Look at Haney from American perspective
I never have been a fan of Hank Haney’s. However, I don’t believe that what he said about not being able to name the LPGA players, but that “Lee” would be a good guess, was racist. Nationalist, yes; racist, no (“If Haney feels remorse, next step is key,” May 30).
If 90 percent of the PGA Tour pros were from any country in the world but the U.S., most Americans would pay it little attention. If there were no dominant PGA Tour golfer from the U.S. and 90 percent of them were from one country – say, France or Russia – would it be racist if Haney said he didn’t know their names but “Boris” and “Jacques” would be good guesses?
So, as for Haney’s statement, it is not because they are of Asian ethnicity that he does not know them; it is because there are so few Americans on their tour. People all around the world follow the sports at which their countrymen are best.
Excellent golf extends beyond men’s game
Regarding the charges of sexism and racism leveled at Hank Haney, I believe the problem in his comments is in the beginning. "I can't name you, like, six players on the LPGA tour." (“If Haney feels remorse, next step is key,” May 30).
We rightly separate sports into male and female varieties, acknowledging the innate differences between men and women. Alex Miceli wrote, "Women’s professional golf is not followed to the same extent as the men’s game. The reasons are numerous."
I would submit that the reasons actually are not numerous but stem from an underlying belief, not exclusively held by men, that because of those innate differences, women simply do not matter as much as men do, that the inability to hit the ball as far as the best men disqualifies them for consideration.
But in golf, Haney, if you have not followed the exploits of Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa, Jiyai Shin and Sung Hyun Park, then I question whether it is excellent golf you love, or just men's golf. That is sexism.
Haney merely echoes fans’ desire to see U.S. win
I suppose that Hank Haney is not entitled to an opinion, in the mind of Alex Miceli, unless it agrees with Miceli’s beliefs (“If Haney feels remorse, next step is key,” May 30).
I enjoy watching women's golf, but most of the course setups are too easy, and the only purpose is not to embarrass the players, it seems. They really don't believe that women can play tough, long course setups, which I believe, with their talent, that they can.
Golf Channel co-hosts don't help when they say the length of the course but never mention that daily setups never are anywhere near full length. Par 5s under 500 yards are a joke for the women.
Yes, there are a lot of same-name Koreans. Haney gave his opinion, and I’m sure that many fans feel the same way. They want American women to do well and win. In any country, fans root for their country’s people.
Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Here’s hoping for a good resolution
Thank you for your excellent response to Hank Haney’s distasteful remarks (“If Haney feels remorse, next step is key,” May 30).
Hopefully something good will come out of it.
St. Paul, Minn.
Don’t label Haney as racist or sexist
I’m here to defend Hank Haney, not that he needs it or wants it (“If Haney feels remorse, next step is key,” May 30).
I am offended by every sports writer or commentator who jumps onto the “politically correct” bandwagon, commending Haney as “sexist” and “racist” for his comments about women’s golf. The words sexist and racist are part of a political strategy used by a political party to damage the character of their opponents. It is used so often that it really has little meaning anymore. This is sad, because a true racist or sexist person gets discounted easily because the words are overused.
Does any fair-minded person believe that Haney is a racist or sexist because he does not know or follow women’s golf that closely? Is he a racist because he thinks that a Korean will win the U.S. Open? Is he a sexist because he can’t name six women on the LPGA? Is he a racist or sexist because he doesn’t know where they are playing the tournament?
Maybe he is a racist because he says the winner’s name might be “Lee.” Maybe sports writers and golf commentators should have criticized him for his lack of interest in women’s golf. Oh, that’s right; it wouldn’t have been a story.
The Woodlands, Texas
Men need to address their inherent biases
Hank Haney should be ashamed of himself, and no amount of apology or “next steps” will erase his distasteful, racist and sexist comments, whether or not he is racist and/or sexist (“If Haney feels remorse, next step is key,” May 30).
