Love: Pro golfers want to keep long putter in the bag

Late last year, as expected, the USGA publicly proposed a rules change that would effectively eliminate long putters.

Their proposal would ban the “anchoring” of these clubs to a golfer’s body during the golf stroke.

As part of this new proposal, the USGA invited comments from interested parties before a final decision was made. Surprisingly, the PGA Tour has publicly voiced its strong disagreement with this newly proposed ban.

Many touring pros – Keegan Bradley, Ernie Els, Adam Scott, etc. – are earning their living using this type of putter, and the PGA Tour seems intent on trying to keep it that way.

This leaves the USGA, golf’s rules maker, in a tough spot – follow through with their original proposal to ban long putters, or submit to the pressure of the PGA Tour and continue to allow their use.

This really difficult decision is expected to be made sometime this spring.

DeGol update

Hollidaysburg’s Anthony DeGol is finishing a fine career as a member of Penn State’s golf team.

Earlier this season DeGol placed fifth at the Colleton River Collegiate Tournament in South Carolina, helping to lead the Nittany Lion team to a first-place finish. Last week at the Rutherford Invitational, he continued his great play by finishing seventh in the field of 75 golfers.

DeGol will be winding down his collegiate career this weekend as he competes for Penn State in the Big Ten Championships at French Lick, Ind.

The tournament begins today and will conclude on Sunday.

Passing of a legend

Central Pennsylvania lost one of the giants of the game over this past winter. Ed DelBaggio, originally from Tyrone, passed away in February.

DelBaggio came to know the game of golf while working as a caddy at the Tyrone Golf Club and Altoona Cricket Club in the 1920s and ’30s.

In 1939, he became head professional at the Tyrone Golf Club and was later the first head professional at Sinking Valley when the course opened in 1963. While there, he was the first area pro to introduce motorized golf carts.

During his adult life, Ed was one of the most highly skilled golfers in the area and always enjoyed relaying stories about playing Altoona’s oldest course – the Cricket Club, which closed in the mid 1930s.

Ed DelBaggio was 94 years old.

Ken Love covers area golf for the Mirror. His column runs on Fridays.