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Golf Australia Express : November 2013
LETTERS PETE DYE IS PURE! I had the fortune of playing his Mission Hills course in China two years ago. Wow! Great architecture both structurally and visually, and if you’ve played a Dye course you'll know what I mean. My fortune continues, when only last week I picked up a Pete Dye book from a clearance store markdown for a steal. Suckers. I’ve now got a great coffee table book for my collection. Thanks Pete for the unforgettable experiences and more in future. —BRA D ROLPH, VIA EMAIL THE LETTER OF THE MONTH RECEIVES A DOZEN CALLAWAY HEX BLACK TOUR BALLS REALLY insightful article Mark Allen ['Our Threatened Species'— OTG October]. What about resurrecting the State Opens to sequence in the lead into the Australian Open, much like US tennis? With an overriding sponsor? A calendar of events is more of interest to a sponsor. —DOUG FRANCIS, VIA EMAIL THE Presidents Cup lacks nothing. The standard of golf was unbelievable; the performance by the Internationals in hostile territory was a credit to them and captain Nick Price, and if anyone thinks it was a 'walk in the park' for the USA, they are kidding themselves. It was a competitive event that went deep into the last day. A few breaks to the Internationals in the early 4-Ball matches and who knows what would've happened. Golfers the world over would've been watching and thinking "How good is this?" Stop knocking the concept and get behind it. And what about our Aussie boys? —PE TER ROOKAS, VIA EMAIL YOUR THOUGHTS LETTER OF THE MONTH I'VE watched a fair bit of the European Tour and the players and prizemoney are quality. The Australian tour has struggled for a few years yet it seems to be slowly getting back on its feet. Why do you think a lot of Aussie players don't want to come home? There are a lot of fringe players trying to secure their Tour cards for the up and coming season. Sure, the OneAsia Tour is a great start, but if you win an Australian event you deserve the rewards. You can't live on loyalty. —LES LEAR VIA EMAIL SPOT on Mark. Get the Australian Open and Australian PGA members on the same page. Share these events around to all the states so all the members can get involved, and then align to a tour of significance, which the European Tour is. —BEN TRAEGER TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS Shot from the 16th tee at Pete Dye's 'Teeth of the Dog' course. Photography by David Scaletti.
October 2013 - United Colours of Golf