DAN AND DORAL
As an avid SI fan, I groan when an issue is not graced with a Dan Jenkins golf article. Imitation to a Watery Grave (March 22) is one of his best.
Also, I thoroughly enjoyed the LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER in which Jenkins described his struggle with Doral's 18th hole.
Because Dan Jenkins was accompanied in his assault on Doral's 18th by Jack Tuthill, PGA tour director and one of the men most knowledgeable about the rules of golf, I was disappointed with Dan's statement that he "dropped a provisional ball" after hitting his second shot into the water.
This was not a provisional ball but a ball put into play with a penalty after dropping out of a water hazard, Rule 33-2a. A provisional ball is a ball hit provisionally if a ball may be lost outside a water hazard or may be out of bounds, Rule 30-1.
RICHARD S. SILVER
USGA Public Links Committee
New York City
April 5, 1976
•Jenkins stands corrected on the rule but says all his shots are provisional.—Ed.
Pat Jordan's portrait of Phil Hill (The Winner Who Walked Away, March 22) captures far more of this sensitive and intelligent man than I would have thought possible. Having spent many hours talking with Phil about racing, I can only say that Jordan has superbly conveyed the agonizing process of thinking it out that Phil went through.
I don't believe any other race driver has ever been able to face the truth of what he was doing the way Phil did. I am pleased to see that he is finally getting recognition, not only for what he has achieved as a driver but also for what he is as a human being.
There is only one aspect of Phil that did not come through as clearly as it might. He is the most enthusiastic person I have ever met when he gets wound up.
The American Sportsman
New York City
PINNING IT DOWN
Upon reading your article on the NCAA wrestling championships (Making Sure of a Sure Thing, March 22), I was struck by the injustice done to the University of Wisconsin wrestling team and its three individual champions, especially Lee Kemp. In February, Kemp, a sophomore, dropped down from his normal 158-pound class to meet—and defeat—Chuck Yagla of Iowa, the Out-standing Wrestler of the NCAA tournament. Kemp also wrestled Dan Gable, Olympic gold-medal winner and assistant coach at Iowa, and beat him. Kemp finished the season 39-0. Now tell me, who is the MVP of college wrestling!
GEORGE H. ZIMMERMAN
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
Douglas Looney's article was informative. Iowa is a powerhouse, and Chuck Yagla deserves all the good things said about him. But you gave the other repeat winner, Lehigh's 134-pound Mike Frick, only half a sentence. Frick was the Outstanding Wrestler last year and he hasn't lost since. He also beat tough Pat Milkovich of Michigan State. Milkovich is a two-time NCAA champion and was twice runner-up.
You referred to Jimmy Jackson as Oklahoma's heavyweight. He is Oklahoma State's heavyweight. On his way to the finals Jackson decisively beat defending NCAA heavyweight champion Larry Bielenberg of Oregon State 9-2 and then beat last year's runner-up Greg Gibson of Oregon 5-3.
I wish to compliment SPORTS ILLUSTRATED on its coverage of cycling the back roads of America (The Road to Independence, March 1). Your treatment of bicycle touring adds refreshing perspective to this healthful means of travel.
I would like to clarify the section on support of the Bikecentennial. Datsun and Raleigh have given valuable assistance to keep the project going. However, it was with the aid of American contributors that the program was launched. The Wally Byam Foundation (Airstream travel trailers) gave the original seed money, along with the Huffman Manufacturing Co. (Huffy bicycles). Other helpful contributions came from the Bicycle Manufacturers Association, Coachmen Industries (motor homes) and the Shimano Industrial Corp. (Japanese bicycle parts manufacturer).
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