I’ve been wondering about this for years. People watching golf are supposed to be quiet. No cell phones on, etc. Okay, I understand that. A ringtone at the wrong time could disturb the golfer, causing him or her to miss a putt or slice a drive.
Here’s the part I don’t understand. At gymnastics matches, there are teenagers (and younger) flipping around on top of a four-inch balance beam. In the background, music for floor exercise is booming from speakers. The crowd is cheering or booing loudly at random moments.
Golfers could lose a match, so everybody must be silent so they don’t break their concentration. Gymnasts could be paralyzed (or possibly killed), but nobody has any problem with a noisy crowd (and music) there. Those kids are just supposed to focus, I guess.
Yes, tradition’s involved, but still.