In a sweeping policy aimed at making it easier for female golfers, the US Open, the Women’s Open and the U.S. Open will now have policies in place that encourage women to be more assertive.
“We have a long history of making sure that women are treated with respect, with dignity, and with respect for their abilities,” USGA President David Bennett said at the Open, in his first public comments on the issue.
Bennett, who has previously said golf should be played between men and women, said the new policies are “a significant step forward.”
The changes came after complaints from women who say they were sexually assaulted by male golfers during their participation.
The USGA said the rules will take effect July 17.
The Women’s World Golf Championship begins Monday in Toronto.
“Our commitment to ensuring that our tournaments remain inclusive of all participants, regardless of gender, is unwavering,” Bennett said.
He also said the USGA’s Women’s Rules Committee, which advises the USOC, will oversee the new policy.
Bennett said the committee has been working on the proposal for a number of months, but “we wanted to make sure we had the right framework.”
In an interview with CBC News on Thursday, Bennett said he was “really proud” of the new rules.
He said the changes were a “step in the right direction.”
He said it is important for golfers to be respectful of other participants, especially women.
“If you’re going to put yourself in a position where you can’t handle the situation, you’re not going to be the best player,” Bennett told CBC News.
The new rules, he said, will ensure that golfers are able to compete in “a respectful manner, even when you’re competing with a male golfer.”
The USOC said the golfers will be required to “demonstrate that they are not in a place of disrespect or degradation.”
The change will also require female golf players to wear a “sexy golf dress” that is designed to help them look like they are in control of their own bodies and to not “distract or disorient” the other participants.
The dress is part of the dress code adopted by the US Golf Association last year, which was prompted by complaints from male golf players.
It says it is not the intention of the USG to encourage “sexually violent behaviour.”
In February, Bennett sent a letter to the USSA board expressing his concerns about the dress codes.
“I believe there needs to be a greater level of sensitivity and understanding of women’s experience,” Bennett wrote.
The change was announced Thursday morning, with Bennett saying the USOG is “committed to fostering a climate of respect and acceptance in all of our venues and communities.”
Bennett said it will be up to the United States Golf Association to decide whether to implement the changes.
He added that USGA staff will review the changes and report back to the board.
“As we move forward, the new USGA rules are designed to support our members and encourage them to be as respectful and respectful as possible in their play,” Bennett added.
The changes are part of a broader initiative by the United State Golf Association (USGA) to change the way it hosts the United Kingdom Open, where it has been known to draw complaints about the number of women who attend tournaments.
The UK has been rocked by a string of high-profile sexual assault scandals involving senior men in sport.
In 2015, former U.K. Open champion Mark Cavendish was charged with raping a woman in his private quarters in the summer of 2016.
In 2016, a report revealed that then-national captain Andy Murray was accused of sexual misconduct by a woman he was dating.
Open has seen a surge in the number and number of complaints over the last decade, and some female players say they feel “threatened” by the number who have come forward to say they have been sexually assaulted.
A 2015 study of female players found they had “more incidents of rape or sexual assault” at the UK Open than any other tournament.
The number of incidents in the past three years has also soared, as the tournament has had more than 50 women’s teams competing at its events.
The World Golf Association, which represents the top professional golfers worldwide, has been trying to address sexual assault in the sport for more than a decade.
Earlier this month, the association announced a plan to have a committee of former players and other experts on its board to review its policies and procedures.
“At the time, the WGA was aware of a number incidents of misconduct occurring at the event,” the WGM said in a statement Thursday.
Today’s announcement is the WGMA’s first step in moving forward with the steps that the WGFA has