Golf Clubs – Famous Players – Women Golfers From
The Mid 1900s
Golf Clubs – Famous Players – Women Golfers From The
Golf has seen a number of famous women players swing their
clubs over the past decade, and we remember the highlights of two women
In the mid 1900s, many audiences were captivated both on and off the
golf course by two famous women golf players whose names have gone down
Patty Berg is one of the most famous women golf players of all time
and the top tournament winner in the history of women’s golf.
Berg was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1918 and picked up her golf
clubs for the first time when she was just 13 years old. In 1934, aged
16, she won the Minneapolis City Championship, the first of 29 triumphs
during her career as an amateur golfer. Berg won her first Major, the
Titleholders, in 1937. She played in the Curtis Cup in 1936 and 1938.
In 1940, Berg became a pro golfer. When war broke out in 1942, Berg
joined the navy and served as a lieutenant in the Marine Corps until
1945. After the war, in 1946, Berg became famous for winning the first
U.S. Women’s Open ever held. She then went on to help set up the
Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) in 1948, becoming its first
club president. Berg continued to compete and between 1935 to 1964, she
played in and won 83 tournaments. Berg was elected to the American Hall
of Fame in 1972.
The LPGA honoured Patty Berg by establishing the famous Patty Berg
Award in 1978 which is given to the lady golf player who has made the
greatest contribution to women's golf during the year. Patty went on to
swing her golf clubs well into her seventies.
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Mildred Ella Didriksen was born in Port Arthur, Texas in 1911. She
was later nicknamed ‘Babe’ after baseball player, Babe
Ruth, because of her baseball career as a child. As well as being a
world famous golf player, Babe was also considered the greatest women
athlete in sports history, gaining her reputation competing in track
and field sporting events as well we swinging her golf clubs. In the
1932 Olympic Games, she set world records in the 80-meter hurdles, the
javelin throw, and the high jump.
Babe’s play dramatically changed women's golf. Her powerful golf
club swing, low scores, and showmanship attracted many new fans
to women's golf. Didrikson won the U.S. Women's Amateur tournament in
1946. In 1946 and 1947, she won 17 tournaments in a row, including the
1947 British Women's Amateur tournament. She became famous for being
the first American golf player to win this event.
Didrikson turned professional in 1947. She was one of the founders
of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) along with famous
players, Patty Berg, Zaharias and Fred Corcoran. Babe won the U.S.
Women's Open in 1948, 1950, and 1954. The 1954 victory came a year
after she had cancer surgery.
"She is beyond all belief until you see her perform," famed
sportswriter Grantland Rice wrote about the famous player and the way
Babe swing her golf clubs . "Then you finally understand that you are
looking at the most flawless section of muscle harmony, of complete
mental and physical coordination, the world of sport has ever seen."
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