LPGA backs down on English requirement
When i first heard this news I thought it was ridiculous. Barry Artiste had a piece on this a week ago here. I am not surprised there has been heavy criticism on this as it can be seen quite discriminatory.
Under increasing criticism, the LPGA Tour on Friday backed off plans to suspend players who could not efficiently speak English at tournaments.
LPGA Tour commissioner Carolyn Bivens said she would have a revised plan by the end of the year that would not include suspensions for players unable to speak English in pro-ams, trophy presentations or interviews. Fining such players remained an option.
Bivens disclosed the tour's original plan in a meeting with South Korean players two weeks ago at the Safeway Classic in Portland, Ore., Golfweek magazine reported. The policy, which had not been written, was widely criticized as discriminatory, particularly against Asian players.
Heres a similar news, a club in Coquitlam B.C. has been rejecting member applications who can't speak English. Barry Artiste also had a piece on this before here.
I know golf was a game for people who has a lighter skin tone, but Tiger Woods broke down the barrier in Augusta back in the late 90s. I am surprised we are somewhat taking a step back by limiting members and having a english requirement.