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Tavistock Cup has a media dress code? This will end well

Mar 23, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

It’s the second or third item down in Mike Walker’s Golf.com Press Tent notes column today, but it’s a great one: At least two reporters have refused to cover the Tavistock Cup because they are being forced to wear shirts with the corporate logo and colors. Yep, officials of the annual event in Orlando, played at the course near Tiger Woods’ Isleworth residence, are requiring media to wear uniforms.
Evidently you get your choice of Lake Nona blue or Isleworth red shirts (no corduroy pants? When is mass?). The two writers represented to the right checked in with their takes on this.

At this exhibition tournament that only a swampland developer could love, Orlando’s upper income bracket and well-heeled retirees like to pretend they are the Crips and the Bloods.


In addition to Associated Press writer Doug Ferguson, whose tweet it to the right, it looks like Ron Sirak, executive editor of Golf World, won’t be covering the tournament either. He wrote this today:

So I get to the shuttle and a friendly enough chap says, “Didn’t they give you a shirt?” to which I replied: “Yes they certainly did and a damn nice one it is.” That was apparently the wrong answer. The guy, who now was getting very serious about his job, says: “In the spirit of the competition, everyone is expected to wear either Lake Nona blue or Isleworth red,” or maybe it was the other way around. Frankly, the absurdity of the request — which wasn’t really a request — directed my attention away from the details. Anyway, I replied: “In the spirit of journalism, I cannot wear your corporate uniform while I am covering your event. I am here as a journalist, not as a billboard.”

Ha ha. Wow. I’m actually more interested in finding out which media folks agreed to wear the shirts. I’d just like to watch them for a day, because it must be hard to type while a corporate executive has his hand that far up your rear.
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Golf writers gone wild [Golf.com]
Doug Ferguson on Twitter
At Tavistock, a tradition worth dropping [Golf Digest]

  1. Hiroller - Mar 23, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    Golf, What a Joke! The Sport for Wimps. Now they want to steer away from Adultery to Thugery becouse looking like a Gangsta is better than looking like a FAG!!

  2. vietnamvet69 - Mar 24, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    What a joke!! I realize that this tournament generates a lot of money for charity, but having the reporters wear shirts with the logo’s of either course is about the stupidest thing that I have heard. The reporters ARE NOT members of either course, they are they to report on the tournament. Maybe if no reporters showed up next year to cover the tournament, they will get the idea that they overstepped their requirements for reporters. And by the way, why do reporters at a golf tournament who are in the main booth HAVE TO wear a sport coat, shirt and tie? They don’t wear that on the course to play, so to sit in the booth they shouldn’t have to wear one.