Keeping Score

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‘Slobbering Woods mania’

I didn’t realize that Tiger Woods was the only one competing at the upcoming U.S. Open. Yet, that is the very conclusion that one could reasonably come to from reading Gary Van Sickle’s piece (“ ‘Open Season’ begins at Jack’s place,” May 31).

I might have thought that the article would have been more about the venue, the real competitors, the coverage, or anything else other than Woods worship.

Yet, it was more unabashed and slobbering Woods mania. When, pray tell, is enough enough?

Ted Comstock
Lancaster, N.H.


Keep golf coaches on the sidelines

If competition is about seeing how good the players are, then we should let the players play each other without interference from the coaching staff (“Coaches elevate roles amid NCAA drama,” May 28).

Making decisions on the golf course under pressure is a vital component of a player's skill set. The women's coaches effectively removed that element to the extent that, I believe, the wrong team won the title (“Keeping score,” May 24)

Coaches can have all the input they want outside of the competition, but during the matches, the players should be allowed simply to play each other. We should adopt the tennis championship rules and ban coaching during competition matches. 

In my daughter’s varsity high school golf league in upstate New York, coaches are not allowed to give advice to her during a match. The NCAA should adopt the same rule. It works in tennis. Don't use the argument that caddies can give advice. These amateur girls and women don't have caddies. They play on their own, and that is terrific. We should change the rules so that they all truly do so. 

Tim Brown
Queenston, Ontario


Clean up your act, Morning Read

Imagine my disappointment. I read Morning Read every morning because I am a golfer and enjoy golf stories, events, etc. 

Then I see an article referencing “political and progressive b.s., especially from Canada” (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 30). I guess Jim Will is disappointed that Roseanne Barr no longer is on air and that he could not get his Starbucks on Tuesday afternoon.

Unfortunately, attitudes such as Will’s perpetuate myths (hopefully) of elitism, racism and sexism in golf. The great nation of Canada would welcome Mr. Will but not his misguided statement.  

I feel it is equally unfortunate that Morning Read thought that it was appropriate to give Will’s comments a forum. While I respect dialogue and free speech, I also believe it is important not to give a forum to such individuals. My real disappointment is that a platform that I enjoy and respect dispersed Will’s vitriol.

Mike Kukelko
Oak Bluff, Manitoba


A ‘perfect’ response

Peter Rosenfeld's response was perfect (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 31). No emotions, just a sound statement. 

Bruce Wyrwitzke 
Astoria, Ore.


Sexism, not racism, is main scourge

I can't dispute Peter Rosenfeld's comments concerning racism in golf's history (“From the Morning Read inbox,” May 31). However, in the present, it's not racism that's the problem; it's sexism. 

Augusta National admitted black members years before opening the door for women. There are still private clubs in the United States that admit men of color but do not admit women. One goes so far as not to allow women to set foot on the grounds. 

President Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery in 1865. Fifty-five years later, women were allowed to vote. The Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964, and 2019 will be 55 years again. Maybe?

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.


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