Golf for Women

Golf for Women

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<p><span>As with most sports, women were discouraged (and sometimes banned) from playing golf up until the 19th century. Still, it <span>wasn&rsquo;t</span> until the 20th century that women were able to play the game professionally.</span></p><p><span>A little-known pioneer for <span>women&rsquo;s</span> golfing was Mary, Queen of Scots. In the 1550s, she commissioned the building of the golf course at St. Andrews and is even credited with coining the term &ldquo;caddies.&rdquo;</span></p><p><span>Following her reign, very few records of women golfers exist. Many Scottish and English noblemen decried <span>women&rsquo;s</span> golf was &ldquo;unsuitable&rdquo; or even vulgar. After over two centuries of being excluded from the game, women golfers took charge of history in the 1800s.</span></p><p><span>The first known <span>women&rsquo;s</span> golf tournament was held in 1811 at the <span>Musselburgh</span> Golf Club in Scotland. In 1867, the prestigious club at St. Andrews opened the first <span>women&rsquo;s</span> golf organization, The Ladies Club.</span></p><p><span>In the late 1800s, <span>Isette</span> Pearson Miller created one of the first golf handicapping systems, giving rise to the <span>women&rsquo;s</span> tee. In 1894, the first <span>women&rsquo;s</span> tournament was held in the United States, over a quarter of a century before women earned voting rights in the country.</span></p><p><span>After WWII, <span>women&rsquo;s</span> golf boomed in America. In 1950, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (<span>LPGA</span>) was formed. In 1978, Nancy Lopez became the first female golfer to win &ldquo;Rookie of the Year&rdquo; and &ldquo;Player of the Year&rdquo; honors in one season. In 1996, Karrie Webb became the first <span>LPGA</span> golfer to earn one million dollars in a single season.</span></p><p><span>Today, the <span>LPGA</span> and <span>women&rsquo;s</span> golfing continues to be respected and popular. Thanks to Mary, Queen of Scots, <span>Isette</span> Pearson Miller, Nancy Lopez and other women who worked to earn females a right to play, the <span>LPGA</span> and other <span>women&rsquo;s</span> golfing organizations continue to inspire young women.</span></p>
Publisher: New York : Moffat, Yard & Company, 1916
Characteristics: 1 online resource (302 p.)

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