GOLF CASTING, ANYONE?
I would like to apply for membership in the U.S. Golf Club Casting Association (19TH HOLE, July 18). I have long felt that the only purpose of golf was to vent emotion, and that the thin veneer of civilization that requires that a club not be thrown, when the impulse is overwhelmingly in favor of throwing it, is one of the many small frustrations which fill our mental institutions.
GORDON ROCK, M.D.
I wish to apply for immediate recognition by the USGCCA. I usually manage to break 80 which makes my pro very happy but it's a helluvalot of clubs.
In your picture of the winning U.S. Naval Academy eight at the Olympic rowing trials (The Old Navy Way, July 18) I noticed that the boat is rigged for a starboard stroke. Was the negative printed backward? It looks as though they actually use this unusual rigging!
C. K. MALLORY
•Navy's victorious stroke was not rocking convention, only his boat. For his elusive port outrigger, see below.—ED.
THE BEST WAY
There is something you must understand. San Francisco has only the best (The Sad, Bad Giants, July 18).
We have the best view, best-dressed women, best restaurants, best sports reporters, best summer air conditioning, ad infinitum.
So if you think for one second that we are going to take second place in anything you are mistaken! When our Giants go into a slump they do it the only way they know, the San Francisco way—the best way.
It is too bad that you printed your article a week too soon. The Giants really made a booboo the following Saturday. Playing the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pitcher Jack Sanford balked with the bases loaded.
The Giants shall yet rise to conquer.
If the number of spectators at Blind Brook polo matches represents a "handful of diehards," it's a mighty large, youthful and enthusiastic one (Relics of the Past, July 18).
BETTY H. NORFLEET
There were at least a thousand enthusiastic spectators at the Eastern Polo League game.
We have more horses, more players and better crowds than ever before.
The collision is startling enough, but do my eyes deceive me or do I see two long-handled shovels (Collision Course, July 18)? Are these something new in oars?
JOHN A. RIDDLE
•The eyes have it. Outboards have largely replaced oars in treasure hunters' boats, but it still takes a shovel to dig for buried treasure.—ED.
Carleton Mitchell states that lone voyager Alain Gerbault "ended his days, to be buried in the lagoon" of Bora-Bora.
According to other sources, in 1941, during Gerbault's second circumnavigation, he was stricken with dysentery in Dili, Portuguese Timor, died and was buried there.
Is the Bora-Bora version fact or a flight of romantic Polynesian fancy?
GORDON T. HAWKE
•Alain Gerbault died of malaria in Dili in 1941. But in 1947 his body was taken to Bora-Bora and buried beside the lagoon, as near to the sea burial he had wanted as French law would allow.—ED.
I agreed wholeheartedly with your use of the word empathy in describing the feeling between the crowd and the athlete at the Olympic trials. Your picture labeled Bug-eyed for Bragg (July 11) shows this emotional sharing beautifully.
However, what is wrong with the sportswriters present? Is it considered unprofessional or something by you people to show elation at seeing a world record being made?
•Reporting records is a serious business.—ED.
An open, and therefore once more exciting, Wimbledon (EDITORIAL, July 18) was just the impetus needed to get my husband to take me to Europe next spring. Too bad. Well, maybe 1962.