R&A: Righteous & Arrogant
So now the revered R&A has decided the golf ball goes too far (“R&A follows driver tests with a shrug,” July 19). Let's restrict drivers! Let's restrict the ball! I say let's restrict their condescending attitude toward those of us who play for recreation and fun.
Tournament golf is so different from recreational golf that it is silly to insist on a single set of rules. We pick and choose among them, anyway, and we hope there are no blue blazers hiding in the deep grass to assess penalty strokes.
The new rules scheduled for Jan. 1 will further bifurcation due to local rules regarding resolution of lost and out-of-bounds balls. This "local rule" will never be used in any USGA or professional event.
The other side of that would be putting the so-called one-ball rule in effect for the Saturday men's game. Good luck with that.
By the way, the average driving distance for recreational players is about 200 yards (that’s about 183 meters, for the R&A). If they think a 20-percent decrease in distance is good for the game, they need a mental coach.
St. Augustine, Fla.
(Kavanagh is a senior rules official with the Florida State Golf Association.)
Hey, Kavanagh, just turn it off
I have to take exception to Jim Kavanagh’s take on the U.S. Senior Women’s Open (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 19).
There was a large contingent of women who had waited far too long for their chance to continue participation. Just the celebration of something that could have been done years earlier to honor the women's game was worthy of their appearance. Many were past their competitive prime, but JoAnne Carner shot her age, 79, in the first round, and no men I know have done that.
So, Jim, please keep your sour-grapes attitude to yourself. Don't watch, but don't tarnish a walk in the past that was due.
History favors Senior Women’s Open
If the USGA had its first Senior Women’s Open with the same age-55 requirement as did the first men’s Senior Open in 1980, maybe the outcome wouldn't have been so predictable. The age for the men wasn't changed to 50 until later in 1981, when the USGA realized that Arnold Palmer wouldn't have been eligible until 1985.
As for the Senior Women’s Open being a “homecoming,” keep in mind that the men’s Champions Tour began as a legends four-ball. It was a homecoming/reunion at which older players who no longer could compete on the PGA Tour could see old friends and pick up a little cash.
Give the USGA credit. It's a start.
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