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October 15, 2005

R&A votes to allow women at British Open: Whats the world coming to when the stiff brits cave in?

posted by tdheiland to golf at 01:59 PM - 6 comments

Do you ever think we will get back to the "Good Old Days," where women can only tee off after 2PM.

posted by JIM W. at 05:45 PM on October 15

Do you ever think we will get back to the "Good Old Days," where women can only tee off after 2PM.

posted by JIM W. at 05:46 PM on October 15

Seriously....I'm (obviously) a female....If something is a "men's sports event" then what the heck are you doing trying to get in?!?! I really have a problem with the feminists who try and throw women in everything!!! Have your women's British Open and make up some tournament where women can play against men for a special award?! Seriously. The chick who made such a big deal about getting into West Point went through all that s**t to just to be there, then she freaken quit!!!! What the hell?! If you're going to be a woman, be a real woman and show everyone you can hang! Most women are not as athletic and don't have the same potential as men. Sad to say....but it's the truth. I could go on for days about this stuff! I doubt a woman will win....maybe close....but not for a while. The ladies gotta get used to playing with men and step it up a bit. But, in reality...golf isn't the most physically demanding sport. So if they got the big swing have at it. It's changed. So why am I still typing???

posted by Irish Gal at 08:10 PM on October 15

Actually, I believe you're talking about Shannon Faulkner, who went to the Citadel, not West Point. Females have been allowed at West Point for some years now.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:42 PM on October 15

As a lifelong sexist pig, I can't believe I'm saying this. But, if a woman is good enough to qualify for the PGA (ie: beat out the male competition) then she should be allowed to play. I also believe this should apply to all non-contact sports. The downside to this is that it would almost certainly kill the women's tour if the top players left the LPGA for the PGA.

posted by drevl at 08:28 AM on October 16

Irish Gal, your comment starts off with a rhetorical question: If something is a "men's sports event" then what the heck are you doing trying to get in?!?! In fact, the article has nothing to do with women "trying to get in"; it's about a change in the qualifying rules for the British Open, and makes no mention of any woman "trying to get in". It simply addresses a change from wording that specifies "male" golfers, to golfers "based on playing ability irrespective of gender". So you can stand down from the battlements on this particular one. More generally, on the subject of why women golfers want to compete in men's events, I am not a golfer and don't follow the sport; however, I suspect that you might get an inkling of the reason why in the history of women's professional sports, with the best example being Billie Jean King and the creation of the Virginia Slims tour. Billie Jean King wasn't interested in entering men's tournaments; what she wanted was to have equal prize money for the women's tournaments, or at least not such an insulting disparity. I wonder if that's not a big part of what's driving Sorenstam et. al. Last year's top women's earner (Sorenstam) totaled 2.5 million, a million more than second-place earner Grace Park; in contrast, Tiger Woods has made nearly 10 million so far this year. So why am I still typing??? I don't know; you railed about several nonexistent issues and reversed your own line of argument twice. Where were you going with that?

posted by lil_brown_bat at 08:55 AM on October 16

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