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LPGA shortchanges its players

This week, the LPGA is playing a 54-hole tournament in New Jersey on a course that will measure 6,217 yards. That's less than the white tees at my club. 

These women are supposed to be the best in the world, yet they play courses laid out that don't allow the all-around best players to show their stuff.

No wonder attendance and viewership are way down.

Charlie Jurgonis 
Fairfax, Va.

 

One game, two realities

Our Americans are never going to be able to compete with the Asians on the LPGA because of one fact: money (“Asian invasion leaves Americans in dust,” June 4). It costs so much to play golf in America that our children can’t play unless they have financial backing.

My daughter has been playing golf since she was 4 years old. She was a two-time state champion in high school in New Mexico who qualified for three USGA events among other national competitions and played for two NCAA Division I teams. She has the skill and desire to move on but has hit the money barrier. No sponsor means that she can’t move on despite her dreams.

The Asians are sponsored, either by governments or companies. This is why we are seeing the huge shift on the LPGA. My daughter is forced out while others who have no more talent are able to succeed.

Until we change our mindset about women's sports, our women will continue to fail. Compare the PGA Tour and LPGA. Look at the payouts, TV coverage and number of spectators. Its terrible to look at the two associations side by side.

So, you women out there need to say enough is enough and support our women.

Fred Berger
Socorro, N.M.

 

Hit slowpokes where it hurts: scorecard

When a PGA Tour player is told he is “on the clock,” that is his or the group’s “warning.” Another bad time is supposed to be a penalty. That rarely happens (“It’s about time: Shot clock debuts in Europe,” June 6).

What official wants to penalize a guy who has a chance of winning a tournament? A fine is not the answer, because they are too small and don't affect a Tour player’s standard of living.

What if a player gets his warning and has another violation? Penalize him two shots, not for that tournament but for his next event.

If the contenders and non-contenders of an event are penalized (the Tour knows who they are), as they should be, I think the Tour will get those players’ attention.

What player is good enough to spot the field two or four shots in his next event?

Jerry Adams
The Woodlands, Texas

 

Other sports use shot clocks, so why not golf?

In regard to pace of play on the PGA Tour, the final threesome at the Memorial Tournament played the round in 5 hours and 40 minutes. The NBA has the 24-second clock, and college basketball has the 30-second clock. Baseball now has limits of time for the pitcher to throw the ball, and the batter needs to be ready to hit. These are all fan-friendly actions.

I agree that if a golfer cannot hit a shot within 40 seconds, then penalize him or her a stroke every time it occurs.

Chuck Emel
Marietta, S.C.

 

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