I want to share with all the women and men golfers out their that are interested in the History of Women golf a few facts that I have gathered while researching this subject. I hope you enjoy.
The first documented golf play by women was in 1552 when Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587) who was an avid golfer, first started the catch name “caddie” her own assistants whom she called “cadets” this turned into the name we all know today as caddie (a person that will assist you on the course). During the reign of Queen Mary of Scots, the famous Links course that we all know was built. In 1552 St. Andrews course was built and the Old course still stands today.
Mary, Queen of Scots was considered to be “The Mother of Golf”. Queen Mary had a cottage on the grounds at St. Andrews golf course and spent plenty of time either on the course or in her cottage their.
One day while Queen Mary was playing golf her husband was at the cottage and was strangled to death by an intruder and she was charged with murder because Queen Elizabeth I believed if she was not on the golf course playing golf, she would have been able to warn her husband and he could’ve defended himself. The murder charges stuck and Queen Mary spent the rest of her life from 1568 to 1587 in prison until Queen Elizabeth I had her beheaded in 1587.
There is a museum at St. Andrews with a portrait of “Mary, Queen of Scots” “The Mother of Golf” which hangs on the wall for all to see, a little tribute for the woman who basically got women’s golf going.
When Women Became A Force In Golf: Babe Didrikson
The golfing women of the world truly become a force in the 20th century when we had such power players such as Babe Didrikson, whose given name was Mildred Didrikson, but went by Babe, because when she played play baseball, they said she hit the ball as many times and as long as Babe Ruth did. The name stuck and the rest is history.
Babe married a Professional Wrestler named Gene Zaharias, which she added on to her given full name of “Mildred “Babe” Didrikson-Zaharias.
Babes rival on the course was a lady named Patty Berg and the both of them transformed golf and they were the leaders of The Ladies Professional Golf Association for the next decade.
Before Babe became a fixture on the Pro tour the Amateur golfers were the ones to watch, and in the 1947 The Women British Amateur title went to an American woman named Babe Didrikson and the rest is golf history for her.
Babe was born in Texas just like Hogan and Nelson and was only 2 years younger than them both. Babe was an expert of almost all sports, baseball, basketball and the javelin throw where she won 2 gold medals in the 1932 Olympic games, she also competed in hurdles and high jump. The last sport that Babe learned how to play was golf and it was the last one she ever played and was said that it was her true love to golf.
Some Other Amazing Women In The History Of Golf
Patty Berg was another pioneer of The Ladies Professional Golf Association. It has been said that even on Babe’s best day of playing golf, she could be beaten by a five-foot-one tiny freckled faced tomboy named Patty Berg. Patty was from Minnesota and at the age of 16, Patty had won The Minneapolis City Golf Championship and one year later she almost won her first U. S Amateur Open, but lost by one stroke, however the next year in 1938 she did win her first U.S. Women Amateur Open Championship.
Berg turned professional in 1940 and she won her first professional title in the 1941 Women Western Open. Berg then joined the Marines and was serving during Worl War II and when she came back from the war she won her first Women U.S. Open in 1946.
Babe and Patty dominated women’s golf for the next decade, Patty winning 55 tournaments and of course numerous fans around the world.
List Of Historical Moments In Women Golf
In 1867 the first, women only, golf organization is formed and in 1893-Issette Miller invents the first handicap. In 1950, the LPGA is formed and this is when Babe Didrikson becomes the first lady of golf. In 1978, Nancy Lopez earned both rookie of the year and player of the year of the LPGA.
Karrie Webb is the first Womans Pro Golfer to earn $1 million in a single season and in 2004 Michelle Wei is the youngest player to ever qualify for the LPGA and turn Pro, she was only 12 years old.
St. Andrews hosts its first ever women’s tournament in 2007 and in 2012 Augusta has its first female members, just think it was still only a gentlemen game in Augusta till 2012, Amazing,
These are just some wonderful things that has taken effect in Women Golf over the past several decades and in 1552 when Queen Mary of Scots first started the golf legacy that still lives on today.
Women Golf Attire/History
Women golfers in the 1800s played wear long skirts that were a couple of inches off the ground and a simple blouse, this dress was very popular but when trying to swing a golf club it created a problem. It was very hard to swing the club with the blouse being fitted and it was a little tight. The skirt was a full skirt and was not far enough off of the ground to stay out of the way of your swing.
In 1904 the women’s golf attire was changing, instead of the tight sleeves of a blouse a free-stroke coat which had special sleeves that moved with you during your swing. The raisable skirt was also very popular with the women golfers, these skirts were not as full and they also had a draw string that would raise their skirts up to 8 inches off of the ground. This was wonderful for your golf swing and also the look was very fashionable for everyday wear.
Today however it is customary to wear a short skirt with colored undergarment, or pants with a top that is either sleeveless, long sleeves, and or short sleeves.
The rather short description here that I have written about the History Of Women Golf is just a glimpse of all the history, ups and downs that women’s golf has endured. I want to add that golf has come quite far and also if you think about it, just 6 years ago women were not allowed to play tournaments at Augusta, Amazing how far we have come in some areas and how slow it was to break the barriers down in the older courses and their traditions.
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