Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Women and golf



I had an interesting phone conversation the other day with Nisha Sadekar. She runs Play Golf Designs, a company that provides female professional golfers for events across the country. Charity events, corporate outings, private tournaments, etc.

I'm trying to pitch this as part of a story idea, and I wanted to get some information about what she does and what golfers could expect if they contract with her company.

All of her golfers are female, and most are on the Futures Tour, which is the female equivalent of the Nationwide Tour. Several have been on the Golf Channel's Big Break, and there are a couple of LPGA Tour players.

I think it's a great idea. In fact, I tried to set something up for my recent family reunion, but I couldn't draw enough interest.

But apparently, there are critics of what Nisha and her roster of female golfers do.

During our conversation, a Time article came up, and Nisha took umbrage with some of the things in the piece - particularly this part: "At first glance, it's easy to wonder if the site is advertising some kind of golf-escort service."

Nisha counters that it's about golf and fashion, and combining the two is natural in the women's world.

Now I know I have a man's perspective, and I'm definitely on Nisha's side. Why can't a woman be fashionable on the golf course while she's crushing 270-yard drives off the tee? I know that if I was at an Play Golf Designs event, and one of the pros was wearing the latest from whoever, I would be thinking more about her short game instead of her short skirt.

Maybe I have a golfer's perspective instead of a man's perspective.

The point is that no one says anything when guys like Camilo Villegas wears skin-tight golf shirts or Adam Scott makes Golf Channel's sexiest golfers list. Actually, Villegas made it, too. Double standard?

Don't get me wrong. I'm all for good-looking women on the golf course. But I don't think a woman diminishes herself by dressing a certain way if she can out-drive, out-chip and out-putt a man.

At the end of the day, it's still about golf.

Photos: Aree Song, top, and Ashley Prange, are two of the two dozen or so golfers on the Play Golf Designs roster.
Courtesy of LPGA