The chairman of the PGA Tour's Tournament Policy Board said yesterday that Commissioner Deane Beman's job is not in jeopardy and will not be a subject of discussion at a meeting of the policy board and tour players Thursday during the Westchester Open.
The statement, handed out by PGA Tour publicist Tom Place during the final round of yesterday's Kemper Open at Congressional Country Club, came in response to an Associated Press report Saturday that Beman's future would be determined in Westchester.
"The purpose of the membership meeting called by the Tournament Policy Board for next Thursday at Westchester is specifically to review the board's current policies and programs with all interested PGA Tour members," said E.M. deWindt of Amherst, Ohio, one of three independent directors and chairman of the policy board.
"The Policy Board fully supports Mr. Beman. The great progress made in recent years by the tour, its members and local tournament charities, is a tribute to his leadership."
In Saturday's editions, The Washington Post reported that Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer had authored a letter to Beman and had it signed by 12 other top players, asking Beman to explain tour policies, especially in regard to marketing and golf course development.
Jack Boswell has been named general chairman of the Kemper Open for the next two years. He replaces Bob Miller.
Boswell, of Bethesda, has been a Congressional member for 21 years. A retired office furniture dealer, Boswell this year chaired the committee that produced the official tournament program.
Former Frederick pro Donnie Hammond finished with a final-round 75 for 293.
Hammond, now living in Longwood, Fla., made only one birdie, a five-footer at the 10th hole, and made bogeys at holes 1, 3, 6 and 14.
"The greens looked fast, but they were actually slow," he said. "I had a hard time getting the ball to the hole. But it was a good week for me. It was my first Kemper and I had a bunch of people rooting for me from Frederick. That was nice."
Hammond's father caddied for him the entire week.