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LET supports 'slavery' with tournaments in Saudi Arabia, reader contends

Given the subservient status of women in Saudi Arabia, women’s professional golf events in the kingdom send the wrong message

I fail to see how the status of women in Saudi Arabia is anything other than slavery (“LET schedules doubleheader in Saudi Arabia,” Sept. 29; “LET catches heat for Saudi events,” Oct. 1).

Before marriage, they are “owned” by their fathers. After marriage, they are owned by their husbands. Their earnings are not under their control, but under the control of their male handlers. They may not travel without the permission of and accompaniment by a male relative.

This is simply slavery. Why is the LET supporting this?

Robin Dea
Vancouver, Wash.

‘Teed up’ for progress
I enjoyed Gary Van Sickle’s article (“How the coronavirus pandemic saved golf … maybe,” Oct. 1). It was right on point.

However, now that golf has caught the cat by the tail, we must find a way to keep the momentum going to ensure that what has happened during the past eight months does not become a blip on golf’s radar screen.

This is a great opportunity for every golf organization. It is teed up, for sure.

Mark Anderson
Alexandria, Va.
(Anderson is a PGA of America member.)

A dirty idea
I almost choked on my morning lemon water at the suggestion by reader Charlie Jurgonis not to clean the golf ball on the greens (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 1).

Blasphemy, by golly. Who could putt with a dirty ball?

Continuous putting? OK, I suppose, but not wiping the crud off the beautiful logo? That’s unheard of as I watch some try to wipe the dimples off it.

I’m sure that next, he could suggest that there be no towels on bags or beverages consumed during rounds.

Garen Eggleston
The Villages, Fla.

Applause for the hands-off approach on the greens
Three cheers for reader Charlie Jurgonis and his call not to touch golf balls – even on the green – except to remove the ball from another golfer’s line of play (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 1).

I’d allow a clump of soil to be cleaned, with playing competitors’ permission.

Ball manufacturers quickly would remove aligning aids, as they’d be a distraction rather than an assist. Hey, the ball is round and will roll where you hit it, no matter how much time you’ve wasted precisely aligning guide lines. And you’ve not only wasted our time, but that of everyone playing behind you.

Continuous putting must reasonably follow if we’re not touching the ball, but the bigger time saver is the removal of guidelines.

It’s the best, simplest idea yet. I love this idea and actually have used it for years.

Gary Stauffenberg

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