Long putter debate won’t be going away

The suspense is over: Earlier this week the USGA announced it was, indeed, going forward with a proposed ban on the anchoring of long putters.

I had thought the recent opposition by both the PGA Tour and PGA of America might cause the USGA to reconsider, but it stuck to its guns and went forward with the ban – due to go into effect in 2016.

I must say that I’ve agreed with the USGA’s proposed ban from the beginning. That’s probably due to the fact that I’ve never used an anchored putter – although most people who have seen me putt would say I should.

Don’t look for this subject to die quietly.

If the PGA Tour decides to follow the USGA’s recent decision, a small group of touring pros, who have used anchored putters for years, have threatened to file a lawsuit in order to allow their continued use.

Recovery wishes

Local standout golfer Ron White, 72, is currently recovering from a mild stroke and is expected to return to his Roaring Spring home soon.

White was a dominant golfer in our area, winning four club championships and five match play titles at Iron Master Country Club during the 1970s and 1980s. In addition, he captured the individual title of the 1986 Greater Altoona golf tournament.

When I began golfing at Iron Masters in the early 1980s, Ron was someone I admired. He became a golfing hero to me, and as a young man, no matter how hard I tried, I was never able to beat him. His smooth swing made golf look deceptively easy.

Several years ago, White suffered an arm injury which forced him to stop playing golf on a regular basis. He’s spent most of his free time in the years since on his other passion – fishing.

Here’s hoping for a quick recovery.

Upcoming event

The Central Counties Golf Association is holding one of its biggest events of the season on June 1-2.

Lewistown Country Club will host this year’s individual and team tournament. The event has a long and storied history. The first tournament took place at Clinton Country Club in 1924, making it one of the longest running golf tournaments in the country.

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