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So, you think you’ve had some tough Mondays …

Great article on Monday qualifying (“Long road to a Tour start often merges with Monday qualifier,” Feb. 14). However, you could have included the fact that the previous Monday at Industry Hills there was a pre-qualifier: 90 guys playing for 10 spots to get in the Monday qualifier!

The general public thinks it's all glamorous. We know differently.

I played the Senior Series in the mid-90s – the Hogan Tour of the Senior Tour. It was some grind.

Keep the great stuff coming.

Larry Guli
Thousand Oaks, Calif.

There’s a lot of substance to ‘Fluff’

I just finished the article in this morning’s edition about Fluff Cowan (“Mike ‘Fluff’ Cowan, on 4-plus decades as a Tour caddie,” Feb. 13).

I was lucky enough to draw Mike and Peter Jacobsen in the pro-am of the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic in Williamsburg, Va., (Kingsmill GC) in 1988. Peter was his usual good-natured self, even after putting a 6-iron over the green to lose the Western by a shot the weekend before. He is a wonderful pro-am partner.

I was even more impressed by Mike as he caddied for Peter and had to put up with four amateurs while preparing for the real tournament in 95-degree heat and 100-percent humidity. Mike went out of his way to help us with our yardages as well as the reads on the greens. He was friendly and very approachable. Later in the week, we had a nice conversation next to the practice green while Peter was tuning up.

That was nearly 30 years ago, and I am always happy to see him get TV coverage doing the work he loves to do and making the amateurs and the crowds feel good while he does it. He is certainly a caddie’s caddie but more than that a gentleman and kind human being. 

Cary Sternberg
The Villages, Fla.

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