Women Know Their Place And Don’t Like It

She’s a full-fledged member of the Glendale Country Club, and she’d like to hit the golf course early Saturday morning.

But Barbara Neeley, a Seattle advertising executive, won’t get to do it. Tee time for her is 12:30 p.m.

Not because her handicap is too high. Just because she’s a woman.

“Even a guest at my club can get on the course before I can,” she says. Provided, of course, a guest is a man.

Neeley’s friend Elaine Holmstrom, a vice president at a major bank in Seattle, waits for the teenage sons of members to finish their round before she and other dues-paying female members can get weekend tee times.

Holmstrom calls it blatant discrimination: “Everything you try to teach and the principles you instill in your kids is contradicted when my sons see they can use the course when I can’t.

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The Number of Professional Women is Growing

A growing number of professional women in this region are ready to take on the private and cloistered country clubs whose men-first policies appear to violate the state constitution’s Equal Rights Amendment.

Neeley and her colleagues have formed an organization called Teed Off, which will, among other things, fight that discrimination by pushing for passage of Senate Bill 6280, sponsored by Sen. Rick Bender, D-Bothell.

Holmstrom and a friend who also belongs to the Mill Creek Country Club in Bothell, frustrated by what they see as their second-class status from tee to green, approached Bender about introducing the “golf course” legislation.

They had been encouraged by the passage of a similar bill in Minnesota, which they adapted for use here.

“We thought this project would be the easiest thing in the world,” Holmstrom recalls, explaining that filing a discrimination lawsuit against her club was out of the question. “We wanted to do this without targeting any particular club.”

Bender and Rep. Jennifer Belcher, D-Olympia, co-sponsored the bill in 1988 and saw its successful passage in the House. And then it hit a wall, foundering in the Senate Ways and Means Committee – headed by Sen. Dan McDonald, R-Bellevue – for two sessions.

But this year may be different. The U.S. Supreme Court has once again demonstrated its support for private club/equal access legislation around the country.

The members of Teed Off are encouraged by the high court’s refusal to hear an appeal by the Burning Tree Club, a men-only golf club in Maryland that lost property tax benefits because it discriminated against women.

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The Washington legislation goes for the financial jugular. It would remove from private golf clubs the property tax benefits enjoyed under the state’s Open Space Taxation Act – unless they provide equal access to female members.

According to George Kritsonis, an appraiser for the King County Assessor’s office, six golf courses in the country have applied for and received the Open Space status.

While each applied for the classification at different times, the Vashon Golf & Country Club, Overlake Country Club, Meridian Valley Country Club, Glendale Country Club, Snoqualmie Falls Country Club and Cascade Golf Club have for years received significant tax breaks on their land values. How significant? Tens of thousands of dollars annually.

If the Senate bill is passed this year, all Open Space courses that continue to restrict access to female members will lose their tax break or their Open Space status.

And they could be penalized, via a seven-year rollback provision, for past tax breaks.

The conventional arguments used to justify ladies days are out to launch, says Teed Off member Sue McCoy, a two-stroke handicap golfer and a longtime member of Broadmoor Golf Club.

Generalized charges that women are slower and talk too much are ridiculous, says McCoy, who is a partner in a custom woodworking firm. “Frequently it’s the men who are slower golfers because they’re betting or looking for their golf balls in the trees. Women don’t hit the ball hard enough to reach the trees, and they don’t take betting seriously.”

In any case, says Neeley, courses can counter problems with slower golfers by setting time limits – for both men and women.

The fact is that designating a ladies’ day during the week is no solution for professional women like those in Teed Off. How many of them would skip work to golf at mid-week?

McCoy says, “Even if I wanted to take a client out for lunch and a round of golf, most days I wouldn’t be allowed on the course,”

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Not everyone is as teed off as Teed Off

Marsha Gove, acting executive director of the Pacific Northwest Golf Association, says: “It doesn’t bother me go to play at noon Saturday – I don’t want to golf with the men.”

Gove contends that the golf course legislation if passed, would cause problems for her association’s men-only or women-only tournaments because it would limit one-sex tournaments to only two days in a given week.

The bill’s supporters say that’s a red herring. Day-to-day access is the issue, not tournaments.

Lynn Melby, executive director of the Washington State Federation of Clubs, which represents golf and other private clubs, says his organization has sent Rep. Belcher a proposed amendment to her bill that would solve the tournament problem.

He acknowledges that getting clubs to open up their hours to members of both genders has become a heated issue for many golfers. “In what has been traditionally a men’s sport, that prejudice has almost been around since golf started.”

