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In response to George Dennison's remarks in the Missoulian (May 16) saying that the golfers at the University Golf Course were not serious golfers and that the course is a social club, I would like to point out some golf course facts: The University Course carries 140 USGA handicaps for serious golfers. Five leagues, both men and women, play there weekly. Some 23,000 to 26,000 rounds of golf were played there last year (and when a round consists usually of four people, that's at least 80,000 golfers, and probably more).

That's a lot of people to insult by saying they're not serious golfers, and that the course is a social club. This course is served by two Class A PGA and LPGA certified professional instructors, who gave 1,100 group and individual lessons last year. The university offers golf as an elective P.E. course, and we often see the students learning on the driving range. The Pharmacy School and the Physical Therapy School hold their yearly tournaments on this course. Other tournaments are held throughout the season by local businesses and organizations. This course returned over $80,000 in profit to the university last year, and has never operated in the red. It's Dr. Dennison's lack of understanding of the role and purpose of this course that has led him down the path of destruction of this challenging and beautiful golf course that is a jewel in the center of Missoula.

Margaret Caraway, Missoula

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