Conclusions from a new forum have a very old look to them

January 24, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

It may be a case of mistaken identity, but it seems to one observer that the more things appear to change in golf, the more they stay the same.

A mailing from the National Golf Foundation prompts this observation, as it discusses recommended ideas for continuing the "good health and growth" of the game.

Basically, it comes down to six strategic themes: encouraging more people to try the game; finding better ways to help beginners get interested; making the game more enjoyable for all; continuing developing the next generation of golfers; responding to issues that threaten the growth and vitality of the game; and developing a greater sense of unity and community among golf associations.

Excuse me, but these ideas sound about the same as ones set forth by early devotees of the game and repeated periodically since.

This latest group comes from a survey put forth as part of Golf Summit '92, the fourth in a series of biennial forums conducted by the NGF.

In essence, the ideas sound remarkably like the ones that came out of earlier Summit conferences.

If past efforts are any indication, this will wind up with more talk and less action.

Still Joe Beditz, president of the NGF, said that he does not look upon the recommendations as an end in themselves but rather "a framework that the various segments of our industry can now use as a guide for their own related thoughts and actions."

We'll see.

In the meantime, there's this thing about slow play. . .

Another lottery

Anne Arundel County has become the latest municipality to institute a lottery system for the allocation of tournament dates, as its Department of Recreation and Parks has announced such a program at Eisenhower Golf Course.

This is being done to accommodate the regular golfing public as well as to offer the opportunity for outside organizations to hold tournaments.

Pre-registration for such groups is required, with a deadline of Feb. 1. The drawing for dates will be Feb. 14.

Information is available from the professional shop at Eisenhower, (410) 222-7922.

Tournament time

There are some who wait until the deadline to enter tournaments, and then there are some 60 golfers who have already signed up for the 1993 Du Pont World Amateur tournament, and the deadline for the event is not until August.

The program, which attracted more than 3,300 golfers from 49 states and 16 foreign countries last summer, is scheduled for Aug. 30 through Sept. 3 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

* Ron Von Colln Sr., of Frederick, and so, Ron Jr., of Delray Beach, Fla., shot 70-64134 to win low net among 51 teams in the 28th annual Leon Sikes International Father-Son championship at Atlantis (Fla.) Country Club.

Juniors

Raymond Floyd has been named to a two-year term as the new national chairman of the American Junior Golf Association.

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