For female golfers, it's not the swing, it's the style

To get noticed in the U.S. Women's Open you just need a killer golf bag.


Sarah Goldstein
June 30, 2006 7:01PM (UTC)

When you hear the words "glamour" and "golf" paired in a sentence, you can bet the conversation is about women. Thanks Feministing for pointing us to Reuters' ridiculous coverage of the U.S. Women's Open. A lightweight article about the stylish direction in which women's golf is apparently headed points to the appearance of "funky headscarves," "miniskirts" and "tight tops" on the links. Wait -- you mean female golfers aren't just a bunch of fashion-challenged lezzies?

Reuters credits the game's new glamour to up-and-coming young players "with telegenic looks, megawatt smiles and man-sized drives." It's true that young women are becoming more visible -- according to Reuters, 50 percent of all colleges and universities will have women's golf teams this year, a first for college sports. And 25 teenagers qualified for this year's Open, compared with 18 last year and only five in 2000.

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But would it be wishful thinking on our part to believe that the heightened buzz around women's golf was because of 16-year-old Michelle Wie's 300-yard drives or Annika Sorenstam's 11 tournament wins in a single year? Funny, but when we dish about the similarly impressive stats of Tiger Woods, we're seldom distracted by his super-stylish Nikes, his AmEx (bling!), his rugged Buick Rendezvous SUV and of course his TAG Heuer watches.


Sarah Goldstein

Sarah Goldstein is an editorial fellow at Salon.

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