Women enjoy day of golf
Enjoying the company of women wasn’t difficult Saturday, especially for someone of the female persuasion who loves golf.
Women outnumbered men 15 to 1 at Lake Tahoe Golf Course as the 18-hole public course in Meyers celebrated the second nationwide Women in Golf Day.
For nearly three hours Saturday women – once a oppressed group on the links – nearly had LTGC to themselves, save several male instructors.
“I think it’s terrific,” said Lyla Dusing of Zephyr Cove. “It’s a good way to get women involved in the sport.
“Once you get started, you can’t stop. One good shot always brings you back.”
LTGC donated its professional staff, the practice range, putting green, chipping green and front nine to 75 women during prime tee times, hoping that more women will embrace the growing game.
“I don’t think the golf industry has really stepped up and tapped the potential of women’s golf,” said LTGC General Manager Dave Rowe. “No doubt it’s displaced some of our full-paying customers today, but it’s well worth it.”
Dusing, who was introduced to golf nearly 20 years ago, has noticed a different attitude toward women who play the game today.
“It was way different then. Men had all the best tee times, the best equipment in the locker room. They were always given preferential treatment,” she said.
A majority of the women attending the clinic were beginners, testing the teaching skills of Bob Billings, Tom Young, Dave Gilpin, Mike Durst and George McKool.
“Before I would be this close (10 yards from the green) and wouldn’t know what club to use. Now I know to use a club with ‘P’ on it,” said Helen Pate of South Lake Tahoe. “This is very nice, very organized and very informational.”
Billings, a 34-year PGA professional instructor, was a man on a mission, imparting as much knowledge as he could in the limited time.
“I haven’t found anyone who can’t play golf. It just depends on the amount of energy you put into it,” he said.
Billings has a suggestion for women who think its too late to try the game.
“Men are stiffer than women as they grow older. Women seem to be more flexible,” Billings said.
LPGA Tour veteran Amy Alcott is the national spokesperson for Women in Golf Day, which was celebrated by 200 private, resort and public courses nationwide. In addition to the free clinic, participants received equipment discount offers, lesson packages and a continental breakfast.
Not bad, considering women used to be as rare a bird as a double eagle on a golf course.
“When this day is done our commitment to women in golf won’t be. We will continue to look for ways to exceed (their) expectations and provide increased value,” Rowe said.
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