Deane Beman, commissioner of the PGA Tour, has long been disturbed by the many golfers who pass up some U.S. tournaments to play in European events, most of them to honor personal and commercial contracts. Sponsors who make up the $9 million tour complain that often there isn't a big name in the field for a $200,000-$300,000 tournament.
Beman will present to his tournament policy board a request to exercise his power (he has it now but he wants the board's approval) to "severely limit" the number of events in which a player may be released each year.
The British Open will not be included among the limited foreign tournaments, although in the past Beman has expressed displeausre with those pros who skip the PGA tour event the week before the British Open, the week of the event itself, and then the week following.
Beman, according to the Associated Press, didn't spare the feelings of the players. He told them: "You have the right to play all over the world but you cannot take advantage of the PGA Tour's attractive tournament schedule, picking and chossing where it best suits you, and then travel around the world armed with the reputation that our tournament sponsors have helped make possible. You can't have it both ways."
Rose Elder, business manager for husband Lee has been draftedby Rachel Robinson, widow of Baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, to serve on the board of the newly - formed Jackie Robinson Foundation. Mrs. Elder is busy with her own Lee Elder Scholarship Fund, also geared to help young people.
The annual lee Elder Celebrity Pro-Am. set for Sept. 2-3-4 at Kingsmill Golf Course in Williamsbourg, will be limited to 150 amateurs and 50 professionals with the maxium handicap of 18 given. The pro purse will be $15,000.
Don Mooers of Congressional had an interestiing experience last week playing in a member-guest tournament at Penobscot Valley Country Club in Bangor, Maine. On the eighth hole, Mooers hit his tee shot into a tree . He took off his golf shoes, used his playing partner as a stepladder, and hit the ball out of the tree. He almost parred the hole but had to settle for a bogey. Asked what club he had used. Mooers said: 'Why, it was a 'tree' iron, of course.'
There are 12 different ways to qualify for the PGA Champhionship to be held Aug. 11-14 at Pebble Beach, Calif. and Jack Nicklaus is eligible in six categories.
Nicklaus and Tom Watson already have been made co-favorites for the tournment, which Nicklaus has won four times. Walter Hagen is the only five time winner.
There will be considerable local interest in the U.S. Junior Girls Championship at Huntington, W. Va., starting Aug. 16. The Jordan sisters from Army - Navy, Lene and Michelle, are entered along with Karen Jones, of Argyle and Shelley Jackson, of Adelphi, Md.
Incidentally, the Board of Government had some water flown in from the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, to activate a newly installed watering system. It was only a jug full of the precious stuff that 'baptized' the first tee. The watering system does not use the occoquan Reservoir. Fairfax County's main source. Instead, it pumps water from two wells on the course through seven miles of pipe to more than 300 sprinkler heads.
Incendentially, the Board of Governors at International has issued a stringent set of regulations on drinking. One paragraph says: 'No diluted drinkswill be served members.'