As an avid fan of the sport, I watch as many LPGA as PGA Tour tournaments, and I have been an on-course spectator at both. Quite frankly, I enjoy women’s golf as much as men’s, but for different reasons.
Men have enjoyed access to and support from the industry since golf’s inception, and their game (much like other men’s sports) is one of testosterone-laced prowess and dominance, thus making it exciting to watch.
Women, on the other hand, have elevated their sport in a relatively short time by comparison, and their achievement is truly amazing, especially when compared with other sports such as tennis or soccer. But their skills and gains are just as impressive, and their game is much more entertaining because they make it look deceivingly effortless.
I think Alex Miceli was being disingenuous when he wrote: “...The reasons are numerous. Pinpointing the issue is difficult...” as to why women’s golf is not followed to the same extent as men’s golf. The primary reason comes down economics. There is simply not enough money in sponsorship or advertising in women’s sports, and golf is no exception. This leads to tape-delayed or no airtime, lower purses, etc., thus reducing the allure of women’s sports to viewers. At a time in our history when there is a long-overdue push for pay equality for women, that pro sports are lagging behind just like corporate America.
Let’s face it, men: Our gender is responsible for this, and until men in positions of power and influence (e.g., the likes of Haney in sports, corporate CEOs and Congress/politicians) accept and address our unconscious bias, nothing will change. Only the will, fortitude and tenacity of women will alter our society for the better. The sad part is that the former can bring necessary change at a brisker pace whereas the latter undoubtedly will prolong the inevitable.
Maybe Haney has training aid to fix ignorance
I don't believe that Hank Haney is racist or sexist, but he should definitely be castigated for being ignorant and a phony (“If Haney feels remorse, next step is key,” May 30).
Haney claims to be a golf authority yet doesn't know anything about the LPGA tour. He hates the USGA yet knows nothing about its women's major. He says he is a PGA club pro yet knows nothing about female golfers.
Let him do infomercials selling his creams and training aids. He should watch the U.S. Women’s Open and learn something.
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
USGA's pettiness steams volunteer
My husband and I are volunteering for the 74th U.S. Women’s Open in Charleston, S.C. We have done countless tours of duty for the USGA as well as for the LPGA and PGA. Security is tight this year – for the volunteers. I am surprised that the USGA doesn’t have the us under video surveillance. Or maybe we are.
The volunteer tent apparently is a haven for light-fingered senior citizens. All who enter are checked carefully for possession of the lunch voucher. Uniformed “volunteer services” officials man the soda cooler to make sure that volunteers take only one can. Volunteers are reminded on a daily basis to being their water bottles. There is a jug in the tent. The water is cold when poured into the bottle, but because it can keep the drink neither cold nor hot, the 98-degree weather renders the bottle useless within minutes. There is no ice in the tent.
If I sound like I am whining, I am. Try standing on a hot driving range for several hours and being told that you are prohibited from taking the bottled water located within your reach. That is for the players only. We happily and willingly pay for our uniforms, our travel expenses, and room and board, and we donate our time. A bottle of spring water would be a nice token of appreciation.
Suffice it to say, the USGA pales in comparison to the LPGA in the treatment of its volunteers.
St. Augustine, Fla.
Kuchar deserves delay-of-game penalty
On Thursday, I witnessed one of the most irritating and frustrating wastes of time at the Memorial Tournament.
Matt Kuchar was trying to get relief for what he deemed to be an embedded ball. He would not accept the ruling by the official who was with his group on the 17th fairway and even was allowed a second opinion, which he didn't want to accept and had the gall to ask if he could get a third.
I didn't time how long this rubbish was allowed to go on. All I know is that it was enough to put me off from watching or even wanting to participate in golf.
This sort of spectacle should be address by the PGA Tour, and people acting like Kuchar should be given the rest of the season off.
A cross between comedy and truism
Gary Van Sickle wrote possibly the funniest/truest golf piece I have ever read (“Reading between the lines for Woods’ 82nd,” May 30).
I laughed out loud several times.
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