Keeping Score

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‘Biggest day in the history of women’s golf’
With apologies to the LPGA and USGA, the Augusta National Women's Amateur’s final round Saturday was the biggest day in the history of women’s golf (“Women make big impression at Augusta,” April 8).

Men everywhere were standing and cheering. It was presented so well, and the players certainly did their part.

Bravo to Augusta National and all involved.

Frank Morris
Winston-Salem, N.C.

Pace of play ought to be kids’ stuff
I agree that watching the kids take forever to hit their shots was ridiculous (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 8). And it does not bode well for the future.

They need to impose a time limit for the kids to take shots so they start to learn that pace of play is important.

Jean MacLeod
Hudson, N.H.

Why so much negative energy directed at Augusta?
Am I missing something here? I love the fact that Augusta National is hosting the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt competitions. Whatever anyone does to help open more opportunities for competition and to help grow the game has to be good, so I don’t understand all of the negative comments aimed at Augusta National (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 8). Maybe we should all invest a little more time to jump in and expose others, young and old, to this great game.

I do agree with reader Mike Sprouts about all of the “deliberation, dillydallying and over-analyzing” with both competitions. Golf instructors could help out here, I believe – four to six practice swings probably are a few too many on most shots – to help speed up the evaluation of each shot and the pre-shot routines, although it might cut down on the reader comments each morning.

Another really big boost for the ANWA was the fact that there was a lot of good golf played. Jennifer Kupcho played a near-flawless back nine at Augusta National, shooting 31 back there with the prize on the line, and earned her victory. Well done.

I’m ready for the Masters.

Mike Nixon
Nashville, Tenn.
(Nixon is the director of golf operations for the Tennessee Golf Trail.)

Taking their time in Augusta
I agree with reader Mike Sprouts (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 8). After watching a few of the players at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, I took out my stopwatch. The average time that it took a player to get ready to shoot was 58 seconds.

Joe Matula
Palos Park, Ill.

Another way of looking at the 1 percent
Apparently, Augusta National and the media think it's monumentally significant that the club has added a sixth female member, according to a report by Associated Press golf writer Doug Ferguson. We don't know how many members Augusta National has, but I'd guess the number is more than 500. That means the six female members make up about 1 percent of the Augusta National membership.

Funny how 1 percent is a number hailed by the media in the Augusta National golf world, but 1-percenters in the real world are treated with distain.

Charlie Jurgonis
Fairfax, Va.

From Monday to magical in a week
The roller-coaster final round Sunday at the Valero Texas Open shows me what this kid Corey Conners is made of (“Keeping score,” April 8). He is one solid young man, staying in the moment.

Now, on to Augusta and all of the additional perks that come with a PGA Tour victory. It is another lesson in life: Monday qualifier to Augusta in seven magical days.

Bob Geismar
Boca Raton, Fla.

Border patrol
Being a Canadian, I found the Valero Texas Open to be a fabulous win for Corey Conners and the upbeat playing of good young Canadian professionals (“Keeping score,” April 8).

A very large boo hiss to Charley Hoffman for slow-playing Conners on the last hole. Very simply, Hoffman had to hole his second or have a good chance at 3. No other options.

What took him so long reminded me of Alex Noren being slow-played by J.B. Holmes in the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.

The ugly-American attitude shines again: Win at any cost.

I am glad Canadians are so much better.

Peter Torry

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