In USGA circles, Tiger Woods has nothing on Hollis Stacy. Stacy won her first national championship, the U.S. Junior Girls, in 1969 at the age of 15, then successfully defended the title the next two years. After turning pro, she won back-to-back U.S. Opens in 1977 and '78. When Stacy won a third Open in 1984, she became one of only five players to accomplish the feat. Now 41, Stacy has been a member of the LPGA tour for 21 years.
SI: What was your reaction when you first heard of CBS announcer Ben Wright's alleged comments about lesbianism hurting the women's tour?
HS: It really didn't surprise me. I've been hearing about comments from TV people—and not just CBS, but all the other networks—for the last 20 years. It's a sexist issue. It's a way of putting us down, a way of keeping women down. It's discrimination. You don't ask NFL players or NBA or baseball players [about their sexual preferences].
SI: What did you think when many of the players, instead of taking umbrage at Wright's comments, questioned the veracity of the reporter who broke the story?
HS: The players were maybe naive. I think they thought, How could Ben say such a thing? I don't think that [the players] were skirting the issue. Still, it's awfully hard wearing a sandwich board.
SI: How do you feel about the way CBS handled the controversy?
HS: I was disappointed that Wright was allowed to remain in the TV tower that week. I think CBS should have said, "Ben, take a break." Instead, it was pushing mud in our faces to have him right back there. What that tells me is that CBS doesn't respect women.
SI: How do you view corporate America's attitude toward the LPGA and lesbianism?
HS: The LPGA is basically corporate America's dinner party, and they can invite whomever they want. They're not ready for people getting up and making declarations. The bottom line is corporate America is pretty homophobic.
SI: Do you see that attitude changing anytime soon?