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Group Taking U.S. Women's Open Protest To...LPGA Stop!?

I'm not sure if this is a failure of USGA branding or just lame ignorance, but it's disappointing to see UltraViolet planning to protest at this Saturday's LPGA Tour stop in Phoenix.'s Marika Washchyshyn reports on protest plans including a banner-carrying plane urging the LPGA Tour to "dump sexist Trump."

Unfortunately, the U.S. Women's Open at Trump Bedminster is hosted and operated by the USGA.

UltraViolet members will also be stationed at the gates to the grounds handing out golf balls and golf ball-patterned beach balls with the message, "LPGA: Dump Trump."

"The LPGA should not be rewarding Trump's bigoted brand and normalize his platform and policies that degrade women and divide our country," Shaunna Thomas, a co-founder of UltraViolet, said in a press release. "The USGA and LPGA need to send a clear signal to young golfers, including women, people of color, and people with disabilities that it stands against Trump's brand of hate, and for an inclusive strong future by moving the upcoming U.S. Women's Open from Trump National Golf Course."

This is a shame on many levels, with the most obvious being that protestors are targeting an event and players that did not select the venue. Nor does their showing up at the most significant championship in women's golf signal anything other than a desire to win a national championship.

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"Failure of branding"...that's great!
03.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJS
Geoff, at the end of the day this is a failure of leadership at the USGA. Mike Davis, Diana "hiccup" Murphy should have addressed this issue long ago, and not put the LPGA in this position in the first place.
03.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterLongBall
Good lord...maybe they should go protest some of Europe's all male clubs that host The Open and other tournaments! Makes Trump seem like a progressive in contrast to that! I'm sure the Ladies Asian PGA....I mean the really concerned with American feminism and feigned disrespect.
03.17.2017 | Unregistered Commentermarmooskapaul
It's a shame that a bunch of radical feminists have chosen to promote their political agenda at an LPGA event. Looking at the group's website, it's obvious they have a far left ideology. Hopefully, the good people in Phoenix will ignore them and send them packing back to Berkley.
03.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterGreg
they sound as smart as the people that suggested they could play the masters some wear ells than Augusta National
03.17.2017 | Unregistered Commentermark
Sad that the writer doesn't recognize the fact that the protest group is protesting the wrong organization.

Basically they are protesting women that earn a living playing golf, and an organization, the LPGA, dedicated to advancing opportunities and showcasing the best women golfers, beyond sad.
03.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterConvert
The irony is astounding. This particular event is celebrating the founders, who started what is now the longest running professional women's sports organization in the United States.
03.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterLynn S.
I tend to disagree as to whether the UltraViolet group is missing the mark. UltraViolet seems to merge the USGA and the LPGA but so don't most people; to most people golf is golf. The protest is making the news obviously and will resonate with some viewers, spectators, and maybe sponsors. If the group continues the protest it will only grab more headlines. I doubt that it will be very effective in moving the Women's Open from Trump's golf course but it may be effective in limiting selection of Trump's properties from future events. We may all laugh at Martha Burke but I'm not sure that Condi Rice would now have a green jacket but for her.
03.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterHBL
They'll probably get more attention protesting the wrong organization.
03.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterAF
@ Greg,

During the campaign the Women for Trump group said that most women want to be disrespected, and want their man to be a chauvinist, to put them in their place. It makes them feel sexy.

Relative to this I can see how someone might interpret a more normal view of the world as 'far left.' However, it's not. And to be perfectly honest, as a man, you don't really have the right to say what some women should and should not feel worthy of their protest. I know this may seem foreign, or be hard to grasp for a person who thinks a woman's place is in the kitchen, or cleaning your toilets, or changing diapers, keeping your house clean and watching soap operas, but the world is moving on.

