You may not mind the Cover of the upcoming issue of Golf Digest, but Paulina Gretzky’s provocative golf pose has created a big stir among LPGA Players.
There is a buzz around Rancho Mirage, CA this week at the LPGA’s first Major of the year, The Kraft Nabisco Championship, and it isn’t a discussion about who will be taking home the winners check and trophy. The chat is about why Golf Digest decided to feature Paulina Gretzky in a ‘golf pose’ on their cover in the next issue.
This is not sitting well with many LPGA Tour Players. I had a chance to ask a handful yesterday while hanging out at the tournament and all were hurt, miffed, frustrated and down right disappointed with Golf Digest. One player who asked not to be named told me in so many words that they will never read the magazine again.
What’s the problem you ask? Gretzky (daughter of the iconic hockey player Wayne Gretzky) may be engaged to a PGA golfer, but she herself is not a professional golfer. She demonstrates 6 golf-improvement exercises and discussed her connection to the sports world. This isn’t sitting well with LPGA Players.
The last 3 women to appear on the cover have been Golf Channel anchor and personality Holly Sonders (May 2013), Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover girl Kate Upton, who appeared with Arnold Palmer (December 2013), and Gretzky. In 2008, Lorena Ochoa was the last LPGA player to appear on the cover.
“That’s just been the way it is for over 20, 30 years,” world No. 1 Inbee Park told reporters on Thursday after her round in the Kraft Nabisco Championship. “We are trying to get closer to the guys (in popularity), but obviously we are never going to get there. That’s for sure. The LPGA is getting better and better.”
World Ranked #3, Stacy Lewis says, “It’s frustrating for female golfers. It’s the state of where we’ve always been. We don’t get the respect for being the golfers we are. Obviously, Golf Digest is trying to sell magazines, but at the same time you like to see a little respect for the women’s game.”
Angela Stanford agrees wholeheartedly with Lewis even though not surprised: “The question is who are they trying to sell to? If the answer is men 25 years old through 45 years old, then I guess that’s what they have to do. You know the old saying, sex sells. And nobody can argue with that. It’s just the way it is. But the LPGA has some attractive women and very fit women, so why not use them? I’m just baffled by it.”
Since Golf Digest was launched in 1950, there has only been 21 women to grace the cover. I have to agree with the players on this one. Why couldn’t they feature an LPGA Tour Player on the cover. Or maybe, they could have had featured an LPGA player and Paulina Gretzky. Regardless of their motive, the LPGA Players are not happy with the choice.
The LPGA continues to work hard to seek respect from the world of golf and beyond. On behalf of Bunkers Paradise, you have our respect and will always have it until the end of time.
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