Women in Golf: The Players, the History, and the Future of the Sport
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008 - Всего страниц: 166
Despite the thirst for more information about women's golf, very little exists about its history outside of books about the legendary Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Hudson fills this void, offering a complete history of women in golf. He focuses on the fascinating development of women's golf, the creation of the women's tour, star athletes of the past, the astronomical rise of the present-day tour greats, and the future of the sport.
Golf may well have replaced baseball as America's pastime, and the sport enjoys incredible popularity across the globe. At the professional level, women's golf continues to escalate in popularity and media attention, particularly with the dominance of LPGA champion Annika Sorenstam and the interest surrounding teenage phenom Michelle Wie.
Despite the thirst for more information about women's golf, very little exists about its history outside of books about the legendary Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Hudson's new book fills this void, focusing on the fascinating development of women's golf, the creation of the women's tour, star athletes of the past, and the astronomical rise of the present-day tour greats. In addition, Hudson examines women's golf in the context of the country's history of discrimination against women. Women's golf grew in popularity after the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, granting the right of suffrage. Unfortunately, gender discrimination remains a reality in the world of golf in certain locales of country club golf. Nonetheless, women's golf has never been more popular. For example, the Futures Tour, where girls and young women hone their skills on the way to the LPGA, has grown to more than 300 players from 27 countries, making it the largest international developmental tour in the world. And the 2006 LPGA Tour featured 34 events with prize money nearing $50 million, the highest ever in LPGA history. In 1890, Hudson writes, the Washington Post reported that some girls are anxious to learn golf, because they are really fond of sport and exercise; others, because it gives them a chance to show off a natty suit. Those girls are now acknowledged as women--and this book shows how very far they, and their sport, have come.
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The game spread rapidly in Scotland to the extent that several monarchs through
the years issued bans on golf for fear that it would undermine the country's
defenses because soldiers were playing golf instead of patrolling and providing ...
While in France, Mary played the game regularly with French students called
cadets who were forced to carry her clubs. ... Years later, her cousin, the Earl of
Moray, testified against her, saying that she had played golf only a few days after
However when she did play, she won everything, and was only ever once down
in a match...against Mrs Ryder- ... Women realized that they could leave the
putting greens, play golf on long courses and aspire to the high standards of
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1883, she began playing golf when she was 5
years old although she had swung a golf club at only 18 months. She played on
the local town links where her grandfather and eight uncles played. She
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11 Potential Great
12 The Intractable Color Line
13 Gender Discrimination
14 The Future of Womens Golf
9 The LPGA Sails Upward Goes Global and Witnesses a Great Rivalry
10 The Pak Attack and the Future of Womens Golf