I think Alfred Wright has lost his head over Young Jack the Mighty Master (April 15).
Saying that Jack Nicklaus is starting a new era in golf seems a bit premature at the present. Such greats as Jones, Hagen, Snead, etc. established their greatness over many years, but Jack is only in his second pro year.
This young Master may very well dominate the game of golf in years to come, but it is too early to say now that he is the best in the game. That honor still belongs to the unmatchable Arnold Palmer.
IRY L. FINKEL
The Bronx, N.Y.
It was only 24 months ago that Mighty Jack played in his last Ohio intercollegiate golf tournament, representing the mighty Ohio State Buckeyes.
The rain came down so hard the competition was reduced from 36 holes to 18 holes. The wind blew the rain in sheets, and it was a sight to see Jack slushing down the fairways of the long Ohio State University course carrying his own bag, since there were no caddies.
On the long, tight, hazardous 12th, Jack drove into a gale of wind and rain, and was home with an iron for an easy birdie. No one else in the field came close to the green in two, as was the case at Augusta's 15th last Friday.
I only know Nicklaus casually, but I can attest that he is a gentleman and a great tribute to our professional golf trade. He deserves to be at the top. It couldn't happen to a grander guy.
Alfred Wright singles out for recognition only those top-name, popular golfers who placed in the Masters top 10. He gives not even passing mention to Ed Furgol, who, at 46 and once more on the pro circuit, played the steadiest and sometimes the most exciting game at Augusta (an 80-foot putt from off the 16th green in the third round). Going into the final round, Furgol was one under par and only one stroke behind the leader, Jack the Mighty, and at the end of the tournament he was three shots behind the winner and tied with such notables as Gary Player.
MARNE OBERNAUER JR.
New Haven, Conn.
I was greatly interested in Robert Cantwell's article on Grey Owl (Mysterious Genius of Nature Lore, April 8). You may be interested to know that Grey Owl is perhaps the only naturalist and author to have a golf tournament named after him.
Riding Mountain National Park, as noted in your story, was the first site of Grey Owl's beaver restoration. The park still maintains his original cabin and also boasts one of Canada's finest golf courses, the site of the Grey Owl annual. In a short time it has become probably the most popular golf tourney in Manitoba, drawing amateur entrants from three provinces of Canada and the northern United States.