Editors' BlogAugust 27, 2008

LPGA English Policy: Fast Response

It took no time for us to get our first response to the LPGA's new English language policy, which will require that LPGA players speak enough English to conduct interviews. Jennifer Morrow is an English teacher from Indiana:

__I was extremely dismayed to have heard of the new policy requiring LPGA members to submit to an oral English exam resulting in possible suspension from play. This to me is the most ridiculous and egotistical policy I have come across in a while. I am an English teacher. I work with immigrants in America who are seeking to learn English better. You would think that I would support such a policy to further promote English. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. My interactions with the immigrant population has been extremely positive. I find them to be polite, respectful, positive and hard-working assets to America. The women on the LPGA Tour also appear to have these same traits. Instead of celebrating our differences and learning from their attitudes, we have chosen to force American culture on them, whether they want it or not. No wonder much of the world thinks us rude, lazy and selfish. We seem to prove them right with policies like this. I strongly suggest the LPGA repeal this policy and instead embrace the wonderful rainbow of culture present in the sport....

At the very least, LPGA higher-ups should let these women do what earned them a spot on the tour...play golf. Women have worked so hard to overcome stereotypes and glass ceilings. Have we come so far only to judge each other based, not on our actions or extraordinary abilities, but our accents?__>

Like a lot of things, I believe the impetus for this policy emanates from sponsors, who want LPGA members to be able to represent their tournaments--in English. The LPGA vetted the new policy with the players, who seem to be generally in support.

--Bob Carney

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