Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Next step

Some of the top players on the LPGA pulled off a palace coup and got Commissioner Carolyn Bevins booted out of her job. I think getting rid of Bevins is the right move. She just seemed wrong for the job. Now the hard part. Getting the Women's tour back on track.

If you attended the just finished U-S Women's Open at Saucon Valley in Bethlehem you would have found a women's game in very good condition. The crowds were great with lots of young men and women following the top players around the fabulous course. The players are very fan friendly and the fight for the top spot is competitive. There has been some grumbling about the dominance of the South Korean players not being appealing to U-S crowds. I didn't see anyone not applauding the gutsy winning putt by Eun Hee Ji on Sunday in Bethlehem. She played a terrific Sunday round to beat a fading Christie Kerr. In many sports American fans cheer for players from other countries. Why not in Women's golf. In fact the former Women's #1 Annika Sorenstam, from Sweden, was a fan favorite wherever she went. For crying out loud the biggest draw for women's golf is Michelle Wie an Asian-American. The future of the LPGA tour will be decided by good business decisions and great players. Some wondered how the PGA tour was going to survive the loss of Jack Nicklaus and Arnie Palmer and then along came an African-Asian American named Tiger Woods!

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