Ted Bishop Fired As PGA President

Following ill-considered comments about Ian Poulter on social media, the PGA of America has removed Ted Bishop from office.

Poulter’s criticisms of Nick Faldo and Tom Watson in his new book prompted Bishop to call Poulter a “lil’ girl” on Twitter and equate him on Facebook to a “little school girl squealing during recess.”

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From the PGA of America:

The PGA of America Board of Directors voted today to remove Ted Bishop, the 38th PGA President, from office for insensitive gender-based statements posted yesterday on social media. The Board deemed the remarks to be inconsistent with the policies of the PGA.
“The PGA of America understands the enormous responsibility it has to lead this great game and to enrich lives in our society through golf,” said PGA Chief Executive Officer Pete Bevacqua. “We must demand of ourselves that we make golf both welcoming and inclusive to all who want to experience it, and everyone at the PGA of America must lead by example.”
Under the Bylaws of the PGA Constitution, Vice President Derek Sprague has been appointed the Association’s Interim President until Nov. 22, when the election of new national officers takes place at the 98th PGA Annual Meeting. PGA Secretary Paul Levy will assume the dual responsibilities of Vice President and Secretary until the election.
“The Members and Apprentices of the PGA of America must uphold the highest standards and values of the profession, as well as the manner in which we conduct ourselves at all times,” said Sprague, the PGA General Manager and Director of Golf at Malone (New York) Golf Club. “We apologize to any individual or group that felt diminished, in any way, by this unacceptable incident.”

It is a sad finish to what I think had started as a rather promising term as PGA President. Bishop had some great ideas about revitalizing the game, defended the common player against the ridiculous belly putter ban and made what seemed at the time an inspired choice in Tom Watson as Ryder Cup Captain. He apparently rubbed many the wrong way, but often leaders find themselves in that position.

In the end, it likely was the Ryder Cup that brought about Bishop’s downfall. I believe that no Captain and no Captain’s picks would have made the difference in this last contest. The Europeans just have better players right now. The team meltdown following the event, however, and the criticism of Watson’s leadership turned a loss into a very ugly scene. I imagine that as the guy who picked Watson,  Bishop has been very sensitive lately.  That’s no excuse for Bishop’s remarks, but it perhaps is an explanation.

 

 

October 24, 2014 |  Category:
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Amazon Discounts On Men’s Clothing And Accessories

Amazon has a bunch of deals in Men’s apparel and accessories.. In particular, I like the prices on the Citizen watches.

October 24, 2014 |  Category: Deals
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Golf Balls Cap Costume Hat

Golf Balls Cap Costume Hat

Ridiculous Golf Item of the Week

October 24, 2014 |  Category: Ridiculous Golf Item Of The Week
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Broken Club On The Course

Eldorado Golf Course, Michigan

I saw this broken piece of shaft just off the fairway on the 18th hole and wondered about the back story.

Was it a club destroyed in a tantrum after a botched shot? Or is this the product of a shaft failure on a routine play?

Where is the rest of the club? Did some one get hit by the flying head? Or did it end up in the nearby pond?

Why would the owner take the head and leave the shaft to litter the ground?

I imagine a money game—not for big stakes, but for pride. On the last hole, with everything tied, the owner hits a shot that falls well short of expectations. Infused with Tommy Bolt-like rage, he breaks the club over his knee and flings the two parts into the air. The shaft falls nearby, but the weight of the head carries it soaring into the pond on the right. The shaft is left as silent testament to the meltdown.

October 23, 2014 |  Category:
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Fall Color On The Golf Course In Michigan

Whiffletree Hill Golf Course

I wish that the fall would last forever in Michigan. Crisp, bright days. Spectacular views Courses empty but for dedicated golfers. Steep discounts on greens fees.

Perfection.

October 23, 2014 |  Category: Michigan Golf
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Titleist 915 Woods

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Titleist 915 Fairway Wood

Titleist’s 915 Fairway wood employs a channel toward the front of the club that is supposed to reduce spin by changing the pattern of deflection in the crown and sole at impact. It’s an interesting thought, and I certainly could use a club that produces less spin. Launch monitors consistently show that I have more spin on my ball than is good for distance.

The 915 is also an adjustable club, with a hosel that produces 16 loft and lie combinations.

And as is standard on clubs these days, Titleist boasts of its thin face and low moment of inertia design.

October 23, 2014 |  Category: EquipmentFairway Woods
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A Very Friendly Course

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A course I played recently had this sign in the window:

Welcome
Im (sic) Out On Golf Coruse
Enjoy Golfing
Plese (sic) Pay When
Your (sic) Done
Call 517-937-1206
For More Info

I was charged $10 for the 18.

Friendly place.

October 22, 2014 |  Category: Michigan Golf
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