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Safety of golf course should lead to boom times

There’s no better escape from this pandemic than to your local golf course, reader suggests

I was in Mississippi over the weekend, and I could barely find a parking space at the golf courses. Granted, the weather was nice, and on Sunday lots of churches had gone virtual. Nevertheless, I do believe that the masses believe as I do, that golf courses just might be one of the safest places to be during this coronavirus pandemic (“From the Morning Read inbox,” March 16).

When I play, I have my own cart, and I don’t have to touch the pin. Outdoor activities have to be much safer in regard to contact with others. I predict that golf will boom, just as it did after 9/11.

So, we can’t watch sports on TV, but we can take advantage of a super-safe venue on the golf courses.

In anything, you win some and you lose some. Golf is positioned to help make this trying time a win-win for a lot of people in our great country.

Al Fiscus
Searcy, Ark.

PGA Tour players should show the way
I echo the thoughts of reader Lisa DePaulo, that the real losers are not the viewers nor the participants, disappointed as they shall be, but the guy or gal with small ones at home who depends on the income to provide their daily needs (“From the Morning Read inbox,” March 16).

The PGA Tour once again showed that its interest is in itself, with the divvying up of 50 percent of the purse from the Players Championship (“If PGA Tour errs on side of caution, then so be it,” March 16). I hope that some of the most successful ones do much as the NBA players have done and make a large donation to some of these staff. That would be an equitable way to assist these people.

In my own small way, I shall attempt to assist where I can, as I’ve had family members work in those capacities when they were beginning their lives. I ask in my daily devotionals for their deliverance.

May all golfers during these next few weeks donate the equivalent of their green fee to a local assistance program near where they reside.

As my pappy used to say, share what ya got, ’cause some need it more.

Garen Eggleston
The Villages, Fla.

A call to action for touring pros
The pros should donate the $52,083 that they received from the Players Championship purse to local charities or to people who are in need from the tournament’s shutdown (“PGA Tour players don’t go away empty-handed,” March 16).

They don't need the money, but lots of affected people sure could use some of it during this time of need.

How about it, touring pros?

Michael Merrill
McKinney, Texas

Volunteers would be caught in middle
Alex Miceli asks, “Will the Tour keep a greater distance between fans and players, to eliminate any interaction?” (“If PGA Tour errs on side of caution, then so be it,” March 16).

This is a good question, but Miceli misses an important point. Who generally keeps the fans from interacting with the players? The volunteers. If they are eliminated, there is no golf tournament.

I am curious what the average age of a PGA Tour tournament volunteer is. From what I see on the telecasts, it is likely in the 60 range, and that would endanger hundreds of innocent folks who are supporting the charities and/or hoping to have a rub with greatness.

Bryan Farbisz
Batavia, Ill.

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