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October 13, 2017

The common denominator at USGA 

The USGA lost me a few years ago when it announced that it would abandon the Public Links Championship for a new USGA team event. At the time, the reason given was that the Publinx had become a “college all-star event.” As a former state Publinx champ in Massachusetts, I decided it was time to forgo membership in the USGA Partners Program. I’ve never heard from them again.

Now we have 43 percent of the U.S. Mid-Amateur field playing as reinstated amateurs (“Ex-pros vs. amateurs: It’s USGA’s shame,” Oct. 10, Can we call this the Ex-PGA Championship now?

There is a common denominator in the above decisions, as well as:

  • The long putter is not a problem, and then it is.
  • The broccoli greens at Chambers Bay during the 2015 U.S. Open.
  • Tackling “Birdman” at Olympic Club during the 2012 U.S. Open trophy presentation.
  • Poorly handled rulings/optics for Dustin Johnson and Anna Nordqvist.
  • The snarky and insulting “While We’re Young” slow-play ad campaign.
  • A CEO who no-shows the U.S. Women’s Open press conference, perhaps the most potentially controversial tournament of the year.


Yes, all on Mike Davis’ watch as CEO and executive director of the USGA.

Dave Curley
Sacramento, Calif.


0 handicap yet zero interest in tournaments 

I recently read your article regarding reinstated pros to the amateur ranks. I loved it.

I am 72 and for more than 40 years have been a 0-handicapper. I am a member of Champions Golf Club in Houston and the Society of Seniors golf organization. I ceased playing tournaments when ex-pros began beating those of us who worked for a living and pursued our passion for the game in our free time.

It is a shame that the arrogant members of the USGA policy makers do not understand the subject you addressed so right on.

Howard Knowles


Applause for Golf Canada

Being a retired high school teacher and having played golf for more than 65 years – and above all, having spent countless hours trying to instill in youngsters my love for the game of golf – I enjoyed reading your article (“This Canadian ‘pipeline’ delivers golfers,” Oct. 12,

I am convinced that Golf Canada is going in the right direction in promoting and developing our sport.

Georges Michaud
Saguenay, Quebec


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