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Comments belittle achievements; VOICE OF THE NORTH.

I WISH to congratulate Sandy Twynholm on his magnificent seventh Stroke Play Championship at Newbiggin Golf Club.

However, I was saddened at your writer Tim Taylor's comment that "why he should doff his cap to anybody who wins the comparative lottery of a knock-out competition seems beyond rational explanation" and his statement that "this speaks more eloquently about the true traditions of the sport than anything those misguided blazer boys can come up with" (The Journal, May 25).

The two most prestigious amateur events are the United States and British amateur championships, which attract competitors from all over the world. Both have stroke play qualifying and thereafter match play knockout.

Between 1965 and 1971 the US Amateur changed entirely to stroke play, but reverted to match play.

Some of the winners of the US Amateur have been J Nicklaus, M O'Meara, P Mickelson, and T Woods, all of whom became "Major" winners.

In the British Amateur, we have had our own Durham and Northumberland winners in G J Clark, D H Curry and G Storm and in the English Match Play Championship Messrs A Thirlwell, P Deeble and H Ashby.

Having been a misguided "blazer boy" in both Durham and Northumberland, I am disappointed that Tim Taylor should not only belittle those that volunteer and give so much of their time to the administration of golf, but also belittle the achievements of many of us in Durham and Northumberland as winners of both stroke play and match play championships, including among others, multiple winners J Hayes, D McM Moffat, SE Philipson, A J McLure and R Clark.

IAN R HORNSBY, Ponteland, Newcastle
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Date:May 30, 2009
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