LPGA Takes A Stand
Out of the blue this comes along. In an era of runaway political correctness this comes at a most opportune time. The Ladies Professional Golf Association is now standing tall among massive criticism.
Beginning next year, the Ladies Professional Golf Association will test players
for English proficiency. The un-proficient, no matter how low their handicaps,
will face suspension.
Well, handicaps have nothing to do with it. These are professional women. They have the best of abilities of women around the world. So. . .what's the problem? Many will ask this question.
You've got to be kidding," said Grace Yoo, executive director of the Korean
American Coalition in Los Angeles. "How can this occur in this day and age?
We're pretty outraged."
Of course "they" are.
I want to know the details," she said. "What's the correlation between English
proficiency and success in sports?"
In short. There is none. It's not about English proficiency and success in sports. Hell, look at the Olympics every four years. What's the matter with these people? It's business man. The tour has become so international that communication can become an issue. Pro-ams are big business. People pay big money to play one round with the pro. They would like to be able to converse with her as the round progresses. Advertisers who pay millions of dollars would like the public to be able to understand it when the winner thanks the sponsors. That's big money that provides all the opportunity these golfers seek from all over the world. They want to suck in the big bucks. At least they should be willing to lend a hand in the success of each event and of the LPGA so the tour prospers and there is opportunity for future players and generations. TV ratings and advertising revenues are a huge part of the money for which they play.
But then again that may not be politically correct. Someone may have to put forth some effort to assure her opportunity for prosperity. To Ol' BC this doesn't sound illogical.
Just a thought.