The turf on seaside courses in America is very green and lush and there are trees in profusion, whereas the turf here is tougher and less lush, making it less suitable for wooden-club shots. This, along with the comparative smallness of the greens, makes iron play of vital importance. There are no trees and the wind blows continuously, making it more like Prairie Dunes than Seminole or Doral.
Our trouble spots are different, too. The American four-inch rough corresponds to what we call semirough. This is about a five-yard-wide strip between the fairway and the proper rough, which can be anything up to a foot of very thick grass. The bunkers here are much steeper-faced and deeper, though less profuse.
One of our five courses, Muirfield, has held the British Open nine times and is holding it again this year, with practice rounds to be held over the two other, longer courses. It was here in 1959 that Gary Player won the first of his Grand Slam victories. It was here in 1948 that Henry Cotton won his last Open. And in 1929 Walter Hagen won the last of his.
I don't mean that every village in Scotland has five courses for Gullane is something of a resort. But certainly there are many more golf courses in relation to people. The golf is much cheaper. And, as I expect some of the best American professionals will discover in July, it is by no means easy.
RICHARD A. GIBB
How about giving University of Cincinnati a feature article. We started out the season with two starters back (Don Rolfes and Ron Krick), one who has bad shoulders (Krick). The other starter who started most of the time was Roland West. Then Dean Foster and John Howard came from the freshman squad and Mike Rolf took Krick's job, and we were off.
You gave Bradley a plug and we beat them 85-69. You gave UCLA an article and we beat them 82-76. And if we win the MVC, we will face the Big Eight champ who will probably be Kansas. We would probably beat them too.
How about it?
P.S. My father's name is also Jack so he told me to put my age because he does not want any part of this.
In answer to your quiz question, "Where did Rockne get his inspiration for the box formation?" one of your readers says: " Knute Rockne's idea came from a chorus line" (19TH HOLE, Jan. 31). Since the box formation was a momentarily static thing, he might have done better to answer that a chorus line inspired the rhythmic Notre Dame shift. That's the way it was in the Pat O'Brien movie, but either answer is invalidated by chronological fact. The shift from T to box was already an integral part of Notre Dame's offensive pattern as early as 1916.
My authority? All I can say is that I was there, shifting, shifting, shifting, before any of us. including Assistant Football Coach Rockne, had been exposed to the inspirational dance routines of a Broadway musical.
D.C. (Chet) GRANT
South Bend, Ind.