Musings on the U.S. Women’s Open: Do you agree?

It seemed like quite a breakthrough when Joe Buck, Paul Azinger and Juli Inkster finished stumbling over terms like “girls, gals, ladies and women” on TV Saturday and started calling the U.S. Women’s Open contestants “players.” Really, Fox, how hard was that?

Our friend Nancy Berkley, a regular contributor to and their social media pages, put together a few of her own U.S. Women’s Open observations. See if you agree.

Image of U.S. Women's Open champ Brittany Lang and her hubby

2016 U.S. Women’s Open champ Brittany Lang takes a selfie with hubby Kevin Spann and the trophy. (Courtesy USGA/John Mummert)

CORDEVALLE IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COURSES TO PLAY. At the course website, you can take a closer look at the layout hole by hole and see the beautiful terrain and even the vineyards.

JULI INKSTER IS THE BEST COMMENTATOR FOR WOMEN’S GOLF… EVER.  She talks about the golfers “attitude” and knows their style… like Christie Kerr “walking her putts in.” (I’m going to try that.) Recall that she took the 2015 Solheim Cup players to Cordevalle for a little “getting to know you” session. That really worked!

THE VARIETY OF WOMEN’S GOLF ATTIRE IS FANTASTIC. I enjoyed the range, from ruffled skorts to regular Bermudas and those black shorts that Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand often wears, which I think must be her “lucky shorts.”

TV COVERAGE OF GOLF MUST GET BETTER. Fox Sports TV coverage began with a bang but was disappointing beginning with the second round. We could see the tee shot, but were missing graphics of the entire hole (and course) especially when the holes were not visually defined at the fairway edges.. I have played the course twice and it has a beautiful rhythm and flow, but the camera is not catching the drama for the TV viewer. If women’s golf is going to grow, it must attract TV “fans.” We need more of Inkster’s analysis and more description of what it “feels” like to be where that golfer is. There were very few cutaways to previous interviews with players. This is the job not of the announcers, who did a good job (thanks again, Juli), but the Fox sports-directors team.

DON’T YOU LOVE THIS COMMENT? Can you guess who said this in a post-round interview:on Saturday? “I was trying to have fun out there, even though I wasn’t too happy with how I was playing. At the end of the day, it’s just a game and today just wasn’t my day.” Yes, Brooke Henderson, that’s exactly how I feel sometimes!

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE 18 TO WIN A WOMEN’S MAJOR GOLF TOURNAMENT. Brittany Lang is 30 years old.  She has played in twelve US Women’s Opens. Girls and women of all ages should play more golf: My message: Be Happy, Be Healthy, Live Longer, Play Golf.

TV ANNOUNCERS ASSUME TOO MUCH KNOWLEDGE FROM THEIR VIEWERS especially women viewers. Most women do not know what a “fade” is — least of all how to hit one. Most women golfers — even those who play often — do not shoot below 100 and do not understand what “spinning” the ball is all about.

LET’S TAKE A BREAK FROM THIS INTENSE OPEN. Watch the LPGA International Crown Tournament July 21-24 for team match play between: the USA, Korea, Japan, Taipei, Thailand, England, China and Australia. Next week on, look for my article explaining the format “Foursomes and Fourballs — What’s the Difference.”

Enjoy more information and observations from Nancy Berkley about women and girl’s golf on her website.

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