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Play Golf? Speak English!

26 August 2008, 10:07 pm. 4 Comments. Filed under Sports.

LPGA Tour will suspend memberships if players don’t learn English

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.

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  1. Sean. 26 August 2008, 10:59 pm

    I have no problem with this rule. I have a problem with the LPGA being less than honest as to why they are passing it. This has everything to do with the fact that female American Golfers are consistantly getting their asses kicked by South Korean born golfers. This is being done simply to level the field because the American golfers are not as good.

  2. olbroad. 27 August 2008, 7:41 am

    @Sean:

    Maybe they just want to stop the confusion? :)

    When I first read this, I was of two minds. I think it’s a rather odd rule, but then again….. a common language would help all the players. Even though I’m obviously a strong “English First” advocate, that doesn’t apply to a world wide sport. The whole world doesn’t speak English, we do. The LPGA is based here, so it would help. However, are they giving the ladies enough time? Like I said…a bit odd.

  3. Great White Snark. 27 August 2008, 11:36 pm

    It’s actually all a ploy to make us interested in the LPGA.

    http://www.snark-sharks.com/2008/08/27/no-spreak-engrish-no-pray-grolf/

  4. olbroad. 28 August 2008, 6:27 am

    @Great White Snark:

    Ahhh….now I understand. Hey, it’s great to fall asleep to. Well, it use to be until the unwashed masses started yelling “GIT IN DA HOLE”. sigh…

    Heh.

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