Reader: Gulbis did the LPGA no favors with her body-painting

Feb 28, 2012 Full story: Golf World 6

In last week's Golf World Monday Ron Sirak gave Natalie Gulbis credit for appearing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

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Since: Jun 10

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Feb 29, 2012
Well, Mr. T is certainly entitled to his opinion. But his letter by itself disproves his premise. HE knows a lot about Natalie Gulbis, her record, her world ranking and apparently objects to her getting silly season invitations - which are NEVER given out according to world rankings, not even to the men. I will grant that she is struggling with her golf game but most golfers are. The LPGA is in need of publicity, that these are attractive, athletic young women is undeniable. That they should somehow pretend they are not nor avail themselves of the opportunities youth, beauty and personality present them is silly indeed. Women's golf purses barely keep pace with the Senior tour - unlike the WTA which competes for comparable money with the ATP and for equal money at their majors. It is an expensive sport, the travel - worldwide, can't be paid for with a tie for 50th place money. So sponsors, photo shoots, appearances all are needed to generate the income necessary to allow these wonderfully talented young women to play the sport they love for a living. They are personable, interact with their fan base, and work very hard to promote their tour. I don't care what Mr. T's foursome knew, I knew where they were playing, who was leading, who won the week before (Yani) and enjoyed the four way playoff at the HSBC. So he may speak for himself, but not for all of us. I think Natalie and her sparkling personality as well as her attractiveness has done a lot to raise the profile of Women's Professional golf. More power to her. To all of them.

Since: Jul 10

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#2 Feb 29, 2012
You are correct, Gene, not that my opinion counts. All sports have had their 'attractive players', including men, in ads that are sexually appealing. You can't blame the athletes for making extra money promoting products using their looks/body to get the message across. It just goes to show you that 'sex', or the appearance of, still sells.

Since: Jun 10

Minneapolis, MN

#3 Mar 1, 2012
Hi Rich, you're right, sex sells everything. Is there an ad for a product anywhere on television or in print that somehow doesn't manage to have an attractive young woman, mostly, or man, or both whether they have anything to do with the product or not? It's been going on since the first cave dweller noticed his cave mate didn't look like he did. Professional women golfers really have to work to make enough money to afford flying around the world now that so many tournaments have been lost in the US. So they do what they need to do what they love. No different in any other sport though in many women are far better paid than they are in golf. So use what God gave them? Not a problem for me. Sex IS what sells going all the way back to those Rosie the Riveter pinups, lol.

Since: Jul 10

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#4 Mar 2, 2012
Yep, the expenses have sure increased for the players. But, there is more potential to make more money during the season than in previous years. Whan has said that the foreign tournaments are an area to increase tournaments and money for the LPGA. Even though the LPGA has never, officially, been a U S tour this years line-up shows it. Just think what the tour will look like in a couple of years if the U S economy really improves and the U S companies get back into sponsoring tournaments again. There are very few sports leagues that only play their games in the U S. And, a couple of them are looking to expand into international competetion. Sports, like everything else in our lives, is becoming global. Now, if we could get the American players to step up to the plate, except of Angela, it would be a big plus for the U S tournaments.

Since: Jun 10

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Mar 2, 2012
A world wide tour is fine, but it really does create monster expenses as I guess it always has for those outside the US when most of the tournaments were here. I'd like to see the schedule filled out more with American tournaments and a lot more prize money. I have high hopes for Lexi, I think that girl has the potential to be the next big thing in American golf. A consistent winner, unlike anyone we have now except Kerr and she's not that consistent every year. I love Paula and Morgan and would love to see them win more, but their games just aren't rounding out as I hoped they would when they were younger. And poor Michelle what a horrible start to her season. Maybe home soil will bring them out of their shells but they still have to contend with Yani and Suzanne here too. :^)

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#6 Mar 10, 2012
Yep, Wie.s horrible start is somewhat of a shock.
I just don't see a 'turnaround' for the American players. Except for Lexi, they have all had ample time to raise there game to the 'A' level. This year will say alot about the American players. Will they raise their game or will just one or two compete with 5-7 foreign players that seem to dominate the tour.

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