Golf For Women - Babe Didrickson - Early Woman Pioneer

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The history of women who played golf is a rich and long one. Golf for women is recorded back in to the 1600's. In fact, it is believed that Mary, Queen of Scots, was the source for the name of caddy because she called them cadets. During her reign, the most famous golf course in the world, St. Andrews, was created. However, formal ladies golf clubs wouldn't start to be formed until the mid to late 1800's. The sport has grown dramatically. There are leagues, clubs, and competitions for men, ladies, and children.

One of the most recent ladies amateur golf organization is the Executive Womans Golf Association.

Many famous athletes have known acclaim in the sport of golf, but one of the earliest and most colorful, was Babe Didrikson Zaharias, a superb athlete and colorful pioneer in women's golf.

Thought by many to be the number one all time female athlete and golfer, Babe was also successful in basketball, track and field. Born Mildred Ella Didrikson, she was one of seven children in a family of immigrants from Norway. Babe grew up in Port Arthur, Texas, a coastal oil town near Louisiana, and Beaumont, a nearby city. There is a museum dedicated to her in Beaumont. Babe was born on June 26, 1911. Though she became one of the most famous winners in golf for women, she did not start the sport until 1935, when she was twenty-four years old.

In her first professional tournament, Babe was paired with George Zaharias. They were married eleven months after their meeting at the Los Angeles Open in 1938. She was the leading female golf celebrity and player of the 1940's and 1950's. There is still an annual tournament named after her. She accomplished something that no other golfer had ever done. Babe won seventeen women's amateur victories in a row. By 1950, Babe had won every competitive golfing title of her time. In fact, during her golfing career, Babe won eighty-two tournaments.

Babe Zaharias was the first woman golfer to qualify repeatedly for men's events notably at the Phoenix and Tucson Opens. 1951 brought her a place in the Hall of Fame of Women's Golf. The United States Golf Association awarded her their highest honor, the Bob Jones Award, in 1957. In 1977, she was inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame at its inception. Still acknowledged for her outstanding abilities in the arena of golf, Babe once said about her golf swing, "It's not enough to just swing at the ball, you've got to loosen your girdle and let 'er fly." And let 'em fly, she did.

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