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October 12, 1998
Golf is life. Everything else is simply waiting to play.—RICHARD FOSTER, New Orleans
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Golf is life. Everything else is simply waiting to play.

Tee Time
Hey, Frank, what about us (Hooked on Golf, Sept. 7)? Maybe your feminine alter ego, Frances, can write about fanatic women golfers next time.
KATHY KEMPER, Washington, D.C.

Score Deford a double eagle. The Golfer-American is epitomized by our group, the Cahoonas. Our annual Linx & Drinx is a dawn to dusk, four-day golfing marathon with massive quantities of beer, steaks, friendly wagers and rock-and-roll. With De-ford's article as fresh evidence of the benefits of being a Golfer-American, our chances of getting a pass from our wives to tee it up for a 14th, 15th and 16th Linx & Drinx are in the bag. For this Deford gets a mulligan on every hole he plays with a Cahoona.

Next time you're in Grand Rapids, Frank, you have an invitation to come play. We'll send the girls shopping, brag about our sex lives, drink double gins at the turn and eat all the pretzels at the 19th hole.
STEVE HARMON, Grand Rapids, Mich.

An older brother of mine, an executive at a conservative company in the Midwest, capitulated when his boss ordered him to take up golf so he could more effectively schmooze with golf-addicted clients from abroad. Now my brother grudgingly lugs a golf bag on business trips but never speaks of his game among family members.

Long Balls
As a 23-year-old baseball fan, I have envied people who were fortunate enough to grow up during the time of the Babe or of Maris, when seemingly unbreakable records were set {Making His Mark, Sept. 14)-Thank you, Mark McGwire, for giving another generation the opportunity to witness history.
MATT SPLAIN, Coudersport, Pa.

Like the last time the home run mark was broken, as this year's record breaker (number 62) cleared the fence, the Red Sox were playing the Yankees. Once again Boston lost the game to New York by one run. The gods surely laughed and, thanks to McGwire, even the faithful at Fenway smiled.
NATHAN DANA ALDRICH, Santa Monica, Calif.

I'm happy for the people of St. Louis and Chicago because they get the chance to cheer for McGwire and Sosa. I'm sorry for the people of St. Louis and Chicago because they have to cheer for the Rams and the Bears.
DENNIS LYON, Sheboygan, Wis.

If I had $1 million, I would spend not a cent on number 62 and all of it on the record-setting homer at the end of the season. That will be the historic ball.
GLEN PICKUS, Mukilteo, Wash.

I'm sorry to say this, but the names Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa don't have the same magical ring as Babe Ruth and Roger Maris. Maybe in 37 years they will.
JOSEPH DAUDISH, Westchester, Ill.

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