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Women in Golf - International Women's Golf Day is June 6, 2017

Women In Golf

 
It may be hard to believe but there was a time not long that women were not only barred from playing golf but considered physically incapable of playing the game. Golf clubs all over the world were “Men Only”, spurring the nickname for golf (Golf Only Ladies Forbidden). Like the women before them and women today, the female golfers of history fought for their right to play alongside men. Today women golfers have gained the respect and admiration of their male counter parts and are able to play alongside the men at golf clubs all around the world as well as on tour, of course once they qualify just like everyone else. To get to this point wasn’t easy and these are some the most historic moments in women’s golf.  
 
1550s: Mary Queen of Scots Builds a Golf Course
 
The queen commissioned the building of the golf course at St. Andrews — long considered the true origin of the sport — and reportedly came up with the term “caddies”.
 
1867: First Women’s-Only Golf Organization Is Formed
 
St. Andrews formed The Ladies Club, the first women’s golf organization, and more clubs soon followed, with Musselburgh and Wimbledon organizing groups in 1872 and Carnoustie in 1874. Women’s competitive golf also was aided by the formation of the Ladies Golf Union in Great Britain and the inaugural Ladies Championship in 1893.
 
1893: Issette Pearson Founds LGU
 
Issette Pearson founded The Ladies Golf Union at St. Andrews, one of the first women’s golf organizations, and more clubs soon followed. Issette Pearson also helped develop one of the earliest golf handicap systems in 1893.
 
1950: The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Is Formed
 
Mildred Ella "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias, Betty Jameson, Patty Berg and Louise Suggs were some of the most popular golfers in the early years of the LPGA.
 
  • Betty Jameson
    • She was one of the thirteen founders of the LPGA. She won three major championships and a total of thirteen events during her career, one as amateur and twelve as a professional. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
  • Patty Berg
    • An American professional golfer and a founding member and then leading player on the LPGA Tour during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Her 15 major title wins remains the all-time record for most major wins by a female golfer. She is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
  • Louise Suggs
    • An American professional golfer, one of the founders of the LPGA Tour and thus modern ladies' golf.
 
1950-1956: Mildred Ella "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias Becomes the First Lady of Golf
 
Mildred Ella "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias put golf on the map as a women’s sport. An Olympic medal winner for track and field, she is the first woman to ever qualify for a men’s golf tournament. She opened the door for Annika Sorenstam, Suzy Whaley, and Michelle Wie.
 
She was a founding member of the LPGA in 1950 and went on to win 41 times as an amateur and a professional, including the U.S. Women’s Amateur, British Ladies Amateur, and the U.S. Women’s Open.
 
Despite developing colon cancer in 1953, she continued to play. She won the U.S. Women’s Open while wearing a colostomy bag as she was only one month out of surgery.
 
1978: Nancy Lopez Makes History
 
She became the first female golfer to earn both Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year honours from the LPGA in the same season. To date she has 48 LPGA wins to her name.
 
1996: Karrie Webb Breaks the Bank
 
Karrie Webb became the first LPGA golfer to earn $1 million in a single season.
 
2004: Michelle Wie Becomes the Youngest Player to Ever Qualify for the LPGA
 
At 12 years old, golf prodigy Michelle Wie became the youngest woman to qualify for an LPGA event. Wie has four LPGA wins to her name to date and is one of only four women to ever qualify in a PGA event.
 
2007: St. Andrews Hosts Its First Women’s Tournament
 
St. Andrews, the club that started it all, hosted its first women’s professional tournament, the Women’s British Open.
 
2012: Augusta Allows First Female Members
 
In August of 2012 the Augusta National Golf Club invited women to play on its course for the first time in its 80-year history: former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina businesswoman Darla Moore. “At a time when women represent one of the fastest growing segments in both playing and following the game of golf, this sends a positive and inclusive message for our sport,” said PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem in a statement.
 
In honour of these women and all women golfers, Meadowbrook will be a host course for International Women’s Golf Day on Tuesday June 6th, 2017. Women living locally will have the opportunity to play golf and enjoy a social hour all while contributing to the Breast Cancer Society. For full details on the event please visit our website or contact the club.
 
 



Sources:
https://www.levo.com/posts/women-in-golf-history
lpga.com

 
Posted: 4/26/2017 10:00:00 AM by Meadowbrook


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