Golf is known as the gentleman’s game, but it’s far from dignified according to former pro Paige Spiranac.
A star of the college circuit before a brief professional career, Spiranac, 26, says the sport is male-dominated and rife with double standards.
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Using her podcast Playing-A-Round as a platform, Spiranac said the hypocrisy in golfing circles was ultimately what drove her to abandon her professional career.
“Golf is elitist, it’s stuffy, it’s exclusive and I hate that because I am not that and I was never welcomed in and I’m still not welcomed in,” Spiranac said.
“Golf is the absolute worst place for me to be because I am the exact opposite of everything that a golfer should encompass, should be, and I’m not.
“I’m not refined, I’m raw and real and I wear what I want and I have always been so different and golf is not that way.”
Spiranac first rose to prominence in 2015 - the height of her college career.
While her professional career has since stalled, she’s amassed more than two million followers on Instagram.
She has frequently used her platform to bring attention to what she describes as double-standards when it comes to golfing attire.
“It’s an act. I feel like everyone in golf is just playing this part of this perfect golfer when in reality it’s nothing like that,” Spiranac said.
“They call it a gentleman’s game but those guys definitely don’t act like gentlemen a lot of the time.
“There’s just so much hypocrisy in golf and it’s so frustrating for me.
“It’s this big boys club where if someone does something they’ll cover that up … but I wear a tank top and I’m the s**t and I’m the w***e and I’m the one that’s ruining the game.”
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Perhaps most hurtful story of all on Spiranac’s latest podcast though, was her recounting how an attempt to donate golf clubs to a charity was thwarted because of the way she dressed.
Spiranac said board members of the unnamed charity disapproved of her image, and were thus not interested in her help.
“I wanted to help this charity out and I wanted to give them free golf clubs,” she said. “The guy wrote back and said, ‘We would love to but, because of the way our board members view you, you can’t help out’.
“I want to give back to these kids who don’t have anything, because I grew up not having anything, and I can’t even f***ing do that because of my cleavage.
“We bond over having a common interest and we all love the same thing … I don’t understand why it matters if you’re wearing a polo (shirt) and I’m not wearing a polo.
“If a guy on tour wears shorts instead of pants, the world’s not going to end. In golf, people make all of these problems so serious and it’s not serious.”