Last week, Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, announced that he will be sending a junior minister to the British Open, a prestigious golf tournament, instead of attending it himself. He’s an avid golfer and is not forgoing the event out of disinterest. Rather on a matter of principle: the club hosting the event does not admit women as members. In about a month, the tournament will be held at Muirfield, a privately-owend club that is run by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which only allows male members. Salmond feels the male-only membership rule of the club sends the message that women are “second-class citizens” and that Muirfield should have been made to change its membership rules before it was considered for the honor of hosting the tournament. Alas, discrimination against women in golf is nothing new. The Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, just admitted its first female members last year after a long, long time of feminists protesting this injustice. For some reason, golf clubs have gotten away with not admitting women for an unreasonable amount of time. What’s up with that?! [Telegraph UK] [Photo of a woman golfing via Shutterstock]
Don’t let her blonde curls and dimpled smile fool you: five-year-old Bella Dovhey means business. Although quite young, golf prodigy Dovhey is really getting into the swing of things, a potential professional golfing career just a chip, pitch or putt away.
Bella’s father, Micheal Dovhey of Oviedo, Florida, is amazed by his daughter’s golfing capabilities. “I can’t believe how long a hitter Bella is for a five-year-old,” said Dovhey. “She drives the ball from the tee 115- to 130 yards. Last July, she started reaching the green from the ladies tee box on hole No. 7 [at Twin Rivers Golf Club in Oviedo], a par 3 hole that requires the ball to carry more than 80 yards over water.” Keep reading »
Breaking news! The He-Man Woman Hater’s Club has finally realized girls do not have cooties.
Okay, I am being glib. But it’s friggin’ 2012, Augusta National Golf Club — it took you long enough to admit your first-ever female members, i.e. stop discriminating against over 50 perent of the population. Women have always been allowed to play golf at Augusta as guests but it took the formerly mens-only club over 80 years to finally issue their iconic green jackets to two women: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina businesswoman Darla Moore. ”It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their green jackets when the club opens this fall. This is a significant and positive time in our club’s history and, on behalf of our membership, I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome them and all of our new members into the Augusta National family,” said new chairman Billy Payne in a statement. Women’s rights activists have been putting firm pressure on Augusta since 2002, especially since it got rather embarrassing that the club wouldn’t even admit a female CEO whose company was a corporate sponsor of the Masters, a golf tournament being held at the club.
Welcome to the 21st century! (Well … sort of.) [Wall Street Journal]
A few months ago I got the sudden urge to learn how to play golf, so I signed up for a community education course and we had our first class this past Saturday. Besides all the weird golf terms (frog hair?!), the most surprising thing I learned was that golf style is pretty amazing — in a plaid, pink, preppy, polo shirt-y kind of way. After the jump, check out five golf-inspired pieces that would look just as awesome on the street as they would on the fairway … Keep reading »
The men’s golf team at Bethany College in West Virginia is in hot water after a nude “unofficial team photo” was posted on Facebook. Technically they are not naked because their golf clubs cover their junk in the pic, but that minor detail did not impress the school’s athletic director. He suspended these budding Tigers from three upcoming games, which will give them more time to spend with all their new fans. Who knew golfers’ bodies were so ripped? I’ll take “fore,” please! [Yahoo] Keep reading »
The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is in a bit of a bind right now—thanks to a set of policies which some believe discriminate against transgender athletes. Golfer Lana Lawless is suing the LPGA for its “female at birth” policy, which requires that all competitors must have been born biological females. Lawless, who was born male, had gender reassignment surgery in 2005 and was a high-ranking golfer in the Long Drivers of America organization. But then Long Drivers changed its gender policy to match the LPGA rendering Lawless ineligible for competition.
“It’s an issue of access and opportunity,” Lawless told The New York Times. “I’ve been shut out because of prejudice.” Keep reading »
Last weekend, an image appeared in the Daily Mail of Tiger Woods taking a golf shot in a tournament. Nestled among the crowd in the background is a guy wearing a red toupee and a fake moustache, with a cigar hanging out of his mouth and a goofy grin on his face. Instantly, the internet loved this guy. People started Photoshopping him into other images—as Muhammed Ali, as the Statue of Liberty, and even as a member of the Beatles. But no one knew who he was.
Well, The Daily Mail has tracked Cigar Guy down. After the jump, all you never wanted to know about him. Keep reading »
In May of this year, I wrote about promising, young LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg, who was found dead in her home in Henderson, Nevada, the day she was supposed to leave for a tournament in Alabama. The circumstances surrounding her death were a mystery, but now it has officially been ruled a suicide by suffocation. Additionally, Dr. Thomas Hess, a friend of the 25-year-old who called 911 upon finding her body, was arrested by police and will likely be charged with obstruction of justice because police say he removed pills and a suicide note from her home before authorities arrived. Keep reading »
LPGA golfer Erica Blaberg was found dead in her home in Henderson, Nevada on Sunday afternoon, the day she was supposed to leave for a tournament in Alabama. While no cause of death has been determined, her parents don’t think the 25-year-old would ever take her own life and the police have not said whether they suspect foul play, but she was known to be in good health. Blasberg, a former All-American, joined professional golf in 2004 and was on her sixth tour with the LPGA. Her agent, Chase Callahan, said of her untimely death, “This is someone whose career was as important to her as her family. She was 25. She hadn’t reached her peak yet.” She’ll be laid to rest in Corona, CA on May 19. [CBS News] Keep reading »