Some Augusta traditions should change
The frumpy membership at Augusta National Golf Club really has nothing to crow about regarding the remaining vestiges of racism and sexism. How many minority members? Probably not many as they trot out just a handful each April. As with everything else about the club, they respect the ol’ Southern traditions.
While I'm at it, how about more television time. And why must we use the following terms one week each year: first nine; second nine; first cut; patrons? It is annoying and pretentious.
Another used-up tradition is filling the field with non-competitive amateurs and over-the-hill past champions. To call this a major championship is embarrassing when so many good players are excluded.
St. Augustine, Fla.
Balanced perspective on Augusta
I agree that saying Augusta National should fire all male employees and allow its board to be taken over by women is over the top (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 6). But so is saying that this venerable and highly respected golf club is directly addressing its “alleged sexist practices” (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 7).
Augusta National has five female members. Membership counts are not disclosed, but you can assume that these five make up less than 2 percent of the total membership. The first female member was allowed to join in 2012 ... or almost 80 years after the club opened. So, 85 years after it opened, Augusta National now has five female members. “Alleged”?
The news of the Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship also is nice, but it is far from groundbreaking for a club that's trying to address its alleged sexist practices (“ ‘Perfect marriage’: Augusta adds women’s event,” April 5). Seventy-two players competing for 54 holes. However, only the last round will be played at Augusta National, and only the low 40 of those 72 make the 36-hole cut. Not a very big piece of the pie.
If Augusta National really wanted to break ground with women's golf, how about a 72-hole LPGA Masters held in the fall? Now that would show a serious commitment.
I agree that Augusta National deserves applause for what it has done over the past five years to fix the first 80. But let's not clap too loudly just yet.
Masters’ shortsighted TV policy
My interest in the Masters has diminished over the past few years because of its lack of TV coverage (“Extra Masters TV time still falls short,” April 7). Now, I watch the highlights on Golf Channel.
The powers that be at Augusta think they are much more important than the viewing public. Someone needs to tell them that not everyone is going to sit at his or her computer and watch select players at certain holes.
I'll get my major golf fix watching the U.S. Open and the British Open.
Thanks for nothing, Augusta National.
Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Metaphor misses its mark
I understand metaphors, but this one is wrong on so many aspects (“Woods, Mickelson fade at Augusta,” April 7).
A golf game is nothing like the attack and carnage that dragged the U.S. into a Pacific conflict with Japan. Thousands of men and women died in the surprise attack, and many more died in the following years until Japan surrendered.
Both my dad and his close war buddy fought in World War II teaching rifle shooting until both were ordered to European and Pacific conflicts. His buddy got the short straw and was sent to the Pacific, fighting on various islands infested with Japanese soldiers. He rarely talked about his experiences. Fortunately, both survived physically intact. Psychologically, I am sure they carried their experiences to their graves.
To elevate any event or the event's participants to this level denigrates these brave men and women.
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