Glamour girls happy to brighten up fairways
Posing naked in a bathtub covered in golf balls, or in a bunker in a string bikini has got English golfer Danielle Montgomery in a bit of flak, but she doesn't care.
The 28-year-old stunner is one of several professional women golfers who have posed for calendars or sports magazines wearing very little and has been criticised for trying to sell sex and herself.
But she calls it "promoting" and has no issue with it. "Like the men, we try and find any way possible to promote ourselves.
"We could do other things like instructional stuff, but this gets more headlines. And the pictures aren't that out there, they're not explicit or anything."
Montgomery, who plays on the Ladies European Tour, hopes her tour can attract the sponsorship and television deals the lucrative Korean and Japanese Women's Tours do.
Montogomery is one of a handful of players in the field for this week's New Zealand Open who posed for a calendar that was so well received that the Australian Ladies Professional Golf commissioned another one.
In this week's event there are plenty of golfers who have jumped on the ‘sex sells' bandwagon.
Aussies Sarah Kemp, Nikki Garrett, Sarah Jane Smith and Kristie Smith have graced pages of calendars while Ryann O'Toole, Beatriz Recari and Belen Mozo have posed for glamour shots before. "We had about six players come out and say ‘if you're going to do another one, can I be in it'," ALPG chief executive Warren Sevil said of the first calendar.
"They're great, they show the world what these women are really like. They're professional athletes and incredibly fit. There's this perception that women golfers are all big, fat-arsed, 50-somethings. It's just not like that."
Sevil's wife Jenny is one of Australia's most decorated golfers and produced the calendars.
The other benefit of showing themselves off, Montgomery and Sevil agreed, was you see the "real" people. On the course they all look the same; hat, sunglasses and a pony tail.
"I never wear this going to the beach or shops," Montgomery said, pointing to her golfing attire on the practice range yesterday.
"I hate it. It is nice to get out of your golf clothes and into clothes you like to wear, like a bikini."