Paula Creamer vs. Gary McCord in ‘Battle of the Sexes’

ButtonsIn 1973, a record TV audience watched top female tennis player Billie Jean King defeat the iconic chauvinist Bobby Riggs in the famous "Battle of the Sexes." Now, nearly 40 years later, the grand stage will move from the tennis court to the golf course as LPGA Star Paula Creamer takes on CBS Sports Commentator Gary McCord in golf's "Battle of the Sexes" on Oct. 6-7 at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe, N.J.  

Irreverent Golf Channel star David Feherty will provide live color and analysis of the head-to -head, stroke play match, that will feature Creamer and McCord hitting from the same tees on the renowned Banks Course for a purse of $10,000.

"When I heard I was playing Paula, I thought of advice my dear mom gave me when I was a kid. She told me to always play nice especially with girls….I never listened to mom. Beating Paula will be fun and another win in my already memorable career," said McCord, who, like Riggs, is known as much for his bluster as for his play.

McCord boasts a long professional golf career on both the PGA and Champions Tours, and while he may have faced the likes of "The Golden Bear" and "The Shark," McCord has never teed off against "The Pink Panther."

"I'm playing against Gary McCord? You mean the CBS golf commentator? I didn't even realize he played golf! Wow…you learn something new every day," said Creamer, an 11-time professional tour winner and 2010 U.S. Women's Open Champion who is currently ranked No. 13 in the world.

As for his opinion, Feherty, host of The Golf Channel's highly rated show of the same name, put it bluntly: "Battle of the Sexes? It's more like Beauty versus the Beast. My money is with Paula…there was a reason McCord was 0 for 422 in PGA Tour Tournament wins. Plus, I love pink." (Gary McCord has enjoyed success on the Champions Tour, winning the first and last events of his 1999 debut season—the Toshiba Senior Classic and Ingersoll-Rand Senior Tour Championship.)

The true winner of the "Battle of the Sexes" will be the charity beneficiaries of The Forsgate Foundation, a non-profit organization that has donated over $400,000 to worthwhile organizations since its inception in 2003.

This year, The Forsgate Foundation will donate a portion of the proceeds to Make-A-Wish New Jersey.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Servicing every municipality in the Garden State, Make-A-Wish® New Jersey has granted more than 7,100 wishes since its inception in 1983.

The Forsgate "Battle of the Sexes" features two days of golf and entertainment, and offers a myriad of opportunities for involvement. The event begins on Saturday evening, Oct. 6, with a cocktail reception and live and silent auction featuring unique sports memorabilia, travel packages and "dream" days. The energy in the room will reach a fever pitch as LPGA superstar Creamer will come face-to-face for the first time with the devilishly-mustached McCord.

On Sunday, Oct. 7, registrants will enjoy a morning 18-hole golf tournament that includes photo opportunities with the stars. Forsgate Country Club will open to the public at 2 p.m. when Feherty will host a skills demonstration with Creamer and McCord. At 3 p.m., the action moves to the first tee of the celebrated Banks Course for the opening shots of the "Battle of the Sexes."

Golf Tournament Participant packages (both individual and foursome) are available and include admission into all of "The Battle of the Sexes" activities. Raffle Tickets for the chance to win a new 2012 Mercedes Benz C-250 are $12.50 each or 10 for $100.

Individual Gallery Tickets for the skills demonstration and "The Battle" are $10 each or $25 for individual clubhouse passes.

For more information on registration, to buy raffle or gallery tickets, or to inquire about the many sponsorship opportunities available, call (732) 656-8911, visit or

So…whose team are you on? Pick a side and join in the conversation on the Forsgate Foundation Facebook page and on Twitter. The question of whether #girlsgolfbetter or #boysgolfbetter will be answered on Oct. 6-7, 2012, at the #ForsgateBattleOfTheSexes.

Let The Battle Begin…


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