Ted Bishop should apologize - NOT to Ian Poulter, but to all girls - and women. In his criticism (published on social media) of Poulter's comments regarding the Ryder Cup leadership of Nick Faldo and Tom Watson, Mr. Bishop called Poulter a “lil girl”. He further went on write “…Sounds like a little school girl squealing during recess. C’MON MAN!.”
It is abhorrent that Mr. Bishop make the inappropriate comparison of ones complaining to that of the behavior of a young girl (boys scream at recess too). Why not state that Poulters comments were “childish” or “narrow minded”. Why instead tell the social media world that he believes little girls in recess are giddy whiners? Why bring a gender analogy into it at all?
In an age where most are working diligently to dissolve old stereotypes and break gender barriers, it is disappointing that Mr. Bishop deems this comment appropriate.
Girls and women are making strides in advancing their opportunities on the golf course (through the LPGA/USGA “Girls Golf” program, as one example), in the classroom, in corporate America and even in the boardroom. Mr. Bishop should learn that while counter criticism is acceptable, it should be done in such a way that does not draw on old stereotypes.Mr. Bishop is a voice of leadership in our golf community. C’MON MAN - he should know better.