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Golf Clubs – Famous Players – Women Golfers From The Mid 1900s

Golf Clubs – Famous Players – Women Golfers From The Mid 1900s

Golf has seen a number of famous women players swing their clubs over the past decade, and we remember the highlights of two women below.

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 in history.

Patty Berg

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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