On the subject of the protest, it would be better if the group targeted the USGA directly, and the Woman at the head specifically. It would give her a chance to be remembered for something other than possibly being inebriated at an inopportune time and using the incorrect name when congratulating someone. She could separate herself from the old boys club around her by speaking up on this issue.
03.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
The protesters need to know and understand that Golf House is a mere 6 miles from the USWO site. And more accessible than TNGC
03.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPeaceFrog
@ Greg

Before you bash my alma mater, please spell it correctly!
03.17.2017 | Unregistered Commenterberserkeley
Lost in all this 3rd (or is it 4th, 5th, or...7th...I've lost count) wave feminist "outrage" is Trump's campaign manager becoming the first ever successful female presidential campaign manager.

The irony is literally dripping off their "message".
03.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnnycz
'' a woman's place is in the kitchen, or cleaning your toilets, or changing diapers, keeping your house clean and watching soap operas, but the world is moving on''

I could use someone like that and I don't care if it is a man or a woman, cut the need for diaper changes-- I am not that far gone --yet :)

03.17.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Johnnny ''3 n'' zzz

Hey stranger--- what you may be missing in yak se mas land is Kelleyanne is sadly a laughing stock here in the US of A. She continues to put her f in her m, and my wife and I believe that she is having an affair with donnie.

some of her actions indicate a non professional interaction, and we feel sorry for her and her inability to give up this position, and the strong need to do so.

Good to see ya here!

03.17.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
How is protesting, an American right, an issue. Saddling up to Trump and his golf empire comes with a price. If it was objectionable as a candidate it is even more disgusting as an unrepentent President who has done nothing to command any respect for the office. Just because Trump won the Presidency it will never erase what he said and what he actually is. Stand up Mr President and be proud of every sexist, racist and simply mean statement/action you have actualy said and don't complain when people complain about it - own it baby.

Writing on the NYC subway sorry for any typos. NYC - we have known Trump is a dangerous idiot for almost 40 years.
03.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterStephenP from NJ
Stephen P

03.17.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
The left loves to protest. Never saw a think at the Humana regarding Clinton hanging out there. More "othering" as in somehow supporting Trump (which about half women did).

Obviously, the left doesn't want to understand most of the LPGA supports Trump (which they do) so these ladies who have no clue about golf will have their 20 people protesting.

Want to see hypocrisy, see the above post on Kellyanne Conway. Don't like her politics, so insinuate she's a slut. That's the left. All class!
03.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMark
Endless political inanity from both sides, both in this country and in this comment section.

It doesn't matter if the LPGA or PGA player support Trump. The second Trump entered politics, the USGA should have cut ties. As unseemly and ethically questionable as it is for a sitting POTUS to have an active, internationally-engaged real estate brand, the fact is that he does. But the USGA should be staying as far away from that as possible. The same would be true if they were considering playing at a course the Obamas owned during the last administration. The potential distastefulness of his demeanor and words are irrelevant in this setting. The USGA had plenty of opportunity to avoid this third rail, but instead they wandered drunkenly down the tracks, tripped and got electrocuted.

As they say, elections have consequences.
03.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTremendous Slouch
Hey Digger! How's it hanging?

I can see how Ms Conway's past comments could have irked the more sensitive folk. But I go with what Ferhety says that words by themselves are not offensive, rather it's the intent to offend that causes problems. Trump and his team (worts and all) masterfully "poked the liberal/socialist/collectivist bears" to their advantage.

Personally...I always root for underdogs. Both candidates weren't I go with the new guy on the political block.

(I am no more in jak se mas land...moved back to Calgary past few months. The better I understood the language, i realized I was surrounded by socialists. Way better here. People are actually nice here. Now waiting for snow to melt for good and start teaching how to hit a ball into a hole with an overpriced stick. Hope you're doing good down in TX buddy)
03.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterJohnnnycz

''Want to see hypocrisy, see the above post on Kellyanne Conway. Don't like her politics, so insinuate she's a slut. That's the left. All class!"

