Laura Davies wins U.S Senior Women's Open but media coverage resulted in only six sentences...Here's why she deserves more.
It was an achievement that in the eyes of the BBC website warranted only six sentences. There was no narrative just a brief report about what happened on the final day in Chicago as Dame Laura Davies won the inaugural U.S Senior Women’s Open. A Major tournament reduced to only six sentences. Sky Sports faired a little better in the word count department but once again it was short and sweet. Let that sink in for a moment.
The significance of Laura Davies in women’s golf and golf in general should never be underestimated. The 54-year-old has accomplished everything that the game has to offer. Her recent triumph was the 85th time Davies had lifted a trophy during her career. Davies, if anything, is also a pioneer when it comes to women’s golf and its rise in the UK. Women’s golf was still in its infancy by the time Davies turned professional. Whilst the LPGA was still young, the LET was only just born.
Davies’s success also saw her compete in every Solheim Cup from 1990-2011. Her fellow players both young and old completely acknowledge Davies as a legend of the game. A hall of fame place beckoned in 2015 as the world of golf also rewarded Davies’s achievements.
Just six sentences summed up Davies’s victory as legends of the Women’s game gathered for the first U.S Senior Women’s Open. Winning by 10 shots over her nearest rival Juli Inkster warranted a token article that pretty much said, “See...we do cover women’s golf.”
For me, it sums up everything beautifully. Even after all of Davies’s achievements, all of those barriers that got in her way, all of the young women she inspired to pick up a club, all of her fellow professionals who regard her as a living legend in the game...she is reduced to just six sentences.
Pretty sad ain’t it when that is all that is produced by the mainstream media within your own country. Then again it is probably because they are all flocking to The Open. After all...they can’t possibly miss that one. Something tells me, whoever wins on Sunday, will get more than six sentences.