PGA rolls out mobile device policy enforcement squad
Now that the PGA championship has started, taking pictures or video of the players in action is off limits.
Thursday, August 7th 2014, 6:05 pm EDT by
Thursday, August 7th 2014, 8:12 pm EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Now that the PGA championship has started, taking pictures or video of the players in action is off limits. The PGA will have staff out on the course enforcing those rules, and taking action against violators.
"You know, I usually try to get out here early - when you can take pictures - and that's kind of nice to get out here and take pictures of the celebrities and the athletes and see how things go, it's fun," said Adrian Judy, a golf fan who is usually the family photographer.
"Just being up close to Tiger and Phil Mickelson and J. B. Holmes and a few of the other Kentucky guys and the big names, it's pretty exciting," said Judy.
Especially when it comes to big events like the PGA Championship.
"Just taking pictures of the athletes as they come by and just getting some action shots," explained Judy.
But this time, his hands are tied. "Rules are rules," Judy said, "so you abide by them or you go home I guess."
You won't actually have to go home, but on Thursday the PGA launched its Mobile Device Policy Unit.
"And this group is basically with green caddy bibs and their jobs is to help make sure the players can play without distractions," said Brett Sterba, PGA Championship Director.
The signs are posted to remind golf fans about the cell phone rules, but you'll also notice the Mobile Device Policy Unit throughout the golf course.
"And just make sure people aren't snapping pictures that would interrupt the players' swings," said Sterba.
So you'll see members of the Mobile Device Policy Unit walking through the crowd and watching to make sure people are following the rules.
"If you are caught taking a photo, they all have markers, and they'll mark your ticket, your badge, whatever it may be with a big 'W,'" explained Sterba.
After the third strike, Sterba says "The phone is taken back to the main entrance and you can pick it up on your way out."
"So I can take two, you're telling me? Well, I'll get my two pictures in then," said Judy.
For the most part, fans seem to be following the rules. Again, spectators who do get their phones or cameras taken can reclaim them at the end of the day.
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