Women golfers cry foul af­ter skirts are given short shrift

The Daily Telegraph - - World News - By Vic­to­ria Ward

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

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