July 8 — While the top women golfers in the world slog their way through the heat, humidity, and excruciatingly tough conditions at this week’s U.S. Women’s Open, it seemed a good time to suggest that local sponsors step up to support the Massachusetts Women’s Open.
New Yorker Becky McDaid won the Mass. Women’s Open last month and cashed a $2,000 check, thanks to the entry fees of those in the field. Meanwhile, when James Hazen captured the men’s Mass. Open, his winner’s cut was $15,000.
It is what it is. Hardly seemed fair, but that’s life in the big city. And, of course, for women in professional golf, other sports, and in the business world in general. But that’s a rant for another day.
“It’s the nature of the beast,” said Susan Bond, Mass. Women’s Open coordinator and head pro at Weekapaug Golf Club in Westerly, R.I.
Locally, the men enjoyed the deep-pocketed support of the Massachusetts Golf Association (MGA). The women, on the other hand, must rely on the kindness of strangers, or at least the vagaries of corporate good will.
Connections. “For the past few years, we were fortunate to have connections at different companies,” Bond told New England Golf Monthly in a phone interview.
Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson backed the tourney for the past two years, but Bond’s “connection” took another job and the event had no 2010 sponsor, she said.
Bond, whom the Boston Herald rightly said “carried the banner for local women’s golf,” pledged that sponsors would receive maximum bang for their bucks. In addition to prominent advertising on Open promotional material and in news articles, Bond promised complementary rounds of golf at Weekapaug, golf clinics, and playing lessons with her and other women teaching professionals.
Whatever it takes. “I’m willing to give back in any way I can,” said Bonds, who noted that a few thousand dollars for each year’s event would go a long way.
Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton will once again host next year’s Mass. Women’s Open, according to Bonds.
Pledge line now open. Would-be sponsors and anyone else seeking more information may e-mail Bond at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 701-322-7870.
(Emily Kay is a regular contributor to New England Golf Monthly. She also writes the Boston Golf Examiner and National Golf Examiner blogs.)WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?