It is time for PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, LPGA Tour commissioner Carolyn Bivens, PGA of America president Jim Remy and executives from the USGA to drive to Washington in hybrid vehicles and let every representative, senator and government official know about the good things that golf—and the companies involved with the game—do for local communities.
The local economies in places like Scottsdale, where I live, are hurting because companies are shying away from corporate entertainment and travel for fear of sending the wrong message. It's a shame that the attack on the elite is costing people like hotel workers, restaurant waiters and golf maintenance workers their jobs. Barney Frank needs to be better informed about the good that golf does, not just the TMZ version of the "elitist game."
Finchem sent a video message to members of the PGA Tour earlier this season, encouraging them to be especially supportive of the Tour's sponsors this season. Golf needs him and the other powerbrokers in the game to step up too.