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Womens dress code at the British Open.

Post by 4putt on Sat 04 Aug 2018, 12:47 pm

Been watching the British Womens Open the past few days and I'm amazed at what the women get away with compared to the men.
Mel Reed looked a complete mess yesterday and now someone playing in a hoodie. Not to mention the umpteen endorsements on display. At my old club in the UK they wouldn't have been allowed in the club house, let alone on the course.

Regards, Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells. Very Happy

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Post by LadyPutt on Sun 05 Aug 2018, 11:33 am

I have to agree, 4putt. I think most of the pro women, especially the ones from the Far East, look an absolute mess. In contrast, at least Georgia Hall (who comes from my home town of Bournemouth) looks smart. I'm all for wearing fashionable clothes but there is a limit and I don't see that what they are wearing is going to attract young girls to the game. I played last week at my club with a 15 year old who looked very smart in a colourful blue shirt (OK, it wasn't tucked in but neither was mine!) and pair of acid green jeans-style trousers. That, to me, is acceptable for a young player and is certainly welcome at my club. Incidentally, she won the medal and blew the rest of the field away, too Very Happy
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Post by Diggers on Sun 05 Aug 2018, 12:58 pm

I’d go the other way, it’s bizarre that the men on the main tours can’t wear shorts. I can’t think of a single reason why. I think the girls look fine, clearly sone carry the clothing off better than others, but ultimately, who gives a toss what anyone wears.

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Post by McLaren on Sun 05 Aug 2018, 1:09 pm

Are 4putt and LP objecting because they think some of the women are betraying the traditions of the game or that they have made fashion faux pas?

Or as I fear have some personal sensibilities been trodden on?
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Post by GPB on Sun 05 Aug 2018, 1:33 pm

I am confused.

Letting young women wear clothes that they think is fashionable is going to prevent young girls from getting into the game?

And forcing young girls to adhere to dress code (from their Mothers and grandmothers era) is going to attract young girls into the game.

That doesn't quite add up.

As full blooded American male, I enjoy the skirt lengths that the young ladies of the LPGA wear. But I also know that in the blue blood Country Clubs, that those skirt lengths would not be tolerated.

I have always thought that stodgy and old fashion dress codes prevents young people from playing the game, not encourage it.

If the women players can supplement their minor income by looking like NASCAR racing car, so be it. They play purses that are a fraction of the Men game.

Lets hope they are not all forced to wear All-white like they do at a certain Tennis Championship near London.


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Post by kwinigolfer on Sun 05 Aug 2018, 3:06 pm

Nothing wrong with unique though.
Grass.
All white.
Always a sell-out.

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Post by beninho on Sun 05 Aug 2018, 3:26 pm

I initially thought the original post was a bit tongue in cheek.

I really do not get or understand dress codes in golf, its just ridiculous. Play what you feel comfortable in and who cares what others think.

I also can't see why male's aren't allowed to wear shorts, I may be wrong, but syre I read on pga tour they cant even wear them in practice rounds or pro ams.

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Post by pedro on Sun 05 Aug 2018, 5:01 pm

If you’re called Pornanong you should dress accordingly.

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Post by Diggers on Sun 05 Aug 2018, 6:33 pm

I enjoy Wimbledon, but in terms of utter stuck up, head up your backside, super exclusive Muppet, they are right up there with Augusta.

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Post by I'm never wrong on Sun 05 Aug 2018, 7:25 pm

Euro Tour does allow them on practice rounds. I seem to remember Sam Torrance mentioning that the tour didn't want players to wear shorts - because of what "people might see" when players crouching down to line up putts etc.

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Post by LadyPutt on Sun 05 Aug 2018, 8:31 pm

Congratulations to the very smart Georgia Hall on winning the Women’s British Open by two shots from a Thai girl who looked a mess with not only black tights but also sponsors’ logos stuck all over her shirt and visor - what was she, and they, thinking? Liked the skirt though ......
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Post by Diggers on Sun 05 Aug 2018, 10:31 pm

Has anyone ever commented on what the winner of a golf major wore compared to what who came second wore before? And we wonder why we view male and female sport differently. Why not talk about the fact it was a fantastic, well fought, last day.

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Post by pedro on Sun 05 Aug 2018, 11:24 pm

Did you see her Digs? It has nothing to do with gender, but looking like a Nascar driver calls for commenting. How often did we comment on Fowler/Daly/Poulter/Woods etc.?

