Gender-based Golf Competitions May End

(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) March 19, 2011 — This week’s $15,000 jury award to a woman denied entry into a Cape Cod amateur golf event for men may mark the beginning of the end for gender-restricted golf competitions.

Elaine Joyce, 46, of Yarmouth Port, Mass., sued Dennis Pines Golf Course and the City of Dennis when she was denied entry into a 2007 men’s championship event, The Boston Globe’s online edition reported.

It’s only a matter of time before further court tests spread across the country, but it’s unclear whether a reverse case — a man seeking entry into a women-only event — would have the same success.

In New Mexico, it’s been more than 18 years since a local attorney threatened suit against Albuquerque Country Club for relegating women players to non-prime tee times on the weekend. The threat led to a change in ACC’s exclusionary tee-time policy.

— Dan Vukelich

Elsewhere: If you want to join Jimmy Kimmel and have a little more fun at Tiger Woods’ expense, check out this highly edited “Good Morning America” clip

… South Korean PGA Tour Pro K.J. Choi donated $100,000 to Japanese earthquake victims. Ryuji Imada has a contingency charity plan: $1,000 for every bordie he makes at the Transitions Championship.

The world waits on word from the Japanese contingent, many of whom will be on stage shortly at The Masters.

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