Ellen Mead is Weir's kind of client. An attorney in her 50s from Encino, Calif., Mead has been coming to the Dinah for years. "It's a wonderful social scene, although it's changed," she says. "We have a friend who started us coming here many years ago. She had a little organization and would get 60 people together, rent a hall and charge 10 bucks. Now it's thousands of people at $40 a head for the parties. It's too commercial."
By Sunday both the players and the revelers were exhausted. As the golfers headed for the next tour stop, the pool parties were finally cooling down. At the Wyndham, many of the women were wandering around the lobby, bags packed, ready to start home for a work week that would begin early the next morning.
"I think the LPGA is coming around," says Hanson, the San Francisco promoter. "They've always kept us at arm's length, but in prior years they wouldn't comment about us and probably wished we weren't here. Last year tournament officials said they didn't care if we were here too. That's a step toward the LPGA really starting to let go of their homophobia, which hurts their players more than us."