The LPGA Tour apparently wants to continue a manufactured controversy by taking seriously a comment made by an anonymous Twitter user, instead of ignoring that person as I suggested here.
Writer Ron Sirak suggests here on the tour’s website that three single digit male handicappers take on an LPGA player under tournament conditions.
Such a column might keep the controversy and the comments coming, but it opens the LPGA up for future criticism from the Twitterverse on a topic that’s been discussed way too much over the years, even before Twitter.
The tour seems to like the idea of a golf version of the Battle of the Sexes, waged by Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs back in the 1970s, a thought first mentioned by Randall Mell of the Golf Channel.
Meanwhile, JPJ, the person who touched off this controversy, is self described as “Twitter famous by triggering the woke golf mob for suggesting thousands of men could win on the LPGA tour,” and apparently laughing.
One comment in the above controversy suggested Brooke Henderson take on a 4 handicap guy. I can’t speak for Henderson, or any other player for that matter, but I would expect they’re all focusing on more important matters, such as a shortened season that resumes at the end of this month. I also can’t imagine that many 4 handicap male amateurs would want to put themselves in that situation. After all, it’s not their battle just because some anonymous Twitter user stirs the pot … Sometimes, mainstream media reaches the depths of social media with stories such as this one that suggests golf glamour girl Paige Spirinac goes commando on the golf course, an idea that came from Spirinac’s own podcast in which she added that she wears shorts underneath her golf apparel. Even with that, she has received requests for nude photos, calling those messages a “dumpster fire.” Makes you wonder how far society has progressed in 2020, doesn’t it? … The Symetra Tour resumes its season next Friday with the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship in Battle Creek, Mich. The 54-hole event is the first of nine remaining on the schedule after only one tournament was played before the break due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Symetra Tour will graduate just five players to the LPGA Tour instead of the usual 10. Brittany Marchand of Oakville, Ont., will resume the season tied for eighth place on the money list. Toronto’s Rebecca Lee-Bentham is tied for 13th, but won’t be playing in Battle Creek … Mackenzie Hughes will be the first Canadian to start the Memorial in Thursday’s first round, teeing off on the 10th hole at 12:11 p.m. local time, followed at 1:28 p.m., also on the 10th, by Nick Taylor and Corey Conners, who will play the first two rounds together. All tee times are here … This week’s GNN Poll asks readers how they think overall year end revenue at the golf operation where they work will compare to last year’s total, assuming there are no more disruptions to the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. As of this writing, 54 per cent of respondent said year end revenue will be between 75 and 100 per cent of last year’s total, 22 per cent said it would be between 25 and 49 per cent of 2019 revenue and another 22 per cent said between 50 and 74 per cent. Two per cent of respondents said it would be lower than 25 per cent. If you haven’t already, you can cast your vote on the GNN home page.