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February 19, 2013 - 7:51pm
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John Holmes
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John Kasich, John Boehner, Joe Biden and Barack Obama
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (left) was the fourth member of the famous 2011 golf match that included President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner.

In this difficult economy, governments everywhere are scrambling after every dollar of revenue they can find.

In Ohio, Republican Gov. John Kasich recently proposed expanding the state sales tax to include 81 previously untaxed products and services ranging from haircuts to funerals. ''Essentially,'' said The Columbus Dispatch, the state sales tax ''would be assessed on all but about 40 of types of economic activity.''

On the list to be taxed under Kasich's plan is a wide variety of sports and entertainment activities and institutions including bowling alleys and billiard parlors, hunting and fishing guides, pari-mutuel racing events, and admission to museums, amusement parks, circuses, fairs, concerts and sporting events that don't involve an educational institution.

Items on the exempt list, according to the Dispatch, are generally related to health care, education and housing, such as utilities, rent and remodeling. But also remaining exempt are day care, local bus fares, veterinary services for livestock, repairs to commercial fishing vessels, and various industrial and mining services.

Now, here comes the point of this piece. Also on list of activities to remain exempt from the sales tax are ''personal instruction'' in golf, as well as dance and similar activities.

Kasich, it should be known, is an avid golfer. In fact, when President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner played their famous round of golf in June of 2011, the other members of their foursome were Vice President Joe Biden – and Kasich, who is said to have about an 8 handicap.

At the Republican Convention last summer in Tampa, Kasich noted that his afternoon of golf with Obama, Boehner and Biden led to a session in which the four opened secret talks on a major budget deal. They didn't reach agreement, obviously, but Kasich said that more social outings like golf would help political leaders work with each on tougher issues.

Kasich is pushing so hard to expand the sales tax because he wants to lower personal income and business taxes in Ohio and transform the Ohio state tax system into one based more on consumption taxes. His plan has received a mixed reception so far, and it'll be very interesting to see if it goes anywhere.

February 19, 2013 - 2:50pm
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The putting conga line
Nine golfers from Campbell University set a record by sinking 9 putts into the same hole at the same time.

Apologies if you've seen this before - this happened in January but it was featured on HLN this morning.  

Nine putters lined up - all sinking it into the same hole. Pretty cool.  Apparently, it took them 28 tries? 


Watch the video here.

February 19, 2013 - 11:11am
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T.J. Auclair
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Hunter Mahan
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Hunter Mahan will attempt to defend his title in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship beginning on Wednesday.


Tim Daniels, a featured columnsist for, put together a nice primer to get you prepared for the start of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain, which starts Wednesday in Marana, Ariz.
Hunter Mahan is the defending champion after topping Rory McIlroy, 2&1 in 2012.
Daniels highlights some notable Round 1 match ups, predicts the semifinal and championship matches and gives his pick to win.
Daniels writes:
The Accenture Match Play Championship is one of the most entertaining tournaments of the golf season. Instead of stroke play, it's a bracket-style event similar to March Madness in college basketball with 64 of the world's top players going head to head for the title.
Hunter Mahan is back to defend his title after beating Rory McIlroy, this year's top overall seed, in the finals. The field also features Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose and countless other big names. The most notable absences are Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker.
The tournament forces players to use more strategy. Normally, it's just them against the course in an attempt to post a low score. Match play comes down to which player can best adapt his game to each opponent and take chances at the right times.
Action gets under way on Wednesday with the Round of 64. Here's a look at the key information for the event, followed by a television schedule, list of opening-round matchups and predictions for which players will reach the final four and who will take home the trophy.
Follow T.J. Auclair on Twitter, @tj_auclair.


February 19, 2013 - 10:04am
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Vijay Singh
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Vijay Singh probably won't be laughing when he hears what winners on the NGA Pro Golf Tour are being asked to sign.


