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Women in Golf: The Players, the History, and the Future of the Sport

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Despite the thirst for more information about women's golf, very little exists about its history outside of books about the legendary Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Hudson fills this void, offering a complete history of women in golf. He focuses on the fascinating development of women's golf, the creation of the women's tour, star athletes of the past, the astronomical rise of the present-day tour greats, and the future of the sport.

Golf may well have replaced baseball as America's ...

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Overview

Despite the thirst for more information about women's golf, very little exists about its history outside of books about the legendary Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Hudson fills this void, offering a complete history of women in golf. He focuses on the fascinating development of women's golf, the creation of the women's tour, star athletes of the past, the astronomical rise of the present-day tour greats, and the future of the sport.

Golf may well have replaced baseball as America's pastime, and the sport enjoys incredible popularity across the globe. At the professional level, women's golf continues to escalate in popularity and media attention, particularly with the dominance of LPGA champion Annika Sorenstam and the interest surrounding teenage phenom Michelle Wie.

Despite the thirst for more information about women's golf, very little exists about its history outside of books about the legendary Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Hudson's new book fills this void, focusing on the fascinating development of women's golf, the creation of the women's tour, star athletes of the past, and the astronomical rise of the present-day tour greats. In addition, Hudson examines women's golf in the context of the country's history of discrimination against women. Women's golf grew in popularity after the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, granting the right of suffrage. Unfortunately, gender discrimination remains a reality in the world of golf in certain locales of country club golf. Nonetheless, women's golf has never been more popular. For example, the Futures Tour, where girls and young women hone their skills on the way to the LPGA, has grown to more than 300 players from 27 countries, making it the largest international developmental tour in the world. And the 2006 LPGA Tour featured 34 events with prize money nearing $50 million, the highest ever in LPGA history. In 1890, Hudson writes, the Washington Post reported that some girls are anxious to learn golf, because they are really fond of sport and exercise; others, because it gives them a chance to show off a natty suit. Those girls are now acknowledged as women—and this book shows how very far they, and their sport, have come.

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"Hudson's overview of the sport provides useful background for those new to the LPGA. Hudson covers the contemporary scene effectively….For those wanting a quick recap of the evolution of women's golf, this volume fills the bill nicely."

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"This book will serve as a brief, up-to-date summary of women's involvement with the sport….Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; general readers."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275997847
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,007,317
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID L. HUDSON, JR. is the author or co-author of 15 books, among them Boxing's Most Wanted (2003) and Basketball Championships Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of March Mayhem, Playoff Performances, and Tournament Oddities (2006). He is Research Attorney at the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and Adjunct Instructor at Middle Tennessee State University.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Golf's Origins     1
Early Greats of the Game     9
Joyce Wethered-The Greatest Female Golfer Ever     19
The Babe and the Berg...and Louise Suggs     29
Forming the LPGA and Other Greats of That Era     45
The Two Greatest Winners: Mickey Wright and Kathy Whitworth     51
Nancy Lopez     59
Other Great Players     71
The LPGA Sails Upward, Goes Global, and Witnesses a Great-Rivalry     79
The Pak Attack and the Future of Women's Golf     89
Potential Great     97
The Intractable Color Line     101
Gender Discrimination     115
The Future of Women's Golf     127
Appendices     131
Notes     139
Selected Bibliography     159
Index     161
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