An allegiance to good golf
I'll have to disagree with reader Joe Hughes concerning his rooting for only the Americans on the LPGA tour (“From the Morning Read inbox,” June 10).
Hughes says that watching golf is the Olympics to him, which is his prerogative, but unless it is the Olympics or something like the Solheim Cup, there are no teams representing nations during regular LPGA events.
Hank Haney likely was incorrect when he said he couldn't name six players on the LPGA tour (“If Haney feels remorse, next step is key,” May 30). I consider myself a fan of all golf, LPGA included, and can rattle off 25-30 names without hesitation, and not just current players but even those of yesteryear.
When I watch golf, I'm looking for a player who is in command of the golf ball during any given round. I marvel at how they send it flying on the right trajectory and distance. I couldn't care less if the hands attached to the club belong to an Asian, an Irishman, a Spaniard or an American. I loved watching the late Seve Ballesteros seemingly prance his way around a course as if it were his own personal playground. I cared not a whit that he was trouncing the likes of Tom Kite, Curtis Strange or Ray Floyd.
I don't particularly root for a particular player because of his or her nationality, but maybe more for an engaging personality and an appreciation for the fans who attend the tournaments to watch a game that we all love. Watch In Gee Chun or So Yeon Ryu smile and wave after the fans applaud, even if a putt was for a bogey or worse. How can you not appreciate their talent and cheer them on?
To me, not wanting to watch the Asians on the LPGA tour is akin to not rooting for someone simply because of a dislike for the color of their shirt. What does the color of their shirt (skin?) matter when it comes to how they hit the golf ball?
James A. Smith
Virginia Beach, Va.
Another view of golf immortality
John Hawkins’ article on the World Golf Hall of Fame was interesting (“Golf HOF: It’s not for everybody … or is it?” June 10).
For some reason, I think only of golfers when I think of the HOF. After more thought, I can see why some other great contributors to the game might be included.
I was a little late getting into the game, so I do not really know who Dennis Walters was. Peggy Kirk Bell has contributed greatly to women's golf and is an icon. Billy Payne? Give me a break. So he was in charge of Augusta National for 11 years. Big deal. What about all the other people who were in charge of some of the other great courses, and for much longer than Payne?
The HOF committee missed this one, in my opinion.
Sports’ popularity contests
Halls of fame are, for the most part, a popularity contest and in many cases an all-too-important aspect of sports (“Golf HOF: It’s not for everybody … or is it?” June 10).
If you are a fan of a player in any sport and can honestly evaluate his or her performance, you should be able to tell me whether he or she is a hall-of-famer or not. The actual enshrinement is in many cases overvalued. Case in point: When Vijay Singh received word that he was going into the World Golf Hall of Fame, he postponed his enshrinement for one year.
Can you imagine a baseball or football player doing that?
This is a subject of my disinterest for a long time, because it has become a topic of conversation on virtually every player in every sport while he or she is still playing. Someone is going to tell me that a player is a hall-of-famer after five years of playing?
Who cares? We already know who is and who isn't.
And further, if your choice is not in, so what? You know better, and he or she is in your HOF.
Why is Fred Couples in the HOF and Corey Pavin is not? Their careers are very similar. See why it is a joke.
Boca Raton, Fla.
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