You may have verified or changed your opinion of the Snead-Rudolph golf match after viewing the recent rerun on NBC.
This match was played under strict USGA rules, and I resent your implication that it was shabbily done.
Both bags were checked for the correct number of clubs on the first tee. There was a delay in setting up the cameras, which could explain Snead's assertion that in the interim his caddie, a local boy from Bermuda not too familiar with USGA rules, returned to the golf shop and, seeing a club Sam had used for practice, replaced it in the Snead golf bag without informing Sam.
You say that Snead purposely dubbed shots to lose. You report that Sam was aware of his disqualification at the 11th hole but informed no one. Now follow the play. Snead played very well, but not as well as Rudolph, up to the 16th green. He four-putted a very treacherous green. Players have four-putted greens before and will again, to go 1 down. On 17 Snead recovered brilliantly and sank a good putt for a 3 and a win to square the match. He lost the match by three-putting the 18th from a spot on the green that required a miraculous approach putt to get the ball anywhere near the hole and down in regulation figures. After the clubs were returned to the golf shop more than 50 yards away Snead announced that he had too many clubs and had to lose. I believed Sam, but without any positive proof I could not, as a commentator, make Rudolph's victory a hollow one. The way the youngster went head and head with the veteran Snead and came on to win indicated to me that no matter how difficult it was for Sam to lose, it would have been a hell of a lot tougher for him to have won on this particular day. TV has helped golf. That's my intent.
New York City
?Whatever Mr. Crosby's intention may have been, the rerun of the controversial Snead-Rudolph match made no new friends for either golf or television. What was already a shabby show was made an even shabbier one because "the unctuous statements which accompanied the rebroadcast made it plain that the entrepreneurs of the show were wittingly capitalizing on their shabby notoriety" (EDITORIAL, SI, April 25). Jack Gould, the TV-radio critic of The New York Times, spoke for all friends of honest golf and honest television when he wrote: "It would have been far better for NBC to apprise viewers on April 3 of the information that it had received rather than permit the audience to think it was watching a bona fide contest."—ED.
We were very pleased with SPORTS II-LUSTRATED'S two-part condensation comprising about 40% of the whole of Robert Marshall's The Haunted Major, published by us in book form the other day. However, lest there be any confusion as a result of your introductory precede (SI, April 18), let it be repeated that in book form The Haunted Major runs 192 pages long and is not merely an element for anthologies.
President, Ives Washburn, Inc.
New York City
MORE POWER TO HER
Percy Cerutty, coach of Herb Elliott, doesn't like women athletes. Women, he implies, should just aim to look beautiful.
I'd like to answer Mr. Cerutty like this:
The striving for arete, the Greek concept for excellence, should not be confined to one sex. If a woman wants to add the 100-meter dash to her activities, more power to her.
Columnist Red Smith says that a nation that can produce Marilyn Monroe but fails in the Olympics need not feel disgraced. What would be wrong with a nation that could produce Marilyn Monroes putting the shot?