Last week at the Lockton Kansas City Junior in Mission Hills, Kan., every junior had the opportunity to test his or her game on the same course that eight-time major champion Tom Watson grew up playing. The tight fairways at Kansas City Country Club had the players questioning their club selection off the tees, but the burning question on the first tee for junior boys was: Pants or Crew socks?
The dress code at Kansas City Country Club requires all male golfers to either wear pants or socks long enough to cover your ankles. Here's what some of the players had to say about the all important decision.
Danny Summers chose the crew socks because, "...it's the classic look. True golf is played in these." His fellow playing partner, Dane Worley, countered with, "It's classic if you are Bobby Jones."
Others said the heat played a major factor in their decision. With temperatures hitting the low 90s, some players sacrificed style for comfort.
For Tony Simons and Jared Cohen, the decision was too difficult. They decided to sport both the pants and crew socks. "You can't wear pants without long socks. It just doesn't feel right," noted Simons.
For AJGA players, a sense of style is obviously high on the priority list. But this is just a temporary thing for most players. Henry Simpson, however, a Kansas City Country Club member, faces this decision every day during the summer. He wears the crew socks, citing the weather as the main reason for his choice.
It is no secret golfers are known for their fabulous tans. At Kansas City Country Club, the crew socks take your normal sock tan to a whole new level. When asked about his tan line, Henry quickly responds, "I wear crew socks everywhere I go."
Written by Kyle Wolfe, AJGA Operations