It is a darn shame that when a golfer such as Dave Marr wins the PGA Championship, one of the four major tournaments in the world, he is lucky to even get his name in your magazine. But Arnold Palmer can be the biggest flop in the tournament, not shoot even one round under par, and he gets a write-up like he just won the Grand Slam, with no less than five photos of himself (Diary of a Career in Turmoil, Aug. 23). Come on, now!
On Sunday, Aug. 15 I watched a very fine golfer play a very exciting round of golf to win the PGA Championship. His name is Dave Marr, and he is a talented, well-liked young man who has done a lot for golf. I am most happy I was able to see the telecast, for, since his victory, there has been little written about Dave Marr and his four fine rounds of golf—but there has been lots and lots written about why Arnold Palmer did not win the tournament! The hazards of being host pro at a tournament played on home-town grounds have been experienced by a lot of our pros, who somehow managed to overcome the distractions of visiting friends and go out and shoot respectable rounds—even win.
Palmer played dismally. Dave Marr beat the giants of the golf game. In addition, he has been serving as chairman of the PGA tournament committee, which was also time-consuming and did not allow enough time for proper practice. Marr played good, like a champion should.
JAMES M. KAUFMANN
I think it is time people of the press realized that Arnold Palmer is nearing the end of a career that was sparked by flashes of greatness. He certainly showed this at the PGA. Arnie is a great golfer, but why not cover the victor, Dave Marr?
ROBERT W. GUNDECK
?For a closer look at the new PGA champion, see page 50.—ED.
Your article was very good. Arnold Palmer is just having an off year. About this time next year no one will be saying he should retire from the pro tour; instead, everyone will again be referring to him as the king of golf. Last year everyone was writing off Eddie Mathews, but now he is leading the Braves' surge for the pennant. Two years ago Lenny Moore had a disappointing season, but last year he led the Baltimore Colts to the division title. Most great athletes have a troubled or off year, but they face up to it and come back. Arnold Palmer will be no different. He is still the king of golf in my opinion and always will be the best golfer of the era.
Last year I was quite upset when I read an article in your magazine stating that Pennsylvania high school football was better than Texas football (Beef, Bones and Hershey Bars, Aug. 10, 1964). At the time of this game last year there was also a football coaching school going on in Texas, and the boys playing at the coaching school were not permitted to go to Pennsylvania. I'll admit that Texas did send a good team, but some players, such as Warren McVea, were not there. As a result, Texas lost and really should not have been compared to Pennsylvania as it was.
This year boys from Texas were permitted to play in both the coaching-school game and in the game against Pennsylvania (Texas Teeners Strike Back, Aug. 23). As you say, Texas really whipped them good—and by a margin so large that no one can dispute me when I say that Texas plays the best football.
JOHN C. MILLER
After reading your article on this year's Penn-Texas football game, I am inclined to say that Pennsylvania football is still the best in the country. Sure, Pennsylvania lost the game, but the Big 33 didn't come up with an excuse like the Texans did last year.
The western Pennsylvania region produces some of the best football players in the country. The real test will come next year, so the Texans had better bring everybody they can get.