The woman playing in the mens PGA

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The woman playing in the mens PGA
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Thu, 05-22-2003 - 3:11pm
I'm just curious as to peoples thoughts regarding this. You can see one article at http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/05/22/sorenstam.colonial/index.html

She ended up at 1 over par. Out of 55 people this morning, 35 were better than her. I learned that from an article at Yahoo, but I think you need a yahoo account to read articles there. couldn't find another article on the outcome today. :(

Thoughts?

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Thu, 05-22-2003 - 3:56pm
What's the big deal? She got an invitation to play in a tournament that has no gender restrictions, she placed around the middle, so she clearly belongs there.
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Thu, 05-22-2003 - 6:24pm
What I'm curious about is peoples opinions on women becoming a part of the PGA, when there is an LPGA.

Now something I don't understand from your post is where you said she was invited to a tournament that has no gender restrictions. Do some of the PGA tournaments have gender restrictions? My understanding was that she was going to be playing in the PGA tour now, period. Maybe I missed something, and she is only playing in specific tournaments. I will admit I'm not the most educated person in the world when it comes to golf.

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Thu, 05-22-2003 - 7:52pm
I think it's awesome! And so does my DH, who is an avid golfer. She's playing for herself, not to beat the men. It's a personal goal. If I were her, I'd have played too. What's pathetic is that one male golfer who said he "won't be beat by a woman" and that he would drop out if he was paired with her for the tournament. What a chicken!! LOL
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Thu, 05-22-2003 - 8:21pm
From what I understood, she wasn't invited. She had to make a big stink to be "let" in to play.

I have no problem with her playing in the PGA. She won almost every LPGA tournment and is the #1 woman golfer in the US. I can understand why she wanted to play in the PGA, she wanted to go to the next step adn she had already beat all the women. SHe is highly competitive.

However, it should be noted that the LPGA should also allow men to play in their tournements as well.

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Thu, 05-22-2003 - 11:18pm
So then, do you think that men should be allowed to play in the LPGA?

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Thu, 05-22-2003 - 11:20pm
>>>However, it should be noted that the LPGA should also allow men to play in their tournements as well.<<<

This is pretty much my thought process so far. I just cannot come up with a reason that a woman should be allowed to play in the mens PGA if men aren't going to be allowed to play in the LPGA. Which is why I was interested in hearing what others had to say.

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Fri, 05-23-2003 - 10:25am
Do you know for a fact that men are not allowed?

I doubt ANY man has requested to be part of an LPGA tournament....what is the challenge in that? As far as I know, the LPGA has not turned down any male golfers. But I also haven't heard any of them requesting to be a part of the tournament. Does anyone know if the LPGA specifically forbids male golfers? (I honestly have no idea)

Obviously, her playing with the men is a "step up" because of the longer length off the tees, the challenging course, and better players. But what can a man gain from playing a women's tourney aside from money and probably the derision of his fellow male golfers?

Ana
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Fri, 05-23-2003 - 10:39am
I don't think they shoulet let just any women into the PGA tour, but as I understand it, she was seriously underchallenged in the LPGA, and hardly had any competition. I can understand her wanting to compete against people who had a chance at beating her.
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Fri, 05-23-2003 - 10:44am
Maybe he sucks and wants to have a chance at actually winning. ;) LOL
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Fri, 05-23-2003 - 11:43am
Even men that "suck" have big egos...you think they would put themselves in a position to lose to a "bunch of women"? Nope...not gonna happen. LOL
Ana

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