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More John Fischer and his history lessons, please

Article on Ralph Guldahl gives reader insight into a former major champion and his era

John Fischer has done it again (“The mystery of 2-time U.S. Open champion Ralph Guldahl,” Sept. 17).

Morning Read's editors would be wise to have a weekly column devoted to the history of the game, and Fischer is just the person for the job. His knowledge and style make for more than interesting reading.

The name Ralph Guldahl was mentioned in and amongst other stars of yesteryear, but this article gave a complete picture of the man and the era.

Ken Chojnacki
Delran, N.J.

Guldahl’s feats on and off course impress reader
I very much enjoyed John Fischer’s article on Ralph Guldahl (“The mystery of 2-time U.S. Open champion Ralph Guldahl,” Sept. 17).

I have been playing golf since 1959 and did not know of Guldahl but was impressed by his willingness to relocate for his family.

Also, winning two tournaments in five days halfway across the country was an unmatched feat.

Thanks for bringing him back.

Foster Atteberry
Wesley Chapel, Fla.

History lesson hits home
I found John Fischer’s article about the golf career of Ralph Guldahl to be a very well-written and informative work (“The mystery of 2-time U.S. Open champion Ralph Guldahl,” Sept. 17).

I am a longtime lover of the game and its fine literature and will be happy to print off a copy of Fischer’s article to keep with my Guldahl-signed copy of “From Tee to Cup by the Four Masters” in my home's library.

Thank you for keeping the history of the game of golf alive for the next generation of fans. As a fairly recent member of the newly renamed Golf Heritage Society, I am somewhat aware of Fischer’s reputation with that group of ardent collectors and lovers of the game and its history. Fischer’s contributions to all of it does not go unnoticed, and I am very grateful that he continues to write and share his knowledge with the rest of us.

Peter Johnson
Barrington, Ill.

Guldahl and a talented team of Texans
I really enjoyed John Fischer’s article on Ralph Guldahl (“The mystery of 2-time U.S. Open champion Ralph Guldahl,” Sept. 17).

As a Texan from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, I had heard of Ralph Guldahl, but I knew nothing about how much he accomplished as a player.

From that era, a team of Texans – Jimmy Demaret, Ben Hogan, Ralph Guldahl and Byron Nelson – could have won the Ryder Cup by themselves.

John Allen
Grapevine, Texas

Now they know how we feel
One of the funniest articles I have read in recent years, yet truer words never were spoken (“Will USGA defend par in Open? It’s Greek to us,” Sept. 16).

Let there be lost balls and chunked shots from knee-high rough just off a 10-yard-wide fairway.

Let the greens be running at 14-plus on the Stimpmeter, with nothing missing save for the windmill or clown’s nose.

Let them beg for forgiveness as they trod up the 18th fairway, waving not a gap wedge but a white flag.

Let them feel the way we feel when we play courses like this.

Paul Vicary
The Villages, Fla.

USGA shouldn’t shut out golfers in middle of U.S.
My concern with making Pinehurst a “rotational” site is that I can envision a time when future U.S. Opens will be played only at Winged Foot, Shinnecock Hills, Pinehurst, Oakmont and Pebble Beach (“USGA comes through pandemic in position to thrive,” Sept. 16). Note that all but Pinehurst and Pebble Beach are private. Moreover, there will be a large geographic gap between Carmel, Calif., and Pittsburgh.

Mike Davis, the USGA’s CEO, should know that there is a significant USGA membership in the Mountain and Central time zones, and we, too, wish to attend and be part of future U.S. Opens.

I have been a USGA member since 1994, and up to this year have received and have worn the cap with that year’s U.S. Open logo. However, unless I sense more commitment from this organization to making the U.S. Open a national and not regional event, I may decide no longer to be a member, and I believe I am not alone.

Mark Kazich
Darien, Ill.

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