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Golf Channel should televise next year's Senior LPGA

It would make more economic sense than parent NBC's cleaning up after Matt Lauer

It’s really disappointing that Golf Channel chose not to telecast the Senior LPGA Championship next summer (“Alfredsson seals ‘slam’ with Senior LPGA title,” Oct. 16).

It can’t be that there’s no coverage time available during the tournament dates of July 30-Aug. 1, 2020. The PGA Tour will be in Japan for the Olympic Games. That means late-night TV time for that event. What would Golf Channel have to cut out to show the Senior LPGA Championship? Reruns of “Feherty” or reruns of a 6-month-old World Long Drive competition? Or worse, the Champions Tour?

Of course it all comes down to profitability. This year’s coverage didn’t meet expectations, and the cost of production cut into the amount available to the charity money given to Indianapolis’ Riley Children’s Hospital. Hopefully, Jane Geddes will find a title sponsor just as the men’s Senior PGA Championship did with KitchenAid. Maybe KitchenAid would see more of a benefit in attaching its household products’ name to a segment of the population most likely to purchase the company’s products.

Or maybe NBC, the owners of Golf Channel, can see that covering the cost of a women’s golf event to be a better (and apparently much cheaper) look for NBC than covering the Matt Lauer settlements.

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.

Sports play role in bettering lives worldwide
In our age of instant information dissemination, along with its unintended consequences, it is quite healthy and of paramount importance for the media to devote some time and space to measuring the connection between professional sports and politics … of all stripes.

Blaine Walker’s letter was undeniably poignant in reminding us that sports have played a historical role in supporting “repressive behavior in government regimes” (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 15).

Professional golf, like so many other major sports, can and should serve as a constructive platform for bettering lives across the world. Charitable donations are but only one tool to address that task. Media and fan attention are another. Used wisely and thoughtfully, professional and amateur sports can make a positive difference.

Steven Lapper
Far Hills, N.J.
(Lapper is a co-owner of Fox Hollow Golf Club in Branchburg, N.J.)

Young athletes raise bar in golf
Every time I read something about dialing back the distance of golf balls, the writer (in this instance, reader Terry Wall) goes on to say this will allow the precision golfer back in the game (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 15).

Just how does that make sense? If today's athlete will now hit it a little shorter, doesn't it make sense that so will the precision golfer? The distance disparity between the athlete and the precision golfer stays the same, but now the precision golfer is hitting even a longer club into the green as opposed to the athletic golfer going up just one more club.

Dialing back the ball is not going to create a disadvantage for the athletic golfer; it's going to eliminate the shorter-hitting pros. The precision golfer can't have it both ways, unless you forbid the athletic golfer from hitting the juiced ball and continue allowing the precision golfer to use it. Otherwise, the distance disparity won't go away.

The problem is not the ball; it's the fact that we now have athletes in the game like we never had before. Should we ban athletic golfers from the game in order to hold down distance? Why can't we just concede that we now have athletes in the game?

I remember a time when we hated hearing that golfers weren't athletes. Let's just thank God that these kids have raised the bar on our game.

Robert Fish
Prescott, Ariz.

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