Women in Golf: The Players, the History, and the Future of the Sport

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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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1 Golfs Origins
1
2 Early Greats of the Game
9
3 Joyce WetheredThe Greatest Female Golfer Ever
19
4 The Babe and the Berg and Louise Suggs
29
5 Forming the LPGA and Other Greats of That Era
45
Mickey Wright and Kathy Whitworth
51
7 Nancy Lopez
59
8 Other Great Players
71
11 Potential Great
97
12 The Intractable Color Line
101
13 Gender Discrimination
115
14 The Future of Womens Golf
127
Appendices
131
Notes
139
Selected Bibliography
159
Index
161

9 The LPGA Sails Upward Goes Global and Witnesses a Great Rivalry
79
10 The Pak Attack and the Future of Womens Golf
89

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David L. Hudson, Jr. is the author or co-author of 15 books, among them Boxing's Most Wanted (2003) and Basketball Championships Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of March Mayhem, Playoff Performances, and Tournament Oddities (2006). He is Research Attorney at the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and Adjunct Instructor at Middle Tennessee State University.

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