PGA Tour should subsidize LPGA
Fourteen of the LPGA players ranked in the top 50 in the world show U.S. flags next to their names. Of those, only seven have come through college golf programs. (Michelle Wie graduated from Stanford but, as a professional, could not play college golf.) The other six turned professional right out of junior golf.
The NCAA Women's Championship showed that these women can play. So why do so few of them make it? And make it is a relative term.
The NBA subsidizes the WNBA. The PGA Tour has plenty of cash that would allow the men’s tour to subsidize the LPGA. The two groups have created an alliance, but there's nothing in that agreement that gives the LPGA what it needs: larger purses.
Maybe if the purses were larger, more college players would move to the next level rather than immediately taking their golf-scholarship educations into the real world.
Kids need parents to lead them to golf
I cannot speak about Pete Bevacqua, but I can say this: adult programs are really where the PGA of America’s money should go (“PGA needs CEO who matters to members,” July 26). Kids are super easy to reach, and grown-ups are not the generational legacy function of the game. I never would have played golf if my parents did not.
Kids might play golf this summer, but next summer it could be tennis. That’s the way it should be. Without adults playing and getting their kids into the sport, youth programs sound great and have catchy names but ultimately will be fractional in their growth.
Boca Raton, Fla.
PGA of America needs to focus on members
Your piece in Morning Read was spot-on (“PGA needs CEO who matters to members,” July 26).
The PGA of America has been too corporate-oriented for far too long. Many of its 28,000-plus members have languished in mediocre-paying jobs for too many years, waiting for a trickle-down effect that probably never will come.
The PGA’s emphasis needs to be on the membership and uplifting their status in the golf community.
On another topic, I thought it commendable of the PGA for its support of our current president Paul Levy’s issues involving driving under the influence (“In the news,” June 14). It was a situation that could have put people at real risk.
Where was that support in 2014 for former PGA president Ted Bishop, who just made a poor choice of words in a casual environment? (“PGA applies double standard in Levy case,” June 17).
Vero Beach, Fla.
(Schamback is a retired PGA professional.)
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