Forget Hootie Johnson. Forget Martha Burk. Forget CBS. Forget Coca-Cola. The only way there will be change at Augusta (SCORECARD, Sept. 9) is if the people who really matter to anyone—the players—boycott the Masters until there is equality in the club's membership.
SCOTT LENZ, Los Angeles
When 79% of the people in your poll are telling you that Augusta members have every right to run their club as they see fit, then what is it that you don't understand?
RICHARD HAND, Piano, Texas
I don't play golf, don't belong to a country club, and I'm not a woman. So why should I care about what Hootie Johnson says or thinks? Because I do have a mother, wife, daughters and a sister. That's why.
JERRY SCHWARTZ, Chamblee, Ga.
If Augusta National were to immediately accept 15 women as members tomorrow, it would do nothing to help abused women, women abandoned with children or homeless women. Get with it, Ms. Burk, and do something really useful.
ROBERT C. SCHALLER, Colorado Springs
I am appalled that in 2002 there exist organizations that continue to discriminate on the basis of gender. The National Council of Women's Organizations should be ashamed of itself.
DONALD L. ROBERTSON, Blue Springs, Mo.
I found it amusing that your poll was so heavily pro-Augusta, while your biased "lecture" took just the opposite slant. Burk's strident pitch to Augusta was hardly a "brief, polite" letter. She literally was ordering Johnson to do it her way. CBS has shown admirable guts in defying the lady. In private clubs I have belonged to, I've helped lead the way to enabling a more diversified membership, meaning black, Hispanic and Asian members as well as women. But we did this on our own initiative as a reflection of changing social times, not with an activist's gun pointed at our head. You and other liberal media are fueling those activists. I say, "Hooray for Hootie!"
ROBERT B. WOLCOTT JR.
Laguna Niguel, Calif.
After reading Alan Shipnuck's GOLF PLUS item about the importance of momentum in golf (THE WEEK, The Mo, the Merrier, Sept. 2), I want to point out what the real marquee match of the U.S. Amateur was: eventual champion Ricky Barnes versus his good friend, No. 1 seed Bill Haas, in Saturday's semifinal. Even better than the up and down on the 15th hole in the final match that Shipnuck alluded to was Ricky's Saturday sand shot from a true fried-egg lie, which he played 20 feet right of the hole and rolled in a semicircle around a hill to within gimme range to halve the 13th. It was the most unbelievable shot I have ever seen, and Ricky personally told me it was the best shot he's ever hit in his life. Congrats to a true champion.
BILLY DEITCH, Bingham Farms, Mich.
In the fall of 1988 I went out for the seventh-grade football team at Stony-brook Junior High in Indianapolis. Like Tyler Money (SCORECARD, Sept. 9), I was told I couldn't play because of my large head size. Thank you, Riddell, for finally solving this problem, and thank God for athletes like Kevin Mench. Because of the publicity his head size has received, I get fewer strange looks when I ask for a size 8 in a hat store.
JIM RODENBUSH, Pittsburgh
I still have tears in my eyes from laughter after reading about Rick Reilly's experience trying to bat against Nolan Ryan, Fear Strikes Out Again (THE LIFE OF REILLY, Sept. 9). Reilly is the reason I start thumbing through my edition from the back each week. If there was ever a week we needed laughter—the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks—this was it.
GEORGE S. SCIMONE, Wilton, Conn.
Kudos to Rich Beem for his great PGA win at Hazel tine (Life of the Party, Sept. 9). But what his neighbor J.P. Hayes said, "Rich now knows that he can beat Tiger head-to-head in a major," is real hard for me to swallow. Beem is just another guy who happened to have it going for four days, just like Chris DiMarco, Kevin Sutherland, Craig Perks, Jerry Kelly and anyone who has beaten Tiger. They're all fine players, but if they play against Tiger 100 times, who would take the odds of any of them beating Tiger 10 times?
SAM CROCE, Saratoga, N.Y.