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For amateur or college precedent, look to Michelle Wie

There's no need to confuse issue of amateur status over pay-for-play proposals in college

Gary Van Sickle's article about the dawn of collegiate professionals was very insightful (“College, amateur golf face uncertain future,” Oct. 17).

I do believe that he (and most others with an opinion) are unduly complicating the matter of amateur status. The rules and precedent already exist. Michelle Wie was a collegiate professional at Stanford. No competing in amateur events for her.

If the NCAA is willing to allow professionals to compete, that is its prerogative. The International Olympic Committee also has changed its stance. The USGA can then return to being the guardian of amateur golf. No one at this time sends a notice to the USGA rescinding his or her amateur status.

We love the game because it is a self-policing, honorable game. Let the USGA have the amateurs and every other governing body make its own decisions: amateur, professional or hybrid fields.

My goodness. We might even get to the point at which men and women are competing on the same field.

Tod Laudonia
Cos Cob, Conn.

Golf isn’t fair, and that’s the point
Jeff Rude’s comment in Hawk & Rude repeated a misguided rules fix that we have all seen before: namely, divots in the fairway (“Those are the breaks: Best and worst rulings on pro tours,” Oct. 17).

“If you’re not going to allow a free drop from that, you might as well put serpents in the center of the fairway,” Rude wrote.

Not all things in golf are fair, nor should they be. Part of the charm of golf is that there are some random breaks, good and bad. If a player is always allowed a good lie in the fairway, shouldn’t we “in fairness” require him to move his ball to a bad lie when in the rough?

Here’s an idea: Let’s give Rude his way, allowing relief from a divot in the fairway, and also adopt his idea of adding serpents on the course. Serpents (or other bad stuff) would be installed everywhere except tees, fairways and greens, to make sure we punish every ball that veers offline.

How’s that for fairness?

Brent D. Rector
E. Grand Rapids, Mich.

‘Fossil’ finds common ground about senior women
I liked reader Charlie Jurgonis’ comments about the recent Senior LPGA Championship (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 17). Those women can play.

As another old fossil thinking about KitchenAid, stepping up for the Senior LPGA makes more sense than sponsoring the Champions Tour. Champions Tour has become a misnomer anyway.

Bill Bamber
Edmonton, Alberta

An old-fashioned view of the modern ball
I would find it quite interesting to see the athletes work a ball instead of smash it all the time, but that probably never will happen (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 15).

Garen Eggleston
The Villages, Fla.

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