LPGA Tournament Named After Actor Who Played A Cross-Dressing Army Corporal In Jeopardy
Bad news out of the LPGA, folks. The Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic may be held for the last time this week in Toledo, Ohio amid economic concerns and troubles finding sponsors.
Farr, best known for playing character Corporal Klinger, who wore women’s clothing in an effort to get a Section 8 psychiatric discharge from the Army on the classic television series M*A*S*H, became involved with tournament after people trying to get an LPGA tour stop in Toledo, Farr’s hometown, contacted him.
“I don’t know what the intricate details are, they’ll have to figure those out,” Jamie Farr said Wednesday before hurrying out to play the pro-am. “We have a 50-50 chance of being here next year.”
The Farr, as it is referred to, has been held for 25 years but has seen its total purse decrease, with this year’s purse totaling only $1.4 million, one of the smallest on the Women’s Tour.
At first, despite the fact it is held in his hometown, I found it strange that Jamie Farr got involved with the LPGA, but after giving it some thought, it kind of makes sense. When the tournament was first held in 1984, M*A*S*H was still quite popular, only a year after the the series finale was aired on February 28, 1983, so Farr was probably at the height of his celebrity.
More importantly, Jamie Farr made a far better-looking woman than most of the players on the Tour in 1984 and gave the ladies something to aspire to as it pertains to presenting a feminine appearance. Boo-yah!
Man, that was way too much work just to get to an ugly LPGA Tour player joke. What was I thinking? Oh yeah: Jamie Farr is the reason there are much more attractive women on the LPGA Tour now. You read it here first.
Jamie Farr, the male population thanks you.
Jamie Farr’s LPGA tourney in jeopardy for 2010 [USA Today]
M*A*S*H (TV Series) [Wikipedia]