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Sunday, September 21, 2008

English Please!


Kudos to the Brownsville Convention and Visitors Bureau for landing the Duramed FUTURES Tour that will take place in 2009. According to The Brownsville Herald, it's the Rio Grande Valley's only professional golf tournament.

"The Duramed FUTURES Tour is the world's largest developmental tour, sending many players to the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). Its top 10 money winners gain LPGA membership every year," the Herald further states.

What I find interesting, is that the LPGA was under scrutiny recently for pushing an Engish-only policy for players that would have been effective by the end of the year.

An excerpt from an Aug. 28 article on the ESPN Web site:

"We have been puzzled, if not surprised, by some of the reactions," said deputy commissioner Libba Galloway, who previously was the LPGA's top attorney. "We see this as a pro-international move."

"You have to interact effectively with your pro-am partners," You need to be able to do media interviews. And you need to give a winner's acceptance speech in English," she said. "They must speak at a level that effectively accomplishes those three things."

However, the new LPGA Tour Policy faced much criticism and anger, and the LPGA quickly backed off its proposed English-speaking requirement.

Instead, "LPGA Tour commissioner Carolyn Bivens said she would have a revised plan by the end of the year that would not include suspensions, although fining non-English speakers remains an option, according to a Sept. 7 ESPN article.

The Duramed FUTURES Tour, previously held in McAllen, was called the JalapeƱo Duramed Futures Golf Classic.

Go figure.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may want to double check your facts on the "English Only" requirements. It has been rescinded.

Monday, September 22, 2008  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

Thank you. It has been revised to reflect the fining option.


Monday, September 22, 2008  
Blogger Mr. Shrimp said...

Yes Melissa, I will run for Mayor of Brownsville in 2011. I cannot stand still and let same names jump in to feed their own ego rather than really doing something for the community. And I also feel, Mayor Ahumada can win a seat in Austin, Texas or even Washington D.C., therefore vacating so that I can seek the Mayorship of Brownsville. A ship I can truly navigate properly.

Robert "Captain Bob" Sanchez
Mayoral Candidate 2011.

Monday, September 22, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really think our Mayor can truly be governor of Tamaulipas...but not hold office anywhere else in the United States Mr. Shrimp.

Monday, September 22, 2008  
Blogger The Merovingian said...

Uh, Bob, please say this is some kind of a joke.
Please, Bob!
Hey, this isn't funny!


Monday, September 22, 2008  

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