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A few words of caution about all-American dream

British reader wonders whether limits on number of foreign college golfers in U.S. might produce other effects in game

Despite being a true-blue Brit, I have to agree with reader Gary Stauffenberg that it must seem to Americans that many – maybe too many – of the fine young golfers at your universities are foreigners (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 28). But should there be a cap? If so, to recover the lost income, those schools would have to fill up with less accomplished locals, almost all of whom would have no chance of success at the highest professional level.

In addition, those European and Asian students would create a demand to replicate the outstanding facilities they no longer could attend, so dedicated colleges would spring up around the world to satisfy that need, thanks to good old market forces. It could be very invigorating for the overseas game after it settled down. Also, many of your finest coaches might like the idea of a few years in Spain, Australia or South Africa.

Whether the quality of homegrown U.S. tour players would suffer without competing against the finest from overseas during those crucial developmental years is another consideration. Be careful what you wish for.

A concern I do have is hearing about the number of foreign students who quit early and go home. Are their vacated places then unused? Stauffenberg might like to consider that, as I don't think the number of incomers is likely to reduce any time soon.

Terry Wall
Winchester, England

Perhaps work ethic among best college golfers is a foreign concept
Reader Gary Stauffenberg answers his own question (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 28).

Superior determination and an unfailing work ethic seem to be the difference between homegrown golfers and foreign invaders.

One also might note that the alien golfers learn to speak English as soon as possible. How many Americans playing in Europe, South America or Asia bother to learn to communicate in the native languages?

By the way, the phenomenon that Stauffenberg noticed among the famous NCAA Division I programs also filters throughout even the lowest levels of college golf. And it’s not really anything new.

Jim Kavanagh
St. Augustine, Fla.

New and unimproved
I truly miss the “Morning Drive” team on Golf Channel. I tuned in regularly to watch them. It was very entertaining. The new show that replaced it is rather boring.

I find that I’m watching less of Golf Channel and tuning in only for only the tournaments. 

Thank you for trying to change it up, but new is not always better.

Mary Hess
New Westminster, British Columbia

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