A Timeline of Women in Golf, in Pictures

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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.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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1941 – OSU Women’s Golf Tournament group

 

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

 

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1950 – the founders of the LPGA

 

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1951 – LPGA co-founder Louise Suggs

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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1981 – Kathy Whitworth wins her 83rd tournament

 

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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

 

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

 

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

 

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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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