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An endorsement for ‘Handsome Johnny’
Wow, what a powerful and perfect article by Jeff Babineau (“ ‘Handsome Johnny’ would shine in bronze,” Oct. 8). I was floored at the details. I now know why I saw so many golf clubs that were stamped with the name of Johnny Farrell.

Members of the Selection Committee for the World Golf Hall of Fame now have an open-and-shut case to make this happen, and I am certain that they will.

Bobby Grace
Highlands, N.C.
(Grace is the managing member of Bobby Grace Putters.)


Tribute to Dave Anderson
Thanks for publishing the article by Art Spander concerning golf writer Dave Anderson (“Anderson, 89, the gentleman sports writer,” Oct. 8). His work was before my time, but it made me think about the bigger picture of golf media.

Back in Anderson’s day, the written word was paramount. There was much less emphasis on other forms of golf coverage. There certainly was no Golf Channel, no hyped-up golf apps, nor the constant stream of electronic messaging that has become the mainstay of modern-day golf coverage.

Somehow, that seems purer to me. Effective reporting on golf was dependent upon the skill of a gifted writer. And, with Anderson, it was done with emphasis on fact rather than favoritism. What a contrast from today, when we must endure countless hours of sheer banality and hero worship (e.g., Tiger Woods mania).

Thankfully, the written word is alive and well with Morning Read. Maybe it is time for the rest of contemporary golf media to return to its roots?

Ted Comstock
Lancaster, N.H.


Le Golf National stands as risk-reward model
Garry Tollefson’s point in “European blueprint could reshape game” is certainly one worth considering (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 8).

If so many of the classic American courses have become obsolete because the modern-day professional hits the ball too far, why not make the price to pay for wayward tee shots as penal as Le Golf National did. That doesn’t mean players couldn’t hit 330-yard tee shots, just more risk-reward than is usually the case on most American courses.

I love watching long drives, especially when I’m standing right behind the teeing ground, but I’d like to see traditional courses still in play (even if Phil Mickelson says playing courses with rough like that at Le Golf National is a “waste of his time”).

John Gaughan
Fairfield, Ohio


Picture this idyllic golf world
Bob Geismar should make a YouTube video to deliver his message of love and peace to the world (“From the Morning Read inbox,” Oct. 8).

I can see Joni Mitchell strumming a guitar on his left while Peter, Paul and Mary (well, we can use a live stand-in for her) bob their heads on his right. And he'll need a chorus of young girls with long straight hair to hum Kumbaya in the background.

He can show clips of Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka strolling along the Seine, holding hands and smiling. Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed will come behind them, sharing a bottle of Bordeaux. Maybe he can get Phil Mickelson to do a cameo washing Jim Furyk's car. Justine Reed could carry Tiger Woods’ bag.

I wonder why they bother to keep a scorecard.

Jim Kavanagh
St. Augustine, Fla.


A wide-angled view of history
Phil Mickelson's comments about wider fairways answers a 12-year-old question for me.

I couldn't understand how one of the best players in the world could hit such a bad tee shot on the 72nd hole at Winged Foot while leading the 2006 U.S. Open by one shot and needing par to win.

Now I know. Mickelson didn't hit a bad shot; he hit it the way he plays, but the fairway was too narrow.

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.


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