Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Scoreboard ; 'Everybody Today Has Said, "How Could You Possibly Not Play? of Course You Have to Play, from a Woman's Standpoint." ' - Suzy Whaley, the First Woman to Qualify for a PGA Tour Event

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Scoreboard ; 'Everybody Today Has Said, "How Could You Possibly Not Play? of Course You Have to Play, from a Woman's Standpoint." ' - Suzy Whaley, the First Woman to Qualify for a PGA Tour Event

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Woman qualifies for PGA

No sport is more wrapped up in tradition than golf. Suzy Whaley, who teaches the royal and ancient game, must now decide whether to challenge one of those traditions.

Whaley, a head pro at a Connecticut golf course, on Tuesday became the first woman to qualify for a men's PGA Tour event. She earned an exemption to next year's Greater Hartford Open tournament with a come-from-behind victory in a PGA section championship.

The organizers of the tournament say she's welcome. Tour players said Wednesday they thought having Whaley compete would be "cool."

But would it be good for the game? Whaley, who competed on the LPGA tour in 1990 and 1993, said Wednesday she has a lot of thinking to do.

"It would be history. Along with that comes a lot of responsibility," she said. Dates for the 2003 tournament are not yet set. It is usually played in late June. Whaley said she didn't know when she would decide whether to play. She has until a week before the tournament, but said she wouldn't wait that long since another player could take the spot if she doesn't. …

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