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Why so much fuss about ‘a dead guy’?

When I write my weekly golf column for the White Bear Press, the headline I choose reflects what I am writing about. Why did you even bother to mention that Judy Rankin is the 2019 nominee for the Memorial Tournament? She gets three paragraphs, and a dead guy named Ted Ray gets the next 18 (“It’s time for Memorial to honor Ted Ray,” June 5)

Rankin has had a stellar career, and the article should have been about that and that alone. 

I expect this type of journalism from Golf Digest, but not Morning Read. Either give Rankin her due and write another one about Ray, or don’t even mention it. 

Betsy Larey
St. Paul, Minn.

(Larey is an LPGA teaching professional.)


Ray deserves spot in Hall of Fame

I agree that Ted Ray should be in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

As a golf lover, I am very familiar with the 1920 U.S. Open. Harry Vardon really lost that event. He held a five-shot lead with seven holes remaining. Vardon, who battled tuberculosis in his early years, was plagued in later years with the putting yips. Had he not lost seven years to health issues, plus five more during World War I, he most certainly would be considered the greatest golfer ever. In my opinion, he was. 

Ray and Vardon were great friends. For Vardon, the consolation of losing a five-stroke lead was mitigated by his best friend’s victory.

As a postscript, let’s not forget that Hall of Famer Jackie Burke Jr.’s father, Jack Sr., tied for second in the 1920 U.S. Open. Most folks have no idea that Jackie’s father was a world-class player, too.

Ed Kohler
Scottsdale, Ariz.


When in Worcester …

In your article Tuesday about Ted Ray, you mentioned Worchester, Mass. Well, here in Massachusetts, we have our own way to pronounce certain cities. The actual spelling is Worcester and it is pronounced “WOO-sta,” if you are a good Bostonian.

So, when you are in Boston and ask directions to Worcester, make sure to pronounce it as a good Bostonian would to avoid any confusion and ridicule from the locals.

Tony Bognanno
West Roxbury, Mass.


Hey, Tiger, is that any way to act?

It was a little disappointing for Tiger Woods to leave the 18th green during the third round of the Memorial Tournament and go to the scorers’ table, ignoring his fans. He let his emotions take over good sportsmanship.

The fans (mostly kids) were waiting to touch hands with Woods. They were standing on the left side of the rope, and he purposely walked to the right and did not acknowledge one fan on his way to the scorers’ table.

What impression does that leave with the kids? Very sad.

Mike Wilson
Orland Park, Ill.


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