Late 1970s-early ’80s was ‘golden age,’ too
Gary Van Sickle's article is right on (“It’s a golden age of golf, so enjoy the ride,” March 13). We are in the midst of a super golden age of golf: great young players with limitless capabilities, and tons of worldwide talent.
However, my favorite "golden age of golf" was the late 1970s through the very early ’80s, where there was an amazing mixture of new, old and already established players at the same time. Billy Casper, Gene Littler, Don January and Arnold Palmer, who still was playing hard on the PGA Tour, along with established stars in their prime such as Hale Irwin, Lee Trevino, Tom Weiskopf, Johnny Miller, Tom Watson, Jack Nicklaus, Lanny Wadkins, Gil Morgan, Raymond Floyd, and then the upstarts Tom Crenshaw, Andy Bean, Fuzzy Zoeller, Jay Haas and Corey Pavin. The list goes on and on.
At that exact time in golf, you had three "time zones" meeting at the same crossroads, and it was absolutely golden.
Boca Raton, Fla.
A mulligan for College Station and Champ family
After watching the piece on Golf Channel on Tuesday morning regarding Cameron Champ and his grandfather Mack, it’s obvious to me that Mack is the real champion in the Champ family.
Though it has been well documented that Mack started Cameron in golf, what has not been as well documented was an ugly, racial incident early in Mack’s life.
Upon discharge from the military, Mack was on a bus headed home. During a stop in College Station, Texas, he tried to get a meal in a restaurant but was denied service because he is African-American. As painful as the discrimination was, Mack handled it with class and moved on, later settling in California. Ironically, later in life, his grandson Cameron, whom Mack started in golf, received a scholarship to Texas A&M, located in College Station.
Maybe good things do happen to good people after all.
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