It used to be men, including most American Presidents since Woodrow Wilson, could find sanctuary on the golf course. Those days are over.
With golf’s perennial event, The Masters, only two weeks away, an interview with one of the world’s best golfers, Rory McIlroy, caught my attention. “I mean, in this day and age, where you’ve got women who are leaders of certain industries and women who are heads of state and not to be able to join a golf course? It’s obscene, it’s ridiculous.”
Rory was referring to the Muirfield Golf Club which just voted to allow women as members, so it could get back in good graces with the PC crowd and rejoin the rotation of being a host of the British Open. If this sounds familiar, Augusta National, home of the Masters, went through the same controversy not so long ago before also caving to political pressure.
To refresh your memory, in 2002 a woman by the name of Martha Burk made the all-male Augusta National Golf Club’s existence a living hell by demanding it admit women. At first Augusta’s chairman, Hootie Johnson, was defiant in not caving, replying, “We do not intend to become a trophy in their display case. There may well come a day when women will be invited to join our membership but that timetable will be ours, and not at the point of a bayonet.” But as with most affairs that involve political correctness, the media treated Burk like an oppressed saint, and by 2012, feeling heat from almost every corner, Augusta National buckled, becoming just another display in political correctness’s trophy case.
If you follow golf or politics you are probably aware that the political battles involving golf at places like Muirfield and Augusta are now considered small fish to the left, as they, like a modern Captain Ahab, have expanded their horizons and are out hunting their own personal great white whale: President Trump himself. I’ll give you one guess as to what Martha Burk is up to these days. Last seen she was garnering publicity to get the U.S. Women’s Open, scheduled for this July, to be moved from a Trump golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Nor is Martha Burk alone in this quest. A group called UltraViolet has staged protests targeting the LPGA, demanding a move of the U.S. Women’s Open. Shaunna Thomas, the co-founder of UltraVoilet, who sounds like a barrel of laughs, complained, “The LPGA should not be rewarding Trump’s bigoted brand and normalize his platform and policies that degrade women and divide our country.”
Of course, one takes for granted that Martha Burk, Shaunna Thomas, or other feminists so worked up about the so-called sexism of male golfers and Donald Trump wouldn’t say boo, if the golf courses in question were owned by another presidential golfer by the name of Bill Clinton. Clinton, as usual, would get the proverbial pass. Burk, who labels herself as a political psychologist, wrote the following line last year about Bubba’s Presidency, “His wandering eye is irrelevant to his record in matters of governing and the country’s well-being.” Talk about your fake news and double-standards.
One doesn’t need to be a mere feminist to boycott a Trump Golf Course. Even the snowflakes who make their living in the sports world have joined the boycott chorus, including the likes of ESPN and Bill Elliott, who is editor at large for the magazine Golf Monthly.
But so far, the whole Dump Trump meme that is being foisted upon the golf crowd has been for the most part a flop. Take the aforementioned UltraViolet, who promised a big protest at an LPGA event this past weekend in Phoenix to deride the LPGA’s relationship with the President. Only about a dozen protesters showed up, milling around for about a half hour before being shooed away by security. Even the LPGA seems unfazed by the non-controversy, releasing a statement that reads in part, “As a global tour and membership, we try not to let politics get in the way of their opportunities.”
For me, a non-golfer, the idea of hitting the links for recreation is unappealing. But if I did play golf, I sure as heck would rather be paired up with a random member of Augusta National than with a political psychologist. A sentiment most Americans, men or women, would probably agree with.
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