The report says Councilwoman Leirion Gaylor Baird stumbled on the ban when reading the agreement with the company, Bench Craft Co., that supplies Lincoln's golf courses with scorecards, course guides, benches, ball washers and display boards. In the agreement, Bench Craft can sell advertising, but Lincoln has a long list of banned substances.
On that list are things you'd expect like tobacco or alcohol, as well as nothing graphic and nothing political. But what jumped out to Baird was the prohibition of advertising feminine hygiene products or contraceptives. Baird then convinced the council to remove the ban.
"The city really doesn't need to be signaling to women and young girls that this is anything to be embarrassed about," Baird said. "They certainly don't need another . . . reason to be self conscious about their bodies."
Well said. So if you're a guy playing golf in Lincoln and you happen to come across a Playtax ad, don't make a big deal out of it, OK?
The lone man standing, er, sitting fell out of the tree on Tuesday, according to Nola.com. Witnesses say Jonathan "Lloyd" Boover flipped out of a hammock perched midway up the tree. He appeared to injure his nose, leg and foot, and was eventually taken away by an ambulance.
Lloyd, the name he was known by among fellow protestors, had been living in the tree since March 13. That's 11 days of living in a tree. Hammock or not, that's impressive.
A female, known only by her protest name of Heart, came down a week before after spending four days with Lloyd in the tree. Lloyd was thought to be running low on supplies. He waved to a crowd of supporters as he was carried away on a stretcher.
City officials had decided they wouldn't forcibly remove the protesters, but a police officer had been assigned to watch him. An arrest warrant was also issued for Lloyd for disturbing the peace and criminal trespassing.
A Tulsa man had a set of golf clubs stolen right out of his driveway on Monday in broad daylight, according to newson6.com. Despite home surveillance footage of the criminal, he hasn't been arrested yet.
At Golf Digest, we're obviously against this sort of thing, so we figured we'd help. Please check out the footage from Oklahoma's News On 6 to see if you can identify this thief and help bring him to justice (Call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS if you recognize him):
A woman in Bremerton, a town near Seattle, Wash., experienced the taxi ride of her nightmares.
It's not uncommon for golfers to want to take a break from the workday to hit a few balls, but one cab driver in Bremerton took that idea to absurd extremes. A woman got into a cab Saturday morning and was driven around for several hours against her will before being dropped off at her destination.
After the woman had called for a cab when her car broke down on Friday, she called the same cab driver the next day to take her to her car. The driver picked her up, and ran a few errands, refusing to drop her off as he kept her locked in the cab. Included in this list of errands: A stop at a golf course to hit a few balls.
Not until several hours later did the driver finally drop the woman at her destination.
A new $24.5 million golf course is set to be built in the heart of New Orleans. Sounds great, right? Well, not to many protesters living in the area.
Two people took their unhappiness with the project to the extreme by living in a tree on the property in an effort to halt construction, according to WDSU News. Supporters told WDSU that the man, who would only be identified as "Lloyd," and the woman, who would only be identified as "Heart," have been living in a tree in City Park since Friday.
"As long as they're not disturbing anything or disturbing the construction site, we are just going to keep them isolated in the tree and we'll carry on building the golf course," City Park CEO Bob Becker said.
Organized by the City Park For Everyone Coalition, protests of the new course have been ongoing for weeks. Supporters want the area to remain open and free to the public.
"To privatize this and make it solely for golf, I mean, I don't know how someone else can think that's not ridiculous and hilarious," said protestor Rebecca Kaplan.
However, the land was formerly part of the City Park Golf Complex before Hurricane Katrina flooded the area.
"The park has historically had great courses. The tournament in New Orleans was historically played here. So we thought it would be appropriate to have a moderately priced course and a course that was first-class," Becker said.
Construction for the new 250-acre Rees Jones course is underway and is scheduled to be finished by February 2017. We'll have to wait and see if Lloyd's tree winds up being part of the final design.
The man in question committed the offense in the fall when he hit a shot that struck someone's hand in the group in front of him. That player is reported to have had to take a seven-week break due to the injury.
The man was appealing his sentence because he waited until the green had cleared before hitting the shot, but the Swedish Golf Federation upheld the penalty. Under the ban, the man can't play any golf course in Sweden for 12 months. Harsh, perhaps, but it's another reminder that you can never be too safe on a golf course.
And if you're wondering how this will be enforced, our Swedish colleague, Stina Sternberg, explains: "Every Swedish course/club is a member of the SGF, as is every golfer -- it's mandatory and part of the golf in membership fee -- so he could never sign in at a course to play without being red-flagged in the system."
On Wednesday, a U.K. man was sentenced to six months in jail for committing benefits fraud. How was he caught? By playing golf, according to The Telegraph.
Alan Bannister, 56, collected more than 26,000 pounds in disability benefits from 2007 to 2012. But while he claimed his arthritis limited him to walking 55 yards in 10 to 15 minutes, he frequently played golf (walking with a pull cart), carried a 7 handicap and was even a club champion.
Investigators working for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in Wales secretly filmed him playing golf. In one video, he's seen lifting his clubs and pull cart out of his trunk, walking to the first hole and teeing off. You can watch some of the footage of him being caught, um, golf handed:
An anonymous caller tipped off the DWP to Bannister's activities. Bannister had claimed his condition made it difficult for him to raise his arms or lift anything. According to Judge Recorder David Miller, "It was a blatant fraud. You grossly and dishonestly distorted your condition and your ability to walk."
Robert James Upson, 60, claimed he made the money legitimately by . . . wait for it . . . retrieving and selling second-hand golf balls!
Unfortunately for Upson, Justice Philip McMurdo either has a working knowledge of the used golf ball market or simply a solid grasp on reality. The judge didn't buy Upson's story.
"I have to say that having regard to the evidence of Mr. Upson work and business history, this is a surprisingly high figure for Mr. Upson to have had from legitimate sources in the subject period," McMurdo said.
"There is also Mr Upson's claim that he was making very large amounts from retrieving golf balls, but this is unsupported by any documentary evidence."
Upson was appealing his eight-year jail sentence for selling his own-grown marijuana for more than a decade -- during which time court documents showed he made 347 cash deposits totaling $1,282,943.93. It is not known if Upson will appeal again, but if he does, he should probably come up with a better reason for having all that money.
Plane crashes usually don't have happy endings. They also usually don't involve golf courses.
But incredibly/fortunately, both passengers who were traveling on a small plane that crashed onto Valley View Golf Course in Layton, Utah are fine, according to an AP report. Witnesses said they heard the plane's engine sputter and stop before clipping a tree and ending up upside down near a sand trap.
The passengers names weren't released, but police said the pilot was treated for minor injuries and another man was taken to a hospital in fair condition. We're giving a wide open golf course -- thanks, winter! -- most of the credit for the incident not being a lot worse.
According to KMBC.com, a 63-year-old man, who wishes only to be identified as George, was shot in the leg while in the fairway of the 12th hole at Painted Hills Golf Course in Kansas City, Kan. Despite hearing a strange noise, George didn't realize he'd been shot until his playing partner pointed out his leg was bleeding profusely. The two immediately rode a cart back to the clubhouse, where George was taken by an ambulance to a hospital.
"[It was] super frightening. I thought I was going to die," he said. "In fact, I made up my mind when I was in the ambulance that if I lost consciousness, I was going to be in heaven with my mother and father."
Fortunately, that never happened and George has been released from the hospital, although the bullet remains in his leg for now.
Police believe shots were fired from a moving vehicle, but no arrests have been made. Authorities don't think George was being targeted, but was merely a random victim.