In regard to Dan Jenkins' article concerning the Masters and the Bon Air Hotel (Where Georgia Retaliates for Sherman's March, April 6), we feel that you owe the city of Augusta a public apology.
If your staff does not appreciate the accommodations our city has to offer, then you may remain where you are. And we would like it a lot better if you would.
FRANK E. CLARK
JOE A. SCHMITZ
Mr. Jenkins' surmise as to the origin of the soap sliver ("most likely left behind by some carpetbagger") was the only hint of truth in the whole article.
RONALD F. GALLOWAY, M.D.
Poor hotels Augusta may have. Poor restaurants as well. But you neglected to mention Augusta's foremost attraction: more good-looking girls per square foot than any city in America. Take it from a North Carolinian who knows.
CHARLES DAVANT III
Woodberry Forest, Va.
Your Master's issue arrived in time to give me a refreshing, but, alas, vicarious visit to Augusta. For three of the past five years some friends and I have made the rushed 1,000-mile trek via automobile on self-imposed absences from our college studies. I still vividly recall a couple of visits to the Bon Air and the Red Lion.
However, we cannot include ourselves among the Bon Air's illustrious alums. During seven of our nine nights in Augusta we solved the sleeping problem by sprawling out on the four-foot seats of our car. Our favorite parking spot was near an entrance to a parking lot close to the fifth green. One morning we were politely awakened and served coffee by the first attendant on duty.
THOMAS F. WARREN
Rock Island, Ill.
Dan Jenkins' story on the sidelines at the Masters makes me wish I could sell everything I own and go to Augusta to "vote for Mutimer." Thanks, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, for your April 6 issue.
Maybe the Masters has outgrown Augusta, but give us time.
WILLIAM F. MAGUIRE
In your list of the eight top contenders for the Masters, you forgot to include Sam Snead and Julius Boros who tied for third last year.
?It was insight, not oversight; neither one made it past the cut.—ED.