Deer antler spray is no laughing matter on the PGA Tour. Just ask Vijay Singh who admitted taking the banned substance (which, Singh insists, he didn't know was a banned substance at the time). Will he be suspended? Won't he? Will the PGA Tour ever tell us either way because of how high-profile this situation is?
Not likely.
But, for other golf tours, it apparently is quite the knee-slapper.'s Jason Sobel had a nice catch on Monday when he reported that the NGA Pro Golf Tour (formerly the NGA Hooters Tour -- the longest-running developmental tour in the U.S.) has an interesting use of deer antlers as the result of Singh's recent/ongoing ordeal.
Sobel wrote:
On the PGA Tour, deer antler spray is no laughing matter. Other tours, though, are having a little fun with the notion of an unusual performance enhancer.
Every champion on the minor-league NGA Pro Golf Tour this year will be asked to sign a set of deer antlers that will remain on the circuit’s operations truck and travel week to week to each tournament. In past years, winners have been asked to sign flags or coolers, but officials said the deer antlers seemed timely, appropriate and humorous in the wake of an ongoing PGA Tour scandal.
Read Sobel's report here, where he also explains the NGA Pro Golf Tour's drug policy and tells us about a recent winner you've probably heard of before who put his John Hancock on the antlers.
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February 19, 2013 - 9:11am
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Luke Donald
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In 2011, Luke Donald was the WGC-Accenture Match Play champion.


The lone match-play event on the PGA Tour schedule takes place this week in Marana, Ariz. -- the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain.
Hunter Mahan is the defending champion after taking down Rory McIlroy one year ago, 2&1 in the final.
Before the tournament gets under way on Wednesday, featured columnist Richard Langford highlighted the players he believes to be the top 2 contenders to win the 2013 title.
Langford wrote:
Hunter Mahan will try to defend his Accenture Match Play Championship title following a late Sunday collapse from the lead of the Northern Trust Open. 
He is definitely among the favorites, but this field is so deep, he doesn't even crack our top three. 
Of course, there is no guarantee anyone will be in contention. As if the PGA Tour was not already hard enough to predict, we have to deal with this unpredictable format, where just one string of bad holes is enough to send even the world's top golfers packing. 
So, while the following three golfers should be considered heavy favorites when this tournament begins on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain Marana, Ariz., they certainly aren't locks. 
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February 18, 2013 - 8:40pm
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John Holmes
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Adams Golf Speedline Super LS driver
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Adams Golf is billing its new Speedline Super LS driver as "easy to hit … easy to fit."

The Super LS is the first to contain Adams Golf's newest iteration of Velocity Slot Technology (VST) – essentially, it's a slot cut into the sole of the clubhead right behind the face that runs form the heel to the toe and flexes upon impact to increase ball speed and expand the sweet spot. The slot in the Super LS is deeper than those in other Adams clubs to increase the prime hitting area across the face and help generate even higher ball speed.

"The Super LS driver's combination of adjustability and performance makes the first shot off the tee the last thing the golfer needs to worry about," said Adams Golf Director of Product Development Justin Honea. "With the newly added VST, we have created a high performance driver with an extremely large sweet spot for maximum distance."

The Super LS also features Adams' Fast Fit fitting system, which gives golfers the ability to adjust the face angle, length and swing weight.

The driver features a Center of Gravity that is low and back on the sole to produce very low spin. In fact, Adams says, the Super LS is its lowest-spinning driver. It is topped off with a matte white crown with contrasting PVD face that reduces glare and makes the club easy to align.

The Super LS comes in lofts of 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5 degrees in right-handed models, and 9.5 and 10.5 degrees in left-handed models. It features a Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage shaft, and has a suggested retail price of $449.99. 

The driver is the flagship of a line of LS clubs that also includes fairway woods and hybrids.

"The Super LS product lineup is packed with a lot of technology," said Adams' Vice President of Research and Development Tim Reed. "The goal of the Super LS line was to provide golfers with clubs that give them exceptional performance in every category."