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When last we heard from the ruling bodies of golf - the United States Golf Association and the Royal and Ancient Golf Association – the anchoring of a golf club against one’s body will be bloody against the Rules of Golf.
We’ve heard from high above that such golf strokes will be illegal effective in 2016.
Why? Because Adam Scott, Ernie Els, Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley had the audacity to win four of the last nine major golf championships using putting strokes featuring their flat stick anchored against their body.
There are 114 players currently in the field for the United States Women's Open. One of them is 17-year-old Council Rock junior Erica Herr.
Herr joined 85 exempt players in the field by winning the sectional qualifier at Butler Country Club with a 74-78--152 effort in brutal weather conditions. She earned medalist honors over Waynesburg's Rachel Rohanna by a stroke, earning a ticket to the Open which is slated for Sebonack Golf Club on Long Island.
The PIAA Class AAA two-time defending state champion joined LPGA players such as Laura Diaz, Jennifer Rosales, Becky Morgan, Christina Kim and Janice Moody as players who advance to the final 156-woman Open field. Sectonal qualifying continues and some pro players will qualify off their world golf ranking in early June.
It will be Herr's first Open, as the Council Rock North student missed in two prior qualifying events.
In Men's U.S. Open Qualifying, Warrington native Joey Bonargo advanced to sectionals as did Langhorne's Steve Arnold. Tom Timby of Doylestown came up short of advancing.
Mention the name Tony Leodora in the Delaware Valley and everyone has an opinion. But unlike many personalities all sing his praises.
Leodora has reported on the Delaware Valley golf scene for more than 30 years, in newspapers, on the radio and television airwaves. A former sports editor, Leodora has covered numerous major golf championships over the years, and has broadcast on site from everywhere from the PGA Merchandise Show to the United States Open.
His GolfTalk Life show on Newstalk 990, WNTP, has won national awards, as have his segments on such golf television shows as Inside Golf.