Golf becomes more fun when money is on the line. I’m generally the first person in my foursome to suggest a bet -- anything that won’t break my wallet -- for two main reasons: the added pressure turns the game into a sport; and betting can be a great icebreaker if I’m paired with three guys I’ve never played with before.
But I get upset when I lose and a guy refuses to take my money. I suggested the bet. I played from the correct tees. I didn’t play as well as my opponent. Why should you, Mr. Champion, feel uncomfortable taking my money just because I’m a girl?
That’s why Golf Digest asked the following question, via Twitter and Facebook:
Fellas: If you bet against a woman on the golf course & beat her, do you feel bad about taking her money? (Do you even *take* her money?)— Golf Digest (@GolfDigestMag) July 26, 2012
The answers we got varied from “Heck no!” to “OF COURSE!”
Scott, I appreciate your intent. But being a “gentleman” on the course means helping us look for balls and making sure we grab a bottle of cold water when it’s available, not refusing to take our money. We knew the stakes before we agreed to the bet.
@GolfDigestMag .....NOPE!! being a gentleman comes first..— Scott Law (@ScottLawGOLFNUT) July 26, 2012
Why do the answers to these questions matter, Cilli? Whether you’re married to the girl, dating her or TRYING to date her, a bet is a bet. You should never feel bad about seeing it through.
@GolfDigestMag depends...are you married to her? Dating her? Or interested in her?— cilli (@cilli) July 26, 2012
Smart man, Zach! This is actually a superb idea. Fellas, take note: I’m fairly certain all girls would appreciate this smooth move.
@GolfDigestMag - Absolutely. Then I use it to take her to dinner.— Zachary Tibbitts (@ztibbitts) July 26, 2012
- Tom Blake, via Facebook: “I wouldn't bet in the first place. It's a no-win situation for me because I wouldn't take her money WHEN I won, but would have to pay up if I lost and that would be double jeopardy.”
- Michael Leighton Wolff, via Facebook: “You're supposed to let them win! Haha.”
@GolfDigestMag. If she wants to bet and feels confident she can win - then take her $$$ if you win - why wouldn't you.— Andy Marcolin (@AndyMarcolin) July 26, 2012
Precisely right, Todd.
@GolfDigestMag Yes, I take it, and no, I don't feel bad. Golf has a system that guarantees a fair match.— Todd Pataky (@PittsburghTodd) July 26, 2012
- Kimberley McBee Ward, via Facebook: “My daughter takes her daddy's money every time!”
via Facebook, “A bet, and many other things in this world, has no gender.”