Melby says he is aware of some Puget Sound-area private clubs that are lifting their Saturday and Sunday morning bans on women golfers. “They’re moving slowly. Our organization has taken the position to encourage clubs not to discriminate in any way in providing access to their facilities,”

The Pacific Northwest Golf Association’s handicap listing includes 18,000 women and 49,000 men. “Everyone gets to play these days,” insists Gove.

According to a recent New York Times report, a National Golf Foundation survey shows that women make up 41 percent of new golfers, who join 23.4 million golfers nationwide. A total number of golfers in the U.S. has grown by 15.8 percent in two years.

These figures are likely to spell success for most private and public golf clubs in search of new sources of revenue. But with new members – some of whom pay $25,000 in initiation fees to join a private club and $200 a month in fees – come growing expectations for improved services and benefits, says Neeley.

“Every month when I receive my billing, there’s an insert that says `a part or all of your fees may be deductible as a business expense,’ but my access to the deduction is limited because I can’t take a client to the club Saturday mornings.”

Holmstrom says there are many prominent women professionals who privately support Teed Off but hesitate to take a stand against their clubs.

She says, “I know a female stockbroker who is the top producer in her firm. She can’t even get on the course with her subordinates when they take clients out to golf. There’s one woman developer who was stopped when she tried to golf with a group of male contractors.”

Many women who support the legislation fear club reprisals.

McCoy says, “Women members are being told, `if you want to play here, you play by the rules – don’t rock the boat.'”

For the third year, Bender is trying to do just that in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

“Many people on the committee are opposed to the whole concept,” says Bender.

“But if the bill ever got to a vote, it would likely pass – people don’t want to be on record voting against” anti-discrimination bills, he adds.

Bender says members of the Senate’s strong Republican majority may want to avoid angering their constituents: “Probably a great majority of country club members support Republicans,” he speculates.

McDonald, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, says he’s willing to reconsider the bill this year and has asked his staff to determine whether private golf clubs have done anything to take care of the equal-access issue themselves.

“I feel strongly that the world has changed regarding business and won’t change back,” he says. “But this issue seems to be something the golf clubs should solve themselves with government intervening only as a last resort.”

If it turns out the golf clubs haven’t done anything about the problem, McDonald says, “The Senate will lose patience.”

The women golfers, he acknowledges, “do have a legitimate issue.”

Members of Teed Off, obviously supporters of Bender, gathered last weekend in the lobby of Broadmoor Golf Club where McCoy has been a member for years.

Contending that they’ve worked hard to accomplish professional, and personal successes, Neeley, McCoy, Holmstrom and their friends say their efforts aren’t self-serving. “This isn’t a golfers’ issue – it’s a discrimination issue,” says McCoy, the top golfer in the group.

Neeley takes it a step further. She asks, “How far is it from saying, `A woman isn’t important enough to have equal access to the golf course’ to saying, `It doesn’t matter if I hit her?'”

Rep. Belcher, who saw her version of the bill glide through the House by a healthy margin earlier this month, echoes these sentiments: “The Senate’s reason for not dealing with the issue is that golf courses should take care of it. But the state allows golf course members to practice any form of discrimination, what kind of message are we sending them about discriminating in their workplace?”

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Golfing Around New Orleans

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Golfing Around New Orleans

CARTER PLANTATION

Where is it? Near the historic town of Springfield in Livingston Parish, Louisiana. The plantation is approximately one hour from New Orleans.

How to get there Travel west on I-10 towards Baton Rouge. Travel North on I-55 towards Hammond. Take Exit 26 Ponchatoula/Springfield (total distance from I-55 to Carter Plantation approximately seven miles). Use the second exit ramp for Springfield.

Merge onto Highway 22, travelling west. Continue into the town of Springfield (5.3 miles). Turn left at the red light at the Centre of Springfield. Go two blocks and turn right onto Carter Cemetery Road (next to the First Baptist Church).

Travel 1.5 miles. Carter Plantation is at the end of Carter Cemetery Road. There are signs directing you to the Carter House (Real Estate Sales Office) and The Pavilion.

What’s it like? Carter Plantation, opened in 2003, has the real feel of southern hospitality. PGA Champion David Toms carefully crafted this, his first signature golf course. Live oaks dripping with moss, sky-high pine trees, and cypress trees make Carter Plantation a cool, stately experience. Wide fairways make the course playable and fun, with a touch of elevation and splashy bunkers to keep things interesting.

