OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- On the heels of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club’s (R&A) announcement to permit use of distance measuring devices by local rule, the Kansas City Golf Association becomes the first regional golf association to approve the devices for tournament play.
The Association stated improved pace of play as one of the key reason for the decision.
“We have followed the advancements in laser rangefinders and other electronic measuring devices over the past few years and are confident they are capable of providing consistent and accurate distances for the players,” said Steve McMillen, Executive Director of the KCGA.
“These improvements provide two significant benefits; they allow every golfer, regardless of their familiarity with the course, to confidently gauge the distance needed for each shot; and by quickly ascertaining those distances, we believe we can improve the pace of play.”
“Golf is a game rooted in tradition, so we expected that the major tours would be hesitant to adopt laser rangefinders during play even though nearly all of the golfers and their caddies use laser rangefinders during practice rounds to accurately calculate distance for their yardage books,” said Joe Messner, president of Bushnell. “We believe that the speed of play benefits that the Kansas City Golf Association and other organizations will ultimately make the use of rangefinders a matter of necessity.”
Bushnell laser rangefinders are the most widely used electronic measuring devices by professional golfers. Bushnell laser rangefinders have changed the way golfers assess distances, ultimately improving performance. Bushnell, the number one choice of professional golfers and caddies, offers a full range of laser rangefinders. The new Bushnell PinSeeker was specifically designed for golf and with its unique selective targeting mode, locating the flag has never been easier. The Bushnell Pinseeker can also provide distance to carry hazards, distance to the bend in a dogleg, or distance to a bunker with a simple shoot and click. The Pinseeker does not require a locating reflector device to be installed on the flagstick and is ready to start obtaining useful, accurate distances to any object right out of the box.
Bushnell® Performance Optics is a global manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer products based in Overland Park, Kansas. Bushnell Performance Optics is a leading supplier of high quality sports optics including binoculars, telescopes, spotting scopes, riflescopes, night vision, laser rangefinders, speed guns, GPS, compasses, ski goggles, ski helmets, sunglasses and safety glasses marketed under the Bushnell, Tasco®, Bollé®, Serengeti® and Browning Sports Optics® names.
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