz. For the 13th consecutive year, the Thunderbird will boast a good field of homegrown American players along with an international mix.
Acting "for the Good of the game," the USGA and R&A announced the adoption of Rule 14-1b, which prohibits anchoring the club in making a stroke.
As it turned out, there were no changes to the rules proposal to ban an anchored stroke, first presented on Nov. 28, 2012. Tuesday’s tranquil gathering wasn't lengthy, ending after a few predictable questions from journalists.
Rule 14-1B bans the anchored-swing method but does not ban long or belly putters. Enforcement and interpreting the rule often will boil down to intent.
Europe captain Paul McGinley has given himself an extra pick for next year's Ryder Cup, copying American counterpart Tom Watson's decision to choose three players.
PGA of America president Ted Bishop, an early dissenter regarding a ban of the anchored stroke, must wrap his arms around how his 27,000 members will deal with the USGA's new rule.
"We will now begin our process to ascertain whether the various provisions of Rule 14-1b will be implemented in our competitions and, if so, examine the process for implementation."
USGA executive director Mike Davis, USGA president Glen Nager and USGA Rules Committee chairman Mark Newell field questions about the anchoring ban.
PGA of America on anchoring: "Although we do not agree with the decision, we applaud the USGA for its willingness to listen to our concerns and engage in meaningful discussions."
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