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Women's Golf Famous Golfers

Women's professional golf did not establish a tour until 1950, but the game was popular with women long before that and produced many stars.

Women's golf has enjoyed a growth similar to that of men's golf. From about 1900 through the 1920's, British amateurs dominated women's golf. Joyce Wethered was the top British golfer during the 1920's, and some experts consider her the greatest woman golfer in history. By the 1930's, United States women golfers had become important. Top U.S. golfers included Patty Berg, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, and Betty Jameson.

Widespread interest in women's professional golf developed after World War II. Berg and Zaharias turned professional and became leaders of the LPGA. The LPGA tour began in 1950 with 11 events worth about $45,000 in prize money. By the late 1990's, it had 43 events with total prize money of over $36 million. Stars included Nancy Lopez, Michelle McGann, and Betsy King of the United States; Laura Davies of the United Kingdom; Annika Sorenstam of Sweden; and Karrie Webb of Australia.

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Golf Greats Feature

From its conception as a major sport, golf has produced man great players who have become legendary. Jack Nicklaus, Nick Price, Tiger Woods... Their names have become synonymous with golf. Their golf playing tactics are considered innovative and ingenious.

While women golfers like Nancy Lopez and Patty Berg have made indelible marks in golf history, paving the way for gender equality in the playing field, so to speak.

These men and women are our role models, inspiration and pride. Take a moment to get to know them by reading their short bios at WestchesterCountyGolf.com.

Jack Nicklaus short bio, famous golfers biography

Jack Nicklaus: A Legend

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Tiger Woods: The Prodigy

Tiger Woods, an American golfer, created a sensation in the sports world at 26 years old with his brilliant play. Read more about his life and achievements.

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Women's Golf

Women's professional golf did not establish a tour until 1950, but the game was popular with women long before that and produced many stars. Get to know who they are.

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