I'd like to thank Dan Jenkins for mentioning the fact that Art Wall should have been included in the tournament. After being the top money-winner in 1959, Art had many physical problems. However, he never talked about them and went on to win other tournaments, including one at Milwaukee when he was 51. For many of us here in Wall's hometown of Honesdale, Pa. he has exemplified all that is fine about the game of golf and, indeed, he has served as an inspiration to many of our youngsters. For us, he is a "living legend" and we hope that next year he will be included in the field.
Mike Souchak may never have won a major golf tournament, but according to the 1978 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records he still holds the record for the "lowest recorded score [for 72 holes] on a first-class course." In the 1955 Texas Open at San Antonio, Souchak shot 60 (33 out, 27 in), 68, 64 and 65 for a total of 257 (27 under par) and an average of 64.25 per round.
I don't particularly care for golf, but I always read Dan Jenkins' articles because they make me laugh.
I care still less about tennis (rural or otherwise), but I guess I'll be reading about that, too, as long as J. D. Reed is covering it (Courting Disaster, May 8). The image of Reed's friend Jim Harrison in Peds is going to stay with me for a long time.
Congratulations to J. D. Reed for his hilarious story on the treacherous game of rural tennis. It brings back memories!
101 FOR HOGAN
Professional racquetball player Marty Hogan is not a lout (Both the Best and Worst, April 10). Those of us who had the pleasure of his company at our racquetball facility found him a complete gentleman and an extremely poised young man of 20 who has reached the top of a very competitive profession. This is not only the opinion of two of our owners, Bill Lenkaitis and Randy Vataha—successful pro athletes in their own right—but it was also the very positive impression that Marty left with 101 members of our club who signed a petition to this effect.
We have seen Marty play in top tournaments on TV, and we agree that he is vocal and demonstrative. However, many other top pro athletes are psyched and use psych in competitive situations. We feel that your story did not capture the true personality of Hogan outside of the court. Marty is a nice guy. He's as solid off the court as he is on it. Print that!
Playoff Racquetball-Handball Club