Re: The LPGA is sloppy...
Originally Posted by SVTGolfer
Au contraire, SVT. Research on dress "rules" for female business executives and college professors shows that a fair number of women resent being forced to dress like men to be taken seriously. Some complain that pseudo-male business attire forces them to camouflage the feminine body.
Lawsuits have popped up in companies where male bosses have tried to discipline female employees for not wearing nylons with their skirts and dresses. Among younger women, that's no longer a requirement for women's fashions.
Forcing women's golfers to wear slacks or skirts falls in the same category. Also, it's their tour, not yours.
If you lived in 1935 Texas, you would have fit right in with the upper-class snoots who derided Olympic star Babe Didrickson (pre-Zaharias) for entering the Texas women's golf championship. "We really don't need any truck drivers' daughters in our tournament," socialite Peggy Chandler quipped.
Babe would eventually beat darling Peggy 2-up in the 36-hole finals.
You would have been particularly appalled when Babe told golf's womenfolk they could add 20 yards to their drives if they played without a girdle.
The current PGA dress code is the remnants of button-down backlash against the Sixties social upheaval, and some pretty wild clothing that emerged.
As for me, I always play in a collared shirt, and non-denim shorts or slacks. I respect the game. But, LPGA women certainly have the right to tailor their tournaments to what their sponsors are selling. Keeping their tour financially viable in these tough times helps golf for the long run.