Does it occur to Jenkins that the British Open, when held at St. Andrews, is played on a public course down by the railroad tracks? Perhaps Columbine, et al. failed to serve Mr. Jenkins a champagne breakfast in air-conditioned comfort. And speaking of prestige, what docs he think of the clubs that have so much prestige they would not even tolerate the PGA being held on their hallowed grounds?
W. P. BRATTEN
To me the 1970 PGA was again a big ho-hum.
Idaho Falls, Idaho
After reading your account of the 1970 Curtis Cup matches (British Bombers Downed by U.S. Spitfires, Aug. 17) we, as members of the U.S. team, feel it necessary to express our feelings. Some of the most important and rewarding experiences of this event were totally overlooked.
First, the goal of the Curtis Cup is "to stimulate friendly rivalry among women golfers of many lands." We believe this goal was definitely achieved. Second, the final score does not tell an accurate story. Several of the matches were decided on the 18th hole. Had these matches gone to our challengers the end result could have been very different.
We feel the matches can best be summed up not as long hitters vs. short hitters or big girls vs. small girls, or even individuals vs. individuals, but rather as a friendly rivalry among women golfers of three lands.
South Haven, Mich.
Mark Mulvoy forsook accuracy and good manners in his description of the British-Irish team. Not only were the girls gracious and attractive, several of them would do justice to a bikini—something I defy a "draft choice for the Boston Patriots" to attempt. They also played superb golf. Mr. Mulvoy won no points at all.
EMILY A. MOODY
OF SCORES AND SCORERS
I cannot help but comment on James Van Alen's gushing endorsements of the adoption of his ridiculous VASSS tennis scoring methods to break tie games (19TH HOLE, Aug. 17). I am afraid that the proponents of this system forget that there are many things in life that only a boor wants to rush through. They forget that there are times—in situations where two well-matched players bump heads (or rackets!)—when the only fair measure of the players' equality or inequality is the 19-17 or 22-20 set. In playing such a set not only is the man's skill tested but also his endurance and his ability to pace himself. In the Tilden days there were many matches of the five-set variety that were won on shrewd analysis of the opponent's stamina, which is part of any active sport.
Since the VASSS people want to get things over in such a hurry, I would like to suggest an even quicker resolution of tie games: Why not simply flip a coin and get it over with in one-tenth of a second? They might stretch it to half a second by making it three out of five.
G. M. KOSOLAPOFF
I have had the opportunity to be a linesman in local tennis tournaments for more than 20 years and I was delighted to have the chance to serve as linesman at the recent Western Open tennis tournament in Cincinnati mentioned in SCORECARD (Aug. 17). You described the behavior of the players in this and other Pepsi Grand Prix circuit tourneys as "bad manners." My sympathy is still with most of the players. The linesmen and ball boys make too many unnecessary movements that cause the players' attention to be diverted. Further, the linesmen and the ball boys disrupt the tempo of the game by not getting into position quickly.
Linesmen do and will make bad calls. But instead of shouting "Correction!" and making the proper call, they sit and ignore the situation they create.