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Woman Golfer Teed Off By Course Restrictions

June 22, 1990

HERMITAGE, Pa. (AP) _ Women golfers have been banned during prime playing times at a public course because links officials say they play too slowly. But the sexist policy has at least one woman teed off.

″This is a public golf course and this is 1990,″ said Jean Hauger.

Don Wilson, the manager of the Hickory VFW Golf Course, said the policy was adopted this spring.

″We have had groups of ladies come in and play slow and it plugs up the whole golf course,″ he said. ″We can’t have one group come in and tie everything up.″

On holidays and weekends, women must wait until 11 a.m. to tee off, said Wilson, president of the nine-man board that oversees the golf course for the local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Mrs. Hauger, of Sharpsville, plays regularly at the course about 80 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. She disputed Wilson’s claim that women play too slowly to join men on the course during peak times.

″I have played behind some pretty slow men,″ she said. ″I’m a fast player. On Monday mornings, we play 18 holes, and we run, I mean run. We play good golf and fast golf.″