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Women in Golf

Golf History - A Female Perspective


By Richard C Myers

Ladies, the next time you grab your clubs and head out to the golf course for your weekly foursome, take a moment to reflect on the amazing contributions that women in golf have made throughout history. The contributions were not only to the game itself, but to your "right" to play this sport which was once reserved for men only.

Our first tip of the hat goes to Mary Queen of Scots who in 1552, despite being a woman, was allowed to play golf anytime she cared to. History credits Her Royal Highness with coining the term "Caddy" which was a derivative of the her favorite word for these indispensable golf helpers who she called "Cadets". It should also be noted that it was during her reign that St. Andrews, the world's most famous golf course, was built, but it would be almost 400 years later that the first woman would be allowed to play there.

Speaking of firsts, the year was 1890 and the earliest known mixed foursome hit the greens. This banner event for women in Golf featured winners Miss Carrie Low and John Reid who soundly defeated Mrs. John Reid and Mr. John Upham.

Apparently that first foursome featuring women in golf sparked some major interest among the ladies, because just one year later the still-operating Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on Long Island welcomed the first female duffers. The response was so overwhelming that the golf course management built a special 9-hole course especially for women in golf just two years later.

The 1800's proved to be an exciting decade or women in golf and, towards the end of 1893, the British Ladies Golf Union sponsored the first of a long line of British Ladies' championships. Although Queen Mary was long gone, the Royal House was represented by tournament winner Lady Margaret Scott.

Meanwhile, across the pond, the United States was waking up to the women in golf movement as evidenced by The first women's' golf tournament held in Morristown, NJ on a 7-hole course. This 1894 event was won by Miss Hollard A. Ford who finished 14 strokes under her nearest competitor with a then-amazing 97.

Not to be outdone by the Yanks, 1894 also marked the debut of the Australian Women's National Golf Championship.

By the year 1895, women in golf were becoming a common site and courses in most of the "civilized" countries started opening their doors to women. Even the staid Meadow Brook Club, in Hempstead, N.Y., got into the act by sponsoring the first Women's Amateur Golf Championship which offered up a field of 13 women golfers. The trophy was taken home by Mrs. Charles S. Brown who finished with a 132.

Fast forward to the present and it's unlikely that there is a woman today who is old enough to remember the time when "No Women Allowed" signs were posted on their local links. Even young girls are active in the sport. Which reminds me; if you're looking for a female role model to help you get your name on the woman in golf roles, you needn't look any further than 16-year-old newly turned pro Michelle Wie. From what she's shown so far, Michelle is sure to become a major entry in the annals of women in golf.

Richard Myers is a keen golfer and his web site http://www.thinkandreachpar.com and http://www.golfforleftys.com contains many free tips and great golfing advice plus training videos and DVDs to help you to improve your swing and lower your score using some very simple exercises.

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Golf History

The Birth Of Golf

Golf as we know it today originated from a game played on the eastern coast of Scotland in the Kingdom of Fife during the 15th century.

Players would hit a pebble around a natural course of sand dunes, rabbit runs and tracks using a stick or primitive club.

Some historians believe that Kolven from Holland and Chole from Belgium influenced the game. The latter was introduced into Scotland in 1421. However while these games and countless others are stick and ball games, they are missing that vital ingredient that is unique to golf - the hole. Whatever the argument, there can be no dispute that Scotland gave birth to the game we know as golf today.

During the mid-15th century, Scotland was preparing to defend itself against an English invasion. The populationís enthusiastic pursuit of golf and soccer to the neglect of military training (archery primarily) caused the Scottish parliament of King James II to ban both sports in 1457. The ban was reaffirmed in 1470 and 1491 although people largely ignored it. Only in 1502 with the Treaty of Glasgow was the ban lifted with King James IV (James 1 of England) himself taking up the sport.

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History of Golf

In one form or another, the variant games of present day golf were clearly enjoyed throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. The game persisted over the centuries and the form that it took and rules that were applied varied as widely as the terrain the game was played over.

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Who Invented Golf?

Well, who actually did invent the game of Golf? The question has been asked and argued for many years with no true winner. Many countries have a valid claim to an early game that resembles the game of golf. Some of the countries that make this claim are England. Scotland, China, Rome, France, The Netherlands, Belgium and Laos. The most heated debate over who invented golf definitely comes from Great Britain and Scotland.

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History of Women's Golf

Ladies, the next time you grab your clubs and head out to the golf course for your weekly foursome, take a moment to reflect on the amazing contributions that women in golf have made throughout history. The contributions were not only to the game itself, but to your "right" to play this sport which was once reserved for men only.

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