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The Obama Golf Effect

A funny email doing the circuit today about the implications of a Obama presidential win on golf. Of course it is slanted decidedly to the Republican side, and it doesn’t look like McCain has much of a chace at a win…

IN LARGE PART DUE TO THE UNFORTUNATE EXPECTATION THAT THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE WILL WIN THE NOVEMBER 4, 2008 ELECTION, IT APPEARS THE USGA RULES CHANGE DOCUMENT IS NOW OFFICIAL AND READY FOR IMPEMENTATION. SEND IT TO EVERY GOLFER YOU KNOW.

PGA HEADQUARTERS — THE USGA WOULD LIKE TO INFORM ALL GOLFERS that there is a possibility of MAJOR rule changes to the game of golf, this may occur soon after the upcoming November 4 election.

This is only a preview as the complete rule book is being written now.
Here are a couple of basic changes.

Golfers with handicaps: – below 10 will have their green fees increase by 35%
– between 11 and 18 will see no increase in green fees
– above 18 will play for free and even get a stimulus check from the club/course played

The $ amount put in for bets will be as follows:
-for handicaps below 10 an additional $10
-between 11 and 18 no additional amount
-above 18 you will receive the total amount in the pot and you do not even have to play.
The term gimme putt will be changed to entitlement
and will be used as follows:
-handicaps below 10, no entitlements
-handicaps above 11 to 17, entitlements for putter length putts
-handicaps above 18, if on green, no need to ever putt, just pick it up These entitlements are intended to bring about fairness in scoring so that the final scores of all players will be about the same.

In addition, a Player will be limited to a max of one birdie and/or six pars, any excess must be given to those fellow players who have not yet scored a birdie or par. Only after all players have received a birdie or par from the player making the birdie or par, can that Player begin to count his score again. The current USGA handicap system will be used for the above purposes but the term “net score” will be available only for scoring those players with handicaps 18 and above.

This is intended to “redistribute” the success of winning by making sure that in every competition the above 18 handicap players will post only “net score” against every other player’s gross score.

These new Rules are intended to CHANGE the game of golf. Golf must be about Fairness Only, it should have nothing to do with Ability.

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  • More Obama bashing…pretty weak IMHO.

    The SNL skits, however, are great with equal bashing and poking fun of both sides of the political spectrum.

  • Funny especially because golf already DOES handicap better players, without intervention from governmental authorities, for the express purpose of creating competition between more similar final scores. Can’t blame that one on those “Marxist” Democrats …

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