PGA of America President Fired for Calling a Player a “Lil Girl”
The hottest news in the golf world right now is that of Ted Bishop (President of the PGA of America) getting fired after tweeting immature remarks to professional golfer Ian Poulter. Ian Poulter had been in the news for criticizing Sir Nick Faldo (legendary golfer) in his recently published autobiography. Before meeting Faldo for dinner, Bishop tweeted to Poulter: “Faldo’s record stands by itself. Six majors and all-time Ryder Cup points. Yours vs. His? Lil Girl.” He also criticized Poulter on Facebook, writing, “Sounds like a little school girl squealing during recess. C’MON MAN!”
Ted Bishop obviously should have kept those remarks to himself. Especially since the PGA of America has been working very hard to bring more women into the game. With programs like “Get Golf Ready”, so this must be a PR nightmare for them.
So what should you do with this information?
Just be aware that the golf industry is changing for the better and I wouldn’t be bringing you into the good ol’ boy’s club of golf if I didn’t think it was a safe environment.
Ted Bishop made a mistake, and he is paying the ultimate price for his immaturity. On a brighter note, women like Sandy Cross, Director of Diversity at the PGA of America are working hard to make golf a game for everyone.
So don’t get discouraged and know that we have your back, and that golf will continue to be a great game for business, family and recreation!
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