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Tennis & Swim camp
The Kaua’i Coconut Beach Resort Tennis Club will be holding its Summer Jr. Tennis and Swim Camp over two sessions beginning in July.
The first session runs Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 27. The third session runs Monday, August 6 through Wednesday, August 22. Camp days will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Those interested should call 822-6670 for more information.
Hanalei C.C. putting on annual event
The Hanalei Civic Canoe Club invites all interested to join them for the 16th Annual Tahiti Fete on Saturday, July 7.
The classic is a Hanalei Civic Canoe Club fund-raiser. The race will be a 1/4-mile 6-man regatta. Hanalei Canoe Club will provide canoes, paddles and steersmen. Medals will be provided to the top three crews in each division. All sponsors will receive at 8-by-10 crew photo for each team entered.
The divisions to be contested include: Novice, open (anyone who has paddled competitively within the past two years or who is currently paddling with a canoe club) and mixed.
The entry fee will be $100. Registration is set for 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 7.
Also, there will be individual events for kids and a special award will be given for the best Tahitian attire. A one-man race is also scheduled.
Big Changes for Amateur Golfers
In two significant changes to the Rules of Golf, the U.S. Golf Association will allow amateurs to receive free equipment from manufacturers and permit them to go through PGA Tour qualifying without losing their amateur status.
“These are two of the biggest changes we’ve had in my 22 years,” said Tony Zirpoli, the USGA’s senior director of amateur status. “It’s going to take us a little time to digest.”
That goes for the industry, too.
The changes, effective Jan. 1, could have a big impact on colleges with players who want to test the professional waters just as the season is getting under way.
Under current rules, players automatically forfeit their amateur status by applying for Q-school. Next year, they can try Q-school and remain amateurs simply by waiving their right to any prize money.
That means giving up as many as three weeks of school, and then deciding whether to turn pro, even taking limited status on the Buy.com Tour.
“It’s a little scary to think about that at this point,” said Buddy Alexander, coach of the NCAA champion Florida Gators. “As a coach, we have to deal with it. You want to do the best thing for your athletes and for your university.”
Still, Alexander doesn’t think more than a dozen or so college players will invest the time and money – a $5,000 entry fee, plus travel and lodging during the three stages of the qualifying tournament.
As for the free equipment, “The marketplace will control this,” Zirpoli said. “I don’t think manufacturers are going to willy-nilly throw out free equipment.”
Amateurs still cannot make deals – verbal or written – with specific companies, and their likenesses cannot be used in advertising. College players likely will not be affected because they get their goods through the school – otherwise, it violates NCAA rules.
Callaway Golf spokesman Larry Dorman said the rule change will allow companies to build brand loyalty with young amateurs, and also let some rising stars get high-quality equipment they otherwise could not afford.
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