As darkness nears, plodding irrelevance
I watched one of the most ridiculous playoffs on Monday between Arizona and Baylor to determine which team would advance to match play in the NCAA Division I women’s championship (“Keeping score,” May 22).
The actual playing of golf was fine, but the logistics were comical. Five players went to five different holes, with four of the scores counting. At one point, both teams had made four pars, with one group playing the par-5 18th hole. The Baylor player hit from the tee into the water and had to replay from the tee. After her second drive, she was hitting 4 into the hole. After she hit that shot, nothing that she did mattered. The only issue was whether the Arizona player would make her putt for birdie or two-putt for par. If she bogeyed the hole, Baylor would move on.
The Baylor player took nearly 2½ minutes to hit an irrelevant putt. The announcers were lost, with one stating, “I guess she needs to putt because the Arizona player may four-putt.” Huh? Anything more than two putts by the Arizona player didn't matter. All of this as it was getting darker.
May I suggest to the NCAA, why not break ties with the fifth score from regulation?
Perry Hall, Md.
Scratch Trinity Forest from must-play list
I have to disagree with Gary Van Sickle on Trinity Forest Golf Club being a good TV watch and enticing me to want to play it (“Tour sites in Texas hit, miss golf’s needs,” May 22).
I love watching links golf played in Europe; those courses are true links courses. This course seemed barren and boring and looked like many courses I have seen built on old landfills: boring and no character. I watch all the golf that I can on TV and found this to be bland and not all that interesting. If it wants to be a links-style course, incorporate some real links characteristics.
I love different styles of courses and enjoy playing them, but this course did not do much for me, and a number of my buddies had the same feeling, with not one of us wanting to travel to Dallas to play it.
I agree with your comments on Trinity Forest, with one exception: The course is ugly. Not a tree on it. Bad aesthetics and bad for the fans. Aesthetics are an important part of the golf experience, and this course fails miserably in that department as well.
Back to real golf at Colonial Country Club this week.
Charles H. Peterson
Purkey asks, and Cook answers
I love the clean-out-the-notebook style of article by Mike Purkey (“Some golf questions in need of answers,” May 22). Here are a few answers, since he asked:
I care about Patrick Reed’s back story. I want to know if it’s OK to like him. I hope it is, and I hope his family gets together.
The arm-lock putter should be outlawed. Isn’t it just another form of anchoring? Nothing should touch any club other than a player’s hands.
Tiger Woods hasn’t lost mental toughness because of his age. He lost his mental toughness and intimidation factor as a result of his scandal.
Rory McIlroy is a prime example of the rich modern athlete. If it’s not going well, who cares? I still have millions and millions in the bank.
I like Golf Channel, but it is like Stepford Wives (and husbands) when it comes to the network’s relationship with the PGA Tour. (Old-guy reference!)
Augusta National should not change the 13th hole. It still brings scores of 3 to 7, which is just right. The back nine at Augusta is damn near perfect.
Now get off my lawn, and let’s play golf.
Kindred golf spirit
Blaine Walker plays my game (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 22).
Sometimes I carry too many clubs (not even counting my foot wedge). Sometimes I actually hit one of them. Sometimes I don't keep score. Sometimes I'll move my ball to a hittable lie (I don't need practice hitting from behind a tree. I need practice hitting it from the fairway).
Never will I tell you what a great round I shot, but I am inclined to tell you about that one great shot (such as that hole-in-one on a par 4 at Snoqualmie Falls when I was in high school). Never will I brag about my gear (except for my putter, all of my clubs belonged to dead guys whom I loved). I never had a handicap (unless you consider putting). But, I will always tell you how much fun I had. If the day comes when it is no longer fun ... well, I hope that day never comes.
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