From The Golfer Magazine by Michael Court.
The European Tour called on the Australian-born pair of Graeme Heinrich and Dion Stevens to work out a settlement in their dispute over the issue of yardage books to players, caddies and TV personnel.
David Garland, the director of tournament operations and former player Jamie Spence, who works as a liaison officer with the Tour, sat down with Heinrich and Stevens during the recent Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Heinrich has been providing yardage books to players and caddies since 1990 whereas Stevens is relatively new to working on the Tour, taking a role three years ago after having previously provided books on the Ladies European Tour.
And while there is no denying that both are simply trying to make a living, the sight of both Australians ‘setting up shop’ each week at the entrance to clubhouses is seemingly a sore point with the Tour.
It is believed Garland asked both at the meeting to work out a compromise as neither wanted to back down. Heinrich was asked how many Race to Dubai tournaments he intends covering this year and he told Garland “30”. It is understood Stevens response to Garlands question was “all events”.
Therein lies the problem and unless the pair can come to some agreement it is believed Garland may step forward to make a decision where the pair would be approved by the Tour to issue yardage books on a week on and week off basis. Heinrich and Stevens were observed working the Emirates range, ahead of recent Omega Dubai Desert Classic, selling books to players and caddies at 25Euro a book.
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