Wade L. Davis, Canton, Mich.
Why the disparaging remarks from Tom Pernice about country club golf? Since he hasn't won on the PGA Tour for more than four years--having missed nine cuts this year, with 11th place as his best finish and averaging over par--maybe setting up the ladies' foursomes on a Tuesday morning would be a better use of his talents.
Stuart Shears, Kennett Square, Pa.
Memo to Tom Pernice: Do you actually believe the public pays $96 per ticket to see you play? Memo to Justin Rose: Might the burden of hauling your clubs across the players' parking lot be lightened by knowing that 90% of club pros and assistant pros spend a significant part of their day hauling other people's clubs? Memo to Rich Steinmetz: Place your Honda on eBay. Surely some nutcase will pay double market value to own the car that was towed from Tiger's unmarked parking space. Memo to the PGA of America: Remember the U.S. Open's Jason Gore experience? Suppose one of these tirelessly dedicated club pros had a similar moment in the sun. Would the crowd and media reaction have been the same had Pernice, Rose or any of the other complaining pros been tied for the lead after two rounds?
Bob Harding, Orange Park, Fla.
Thanks to Rick Lipsey for pointing out how careless, in some cases intentionally so, the PGA Tour pros can be while on driving ranges at PGA events (My Shot, July 4). My car bears the perfectly rounded dents from several Pro V1s (stamped PRACTICE) that I found around it behind the driving range at the 2004 event at Westchester, and at least one of my media colleagues had his window smashed.
Rick Carpiniello, Stamford, Conn.
Do the Math
Seventy percent of the respondents in your poll of teenage golfers (Junior Exam, Aug. 15) would rather win the U.S. Junior than attain a 4.0 GPA. Their parents should tell them that the odds of making a million dollars as a professional golfer are infinitesimal, whereas the odds of making a million dollars after achieving a 4.0 GPA in college are pretty good.