In reference to Dan Jenkins' article Hounded by His Heirs (Jan. 14), I must say that it is going to take a lot of doing for anyone to match the accomplishments of Jack Nicklaus. Mr. Jenkins refers to Lanny Wadkins, Ben Crenshaw, Johnny Miller and Tom Weiskopf as Nicklaus' heirs. I find that hard to swallow, because none of these men are as accomplished as Nicklaus was when he was their age. Nicklaus dominated the amateur ranks and then shocked the world of professional golf by beating the magnificent Arnold Palmer in the memorable U.S. open at Oakmont. Following that achievement he has gone on to win 13 more major championships.
Granted, Crenshaw and Wadkins are young, but Miller is no rookie and certainly Weiskopf, at 31, has been around. Jack Nicklaus is only 34, and he has a long, long way to go.
GOLF AT PAU
Whitney Tower's article on steeplechasing at Pau (Joyeux Joint for Jumping Jacques, Jan. 14) is certainly interesting, but it seems strange that he failed to mention that Pau has the oldest golf course on the Continent. The following is from A History of Golf by Robert Browning, the distinguished British golf authority:
"The story of golf on the Continent of Europe begins in romantic fashion with the Peninsular War. It is said that after Wellington's victory at Orthez in 1814, two officers of Scottish regiments who were billeted at Pau...played a rough and ready game or two on the plain of Billere. They were so taken with the attractions of Pau that twenty years later they both returned on holiday to Pau and again brought their clubs for a round or two of golf. It was not until 1856, however, that the Pau Golf Club came into being with a nine-hole course and a clubhouse in a room in a wayside inn. The names of three officers of field rank figure along with that of the Duke of Hamilton in the list of five founders...."
JOHN W. CASEY
I read with interest and enthusiasm your article on Steve Williams (A Late Start, an Early Finish, Jan. 21). When Steve was a youngster of 15 just becoming interested in track, it was noted by his coach that his unusually long stride practically caused him to fall off the highly banked gymnasium track. As a result, he did most of his practicing in the school's hallways.
Because he was so lanky and thin, he was not used in the 100-yard dash until his last meet as a senior, and it was at that meet that his unusual speed at the 70-yard mark was noticed.
Steve Williams was and continues to be a wonderfully warm youngster, full of love and affection for his high school—and its track coach. I know all of this because I was his coach.
Health Education Department
Evander Childs High School Bronx, N.Y.
Congratulations to Peter Carry on his fine article on Julius Erving and the New York Nets (Big Julie Is Doing Nicely-Nicely, Jan. 14). I became a Net fan three years ago, and I am glad I did. They have the best starting five in the league. I am also happy to see Dr. J. displaying his fantastic skills for the Nets instead of against them, as he did when he was with Virginia. As long as Julie keeps doing nicely-nicely, the Nets will have nothing to worry about.
You built me up just to let me down. After gazing at your splendid cover photograph of the incredible Dr. J., I expected more of the same inside. Alas, nothing. Since Julius Erving is the most exciting basketball player in the world, we are entitled to more action-packed pictures of him.
EDWARD P. MNOIAN
It figures. Dr. J. moves from Virginia to New York and you all write a cover story about him.
PAUL R. SCOTT