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Flash! Bob Jones (no, not that one) rips Masters
Anymore, “Masters” means “masters of self-promotion” (“Augusta event won’t do much for women,” March 27).

Augusta National Golf Club took a tournament that was the Bobby Jones and Friends Invitational, not the championship of anything – with a weak field, as Martin Kaufmann notes – and turned it into The One Everybody Wants to Win. You know, the green jackets, lifetime gloating rights. If the only major championship you’ve ever won is the Masters, you’re still on the outside looking in, in my opinion.

Lately, Rory McIlroy has said that he would like to win the Masters, but he doesn’t need to. It’s about time someone said that.

Bob Jones
Salem, Ore.

Augusta’s flippant salute to women’s golf
When I read that the Augusta National Women's Amateur was playing only one round at Augusta National Golf Club, I literally laughed at the idea (“Augusta event won’t do much for women,” March 27).

What a marketing joke. Then when I realized it was the same time as the ANA Inspiration, I grew angry.

Augusta National flips the bird at women's golf by holding its women’s amateur tournament on the same weekend as what is basically the women's version of the Masters.

I will be watching the real tournament that helps grow women's golf when they tee it up on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course on April 6.

David Williams
Graham, N.C.

Golf’s lost generations
The programs that the golf industry has in place for kids to play golf are just window dressing and have no long-lasting effect. No program involving kids is going to work because they must have, as Martin Kaufmann aptly mentioned, the parental involvement to continue to play and spend money on the game as adults (“Augusta event won’t do much for women,” March 27). Playing as a 10-year-old and then as an adult are 180 degrees apart.

I never would have taken up golf if my parents were not golfers. Especially in today's world, with both parents often working, the odds of getting that 40-year-old man or woman to take up the game and put in the time and effort to learn it and then pass it to their kids are minimal, at best. Golf is the ultimate legacy sport, passed down from generation to generation.

Golf has lost at least two of these generations of golfers, and they are gone forever. The game is not going to have a boom again, period. I am not a pessimist at all, just a realist. It is not going to happen unless you call Topgolf “golf,” and I do not.

The First Tee and the Drive, Chip and Putt sound great but accomplish nothing.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.

In midseason form, and it’s only March
Morning Read’s writers have been stepping up to the plate of late with their articles dealing with the many issues that have surfaced which are inhibiting the efforts of those attempting to "grow the game" in amateur and professional golf.

I thought the article by Martin Kaufmann was an excellent read (“Augusta event won’t do much for women,” March 27). While some readers may feel that Kaufmann was perhaps overly critical of the good ol’ boys at Augusta National, with their token offering to women's golf with the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur, his article highlighted many other problems contributing to the decline of golf.

When I pause and reflect on what playing golf has meant to me for my entire life and the pleasure that I still derive in my senior years from the sport, I want my sons and my grandchildren to be able to enjoy that same pleasure into their senior years.

Ron Yujuico
Euless, Texas

‘Tone deaf’ Augusta leads to split decision
I enjoyed reading Martin Kaufmann’s article in Morning Read regarding the women’s event at Augusta (“Augusta event won’t do much for women,” March 27).

Initially, I applauded the event, but when learned it overlapped with the ANA Inspiration, I realized that the organizers were tone deaf.

Two Stanford players had to make a choice about which event to play. One (Albane Valenzuela) is going to the ANA, and the other (Andrea Lee) to Augusta. This type of choice is ridiculous.

Stacey Baba
Saratoga, Calif.
(Baba is a board member of the Northern California Golf Association.)

Golf needs to attract middle class
Thank you for Martin Kaufmann’s commentary on women’s golf at Augusta (“Augusta event won’t do much for women,” March 27).

It brings out a few reasons why we are not growing the game. It is not the same game that I started playing back in the 1960s.

Clubs are using women and juniors for their business plan. Very smart. I would like to see it going back to the middle class.

Dave Sanford
Luckey, Ohio
(Sanford is a member of the PGA of America.)

Horace Greeley would have advised play in ANA, too
It's a shame that Augusta National chose to compete with the LPGA’s ANA Inspiration (“Augusta event won’t do much for women,” March 27). Commissioner Mike Whan must be livid.

I didn’t know, until reading Martin Kaufmann’s article, that the Augusta National Women’s Amateur won’t have all three rounds at Augusta National. Wow. What a slap in the women's face.

And to think that I was thinking about going because I’ve been to Augusta only once, for a 2009 practice round, and most importantly, I love the LPGA.

You are sending the right message to the young women: Head west.

Peter Ewen
Center Valley, Pa.

It’s like watching paint dry (Valspar, of course)
The Valspar Championship last weekend was the slowest I've seen lately.

Paul Casey should give up PGA Tour golf if he cannot hit a shot without a five-minute consultation with his caddie. Every shot had to be dissected from all angles, check wind with grass 3-4 times (evidently cannot feel it on face or body). I think they should switch places and speed up the game.

Evidently the officials who should control slow play don't have the body parts to speak up.

In the future, if Casey is on top of a leaderboard and getting TV time, I will switch channels or go watch paint dry. My wife states I get too upset watching golf anyway.

Bobby Goforth
Bristol, Tenn.

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