GOLF: Gender Oppressive League of Females

It is The Greatest Game Ever Played; at least, that’s what Hollywood wants you to believe. Truth be told, the world of professional golf is the greatest game ever played – or should I say designed – for women. It’s a feminist’s dream come true. Opportunity abounds for the professional female golfer while her male counterpart struggles to survive within an established structure that ensures him limited income potential with far fewer chances to win. How so? Simply put: a woman can play on the men’s tour, but a man can’t play on the women’s tour. As more and more women golfers pursue careers on the men’s tour, more and more men will be squeezed from the pool of touring pros.

Golf is a sport, and like most other sports the best stay and play while those with lesser talents go home. But, this is not the case in the world of professional golf. On the links, the best players, male and female, are–or soon will be–playing on the PGA Tour (where most of the best male golfers currently compete).

Colin Murray, a spokesman for the Champions Tour, which is the senior’s professional golf tour, told Human Events Online there are no gender restrictions as to who may play in a PGA Tour event.

Although the PGA Tour has never had an official female member, four women have played on the tour including Annika Sorenstam, who currently dominates the women’s tour, and 16-year-old Michelle Wie, who may prove to be one of the best players–male or female–ever to pick-up a club. 

These women who play on the PGA Tour usually compete on a sponsor’s exemption.  But, as described above, there are no gender restrictions as to who may play on the PGA Tour.  All a player needs is the talent to qualify, and more and more talented women are expressing an interest to compete on this tour.  However, the ladies’ tour (better known as the LPGA Tour) does restrict players based on gender, and this should have every professional male golfer yelling. 

The rule states that in order to play on the ladies’ tour a golfer must be female at birth. 

That’s not right!  One professional tour shouldn’t be all inclusive while another is blatantly exclusive!

When a professional female golfer competes on the men’s tour they play under the same conditions and circumstances as every other competitor. In essence, men and women are considered to be equal. But, if a professional male golfer wants to compete on the women’s tour, all of a sudden, men and women aren’t equal. Talk about gender discrimination! So basically, according to the LPGA rulebook, someone who was born a girl, matured as a woman, under went a sex-change and now plays a round of golf with at least two balls in his brand new bag has a better chance of playing on the women’s tour than a man who was born a boy.  Meanwhile, any player, male or female, may compete on the PGA Tour.  I now know what GOLF stands for: Gender Oppressive League of Females.  

But, gender discrimination is not the only problem facing the professional male golfer. He must also consider his potential lost income, status and ranking as well as his livelihood due to the sexist policies within the world of professional golf.

The rules of the PGA Tour state that at the end of each season, the top 125 money earners will automatically retain their tour cards – or playing privileges – for the next year. So, near the end of each year, players on the PGA Tour work hard to secure a spot within the top 125 players on the money list. Those players who are not within the top 125 spots, and who no longer have exemptions, head back to qualifying school where competition is fierce and dreams are dashed.

According to official money lists for the 2005 season, there are 142 golfers on the PGA Tour outside of the top 125 spots. So, what will happen to these average professional golfers struggling to earn their way into the top 125 positions when more talented women start playing on the PGA Tour and taking money from the purse? The men can’t play on the women’s tour. The rules forbid it.

As more and more exceptionally talented women jump to the PGA Tour, the status of the average professional male golfer will diminish until he eventually loses his spot on the roster. Moreover, the average female golfer, who stays and plays on her own exclusive tour, increases her chances of winning and her chances of earning a larger paycheck, as the best golfers from the LPGA Tour jump to the men’s tour. Thus, the average professional male golfer will soon be displaced as more highly skilled players out-perform him each week on the PGA Tour, yet the job of the average female professional golfer will be secure since her tour excludes men from competing.

So who’s looking out for the little guy? Or, maybe I should say the average guy, or, better yet, the average professional male golfer.  

If men and women are equal in the world of professional golf and the PGA Tour allows the best male and female golfers to compete against each other, then the LPGA Tour should rescind its gender rule and allow the average professional male and female golfers to compete against each other, too.

Feminists have long claimed that women are just as talented as men. And, while the men’s professional golf tour has certainly made it possible for women to compete, it is the women’s professional golf tour that has gone out of its way to make sure males cannot compete. It’s doubtful the LPGA Tour will allow men in its exclusive club, for if it did, the job of the average female professional golfer would be in jeopardy. Can you imagine if men were allowed to play on the ladies’ tour and limit the potential earnings and rankings of its female members? Tiger Woods would no long consider himself just “ca-bla-sian” (that’s Caucasian, Black and Asian). He could now refer to himself as “fem-male-best-playin.”

Golf certainly has a long way to go before it can be considered the “greatest game ever played” especially by the average professional male golfer.