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Reader volunteers to solve debate about PGA Tour events

Don’t like having to pay to volunteer at PGA Tour events or the perceived surliness of the players? Here’s a tip: Just don’t do it

I find it hard to understand why some of the contributors to Morning Read continue to rail against the PGA Tour organization and its players (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 15; May 14).

The PGA Tour is an incredibly successful organization in the sports-and-entertainment field, delivering untold enjoyment around the world to those of us who like golf. In addition, the Tour is a valued member of the corporate community in northeast Florida.

Numerous charitable organizations throughout the country have benefitted from the Tour’s success, to the tune of some $3 billion in donations. The detractors always seem to overlook this fact. I guess they don’t want to recognize a positive as they rant away at the Tour and its success.

In addition to bashing the Tour, the detractors always find a way to bring up a negative interaction that they claim to have had with a player, therefore implying that all PGA Tour players are jerks. Are their stories true? I’m sure some of them are accurate, as all of us have had bad days, whether we play golf for a living or work in any other occupation.

The majority of players on the PGA Tour are good people who just happen to be very talented golfers. Maybe not too many rise to the level of the late Arnold Palmer, but that would be asking a lot (“ ‘Arnie and me’: A story worth sharing,” May 12).

Finally, regarding the horrible treatment of volunteers by the Tour, plus all those “nasty” players with whom the volunteers interact, I’m guessing the vast majority of the people who do volunteer love the opportunity. However, here is a suggestion for all the detractors: Don’t volunteer.

Problem solved.

Bill Boutwell
Jacksonville, Fla.

Fond recollections of volunteering on Symetra Tour
I have volunteered at LPGA major championships and regular-season events, the U.S. Amateur and Symetra Tour events. By far the best experience was the Symetra’s Credit Union Classic in Syracuse, N.Y. (“This might be the best deal in golf,” May 13).

For $25, we got a hat, a shirt, meals on the days worked and, best of all, a round of golf at Drumlins Country Club. Plus, the golfers were friendly.

So, I am in the column of those who consider volunteering to be a great experience (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 15; May 14).

George Batty
Cass City, Mich.

Monday morning quarterbacks should keep quiet on sideline
The restart of golf and sports in general has been the subject of numerous pontifications by Alex Miceli, Mike Purkey, John Hawkins, Gary Van Sickle, et al., of the Morning Read world. All great journalists, by the way.

Whether for or against reopening, one has to acknowledge that this coronavirus pandemic has created uncharted territory. Is it too early to restart golf? Should it be delayed any further? Only time will tell.

Opening successfully now will be lauded and praised in hindsight by the pundits. Opening too late after reflection that it could have been opened sooner will fall right into the Monday morning quarterback's hands.

Acknowledge that the PGA Tour leaders are doing the best they can with the information they have. Give praise if they made the right call. But realize they made a best guess on whatever scenario evolves and save any criticism.

Dave Richner
St. Johns, Fla.

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