I thoroughly enjoyed Bill Talbert's article on serving and Frank Deford's fine story about the Richey family. However, concerning the Richey article, I am not certain what impression the majority of your readers came away with. On one hand, Mr. Deford lauds the Richeys for their united passion to become the best players in the world but, on the other, he leaves me with the feeling that George Richey may be too much of a dictator in his attempt to gain a No. I ranking for Cliff and Nancy.
Having known the Richeys during the time that Cliff and Nancy were just starting to play the game and having been fortunate enough to be a pupil of George's, I can say without reservation that he is the finest teacher of the game that I have ever known. His dedication to excellence should not be used as an indictment against him. In fact, if all of us, regardless of our professions, were willing to give 200% all of the time, this world would be a little better place to live in.
J. S. PARKE
Thank you very much for the section on tennis. I especially liked the story by Frank Deford concerning the Richey family. I think Cliff Richey will soon be the No. 1 tennis player in the U.S. I had the privilege of seeing him play in the Sugar Bowl tennis tournament in New Orleans, which he won. He plays terrifically, but he has a terrible temper. I know, I was a ball boy at the tournament.
I must take issue with you on your editorial, "Test Case" (SCORECARD, July 5). The USGA is led by dedicated men who do not like to see traditions halted. I am sure that in their hearts these men who donate their time for the benefit of organized golf did not want to alter the format of the U.S. Open. However, you have approached the problem from the wrong side. Television has increased the amount of money now being awarded: consequently, the men playing for this money are being more deliberate—and slower—in their play. Thus, it becomes a physical impossibility to have the entire Open field play 36 holes in one day. There is just not enough daylight.
J. DAVID BIMESTEFER, D.D.S.
How can you write such an article on the U.S. Open without considering the perfectly logical explanation for the change in format? It took Gary Player and Kel Nagle more than four hours to play off 18 holes, with no other competitors on the course. In past years we saw that players like Ben Hogan and Ken Venturi were barely able to finish the 36 holes in one day. Who wants to witness more of that?
?The USGA has a perfectly simple remedy for slow play. It has the power to tell dawdlers to hurry up—and to penalize them if they do not.—ED.
I can't help but disagree with your ideas concerning the National Hockey League's expansion plans (SCORECARD, July 5). It is very obvious that there are not enough good hockey players to go around for even six teams. Look at Boston and New York, which always finish last. I suggest that, until the quality of the present six-team league has become "big league," Mr. Campbell do nothing to upset the situation.
Des Plaines, Ill.