After golf Enjoy the genteel, restful setting. The Plantation Dining Room offers fine dining with Louisiana specialties such as gumbo and a separate bar for cocktails. Overnight lodging is available to a great, well-appointed cabins.

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AUDUBON PARK GOLF COURSE

Where is it? Located in Audubon Park. Minutes from downtown New Orleans on the St. Charles Streetcar Line, across the street from Tulane University.

How to get there Take Magazine Street straight out of the French Quarter. The golf course will be on the left side before you reach Broadway.

What’s it like? Audubon Park Golf Club, over 100 years old, completed a $6 million renovation and modernisation in October 2002 that resulted in status on Louisiana’s Audubon Golf Trail. Built on the site of the 1884 World’s Fair, the course plays through four lagoons. Exquisite landscaping and contoured fairways spill through huge old oak trees leading to Tif Eagle Bermuda greens. The Dennis Griffith designer layout has 12 par-3s, four par-4s, and two par-5s.

After golf Stroll the Tulane University neighbourhood and see some of the most beautiful homes in uptown New Orleans. The world-famous Audubon Zoo is also across the street from the golf course.

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ENGLISH TURN

Where is it? Eight miles from the city’s business district, Superdome and French Quarter.

How to get there Take HO to the West Bank exit, then General De Gaulle East across the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge. Turn right on Louisiana Highway 406 and follow signs.

What’s it like? English Turn hosted the New Orleans PGA Tour event from 1989 to 2004, yielding winners such as Ben Crenshaw, Davis Love Ill, and Louisiana-native David Toms. Its famed 542-yard 15th hole played to an island green, gave the pros a fight, while the 18th, a par-4, is ranked among the toughest on the PGA Tour. Jack Nicklaus designed the course through meandering lakes, adding giant sand waste bunkers and sculpted fairways. The massive, tiered greens are notoriously undulating yet fair.

Club hours Tuesday through Sunday, dawn until dusk.

Facilities A 7,078-yard, 18-hole golf course plus driving range, putting green, chipping area. Lessons available.

After golf, The clubhouse has a bar and restaurant.

TOURNAMENT PLAYERS CLUB OF LOUISIANA AT FAIRFIELD

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Where is it? Across the Mississippi River, 15 minutes from Bourbon Street.

How to get there From Downtown, take the Greater New Orleans Bridge over the Mississippi River to the Westbank Expressway (US Highway 90). Stay on Highway 90 passing through Marrero and Westwego. Continue driving until you reach the light at Segnette Boulevard, the traffic light adjacent to the Alario Center. Take a left onto Segnette Boulevard (Alario Center) continuing to the first traffic light at Lapalco Boulevard. Take a right and the TPC will be 11/2 miles on the left.

What’s it like? Designed by acclaimed architect Pete Dye with the assistance of PGA Tour players Steve Elkington and Kelly Gibson, the course opened in April 2004 on land that was previously a low-lying swamp. Small, flat greens conclude each of the holes, which are framed by oak and cypress trees. There are a few crafty short par-4s, plenty of waste bunkers and visual trickery.

Facilities 7,300-yard, par-72 golf course, practice range, putting green, and short-game area. Fully stocked golf shop and lessons available.

After golf, There’s a restaurant, grill, and bar, or head back to the city’s French Quarter for its abundant Cajun restaurants.

Enter The Outdoor FootWear Market

Besides the indoor footwear with many kinds of shoes such as shoes for nurses, the best shoes for plantar fasciitis, shoes for golfer etc; the outdoor footwear industry is using more Polartec in the shoe designs, including RockyShoes and Boots Inc, Timberland, Merrell, Garmont, and Jibs. Polartec fleece is manufactured by Malden Mills Industries, and distribution is handled by Jones & Vining.

When people buy new cars, they usually don’t give much thought to the companies that make the vehicles’ carburetors. But in the outdoor footwear and -apparel market — thanks to millions of advertising dollars spent by components companies — consumers often consider which companies make specific parts of products before buying them. A certain type of outsole, a waterproof membrane or a familiar brand of insulation can all influence consumers’ decisions over which jacket, sleeping bag, tent or boot to purchase.

