June is Women’s Golf Month, a time to celebrate women golfers and share the sport with future players through events and functions. At Glovelast, we wanted to take this opportunity to talk about women in golf and how they’ve shaped the history of the game over the years.
How Women are Changing Golf
Golf has been around for centuries in one form or another, making it one of the oldest sports still being played. Though it’s been seen as a male-dominated sport, it actually began through Mary, Queen of Scots wanting a golf course built on her property. It’s no wonder that women throughout history have made their mark and changed the game into what it is today.
Over the years, The Ladies Club was formed which was the first women’s golf organization. Rules even changed in time, like the addition of the first golf handicap system. In 1950, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) came to fruition and it’s now the oldest women's professional sports association in America.
In recent years, the LPGA has seen global tours and worldwide acclaim through its many women golfers as they battled for championships at tournaments.
Women Hall of Fame Golfers
There are currently over 40 women in the World Golf Hall of Fame from multiple countries around the world. Here are some of their stories and how they’ve helped shape women’s golfing.
As the first woman inducted into the Hall of Fame, Patty Berg made history in 1951. She won the first-ever U.S. Women’s Open in 1946 and won 60 LPGA Tours overall. She’s also one of the co-founders of the LPGA.
With 72 LPGA wins and 17 Ladies European Tour wins, Annika Sorenstam has ranked third and fifth all-time, respectively. She’s still the only female golfer to shoot a score of 59 in competition. Sorenstam is an active ambassador for women’s golf to this day.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Another co-founder of the LPGA, Babe Didrikson Zaharias put golf back on the map in her time. In 1938, she became the first woman ever to compete in a men's tournament and has 10 majors and 41 tour wins to her name.
Making history in 1978 when she became the first female golfer to achieve both Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year from the LPGA in the same season, Nancy Lopez jettisoned herself into the public eye with her impressive golfing skills and charm.
One of the more recent additions to the Hall of Fame, Lorena Ochoa played on the U.S. LPGA Tour from 2003 to 2010 and was the top-ranked female golfer in the world for 158 consecutive and total weeks. She was also the first Mexican golfer of either gender to be ranked number one in the world.
Celebrate Women’s Golf Month with Glovelast
Women’s contribution to golf has changed the sport and continues to shape its history. Celebrate this June by reading more about the Hall of Famers and sharing the joy of golf with the women in your life! One way to play like a pro is by wearing a golf glove that’s comfortable and provides a secure grip.
Enhance your experience with the Glovelast golf glove shaper, an accessory that preserves the glove’s shape and quality. Create your own historic moments with a golf glove that feels great!