Denies Lady Golfer Access to Ladies
Texarkana, AR July
28, 2003 (Reuters) A Female golfer invited to play in the
Member-Guest Golf Tournament at Texarkana Country Club has been
blocked from the Ladies Tees by head professional Art
Romero. Romero has exercised what he considers to be his
discretionary power to require
Claiming that Sims can out-drive most of the men in the tournament, Mr. Romero stands firmly by his decision. By actual measure, Ms. Sims hits her tee ball in the 240 to 250 yard range. (Annika Sorenstam, by comparison, hits it 265.) However, further investigation has revealed that driving distance is not the sole qualifier in the matter.
The denial of rights cited by Romero also included a parenthetical aside in his decision reflecting upon the defeat of one of Romeros male assistants by Sims in an earlier tournament. This chauvinistic tee slap may be more an exercise of payback than discretionary power.
Another possible cause for this overzealous ruling lies deep in the psyche of Romero who is barely as tall as Sims. It is the short man syndrome, perhaps, that brings forth this untoward behavior. Standing in the entrance of the starter's tent he poses a towering figure, however, much like that of Gov. George Wallace's entry-blocking image of many years ago.
It is said that at
Oak Tree in
He was the only guy in town who could wear them. I tried to give them to a homeless shelter, but they declined my offer owing to the shortness of the pants, Wood said in an interview, He was always gracious, but he still had a chip on his shoulder.
Country Club sets another milestone in its long history. Just
as it broke ranks from the past in hiring Romero as its first
Hispanic professional, the club now establishes that only
short-hitting women can use the Ladies
The three-day tournament begins on August 1 under a cloud of controversy.