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Post by Plunky on Mon 06 Aug 2018, 2:51 am

The women make far less money than the men, both in prizes and in endorsements.  So what if pornanong has several minor sponsors rather than one or two major ones ?  I don't really care what golfers wear as long as they look decent.   Does dress code really put women off the game ?  I would have thought that the time taken to play and length of courses would be bigger factors.  It isn't a big deal to wear a decent pair of shorts and a collared shirt surely ?  It's not like they have to play in a long skirt and corset. What a great performance by Georgia !

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Post by JAS on Mon 06 Aug 2018, 8:56 am

First things first...fantastic performance and display of holding ones nerve under pressure down the stretch...top marks Miss Hall!!

Dress code? Or getting hung up on some kind of imagined dress code? I think I have to agree with the “who cares” camp here. At the risk of sounding a bit sexist, women do tend to take fashion a bit more seriously than men in general, not sure why but in my view they do. There’s absolutely nowt wrong with that moreover, if there is a bit of edgy trendsetting fashion creeping into the women’s game so what, if it attracts more young ladies into the game then surely that’s for the better??

Down at Saunton last week for an Open my partner (who doesn’t play...yet) came for the practice round and pre practice round browsing around the pro shop she was mighty impressed with the ladies clothing options on display, almost tempted to buy some clothes as she thought they looked that good. So I do think it’s a good thing that trendy gear is more widely available.


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Post by pedro on Mon 06 Aug 2018, 9:30 am

Not objecting with the "sense of fashion" but with the numerous ads on the clothes. OK Pornanongs outfit was also quite wild, but that was just a curiosity IMO.

Yes women golfers make far less money than their male counterparts, but they still make far more than in other womens sports. And here you don't see them plastered with ads for the local hardware store.

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Post by super_realist on Mon 06 Aug 2018, 6:12 pm

Diggers wrote:I’d go the other way, it’s bizarre that the men on the main tours can’t wear shorts. I can’t think of a single reason why. I think the girls look fine, clearly sone carry the clothing off better than others, but ultimately, who gives a toss what anyone wears.

For the first time in a long time I 100% agree with you Diggers. The European Tour, given that it seems to be at least capable of giving things consideration and mulling over the idea of change should implement the wearing of shorts. If it is looking for things to make it more inclusive for people and to grow the sport, and relaxing dress codes seems as good a place as any to start and demonstrating that on tour seems like a good idea, at the very least in the hotter "swings" of the tour.

It might look ridiculous for some of the players i.e. the wren legs of Woods, or the fat sausages of Shane Lowry, but there seems no reason why it shouldn't allow them other than preposterous tradition, which is one of the many reasons golf is dying. I'm sure most of us wear shorts in the summer, so what difference does playing golf for a living mean you shouldn't wear shorts. Wonder what would happen if they did it, they are allowed in practice so why not in the round proper?

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Post by raycastleunited on Mon 06 Aug 2018, 10:35 pm

Let’s be clear here: Pornanang was dressed like a clown, all that was missing from her ridiculous outfit was a red nose. On top of that, displaying approx 14 different sponsors logos (for those who didn’t see it this is not an exaggeration) plastered all over her had the effect of making it look like she was wearing a patchwork quilt.

I don’t really care about dress codes, but turning up looking like you’ve just come from a fancy dress party opens you up to be ridiculed. Regardless of gender.

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Post by Plunky on Tue 07 Aug 2018, 12:18 pm

She has the same clothing sponsor as John Daly so she always wears colorful skirt (and caddy always wears matching shorts). Like many of the Asian players, she generally covers up her arms and legs to protect against the sun. So the black tights and sleeves are pretty normal for her too. Maybe it's because I watch a fair bit of the lpga so I'm used to seeing her, but her clothes don't bother me.

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Post by raycastleunited on Tue 07 Aug 2018, 12:30 pm

Her clothes didn't bother me, I just thought her Ronald McDonald outfit looked silly!


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Post by Roller_Coaster on Tue 07 Aug 2018, 2:18 pm

Are we talking about sartorial elegance?

In that case, I'll get me coat.

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Post by Roller_Coaster on Tue 07 Aug 2018, 2:19 pm

Anyone at work that didn't see it, good luck Googling pornanang!!!

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Post by raycastleunited on Tue 07 Aug 2018, 4:08 pm

Just google Ronald McDonald for an image that is suitable for work

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