A Timeline of Women in Golf, in Pictures


Dating all the way back to the era of Mary of Scots in the 1550s, women have seen an inspired and triumphant history in the sport of golf. Today, there are more than 6 million female golfers in the US alone, but long before these women picked up their first club, there were talented female pioneers paving the way for today’s generation of women in the sport. In honor of National Golf Month, let’s take a look back and celebrate these remarkable athletes and their contributions to the game.


1552 – An illustration of the “Mother of Golf,” Queen Mary of Scots, playing the sport in front of a crowd



1867 – The first golf ladies club is formed, called the Ladies Club of St. Andrews, in Scotland



1898 – The Ardsley Country Club in Westchester hosted the 3rd US Women’s Amateur



1935 – Babe Didrikson Zaharias, golf’s first female celebrity, gets her start in the sport



1941 – OSU Women’s Golf Tournament group



1946 – Patty Berg wins the first US Women’s Open



1950 – the founders of the LPGA



1951 – LPGA co-founder Louise Suggs



1954 – Barbara Romack and Mickey Wright at the Women’s Amatuer Golf Tournament in Pittsburgh



1959 – The LPGA opens the first women’s teaching division



1976 – JoAnne Carner falls to her knees in celebration after she sinks a shot on the 17th hole during the US Women’s Open



1981 – Kathy Whitworth wins her 83rd tournament



1990 – Juli Inkster becomes the first woman to win the Invitational Pro-Am at Pebble Beach, the only professional tournament in the world that pits women against men



2000 – Michelle Wie, age 10, became the youngest player to qualify for a USGA amateur championship



2001 – Karrie Webb achieves the career grand slam, winning all major championships in a calendar year



2014 – The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews Scotland votes to allow female members, the first time its 260-year existence

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