Senior women’s golf: New wrinkle on old concept
If a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one there to hear it, it probably has fallen at a senior LPGA event (“Senior women deserve major upgrade,” Oct. 18).
I am an LPGA devotee, having volunteered at countless events, including Solheim Cups and International Crowns. On the whole, LPGA players are far more fan- and volunteer-friendly (with exceptions) than the PGA Tour players. Admittedly, fans can get more up-close and personal with the LPGA players because there are fewer fans competing for space behind the ropes.
I volunteered a time or two at the now-defunct Handa Cup for seniors. There were more volunteers than spectators. The LPGA and Symetra tours suffer from a lack of spectator interest. Never mind the senior tour. I firmly believe if more golf fans would just try it, they would become LPGA fans. I have no such hope for the senior tour. I personally have no interest in the PGA or the LPGA senior tours. Though the senior PGA tour has done reasonably well, I do not believe the senior LPGA will ever take wing. At least not until spectators begin to give the Symetra and LPGA tours a solid try.
St. Augustine, Fla.
Miller delivered as an analyst and will be missed
It seems like a lifetime that I have been reading negative comments about Johnny Miller as an announcer for golf on NBC. Thankfully, he usually has received his proper due for his ability as a player (“Azinger enhances NBC’s sharp analysis,” Oct. 17).
People certainly are entitled to their opinions, and it is well understood that nobody can be all things to all people in any endeavor.
I always have found Miller to be an excellent announcer and analyst for golf. He certainly understands all aspects of the sport, was a world-class player, did not go overboard by gushing over certain players, and kept the annoying blabbering to a minimum, much like they do in the U.K. Additionally, if an analyst never points out a negative, he is not doing his job properly.
Miller always appeared to me to be a good person and a good family man, and NBC would not have retained an announcer for three decades if he had not been contributing positively to the bottom line.
I'll miss him and wish him well.
Craig Ferguson wouldn’t advise Hawkins’ approach
Apparently, the rumors turned out to be true. Paul Azinger will replace Johnny Miller on NBC. Good choice, and according to John Hawkins, there were no other choices (“Azinger enhances NBC’s sharp analysis,” Oct. 17).
I’ll look forward to Azinger’s commentary, especially because I fell on the side of people who didn’t care for Miller’s acerbic comments.
But, did Hawkins think that trashing Nick Faldo and Greg Norman added to his accolades for Azinger? I think not. I suggest that Hawkins should consider following the advice of Craig Ferguson before saying anything. Does this need to be said? Does this need to be said by me? Does this need to be said by me now?
There is absolutely no reason – and it is a disservice to Azinger – for Hawkins to humiliate others in an effort to build up a great pick.
Giving Miller the silent treatment
Sorry, John Hawkins, but I’m not sorry to see Johnny Miller depart NBC (“Azinger enhances NBC’s sharp analysis,” Oct. 17).
Miller may have said things about the pros that ticked them off, but in calling the shots, he always has been slow. He never saw a putt missed left that wasn't pulled or one right that wasn't pushed. Replays would show they were misread, but never a retraction. He would make comments with shots that were as if he had already told us before the shot what it was going to do, but it looked to us as if he waited to call it until he saw what it did. We gave up ever listening to him and turned the sound off whenever he was on.
If Paul Azinger will let silence be a part of his analysis, he might be OK. Take a lesson from the European Tour announcers.
Nick Faldo does nothing but blather on and on about things we don't care about. We tend to listen to the Golf Channel announcers more than the major networks’ as they make more sense and we don't have all the sidebars that are really annoying.
Thank goodness for taping and being able to silence all the commercials and sidebars.
Home Depot for golf gear? It’s all in how you see it
Interesting article on sunglasses (“Seeing golf with new sense of clarity,” Oct. 17).
Some 13 years ago, at my daughter’s college graduation, I lost my sunglasses. As a joke, I was given a pair of yellow safety glasses. Playing a round of golf a couple of days later, I was astounded at how much easier it was to read the greens. I’ve worn them ever since.
As a bonus, I wear contact lens, and with the wraparound safety glasses, I almost never get anything in my eyes. Extra bonus: $9.99 at Home Depot.
Wayne C. Caballero
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