Rick Reilly's story (The Missing Links, June 13) touches the very heart and soul of the hacker and his chosen purgatory, the public links. The antics of the regulars at the Ponkapoag Golf Club in Canton, Mass., are no doubt repeated all across the nation, the only differences being the regional changes in insults and accents. Not mentioned was one of the tactics employed by the gang I play with. First, there's the polite information given to the hitter regarding hazards he should avoid, such as the lake on the left or the low-hanging branches on the right. Then, there's the question asked of the hitter—at the most crucial moment (read: the shot for the most money)—as to whether he inhales or exhales at the top of his swing. Thanks again for shining a light on the people who give golf life.
JOHN A. GOSSETT
It's great to see muni players recognized. Ziggy, Cementhead, Socks and Bluto can play with our foursome anytime.
Congratulations to Alexander Wolff on a fine piece on the Harvard-Yale Regatta (Oars and Old Ivy, June 6). As a former Harvard oarsman (1967-71) who rowed against Yale four times on the Thames and who continues to row today, I agree with those who have described the two-week preparation for the Race, as well as the Race itself, as a marvelous and unique experience. Among other things, the time spent at Red Top gives one a chance to build lifetime friendships with fellow oarsmen.
Rowing is a sport for athletes who individually seek perfection of a repeated movement and who also seek perfect synchrony with the seven other members of the boat. Added to this is the challenge of pushing one's body beyond limits one previously considered unimaginable.
ROGER A. BROOKS
WRESTLING PADRE (CONT.)
This letter concerns your article (A Ring and a Prayer. Dec. 21) on Father Sergio Gutierrez of Xometla. Mexico—also known as the masked Fray Tormenta (Brother Tempest)—and his efforts to build an orphanage for the 86 children in his care. In response to your story, some 60 Amoco dealers and jobbers in the Carolinas joined together to donate one cent per gallon from their sales of Amoco Ultimate Lead Free Premium gasoline during the month of April to help the good father build that orphanage. Assisted by direct donations from the Amoco Oil Company and its employees, the dealers and jobbers raised a total of $25,853. Father Gutierrez needs at least $65,000 to build a suitable dormitory, not including furnishings.
I was privileged to present the check—that's me in the blazer in the picture (below)—on the steps of St. Michael's Church in Xometla on May 18. I thank Allan Goud—he's the one in the white shirt behind Father Gutierrez and me—of the American School Foundation in Mexico City for making all the arrangements. Also presented were two soccer balls, three Frisbees and 60 Amoco hats.
You will note from the picture that Father Gutierrez is on crutches. His ankle was broken on May 15 during a tag-team wrestling match in Sail Antonio, Texas. An opponent threw a metal chair as Gutierrez was climbing into the ring, and it hit the padre on the ankle. Although limping, Gutierrez completed the match, making the pin that gave his team the victory. He hopes to be back in action later in the summer.
Amoco Oil Company