Women and Golf


"A Womens Place is over a Hot Iron"

Women and golf have a long and rich heritage, let us celebrate our contributions to the game. From the 16th century with Mary, Queen of Scots who coined the word "caddy". To our modern game of golf, women have made great contributions. It is time for women to stop feeling like aliens on a golf course and claim our rightful ownership of the game.

We are not new to the game as many would like us to believe. We do have a rich and celebrated past that we all should be proud of.

A BIT OF HISTORY: The U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship is one of the United States Golf Association’s original three championships. It was first conducted in 1895, shortly after the inaugural U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open. The Women’s Amateur has since been conducted every year except 1917-18, when it was temporarily suspended because of World War I, and 1942-45, when it was suspended because of World War II.

In 1896 Robert Cox of Edinburgh, Scotland and a member of British Parliament and golf designer donated a trophy for the annual USGA winner, and is called the Robert Cox Cup. This remains the oldest surviving awarded for United States Golf Amateur championships. The first tournament attracted a field of 13 for only 18 holes. Today several thousand women enter the event. The tournament opens with two rounds of stroke play. The leading 64 players compete in match play competition, which are played over 18 holes except for the final which is played over 36 holes, please see Women’s Amateur Golf

"Dorothy Campbell Hurd Holmes was the first woman to dominate international golf. Between 1905 and 1912, she won 10 national championships in America, England, Scotland and Canada. Then, 12 years later, she won the American title once more.A deadly putter, she was even better from just off the green. Her favorite club was a goose-necked mashie she called "Thomas." It was "Thomas" that she gave credit to for her American-British double for in the semifinal at Birkdale she used the club to hole out from a dead stymie at a crucial point in the match. In the final of the 1921 North and South championship at Pinehurst, "Thomas" holed two shots."

Glenna Collett Vare, "American Hall of Fame golfing champion whom the Hall calls the greatest female golfer of her day and who dominated American women's golf in the 1920s. Glenna was known as the female Bobby Jones. She was the greatest female golfer of her day, but equally important.....as Jones once wrote, "Aside from her skill with her clubs, Miss Collett typified all that the word 'sportsmanship' stands for."

What made Collett Vare such a dominant player was the prodigious length she hit the ball. One of her drives was measured at 307 yards, and she used this strength to overpower the competition."

Patty Berg made her first appearance on the national stage came in 1935, when she reached the finals of the U.S. Women's Amateur as a 17-year-old, before losing to Glenna Collett Vare.

Berg's professional career began before the founding of the LPGA Tour, but the tour counts many of those prior wins as official LPGA Tour victories. This is true of many of the early pioneers of the LPGA Tour, include Babe Didrikson Zaharias and others.

The World Golf Hall of Fame quotes Carol Mann saying that Patty Berg is "the most knowledgeable person, man or woman, of different golf shots that I've ever known."

Babe Didrikson Zaharias "knew little about golf and did not take up the game until after she had gained world fame in track and field and All-American status in basketball. She also had mastered tennis, played organized baseball and softball and was an expert diver, roller-skater and bowler."


Golf is a game of coordination, rhythm and grace; women have these to a high degree. • Good golf is easier to play -- and far more pleasant -- than bad golf ...

You have to play by the rules of golf just as you have to live by the rules of life. There's no other way.

Study the rules so that you won't beat yourself by not knowing something.

It's not enough just to swing at the ball. You've got to loosen your girdle and let 'er fly.

Winning has always meant much to me, but winning friends has meant the most.

Louise Suggs turned professional in 1948 and won her first U.S. Women's Open a year later, by 14 strokes over Babe Didrikson Zaharias at Prince Georges Golf and Country Club in Landover, Md. That margin of victory remains a championship record. She added a second Women's Open title when she won the 1952 championship by seven strokes at Bala Golf Club in Philadelphia, Pa. Suggs is one of just seven women to have won both the U.S. Women's Amateur and the U.S. Women's Open. She played in 29 Women's Opens, and has more top-5 (14 times) and top-10 (19 times) finishes than anyone in the championship's history.

The LPGA was established in 1950. The 13 founding members, including such legends as Babe Zaharias,Patty Berg and Louise Suggs, were dedicated to golf as a game and a career. The LPGA board members didit all: played competitive and professional golf; planned and organized tournaments; drafted the by-laws; andsupervised membership. The financial reward was often nonexistent in the beginning. Their dedication to thesport and the LPGA was a “labor of love.”

Althea Gibson retired from amateur tennis in 1958 and launched another pioneering effort in 1964 when she began her professional golf career and joined the Ladies Professional Golf Association.Gibson broke existing racial barriers in both sports by becoming the first black female tennis champion and the first black member of the LPGA. Though she paved the way for future generations of black athletes, Gibson's accomplishments on the game's playing fields place her among sport's greatest athletes.

Karsten Solheim (September 15, 1911 – February 16, 2000) was a Norwegian-born American golf club designer and businessman who founded Karsten Manufacturing, a leading golf club maker better known by its brand name of PING, and the Solheim Cup, the premier international team competition in women's golf.He was the driving force behind the creation of the Solheim Cup, the biennial tournament between teams of women professionals from Europe and the United States, which was modelled on the men's Ryder Cup, and was first played in 1990.

More for Golfing Women:

Empowering women through the game of golf.

LPGA Pro Shop Member list at World Golf Hall of Fame

USGA Women's Apparel

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Lady O Golf "Hey not every woman knows how golf is played and it's time for change."

Count on It, a new golf stroke counter, is an attractive and discrete way to keep score, and adds style to your golf glove.

When it comes to golf, don't worry about being embarrassed or unsure of what to do next...I'm going to fix that right now.Here’s why:In just a few moments, I’m going to reveal how you can discover all the insider tips, tricks, techniques and secrets you need to know to begin playing like a pro the very first time you step foot on a golf course.
Dear Fellow Lady Golfer, did you know that women are more flexible than men, have more efficient swings, and are more naturally suited to the game than our male counterparts? That being a fact one has to wonder why we are so intimidated by being on the course or by male golfers.

Lady Golfers Guide

I would like you to click on this link from the CBC archives. It is an interview with Michael Murphy the author of "Golf in the Kingdom". He discusses the "obsession" we have with golf, and I think every woman can identify with the emotions these "men" of golf express: They have the same fears and intimidation we have, so remember that they aren't as cock sure when they arrive at the tee box either:

"It’s a highly complex, fiendishly demanding, often perverse activity. The exhilarating and frustrating game demands a stillness of mind, a razor sharp focus, and an inexplicable desire to constantly better your game." I mean why, why would you be out there hitting this f’n little ball all over the place?" CBC Radio documentary, 2003

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