Offer help rather than seek vengeance
I believe there is another issue to be discussed regarding whether PGA of America president Paul Levy should be fired or not (“L.A. pro to PGA: Clean up Levy mess,” Aug. 2).
I'm concerned that the level of repercussion for human error is more vengeful than just. Why must a person lose his livelihood for a moment of error, especially one that is able to be rehabilitated? Is the public image of the PGA of America so delicate that former president Ted Bishop and Levy must be fired, rather than use their errors as a steppingstone to address their respective issues, both in the PGA and golf in general?
Has PGA professional Patrick Casey ever driven a vehicle when his blood alcohol level might have been over the limit? Has he ever made a sexist comment denigrating another male by equating his behavior as being feminine?
How about helping Bishop to use his experience to become an advocate for respectful attitudes toward females, and Levy for greater adherence to the dictum of not driving under the influence? Why must they be fired? To pretend that the PGA won't tolerate such behavior?
These are behaviors that need to change. They will do so more quickly with help than with vengeance.
Maybe PGA Tour should tee it forward, too
Gary Van Sickle's brief reminiscing on past PGA Tour stops got me to thinking about a future one that could be wildly popular (“Rubber meets road for PGA Tour in Akron,” July 31).
The NHL now plays some games outdoors, an homage to many of the players who grew up playing on outdoor rinks. Similarly, I would like to see the PGA Tour hold an event at an ordinary municipal course playing from the white tees, perhaps approximately 6,100 yards or so. This is not to say the course itself should be ragtag, but decent greens rolling at about 8 on the Stimpmeter would be something to which the fans could relate.
Because the winning score could well be 35 or 40 under par and the cut at 10 under, a provision could be put into place that all scoring records that week would be unofficial.
Some players undoubtedly would not be happy to play under such conditions, but I think that others would have a blast. It just might be the most fun event on Tour.
Rangefinders for all would level playing field
It doesn't seem that long ago when all we had were some 150-yard-mark bushes or stakes and an occasional sprinkler head from which to determine the distance (“Proposed green-reading limits miss mark,” Aug. 1).
I recall playing St. Andrews in college when we had to walk from our ball to about halfway to the hole and back again just to get an idea about how far we were.
I enjoy being able to pull out my rangefinder, and as long as everyone has access to the same technology, what does it matter? I get annoyed watching the pros pull out these massive yardage and green-reading guides from their pockets before hitting a shot or putt. It's not as though they haven't played a practice round or their caddie doesn't have the information.
Let's get rid of all of the yardage and green-reading paraphernalia and give each player a rangefinder.
Ted A. Biskind
An on-and-off concern
As I watch the pros on TV, I don’t understand why they hit their drives, and with their glove on, start down the fairway and take their glove off, then get to their ball for their second shot and put the glove back on that they just took off not two minutes ago (“Golfers get a grip: Use glove or go bare?” Aug. 1).
Why did they take it off in the first place?
Also, when they putt and the ball is less than a few inches from the hole, they will walk up and mark it. For goodness’ sake, putt the thing out and get out of the way. This just slows the game.
Thanks for letting me vent.
Robert Jerman Jr.
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