An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
The LPGA will require its member golfers to learn and speak English and will suspend their membership if they don’t comply.
The new requirement, first reported by Golfweek on its Web site, was communicated to the tour’s growing South Korean membership in a mandatory meeting at the Safeway Classic in Portland, Ore., on Aug. 20. Connie Wilson, the LPGA’s vice president of communications, confirmed the new policy to ESPN.com.
“Why now? Athletes now have more responsibilities and we want to help their professional development,” deputy commissioner Libba Galloway told The Associated Press. “There are more fans, more media and more sponsors. We want to help our athletes as best we can succeed off the golf course as well as on it.
The LPGA is based in Daytona Beach, FL. As best I can remember, that’s in the U.S. of A. And in said USA, English is spoken. Ok, I have no problem with requiring English to be spoken.