Women golfers cry foul after skirts are given short shrift
A STRICT dress code for female golfers, which bans players from wearing plunging necklines, leggings or revealing skirts, has provoked a storm of criticism.
The Ladies Professional Golf Association was accused of “slut-shaming” female players after introducing curbs on players’ choice of clothing.
Tour players were told this week that several items are now banned on the course, including skirts or shorts that reveal the “bottom area (even if covered by undershorts)” at any time, standing or bent over; as well as cut-offs or jeans with holes and jogging bottoms. Meanwhile, racerback tops are only allowed if accompanied with a collar.
The edict prompted an overwhelmingly negative reaction. Teen Vogue, the youth magazine, said the dress code had set women “way back”.
Sandra Gal, a German golfer, told the website Golf.com: “Short skirts have been around forever, especially in tennis. But part of being a woman, and especially a female athlete, is looking attractive and sporty and fit, and that’s what women’s tennis does so well.
“Why shouldn’t we? I’ve talked to a few other players and, like me, they don’t agree with it, either.”
An email sent by Vicki Goetze-ackerman, LPGA player president, warned players they would face a fine of $1,000 (£765) if they breached the new code.
After a first transgression, the fine will be doubled at each breach. Players were told by the American organisation that it was their “job” to notify their clothing sponsors of the policy.
Heather Daly-donofrio, the LPGA tour’s communications and tour operations officer, told Golf Digest: “The dress code requires players to present themselves in a professional manner to reflect a positive image for the game.”
Paige Spiranac, an American golfer, added on Twitter: “Untucked shirts, and clothes that don’t fit (too tight or loose) should be added. Because I think that looks unprofessional as well.”
Paige Spiranac, the American golfer, weighed into the debate, saying that untucked shirts should be included in the ban