Jim Achenbach broke the news that the USGA and R&A had agreed to let tournaments create local rules allowing distance measuring devices. He later wrote that he was "overjoyed" at the decision, as were the makers of these devices who are claiming they will speed up play.
A few dared to offer rebuttals, but when the USGA announced they would not allow rangefinders in USGA events, it put a damper on things.
No subject generated more spirited comments from readers. So the debate will rage on in 2006.