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LPGA mutiny: Act like it never happened

Posted on: July 7, 2009 2:39 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2009 3:39 pm
For those of you who might wonder why the LPGA, as an entity, generates more rolling eyes and smirks among the national media than any other golf organization, well, read onward.

There's not just an absence of leadership. There's an absence of conscience.

This week's U.S. Women's Open represents the biggest event in the game, but this time around, there are other pending issues that rank far higher on the pecking order in importance, including the insurrection being staged by prominent LPGA members to force the ouster of commissioner Carolyn Bivens.

Or, if you are pampered American princess Cristie Kerr, there's also the matter of her all-encompassing, inestimably important winemaking venture.

Kerr was one of the stars present a few days ago when key players -- who also included Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel -- drafted a letter to the LPGA board of directors asking that Bivens be replaced. But on Tuesday, Kerr didn't have the guts to even address the situation. Instead, she spoke from a prepared statement and deflected attention before a question could be raised.

She read aloud, in part: "As a former champion of this prestigious event, I can honestly say that this course, the community and the field for this year's event is going to provide a memorable week. I happen to think it's one of my favorite U.S. Open golf courses I've ever played. I also realize many of you in this room probably have questions and concerns and issues involving the LPGA.

"Out of respect for the (host) USGA, I'm asking that questions at this time be reserved for the U.S. Open or questions about myself and my golf and perhaps my wine making. I cannot comment on matters pertaining to the LPGA operations as I do not have an official capacity to do that.

"What I will say is that our player organization is very focused on how these difficult economic times affect our tour, and we are actively working with our executive board of management to create the best product for our partners and fans, so let's talk about the U.S. Open this week."

Her W-I-N-E-M-A-K-I-N-G?

Kerr is among the sword-waving mutineers, won't stand up and be counted, yet is arrogant and selfish enough to pimp her line of wines instead? She "cannot comment" on the rift among the LPGA players and the top brass? She clearly has an opinion, or she wouldn;t have attended the mutiny meeting in the first place.

The last ship that sailed with a captain and crew this lame was manned by a guy named Gilligan. Sounds to me like the commissioner and some of these players deserve each other.
Category: Golf

Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2009 5:20 pm

LPGA mutiny: Act like it never happened

Just verifying from firsthand witness that Elling's viewpoint is shared by plenty of others who cover the LPGA. You don't want the insider take, suit yourself. Feel free to put the rose-colored glasses back on.

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2009 6:15 pm

LPGA mutiny: Act like it never happened

$100 TisWhatitis is Elling's alter ego. Or ass lick.

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2009 6:11 pm

LPGA mutiny: Act like it never happened

Did we get our little feelings hurt because someone wouldn't place nice with the reporters?

They picked a bad time to do it. You are a jerk for the way you treated that young lady.

Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2009 1:37 am

LPGA mutiny: Act like it never happened

KennyZee: If you ever had the chance to push back the curtain on Kerr's keenly cultivated image, you'd understand that Elling's words are spot-on. Even her hometown papers pretty much ignore her because she "doesn't have time" to do a phone interview.

Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2009 1:27 am

LPGA mutiny: Act like it never happened

Read it again, TwoCents. Kerr said she's only take questions about the U.S. Open, or queries "about myself and my golf and perhaps my winemaking." Thankfully, no one in the room bit and bothered to ask a winemaking question. But there's little doubt she was trying to get her wine brand a few blurbs somewhere.

Since: Jul 7, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2009 12:40 am

LPGA mutiny: Act like it never happened

"pampered American princess?"  "arrogant and selfish?" "pimp?"
do you need help hoisting that chip onto your shoulder every morning?
classy piece of work...

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2009 9:55 pm

What an empty piece of......journalism?

I was expecting some inside dish on what's going on.  Maybe a view juciy quotes.  SOMETHING!

Instead, all I get is what I've been reading on every sports website.  Elling trys to spice things up by attacking Kerr.  For what?  For making some innocuous comment about wine?  Who cares!

I don't know what's happening in the LPGA.  Who's right.  Who's wrong.  I come away from this "article" with the same questions.

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2009 8:30 pm

LPGA mutiny: Act like it never happened

Pimp her wine? Is that what she did? Not if you quoted her verbatim in your article. What I got out of it was that she wasn't going to answer any questions concerning that, or a couple of other issues people might want to ask about. Now, if she had actually allowed questions about her winemaking and answered them, maybe that would be "pimping" it. But saying she wouldn't answer any questions on that topic? I don't think so!

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