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August 20, 1993 - Image 39

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-08-20

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Women's rights are beginning to
ripple area fairways.

Cathy Deutchman and Roberta Madorsky hole out at Tam-O-Shanter.

o avoid the summer heat,
Cathy Deutchman of
Franklin decided to join her
husband and his two friends
at their 7:30 a.m. Saturday
starting time at Franklin
Hills Country Club.
"One gentleman had
never played golf with a
woman before and was very
apprehensive," recalls
Deutchman. "He thought
women play too slowly and
don't know the rules. After
the 18-hole round he com-
mented that he was pleas-
antly surprised: here was a
woman who knew what to
do on a golf course and kept
up with the men. But, he
said I could use some
lessons on my putting.
"I already kneW that; I've
been playing golf only a few
years but it seems to me
that most women golfers

play very quickly, and my
putting is bad."
Deutchman joined Franklin
Hills six years ago. They
started playing golf as a
leisure and social activity
with friends. Two years ago,
Mrs. Deutchman had to
endure the midday heat on
the golf course. She didn't
have all the choices she has
now because women's start-
ing times at Franklin Hills
were restricted on
Wednesday, Thursday and
weekends. Last year, the
restrictions were removed.
Bluma Schechter started
to play when she was first
married "because I didn't
want to be a golf widow."
Now that her children are
grown, Schechter is back at
the game, playing with
friends two and three times

a week at courses around
the area. She marvels at the
exercise she gets walking up
and down hills using a pull-
cart instead of a powered
golf cart for 18 holes.
"(Husband) Bob doesn't
play as much because of his
back. Even so, when we
vacation at a resort we now
add golf to our list of activi-
ties," says Schechter. "It's a
wonderful way to spend
time with family and
friends. It's amazing how
many of my tennis friends
are now playing golf.
"There are no restrictions
for women at the public
courses around the area. A
big treat for me is playing
golf with my mother and
sometimes my dad at
Radrick Farms in Ann
Arbor. Not many daughters
have the chance to share

something like golf with
their parents."
Alicia Tisdale of West
Bloomfield started playing
golf three years ago with
the encouragement of her
husband Paul. Members at
Warwick Hills in Grand
Blanc, Mrs. Tisdale says
that her two biggest prob-
lems are finding the time to
play while working full time
and finding someone who
knows how to teach unath-
letic women.
"I have a friend who often
helps me more than the golf
pro because she under-
stands me physically as a
woman and explains how I
should move my body. The
pros teach in male sports
jargon and I have absolutely
no understanding of that!"
According to Diane

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