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How to Count Down Cholesterol

Counting down cholesterol: heart-healthy eating means more than just watching your cholesterol, for teens as well as adults. New research is turning up more links between the foods you eat, cholesterol, and heart health. (nutrition)

Cholesterol and heart health may not be on your top-10 list of health concerns. But maybe they should be. Even though teens don’t usually pay much attention to heart disease, it’s really important to start eating healthy when we’re young, Ph.D., R.D., assistant professor of nutrition at Arizona State University and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Healthy eating is a behavior–as is eating poorly. If people start when they’re young, it’s easier to keep a good habit going. Plus, foods that are high in cholesterol are often–but not always–high in fat. Giving some thought to cholesterol intake will also help keep body weight in check.

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Do People Who Took Daily 100IU Vitamin E Have A Healthier Lifestyle?

Within the last few years, antioxidants have been featured frequently in newspaper headlines. Two major studies that focus on vitamin E have received a lot of attention. Both are ongoing observational studies being conducted by Harvard University.

The Nurses’ Health Study consists of more than 87,000 healthy female nurses. They reported information about their diet and any supplements they are taking. After eight years, the nurses who reported taking daily supplements of at least 100 IU vitamin E were 34 percent less likely to have a heart attack. Few of the nurses were getting more than 8 IU from their diet, so no link with vitamin E in food could be identified by the researchers. Meanwhile, the Health Professionals’ Follow-up Study was tracking 40,000 men for four years. Men who took supplements of 100 to 250 IU vitamin E every day for at least two years had a 37 percent lower risk of heart disease than men taking no vitamin E.

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The Vitamin E Puzzle

Vitamin E is an antioxidant linked to preventing cancer and heart disease. Among the foods high in vitamin E are: almonds, pasta, and cheese pizza. Researchers are continuing to study the effects of vitamin E on a person’s health; however, experts recommend five servings of fruit and vegetables a day.

Despite years of study, researchers still do not agree on what vitamin E does. Slowly they are putting together the puzzle of how vitamin E interacts with other substances in the body. Evidence that vitamin E plays a major role in protecting body cells is being uncovered.

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Looking For Early-season Hunting Boots

The early-season hunter–especially the deer stalker–needs to be light on his feet. He requires the best hunting boots without massive layers of insulation or sole lugs that resemble offroad tires. Fortunately, a number of manufacturers are taking advantage of new technology to offer such footwear. Here, the last (the solid form around which the boot is molded) takes a cue from the latest generation of athletic shoes that provide solid foot support in a light package. We sent our testers off into their home woods with four pairs, each of which expressed a different concept of a lightweight hunting boot.

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Great Hunting Apparel Needs To Be Functional And Performance-driven

While few people will ever view hunters in the same light as football players or Olympic runners, there is no doubt that hunting is a performance sport. We spend long hours weathering the cold, rain, and other elements. We make extended hikes over rugged terrain, slogging through muddy marshes and swamps and over wooded ridges and rocky peaks. We do all this while dragging and packing heavy loads, and then we try to precisely place shots with our hearts racing and lungs hyperventilating. A hunter is endlessly challenged both physically and mentally And, just as they are for an athlete, the right gear and clothing for the task are a must. Here is a roundup of performance apparel for hunters that will keep you comfortable, in the field longer, and always ready for the tasks ahead.

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Do You know Some Techniques That Can Help You Happier

 

The prostate disease often restricts a man’s lifestyle. By age 60, two-thirds of men have some degree of enlargement of the prostate. This can give rise to annoying symptoms such as urgency and the need to void frequently both by day and night. They may also experience difficulty initiating urination as well as a decline in the caliber and force of the urinary stream.

There are various alternatives for the treatment of an enlarged prostate gland or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia that a man’s physician may discuss with him. These may include medical therapy, conventional surgery (Transurethral Resection of the Prostate), laser surgery, and a new method called Transurethral Microwave Thermotherapy (TUMT).

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Know Better About Vitamin A, Beta-carotene, And vitamin C

Besides vitamin E, another vitamin commonly used for its antioxidant properties is vitamin A, which is commonly available as beta-carotene from plant sources, or as retinol, from animal sources. The required daily allowance of vitamin A, 1 milligram of the retinol form or 10,000 units (6 milligrams) of beta-carotene, prevents night blindness and promotes healthy skin. Vitamin A as retinol is derived from such sources as liver and eggs and as carotenoids are derived from such sources as carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, or melon. The estimated minimum toxic dose of vitamin A is 25,000 units. Dietary supplementation is usually considered safer with beta-carotene than with the retinol form since beta-carotene is converted to the active form only as needed by the body. Beta-carotene, like vitamin E, has been shown to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol and theoretically prevents the laying down of atherosclerotic plaques in human arteries.

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