USGA plans to experiment at U.S. Women's Open
By mustang6560 on 6/12/12
The USGA, unlike the PGA Tour, does not allow fans to bring their cell phones inside the gates of the tournaments it organizes, and since the U.S. Open is staged by the USGA, spectators will have to leave their
But, USGA executive director Mike Davis said the organization plans to experiment with its cell phone policy at the U.S. Women's Open next month.
"We're going to allow them for the [U.S.] Women's Open, so we're not opposed to it," said USGA executive director Mike Davis while watching Tiger Woods play a practice round Monday at the Olympic Club. "You've been to enough big sporting events to know, when you start to congregate 40, 50, 60,000 people, all of a sudden nobody's cellphones work.Does anyone else think it's a little weird that the USGA is using the U.S. Women's Open as its "testing grounds"?
Regardless, the USGA should stay strong and maintain its ban on cell phones. There is no place in golf for cell phones, except to call a book tee time.
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I'm curious what they consider a "cell phone." If you've got a tablet (which is not a phone), it could be maintained that since it is not a phone, that it would be OK to bring it with you, or even an iPod touch. Perhaps they need to update their wording to wireless mobile electronic devices.
Good question. I imagine a tablet would be considered a "cell phone" for all intents and purposes. How funny would it be if someone pulled out their iPad to take a picture. Can you say *discrete*?
Can people not go for a few hours with out their damn phones??? I relish the idea!!! When I was at The Masters this year, I found it refreshing that I wasn't checking my phone every 2 minutes. I am also planning a vacation later this year where we cannot get cell phone access!!! Stay home if it's that damn important!!!
Matt McGee says:
I agree completely with bducharm.
I second what bducharm wrote!!
Bducharm Is right on...
This isnt 15 years ago anymore. I am an IT professional and I need to be able to communicate virtually 24/7 with my clients. Just because some of you can go all day without checking in, does not mean everyone can.
As long as people can use discretion, I see zero problems with haveing cell access at events.
@bducharm- Went to Alaska a few years ago. No cell service for a week. It was liberating and glorious!
I do agree that not having your phone(s) is peaceful and enjoying and that's why you attend an event, because its peaceful and enjoying. A phone is more than a phone now days. I'm part of the 30 and under group where most of us have had cell phone since we could drive.So not having my phone makes me feel naked. I don't see a prob with them having phone on the course as long as everyone respects the rules. But we all know there's always someone who thinks they can get away with something and ruin it for everyone. So as much as I hate to say it, leave them in the car.
The tough part about allowing phones is enforcing the rule uniformly across the course and events. The rule not allowing phones is easy to enforce, because it can largely be controlled at the gate, and if an offense is witnessed the phone can be locked up, there is very little grey area. Now when phones are allowed, but only in certain areas, but no pictures, or pictures only in certain areas you begin introducing ambiguity. This puts a lot of pressure on the marshalls? responsible for enforcing the guidelines, to make the correct call every time at every venue.
"Does anyone else think it's a little weird that the USGA is using the U.S. Women's Open as its 'testing grounds'?"
I doubt the USGA makes a dime running the Women's Open. So why not use it as a platform to test procedures for the event that makes all the money?
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