Too quick to judge

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I was in­ter­ested to read Josh Proud’s let­ter in the June is­sue re­gard­ing at­ti­tudes shown to­wards young golfers. Last year, I took my 15-year-old grand­son to my lo­cal club for a game. Upon reach­ing the first tee, there was a man and woman, whom I as­sumed was his wife, pre­par­ing to tee off.

As we were ready be­fore they had fin­ished their rum­mag­ing, they in­vited us to go be­fore them but with the pro­viso, upon ob­serv­ing I was with a young­ster, that we would al­low them to play though “when they caught us up” – the in­fer­ence be­ing I was play­ing with some­one too young to be of any worth.

I played the first shot, with the ball go­ing its cus­tom­ary 180 yards. My grand­son then hit a per­fect drive some 240 yards down the mid­dle of the fair­way. Turn­ing to re­trieve our bags, I no­ticed the woman stand­ing there, mouth wide open in amaze­ment, star­ing at my grand­son. He then very po­litely touched his cap and wished the pair a good game. Not a word passed their lips as we walked off.

So please, never un­der­es­ti­mate how good or bad young­sters are be­fore see­ing them play. John Maslin, via email

Edi­tor’s re­ply:

John, I would echo your sen­ti­ments en­tirely. We should be do­ing every­thing we can to wel­come young­sters and make them feel like they be­long, but sadly this isn’t a point of view held by all club mem­bers. It’s an at­ti­tude I find hard to ac­count for, and one that needs to be erad­i­cated.

Don’t judge a book by its cover when it comes to young golfers

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