If you are referring to my post in the above comment, then you are the only one calling her any names, and I am not ''the left''. You seem to
pigdgeonhole (sp) people very easily an incorrectly. And I do not know what her politics is. I worked for politicians, Dem and GOP. She has a JOB, and if yu knew anything about lifer pol workers, they flip sides with the money. So what IS her ''politics? and do not call my wife names, you poor thinker.

Do you smoke? Drink? Drugs? Cheat? drive faster than the limit? All ARE liberal ways of living, and yet you probabluu think you are ''right, right?

I call BS on everything you have posted, whether you do any of the things I listed or not. To call Kelleyanne a ''slut'' as ONLY YOU HAVE DONE is an affront to a mother of four.

Clean up your act or post your BS elsewhere. Yes it is a blog and all opinions are welcome, but cheap name calling is not. Stop it.

03.17.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
HBL, Condi probably would have been a member at AN five or ten years earlier if not for Martha Burk. Augusta felt the need to show everyone that nobody, certainly not feminists fighting a stupid PC fight against a private club, was going to bark orders at them. Burk delayed the timing. By waiting 12 or 13 years later, they proved they could do things on their own timetable and terms.
03.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterMatt
@ Matt - Condi a member 5 or 10 years earlier? Are you serious?
03.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTed Ray's Pipe
Ya, you're right, imagine all the social progress we would have made by now if the southern white good old boys were allowed to dictate change at their own pace. LO damn L haha
03.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterDon
03.17.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdayglo naranja
03.17.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdayglo naranja
I find it humorous how you attack the President. I'm going to enjoy reading your hit job stories in 4 years when he's Re-elected for another 4 years. Followed by 8 years of the first female President Ivanka. I'm going to wait for you to flip, because all weak
Liberals like yourself flip once you realize your hurting yourself by writing negatively about him. Just know that I'm watching.

All the best,

Bill Ayers
I find humor in the hypocrisy of liberals that scream about Trump that have no trouble looking over Bill Clinton.
You sir, are fake news and many people that I know in the golf world see through your bullshit.
Sad. USWO is the biggest event in women's golf. Purse largest and a big loser financially to its sponsor. Sad to have all the do-gooders fussing.
03.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterRich S
Does Seminole have any Women members? Our egalitarian USGA will be there for a Walker Cup in about four years.

Dirty little secret, Walker Cup venues are as much about the quality of courses locally where the USGA and R&A big wigs can get comped. Lost Tree, Pine Tree, Bears Club, Medalist, Hobe Sound, Everglades, Jupiter Hills, Trump/Ritz and TPC Eagle Trace (just kidding).

Where they got to play in 2009 in Philadelphia was plain sick and the red carpet was out at all the best courses. Really no biggie as the locals unlike the officials were not playing golf but over at Merion for the event.
03.17.2017 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
@ Dayglo

either way would work :)

03.18.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

So Canucka joob googoo ja boob!

Take off ,Hoser, are you a donut guy yet?

I only have a minute but I am bucket ell t go to Oak Island and also to the 2 Coore Crenshaw courses in Nova Scrotum-sia That girl ain't right!

where are you Canada is pretty big- send me coordinates and I will Google Earth you- I'll do same when I get a bit of time. I am in Victoria Texas, between Corpus Christi and Houston. We got the polka, we got the Tex-Mex, we got the REAL blues, and we got the rock and roll, hip hop, from A to ZZtop,,, We need to meet somewhere, sometime.

I gotta run

runningly yours,

03.18.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Hillary voting Libtards are a problem, Antibiotic cream may be a solution
punx figgie pudding :)

as bad as she may have been, we are in a hellof a worse mess with the5 year old with the nuclear launch codes, who want to sack EVERYTHING and build more nukes.

This man is insane, nor because he is a GOP- he is certifiable. #25- get him out, bfore he blows us all up playing with his desk.

really worried I am,

03.18.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

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