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As Loretta Lynn might have sung, ‘You ain’t golfer enough’

With an assist from the legendary singer, reader draws a parallel between the 'dead' state of country music and golf

In a recent podcast interview, Loretta Lynn, the 87-year-old country-music icon, commented about country music being “dead.” If you look at golf today and insert golf for country music in her comments, you have to wonder whether the belief is the same.

Could this also apply to the Premier Golf League and its attempt to outpace PGA Tour? (“World Tour will go nowhere without Tiger Woods,” Jan. 27).

Lynn said, “I love country music, and I’m so proud of the rich heritage of our kind of music, but they’re such a hard push to cross over and change it up and do something new that we can lose what country music is really all about.

“I like it country, pure, simple and real. I’m so proud of all the artists out there, especially the younger ones who know what I mean and are still keeping it country.... When you love something, you can’t just stand by quietly if you think it’s in danger. One thing is for sure: If we keep it country, the fans will keep on listening. ... I know in my heart that’s what they want.”

If you juxtapose the words golf and country music, does this sound familiar?

“I like golf, pure, simple and real. I’m so proud of all the players out there, especially the younger ones who know what I mean and are still keeping it pure.”

“When you love something, you can’t just stand by quietly if you think it’s in danger. One thing is for sure: If we keep it golf, the fans will keep on watching. … I know in my heart that’s what they want.”

Dick Horton
Nashville, Tenn.
(Horton is the retired president of the Tennessee Golf Foundation and a member of the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame.)

‘God’s blessings’ personified
Gary Van Sickle’s piece about Amy Bockerstette and her connection with Gary Woodland is so very close to my association with the young men and women whom I hired as a grocery manager that tears come easily (“Amy shows Phoenix Open fans she’s still got it,” Jan. 30).

I always tried to hire these God’s-blessings kids at every store I was associated with because:

a) they deserve the opportunity;
b) they are wonderful people;
c) they appreciate the opportunity to be respected as normal associates;
d) I love them all.

I always held up their attitudes and excitement of doing their job to every other associate. If everyone loved his or her job that much, there never would be an unhappy customer.

Gary Woodland is exactly what I’d want my kids and grandkids to have as a role model – class, he is, and a winner in life.

Garen Eggleston
The Villages, Fla.

CBS fails to fix what wasn’t broken
From this fan’s perspective, watching CBS at the Farmers Insurance Open just reinforced my initial thoughts when hearing of the announcer shakeups (“How old is too old to talk about golf on TV,” Oct. 27).

I’m referring to Davis Love III, but other changes included Mark Immelman and Frank Nobilo (both of whom aren’t really new). Gone are Bill Macatee, Peter Kostis, and Gary McCord.

If the feeling from the CBS brass was that the team had gotten “stale,” how does replacing Kostis and McCord with Love and Immelman change anything? It is a change, yes, so there is that. But Love is as milquetoast as it gets. I give him leeway for being new to the announcing gig, but his general personality isn’t going to change. He’s not witty, and he’s not going to be provocative. You don’t want the announcer to be a jerk, but you do want him to put opinions out there and be, well, interesting. That is not going to be Davis Love.

Kudos to Immelman for making me laugh with his comment about Marc Leishman “having the aerosol can out again,” i.e., spraying tee shots. I haven’t heard that one before. Also, having a foreign accent always has seemed to work well for golf telecasts for whatever reason, and he has that.

The CBS crew suffered a big loss by losing the irreverent and often-funny David Feherty, which couldn’t be helped, necessarily. But they had a self-inflicted wound by replacing the quirky and acquired taste (but interesting) Gary McCord and the knowledgeable Kostis, whose comments and insight I often enjoyed.

Like the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Jon Lucas
Little Rock, Ark.

Just do it
Given the older demographics in our community, the pace of play can be slow. I have a simple but effective suggestion to speed up everyone’s game, if only slightly.

When your group finishes on the tee or green, instead of standing at your cart or bag while replacing your headcover and putting your club back in the bag, carry your clubs with you to the next tee or shot. While waiting for your turn, put your club back in the bag while selecting the club for your next shot.

The group behind you will appreciate the courtesy, and you’ll knock some time off your pace of play.

Cary B. Sternberg
The Villages, Fla.

The one and only Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods is the main reason – often the only reason – why I watch or take an interest in professional golf.

Many whom I know feel the same way. It’s not only his record; he is so much more than that.

He deserves induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame (“Hey, Hall of Fame: Tiger Woods doesn’t need you,” Jan. 30).

Kathleen Eaton
Southern Pines, N.C.

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