Korea is a very small country that has achieved a lot in a short period of time. So has the KLPGA which don't have nearly as much money as the JLPGA and LPGA. They have to fight to keep their top golfers from leaving for more money or prestige. They try to share their product with the rest of the world, which is hard because their top players keep leaving. So they deal with the hand they are given the best that they can. I am sure that they don't want to lose a maybe future star, but they need to treat this as if it was a middle golfer. So calling them names or being critical of how they run their Tour is really bad. Because the violation didn't happen at one of their Tournaments, I am sure that they are trying to be fair.
The KLPGA is arguably the best tour in the world in my bias, ignorant opinion. I am not criticizing the way they run the tour for the most part.
The KLPGA tour has said nothing as far as I know and waited for the KGA to do whatever it wanted. Definitely does not seem like a KLPGA tour problem since it happened at a KGA event. I understand all that.
Maybe KLPGA silence is the best way to go about this. If they want Ina back on tour, they may want as little publicity as possible OR they are terrified of riots by delusional protestors if she is scheduled to tee off next April in which case they ban her for longer to avoid any protestors.
I don't want more security at events. People need to maintain sanity, but Ina might require some.
Should the KLPGA remain silent? Out of fear of the public, are they planning some ban? Have they privately told Ina she's welcomed back next April when her self-imposed exile ends? I don't know.
Wouldn't it be smart for the KLPGA to issue an official response saying something like she is welcome on the KLPGA tour because she was young and immature and she served her time...blah blah blah and the KLPGA supports her return as soon as possible??
What do you think is happening in the minds of the KLPGA?
From recent events around Korea, you see officials banning players/members for all sorts of reasons for life. Why would the KLPGA have the courage to defend Ina while not one other sport was able to do that?
I have tried to stay away from this but Ina knew she broke the rule. If she had admitted it the same day, a DQ and it's a done deal. But she didn't come forward until after a month. So why should the KLPGA look the other way because she is young, she isn't ten years old. Of course the Media are going to speculate about it because it's news. It's what they get paid to do. I love Ina Yoon she is a wonderful young golfer. However playing the wrong ball Rule applies to all the Tours not just the KLPGA.
Thanks for your reply! Let me clarify my stance again, because we agree for the most part.
Basically, I've never once said that the KLPGA should look the other way. Ina should be punished. My main complaint was and is that they are taking forever to settle something that should have taken a week tops. Give me one solid reason why the KLPGA still has not resolved this, or even said definitively when they would do that? Why should we as fans look the other way when the KLPGA brass are acting like clueless buffoons?
As for the Korean media, my main issues are:
There is one crime here, not two. Which is: she did something wrong and didn't come forward. Doing something wrong and also coming forward within a day is a DQ, not a big deal. If she had taken a year to come forward, would that be worse? No. Show me the rule that says it is. It doesn't exist. These writers keep trying to make her seem like a worse person because it took her almost a month to come forward, but she is not. One day late or one year late, all the same.
Yeah, the media have to write stories, but they also have an obligation not to make stuff up. I pointed out several stupid things they said. The other tours in the world are judging how the KLPGA handles this? No other tour will accept her? Is there any evidence for ANY of that? No. Just more crap they are making up. They could just as easily make up stuff that makes her look better. But they don't, which tells you where their sympathies lie.
As for the KLPGA, in a nutshell, they don't need a special panel for this. They should have a known policy that we can consult concerning the rough range of possible punishments. They should be doing everything they can to protect their young athletes, making it clear that they will accept Ina back after she 'serves her time'. And most of all, they should have done this in a timely manner.
It will probably be decided tonight Korean time. I really hope that they will decide to let her play early next year. The more I think about it, Ina may have thought that since she missed the cut it didn't matter.
Yes the meeting has started and Ina Yoon is in attendance. They had a poll about the suspension given by the KGA. Sixty seven percent said it was too harsh and eleven percent said it was week. I hope the KLPGA agrees with the majority.
Edit, I f they suspend her this year does the suspension start before or after the Tournament she won. Just a thought!!!