Keep up with the girls


I made a great contribution to the sport of golf for more than 30 years ago, when I moved from Montana back to the East Coast. I stopped playing.

The truth is that I was a terrible golfer and I was not ready to devote time and effort to improve. When I played at courses in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, I paid more attention to the landscape than on the game. I went up to the task to hit the golf ball as well as I approached the mining in the Little League. My idea was to hit this thing as hard as I could, without too much concern about where he went after I hit him, and then would run like hell that was necessary when I was going to track down ball and leave the course before the next sunrise. (I have never occurred to rent a golf cart for.)

The only reason why I play golf – that's what I learned in college with a girl who was really good golfers. She grew up in a small town on the Great Plains. Golf course was so primitive that the green was the grass; they consisted of sand on which to apply oil to contain dust. Once you have completed the stack, you had to use a tool to smooth out the sand for the next player. My girlfriend is still ranked second in his state high school tournament, though she had little opportunity to practice on a real grass courses.

Other golfers usually stayed and watched, admiring the swing of my girls. At least, that's what they said they are addicted. I did not care. It could play better than almost all men with whom we encountered, and no matter whether it was her swing or something else, that first caught the eye of the audience soon recognized her skill.

I thought it was a novelty and chauvinism against young golfers wore long ago, sometime between my girlfriend from college and Michelle Wie. Thus, I am pleased to read that high school sports officials in Idaho are considering to ban the team from Sierra Harry boys golf in high school Castleford.

Last season, Harry, Jr., helped the team win the championship of the state. In the tournament among boys she took seventh place after winning a maiden title girl a year earlier. The golf course was not enough girls to allow Kesfordu quit on the team last season, and the only choice was Har: playing as an individual or join a team of boys.

Federal law required schools to provide equal athletic opportunities for boys and girls over the past 40 years. Although it does not require schools to provide a team of both sexes for each sport, this complicates the school to look for ways to accommodate students who want to engage in a sport that is not offered for their sex. This usually means that allows the girls to play with the boys, when almost no women's team to collect.

In Braurd County, Florida, 17-year-old Erin DyMelio made several times as a defender in South Plantation Highway secondary school, a formidable team that includes – and people – players who should participate in Division I college team. Although it appears to be the first female quarterback, who played in high school in Florida, The Associated Press estimated that more than 500 girls were on the grid at the other positions.

DiMeglio, which is a & # 39 is a college basketball college with a & # 39 is only the third quarterback and third string team, is likely to have limited action. This, of course, relieved of her parents, who have good reason to bother with the fact that their daughter will zvalnena against rival players, much larger than it is. But DiMeglio has the support and commitment to his teammates and the team captured the support of fans who shouted at the coach to include it in the opening game of the season against rival Nova. (He did, for two games running.)

If comrades football taken girls in the youth team, and the fans are taking their why, it seems, some sports Idaho have a problem with that?

I believe this may be an anachronistic sexism – the kind that still can not admit that a woman can or should be allowed sports to compete with men. The kind that can still look at the performance of women and to see a female rather than a performance. Perhaps this is the answer, but I doubt it.

I suspect that the objections stem from the improper definition of what "fair". According to this logic, not fair that a girl can compete in the children's sports team, while we do not accept the presence of the boy in the girls' team.

But the fact that they understand the players and the audience, even if the coaches and school officials do not, is that the girl does not have an unfair advantage when playing with the boys, while the reverse is not necessarily true. Nature endowed boys, as a rule, large size and greater power. Most of the girls have to compensate for these disadvantages skill, coordination, practice and determination. There is nothing unfair to Erin DyMelia played football with his classmates, either as a Sierra Har playing golf with her.

Maybe a strange situation occurs at some time in a place like Idaho, where the school is enough girls interested in golf, to take command, but the boys do not have enough. If that happens, and the boy wants to play with the girls team, the correct answer can be "yes." If not, there are alternatives, such as the selection of the & # 39; United youth teams from several schools.

Harry said that she, like DiMeglio, met with the adoption of peer-to-male. "The guys on my team treated me as an equal," – she wrote to the school authorities to Idaho – and if any of my competitors disapproved of my golfing with the boys, they were kind to keep his mind and react to I respect only negative reactions I received were from a few coaches. "(1)

I reach the life time when thinking about how to play golf again, together with his wife. It would be nice to spend time with her in the fresh air, enjoying the scenery, until we chasing that little white ball. I go to Idaho and then. Someday I even was on the golf course with Sierra Har.

It seems a very pleasant young woman, so I'm sure that will be patient with me, as long as it can not pass. She knows as well as anyone that a lot of guys just can not keep up with the girls on the course.


1) Yahoo! News: "The girl in golf in Idaho fights with the boys"