Tournament Hosts of 2023 LPGA Season Opener Quickly Rectify their Mistake After Receiving Severe Backlash

Published 01/18/2023, 1:42 PM EST
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 The LPGA Tour has been rapidly gaining recognition recently. But that acknowledgment also comes with people paying attention to the negative things about the tour. 2023 started rough for the Women’s League. Horrific circumstances came to light about their first event. The news received tons of backlash from the media and fans. But the club was quick to take measures and recently announced their steps to make amendments.

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News about the TOC hosts, the Nona Lake Golf Club, recently sent the public into a wild uproar. According to many, The women golfers were being subjected to standards that the club would also never put the PGA Tour players through.

What news infuriated the fans about the year’s first LPGA event?

A recent Golfweek report pointed out the certainly ridiculous circumstances that the LPGA Players were going to face at their season’s first event, the Tournament of Champions. The golfers were not provided with lockers for the event because the women’s shower and bathroom facilities didn’t have lockers.

NAPLES, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 20: Nelly Korda reacts to a bogey putt on the second hole during the third round of the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf on November 20, 2021 in Naples, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The men’s section had locker facilities. But this was not an option for the players due to the hospitality setup. The were to remain open for the public to use their restrooms during the event. The club, in turn, had failed to create a secure locker area for the LPGA Tour players.

The Tour also received a lot of criticism for overlooking such basic factors about the event. The public stood up for the player. They claimed that they deserved amenities as basic as a locker. Especially at an event that hosts only champions of the Tour.

The clubs quickly took action

After the furious reaction of the public, Nona Lake Golf Club reacted quickly. Within hours of the news spreading, the club announced that they would now have lockers. Beth Ann Nichols, the writer of the Golfweek report, tweeted, “Thirty-six temporary lockers will be arriving by 1:30 pm today to put in the women’s locker room at Lake Nona.”

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Furthermore, the space in which the lockers would go would be exclusive to the LPGA players and hospitality VIPs. Although the action doesn’t seem to make up for the conditions the golfers were initially asked to abide by, the players will be a bit happier to have a space to collect their thoughts before and after the rounds.

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What do you think of the clubs’ quick action? Does their quick response depict fear of backlash, or remorse? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sheldon Pereira

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Sheldon is a golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is a Business graduate from Christ University, with a degree in Finance and Accounting. He also has an experience as a Senior Audit Associate at an MNC, but his love for writing made him follow his dream and switch careers.

Edited By: Manaal Siddiqui

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