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Golf Australia Express : Issue 45—The British Open
On The Green Readers! Click to get credit on sign-up $10 SAY WHAT? LETTER OF THE WEEK YOUR THOUGHTS... APPEARANCE MONEY HAS BEEN paid for many years around the world, but I firmly believe its time is coming to an end. Sponsors should be putting this extra money into the prize purse. If you take a tournament from $1.5 million to $3.5 million by eliminating appearance money you'll still get a good representation from the world’s top 50 players. In many instances I’d rather watch seven or eight of the top 50 players than try to get a crowded view of Tiger alone. —Andrew Hinchcliffe, via email THE LETTER OF THE WEEK WINNER RECEIVES A DOZEN DIXON GOLF EARTH BALLS VALUED AT $49.95 —Neil Kamminga, via email TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS ON CARTS I AGREE THAT THE prevalence of carts nowadays is a big shame—getting in and out of a cart all day does not allow me to find my rhythm (which is very elusive at the best of times) and it deprives me of exercise. At my home club everyone walks unless they have a medical certificate allowing them to use a cart. However, on weekend trips to one of the peninsula courses, for example, hiring a cart seems to be almost compulsory. After reading Will Hone’s article I will take the plunge next time and decline a cart and see what happens. —Birgit Yandle via email IT'S SAD TO SEE the number of people (in particular the younger generation) who insist on using a cart rather than walk. If they were made to walk (unless injured or had health problems, of course) I'm sure it would alleviate a lot of the ‘aggro’ you sometimes see because a group in carts is following a group that is walking and trying to "push" the speed of play. —Neil Power, via email I HAVE FALLEN into the cart habit but not totally by choice. I play with two different friends who need a cart for health reasons. I end up in the cart as well which puts me out of sync as I’m usually on the opposite side of the fairway. Lately I've been pre-selecting a club and walking to my ball (if my partner doesn't need help to find his). While it is not quite the same as pushing a buggy along, I feel I at least get some exercise. —Michael Clifford, via email ON WOMEN'S GOLF THE POLL RESULT [from Issue 43] simply reflects, I think, the relative number of people who play regular golf. There are more male golfers who identify more with the male power game. That isn't to say they don't appreciate the skills of the women or veterans. —Warwick Prentice, via email PURE AND SIMPLE—golf is a boys’ club. We don't get the coverage of women’s golf that it so deserves. —Patricia Chacksfield, via email