Tavistock requires media to wear team colors

Lake Nona captain Ernie Els tees off Monday during the Tavistock Cup exhibition at Isleworth Country Club.
Lake Nona captain Ernie Els tees off Monday during the Tavistock Cup exhibition at Isleworth Country Club. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Monday, March 22, 2010

ORLANDO, Fla. – The folks at the Tavistock Cup want spectators at their golf exhibition to be in uniform – reporters, too.

The exhibition is two days of matches between touring professionals from Lake Nona and Isleworth, two gated communities in Orlando. Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Mark O’Meara and Charles Howell III are among the players.

To get on the course Monday, fans had to wear blue or red shirts.

Included in the media packet was a red shirt with the Tavistock logo, and a tournament volunteer said it had to be worn to gain entrance to Isleworth, site of this year’s matches. Spokeswoman Krista Zilizi said in an e-mail that reporters must wear red (Isleworth) or blue (Lake Nona) shirts to cover the event, and that a tournament shirt was provided for convenience.

The Associated Press declined to agree to the conditions. It was the first time the AP sent a reporter to the Tavistock Cup; he was there to talk to a player.

“Essentially this is an exhibition tournament, and the point of the red and blue shirts is to build fanfare,” Zilizi said.

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