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The July 20-24 World Scientific Congress of Golf at the University of St. Andrews is funded in part by the USGA and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club. That doesn't preclude what organizers call "a relentless social program" featuring a pub crawl and an alternative Ryder Cup, with European eggheads teeing it up against teams from the rest of the world. Delegates can also attend a workshop tided "Does Golf Have to Hurt?" The pain in question is not from the usual post-round depression, but from such maladies as backaches and fallen arches. Scientists will present 93 papers on topics from golf ball construction to "A Kinematic Analysis of Foot-Force Exerted on Soles During the Golf Swing among Skilled and Unskilled Golfers." Visit www.golfscience.co.uk to learn more, but you must attend in person to join the pub crawl, during which psychologists and kinesiologists meet the local mixologist.