When Sandra Smith isn't giving her all as a reporter on Fox Business Network, you can probably find her perfecting her swing on the golf course. Sandra Smith talks about her love for golf, gives her take on the Augusta National Golf Club allowing its first female members and the rights of clubs to exclude members based on their gender.
What made you decide to learn golf?
I wanted to be able to play when asked for business or pleasure. I also saw it as a fun challenge. It is a sport that requires athleticism, skill, and patience.
How have you been received on the green? Have you experienced any resistance?
Not at all. I have met some of the most amazing men and women on the golf course. There are definitely more male golfers than female, but I have found that most are respectful and out there to enjoy the day. Besides, even if I felt like a man winced at the idea of getting paired up with a girl, it would only fuel my desire to smack the ball down the fairway as long and straight as possible. I'd put him in his place real fast.
What would you say to a woman who wanted to take up golf but felt too intimidated?
You learn really quickly there are a lot of average golfers in the world. And everyone had to learn at some point. Just always be curious when you are learning. When playing with others who golf, keep pace, pick up your ball and move on if you are having a tough hole. Otherwise, spend as much time as you can on the driving range. And read the rule book! Respect the game!
Have you ever had an opportunity present itself to you because you're a golfer?Absolutely. Because of my golfing background, I have covered several big golf-related stories including the big Tiger Woods scandal and its impact on his sponsors. We were live from Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. And before I was a journalist, when I was trading, I was invited to several big golf tournaments that kept me in the loop with some key customers.
What are your thoughts about Augusta National Golf Club including women?
Love it. I think it is great they decided to invite women, but I believe private clubs have the right to designate the rules of their membership.
Could you elaborate a little on the rights of clubs to exclude members by gender?
I don't believe we have the right to determine who private clubs must admit any more than clubs have a requirement to admit all. It is a private club. Kind of like a private party.
In an interview with Media Beat you said that sports teaches you about yourself. What has golf taught you?
Patience, stamina, endurance, finesse, and respect for the game. Qualities I have not yet mastered.