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PGA turns replay into a memory

The PGA Tour has hit the off button on its television monitors. The instant replay for pro golf tournaments is a thing of the past, commissioner Deane Beman said Tuesday.

Beman said the tour's policy board ruled unanimously "that the players be fully responsible for their actions and scores.

"This is very, very consistent with the way the game always has been played."

Touring pros objected to the use of the instant replay for rules enforcement. "There was a very, very strong, universal feeling," Beman said.

"It had to be done," Jeff Sluman, a member of the players' advisory council, said of the decision to abandon replays.

The commissioner said the players must "recognize that the rules of golf must be administered to the letter, regardless of the source of the information."

He said those sources will continue to include other players, spectators, officials, and telephone calls from television viewers.

One of those calls prompted the use of television monitors at tour events. At a Miami tournament the first week in May, Paul Azinger moved a rock with his foot while taking a stance in a hazard. He completed that round and signed his card. Unaware that he had violated the rules, he did not include a two-stroke penalty.

The next day, a television viewer called tournament officials at the site. The film was reviewed, and Azinger was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. The tour subsequently began assigning a rules official to monitor tournament telecasts.

Oakmont, site of '94 Open, adds minority members

OAKMONT, Pa. _ The Oakmont Country Club, site of the 1994 U.S. Open, has accepted its first blacks for membership.

Eric W. Springer of Pittsburgh will be a full member with golf privileges and his wife, Cecile, will have spouse membership, an officer of the private club said.

Springer, 62, is a founding partner of a Pittsburgh law firm. His wife, 60, operates her own consulting business.

Oakmont has been under pressure for nearly a year to admit minorities.