Don’t be too quick to congratulate
I applaud Augusta National for implementing its Women’s Amateur Championship; this and admitting women as members are huge steps toward entering the 20th (yes, the 20th) century. However, to state categorically that “... any remaining vestiges of sexism by the club ... have been removed” is ludicrous (“ ‘Perfect marriage’: Augusta adds women’s event,” April 5).
Any member will tout his or her club, eventually stating some version of “our membership is the club” and “our employees make our club a home away from home.” Did Augusta expel all male members and fire all male employees? Have Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore orchestrated a coup and installed all-female executives, board of directors and management? Does the club now admit and employ only women?
Growth and the cultural evolution of the game (and of clubs all over the world) require that we acknowledge and encourage progress while avoiding any tendency to congratulate ourselves too soon. The good is the enemy of the best.
Bad hair day but good golf day
As an interesting sidebar to the Masters Par 3 Contest on Wednesday, I was recording it because I needed to pay my respects to a friend’s father who had died. I left it playing as I left.
My wife, who cares nothing for golf, doesn't play and goes to the family room when I have it on, was working in the kitchen. Her plan was to run to her hairdresser as I made my trip. I returned about 1½ hours later to find her still her preparing to go. I asked her what had delayed her, and she replied, “Watching the old guys play the par 3.” Quite taken aback, I asked how she enjoyed it. She asked me if I had recorded, and I replied, “Yes.” She talked about what happened on the eighth hole and she talked about Jack Nicklaus crying and how incredible it was (“Keeping score,” April 5).
It shows to me that the Masters is unique, period.
Gone with the Masters?
Robert Peters’ comment about keeping Augusta National Golf Club in perspective got me thinking (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 5).
CBS refers to Augusta National and the Masters as "a tradition unlike any other." Yet in the same timeframe, TV stations are refusing to show “Gone with the Wind” because it depicts the Old South. Mixed message, no?
More applause for Lindberg
I also applaud the stellar performance of LPGA first-time winner
Pernilla Lindberg (“Keeping score,” April 3). Reader Maggie Brady's salute to her was terrific (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 4). It was one of the very best performances in a golf tournament I have ever observed, period, and I am now a huge fan of this focused and gritty Swede.
The Morning Read coverage in “Keeping score” was embarrassingly lacking and did not give her the accolades that she deserved.
A vote for Spartacus
In the response “Calling out the Match Play critics” by Charlie Jurgonis (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 4), he noted that people may not watch the Kevin Kisner-Bubba Watson match because no one from the top 10 was involved.
That's the beauty of the match-play format. A little soccer tournament called the World Cup has pool play to qualify for the match-play portion, and that seems to work out pretty well. Olympic hockey also uses pool play to determine who will play for the medals.
Pool play allows for a mistake, but not two, and definitely not three in order to move on. Sure, not all of the favorites get through, which is the magic of it.
You can't always get David vs. Goliath. Sometimes you get Spartacus vs. ... well anyone. The crowd still goes crazy.
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