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Golf and Women: A Brief History and Where It Stands Today

If you are not a huge fan of golf, then you would be surprised to know that this is one of the oldest sports which ever came into being. It has been around since the 1500s, becoming famous and even thought to have started in the highlands of Scotland.


At the time, men dominated this game. It is even assumed that it was a man or group of men who invented the game. However, it was Mary, the Queen of Scots (Elizabeth I’s cousin who was tried and executed for treason) who had the first golf course in St. Andrews built. She was also purported to have coined the word ‘caddy’.

From that time, rarely would one hear of or see a female golfer.

It can be said that the actual history between golf and women did not start until the emancipation of women in the late 1800s. There was a Ladies Club for golf in St. Andrews at the time. There was even a tournament held in the golf club in Musselburgh, Scotland. Even then, this was only done mostly as a hobby.

In the 20th century, more and more women became enamored with golf especially when they were allowed to play professionally. In England, the golf handicapping system was made. A woman, Issette Pearson Miller, helped do this.

At this time, golf spread all over the world from Scotland and England. The United States of America, probably because of the great female forward thinkers at the time, made this sport even more famous among their gender. The Golf Association in the US held a golf championship tournament for women just one year after it was founded.

Today, there are numerous tournaments held for women’s golf all over the world. The LPGA, for instance, has the annual Canadian’s Women’s Open. There’s also the Women’s British Open, the Kraft Nabisco Championship and the Evian’s Masters which will be held in France this coming year.

Since then, several women are said to be just as good or even better at times in comparison to some of the well known male golfers like the famous and world renowned Tiger Woods. Here are some of the best female golfers, according to expert reviews: Nancy Lopez, Kathy Whitworth, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Mickey Wright and Annika Sorenstam.

Those are only five of the best in the business as of the moment. But one can expect so much more from women in this game.