dress code changes barely noticeable, says tour spokesperson
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[July 22, 2017]
(Reuters) - Spectators at this
week's LPGA event in Ohio will barely notice a change in the
appearance of players after "minor" tweaks were introduced to the
tour's dress code, an LPGA spokesperson said on Friday.
The new dress code which came into effect at the Marathon Classic
has caused a social media storm but the players themselves think the
fuss is a case of much ado about nothing.
In an email obtained by Golf Digest, players were instructed to
avoid plunging necklines, to avoid wearing skirts, skorts or pants
that expose part of the "bottom area". Other edicts included a ban
on wearing jeans inside the ropes and also related to off-course
attire appropriate for pro-am parties.
"If a fan tunes into the LPGA this week, they will not see a
noticeable difference from what players have been and are currently
wearing," Heather Daly-Donofrio, the LPGA's chief communications
officer, said in an email to Reuters.
She added that the updated dress code, far from being a heavy-handed
edict, was made after requests from LPGA players.
Criticism of the policy has been widespread, with accusations on
social media that the tour was “body-shaming” players.
"Women and girls should wear what makes them feel comfortable when
taking part in sport and should not be deterred by unnecessary dress
codes,” said a spokeswoman for British group Women in Sports.
But Daly-Donofrio shrugged off the furore.
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“The LPGA is a membership-based organization and
updates to the policy are made with member input, feedback and
direction,” she said.
“In this case, players asked us to update the existing dress code to
include references relevant to today’s fashion trends and golf wear.
Players have been aware of the clarifications for a few weeks and
provided input prior to implementation.”
Leading players at the Marathon Classic were unfazed by the issue.
“I honestly have been shocked by the response to it because you look
at other sports, they have a dress code,” former world number one
Stacy Lewis told reporters.
“I honestly don't understand the kick-back we had from addressing
the issues that we had on this tour because I think we needed it to
“We've had a dress code for a long time, and it really just
addressed a couple of the trends in fashion and what the clothing
companies are coming out with now.”
Lydia Ko, another ex number one, added: "It really hasn't changed
much to the original code."
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Pritha
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