Friday, September 14, 2012

CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT: KNICKERS

"all for knickers" 3 x 3 inches, acrylic on photopaper.
 
The closest I came to golf myself, was playing on the football field at my high school for gym class. I only had to think of my gym suit then (yes, we had a special outfit just for gym). I had no idea that golf clothing could stir up such a controversy:

GOLF DRESS DOES NOT WORRY GENE

Sarazen Advises Those Who Swing Clubs to Play the Game Not "Dress" it

Coral Gables, Fla. – (UP) – Gene Sarazen, British and American open champion believes golfers should buckle down to playing the game instead of trying to "dress the game".

"It's high time golfers put on their knickers and got to work on the game instead of fussing around the course costumed like a couple of love seats," said Sarazen between rounds on the Miami Biltmore course.

"When Johnny Farrell and Walter Hagen were winning championships," he said, "they were wearing knickers and not blue silk shirts, with matching kerchief and cravat. And you don't see Bobby Jones teeing off in slacks and earrings."

CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT

The most controversial subject lately among club members and the gallery is whether it's smarter to wear long pants or knickers. Joe Kirkwood tries both. But Gene Sarazen wishes once and for all that slacks might be conceded to tennis and knickers to golf. He thinks "kangaroos" over six-foot-five, with legs like stilts might be the exception to the knickers rule.

Sarazen believes golfers should dress conservatively, practically and neatly in knickers. He objects to player wearing old, shabby hats, shoes and trousers.

source: Oshkosh Daily Northwestern, March 1, 1933, page 11
Read more about the great Gene Sarazen and Walter Hagen in a very informative article by Tom Clavin.

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