Equal Pay for Equal Work
While S.L. Price was justified in chastising the attitudes of Jim Courier, Tim Henman and Chris Gorringe, the chief executive of the All England Club, there is no reason for men and women players to receive the same prize money at Grand Slam events (INSIDE TENNIS, July 5). The solution? Make women's matches best-of-five sets (at least in the semis and finals) like the men's. Increase their amount of play, and they will deserve the increase in the amount of pay.
JAMES GIZA, Baltimore
Stan Is the Man
For Gerry Callahan not to mention Hall of Famer Stan Musial's name in his essay on the best living ballplayer now that Joe DiMaggio has passed away is ridiculous (SCORECARD, July 19). In his 22 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Musial won three MVP awards, had 3,630 hits, clubbed 475 home runs, had 1,951 RBIs, was chosen to play on the All-Star team every year and won seven National League batting titles and three World Series rings while hitting .331, a higher lifetime batting average than those of DiMaggio, Henry Aaron or Willie Mays.
RICHARD OSBORN, San Francisco
The Price Is Right
I enjoyed John Garrity's article on the Town Courses of Scotland and can personally attest to their affordability (The Accidental Tourist, July 12). While there last summer on business, I was having lunch at the Hawick Club-not world class or famous but a challenging little course with some terrific views. I got into a conversation with the greenkeeper, and he told me that a full membership had just gone up to 175 pounds, about $280. Then I asked about the greens fees. He looked puzzled and asked what I meant, and I explained I was inquiring what it would cost to play a round. He grinned and replied, "Are ye daft, lad, for 175 quid you can play as much as you want as long as you want the year 'round."
DON VIDLER, Larchmont, N.Y.
Phooey on Pinehurst
Kudos to Walter Bingham for hitting the nail on the head in his article The Greatest Open? I Think Not (TEEING OFF, July 5). Having played Pinehurst No. 2 on several occasions, I find it an enjoyable freak show. The greens are neither fair nor challenging. To say it is Donald Ross's greatest achievement slights that defenseless gentleman. The greens were designed first to facilitate drainage and second to create a difficult target. Any modern architect who fashioned such atrocities would never find work again! The U.S. Open will continue to be great at places like Pebble Beach or Shinnecock Hills. Spare us another experience at Pinehurst No. 2, where the luckiest golfer becomes champion.
DUKE ROHIFFS, Mesquite, Nev.
After reading Bingham's assessment, I agree 100%. After the first day, I was wondering where the windmill was located. I was glad to see the best players in the world play as I do, but it also irritated me to see the world's top golfers reduced to looking like rank amateurs. If tournament organizers think the spectacle at Pinehurst No. 2 was great, they missed the boat.
BERT WHITE, LaFayette, N.Y.
The Daly News
It bothers me that John Daly was so disgusted by the conditions at the U.S. Open that he might never play the tournament again (Going for Broke, June 28). Pinehurst ruined what could have been a very good Open. Congratulations, John, for letting the USGA have it.
ALLAN ARSENAULT, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
John Daly's conduct at the U.S. Open was deplorable. Not his comments, because anyone is entitled to express his opinions. What was inexcusable was his disregard for the rules of golf. As his shot was rolling backward on the slope of the green at the 8th hole on Sunday, he walked up to it and struck it again. That's a violation, and every golfer, amateur or professional, knows it. If Daly had any respect for the game that has paid him a lot of money, he would have complied with the rules.
LARRY LICHENS, Kent, Wash.
It's about time we cut Daly loose. He enjoys his victim status and notoriety, and has no intention of cleaning up his act. He's a Gen-X athlete doing everything to excess and not giving a damn. He should sit down with Earl Woods and see how best to exploit his image. I see a diet cookbook in the making, along with a self-help video.
JOHN NYHAN, Fairview Park, Ohio
You call Pinehurst No. 2 "perhaps the toughest layout the U.S. Open has ever seen" (Hell Hole, June 28). Let me introduce you to another Donald Ross course, Inverness in Toledo, Ohio. In four U.S. Opens, nobody has broken par there over four rounds. Not Sam Snead, not Jack Nicklaus, not Arnold Palmer. Perhaps you should do some more research before handing out laurels.
ORRIS TABNER, Toledo, Ohio
John Garrity's article on the U.S. Open (Payne Relief, June 28) was superb with the following exception: Tiger Woods is a great golfer, but he's not the only golfer. Garrity refers to "Duval, Mickelson and Stewart finishing with two-day totals of three under par, with Tiger Woods and three others two shots behind." You should have named those other golfers.
HENRY S. FATTON, Barnegat, N.J.