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Miceli pokes ‘Bear,’ and reader pokes back

Alex Miceli naively pushes his own political opinions on an audience that doesn’t want or need them, Illinois reader contends

If readers weren't already aware of Alex Miceli's political opinions, they almost certainly are now (“It’s no golden moment for Golden Bear,” Oct. 30). It's just a shame that Miceli used Jack Nicklaus as an excuse to bring them up yet again.  

Just because someone (including Nicklaus) dares to disagree or deviate from Miceli’s positions doesn't mean that he or she “made a mistake.”

Miceli’s political opinions are no more valid or virtuous than anyone else's. A top political/sociopolitical priority for Miceli might not even make someone else’s top-100 list, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.   

Suggesting that someone has been “fooled by Trumpism” is not only pretentious; it's naive. There are plenty of legitimate reasons to vote for Trump that have nothing to do with “Trumpism” (or Trump himself, for that matter) and everything to do with Joe Biden and his platform.

In any case, enough politics already. 

Just stop.  

Jim Westerman
Hanover Park, Ill.

Why, Jack, why?
Jack Nicklaus, why did you do it? (“It’s no golden moment for Golden Bear,” Oct. 30).

The old guys on Facebook think you’re a saint, but the younger class on Twitter is dragging your name through the mud. You didn’t have to say anything. LeBron James and other athletes are excoriated for making public displays of their politics. They are trying to influence people to vote who otherwise might not.

Your audience of old white golfers already consists of voters who like President Donald Trump. They didn’t need any help from you. Why did you expose yourself to the criticism?

Jim Kavanagh
St. Augustine, Fla.

Look closer to home for college talent
If anyone is wondering why the LPGA Tour has experienced an overwhelming increase in the number of non-American players on the women's tour, he or she need look no further than the finals of the women’s bracket of the recent East Lake Cup collegiate tournament.

The universities of South Carolina and Mississippi, two heavyweights in women’s collegiate golf, were in the finals. Out of the 10 combined players on both teams, six were from Europe, two from Asia and two from the United States.

Maybe it’s time for the collegiate women’s programs to begin to focus on developing American talent and ditch the win-at-all-cost mentality.

Incidentally, Pepperdine won the men’s bracket of the East Lake tournament. Its five-man team had three players from Washington, one from California and one from Minnesota.

The talent is here. Coaches need to find it.

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.

Golf’s ‘nearly perfect garment,’ chapter and verse
As a utilitarian, nearly perfect garment, the hoodie ranks right up there with Levi's (“Up and Down: The ‘Hoodie Era’ arrives on PGA Tour,” Oct. 29).

I never would recommend wearing jeans on the golf course, but the hoodie is a different matter. It's warm, comfortable, rugged and has a hood to keep the wind out of your ears. Pockets are there for anything you need, from a tee to a snack, and you don't have to worry about being uncomfortable. Zip hoodies are the best, but the one on Tyrrell Hatton is OK, too.

Why is there even any question about this?

Plus fours were a goofy-looking garment, especially for a gentleman's sport, and the only reason women are allowed to wear shorts is that men like to look at their legs.

If a man wants to golf in a hoodie
And the question is, well, should he?
Consider plus fours
Payne wore them on tours
If he could have worn shorts, well, would he?

Shirley Stuart
Berkeley, Calif.

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