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A plea to pay it forward

Alex Miceli reminds us that the golf community’s generosity should serve as a model for what’s possible, especially for the wealthy

Thank you, Alex Miceli, for the nice article on community involvement and generosity of the professional golf community (“Golf pulls together for coronavirus relief,” April 15).

I had been struggling with my opinion of the top of our sport a bit after reading Charlie Jurgonis’ letter to Morning Read about the gob-smacking amount of wealth concentrated in the PGA Tour nonprofit and taking a look at the PGA Tour’s 990 tax return, as was suggested in the letter (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 16).

It puts into context what is possible with great wealth. I was pleased and pleasantly surprised to see the big numbers that Miceli provided. And, I think it would easy for those numbers to be doubled without anyone being unable to refuel his jet.

It is incumbent upon all of us in the other 99 percent to continue to provide positive reinforcement like this publicity for good works and continue to exhort the fabulously wealthy to take their position in society to do good.

To misuse a cliché, “With great wealth comes great responsibility.”

Richard Jepsen
Alameda, Calif.

A 3rd primary objective for PGA Tour
Not to nitpick, but astute reader Charlie Jurgonis missed the mark on his recent letter (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 16).

There are three, not two, primary objectives of the PGA Tour organization. In addition to Jurgonis’ hypothesis that the PGA Tour’s existence is for creating wealth for the members and its executives and preserving the tax-exempt status, the third is the charitable-giving objective.

I would suggest these three objectives are a classic symbiotic relationship.

November might be a significant watershed in U.S. politics, but whether a charity deserves tax-exempt status probably is not on the politicians' things-to-do list.

Dave Richner
St. Johns, Fla.

CBS goes 1 for 2 with announcer firings
I was watching the replay of Tiger Woods’ win at the Masters in 2019. The first thing that jumped out at me was how good Peter Kostis was as an on-course commentator. Totally professional with his insight, knowledge and demeanor. CBS completely dropped the ball on his firing.

Gary McCord, on the other hand, was totally replaceable. McCord never learned that in golf, silence is golden. His nonstop chattering and schtick was sophomoric and grating, at best. McCord never should have been put in the same class as Kostis.

CBS made one very good call and one terrible call. Kostis is missed.

Jeff Mullen
Haddonfield, N.J.

In hindsight, a good idea
Assuming that PGA Tour officials could have been perfectly nimble, they should have invited all of the competitors in the Players Championship to stay at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., for sheltering in place. The offer: Stay, and we will pick up room and board. We will double that “appearance” check, but you have to enter it into a monthlong skins tournament. Each week, the cost of the skins goes up. Bankroll elimination.

Granted, this is completely hypothetical because no one is that nimble. However, with no competition, the TV ratings would have been enormous. All the equipment already was there. The hotel and food-service companies would have been elated to have the business. Most of the players could have commuted home for personal reasons.

Hindsight is 20-20.

Martin Donnelly
Elmhurst, Ill.

An unwarranted risk
At a time of indescribable uncertainty, it seems to be terribly irresponsible to expose professional athletes before it's safe to do so ("PGA Tour creates more questions than answers," April 17). We still don't know more than we do know about this new coronavirus. Testing is still significantly short of any scientific guidelines, and all through the U.S. I keep hearing that “we're listening to medical experts” in order to justify what can be described only as a rush to make money for the PGA Tour.

In Singapore, which had a terrific first response to coronavirus, the country is experiencing a second wave because officials thought it was OK to relax the social-distancing rules. This virus doesn't care who you are or where you're from. Just ask British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The main tool in the arsenal against this virus is staying at home and, if you have to be out, staying away from large groups of people. What part of social distancing doesn't PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan understand?

It always strikes me as strange that when large amounts of money are involved, people are willing to take all sorts of risk. In this case, I believe that the risk is unwarranted.

Paul Sunderland
Los Angeles

Golf’s high ground
Should we be playing golf? Of course, we should. Every aspect of life should be analyzed based on truth, not perception or public opinion.

Golf has the high ground here, and with the weather breaking rapidly, the “it’s not fair” or “it just looks bad” naysayers are pressing to up the debate. They’re losing in every state or region that values sound business over politics when pure, defendable common sense says it’s clearly the right call.

The next time the weather shuts down every golf course, I’ll be waiting for every restaurant and health club to close in solidarity. That’s just how wrong they are, period.

Al Fiscus
Searcy, Ark.

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