The History Behind Women’s Golf

Women have played a huge role in golf, dating back to the 1500s when Mary Queen of Scots, was critisized for golfing more than she dealt with royal matters. The Women’s Professional Golf Association (WPGA) was then founded in 1944 (later replaced by Ladies Professional Golf Association). In 2002, Golf 20/20 established a Diversity Task Force to focus on women’s participation in golf. This is all according to the Nancy Berkley Women’s Golf Timeline. And year after year, women’s golf continues to dominate the sports pages.

Women today play golf at the collegiate level, competing for national titles and recognition for their participation in the concentration-driven precision club and ball sport. After a long and challenging day for both Baylor and Stanford, competing against Duke and Southern California respectively, Baylor and Stanford will now compete for the 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf National Championship today.

So what is the dominating factor behind women’s golf? Women’s golf has dominated history for centuries. Mary Queen of Scots even coined the phrase, “caddies,” because she called her assistants “cadets.” But unfortunately, women’s golf was left unheard of until the 1800s. That is when St. Andrews formed The Ladies Club, the first women’s golf organization. And that only sparked more clubs to follow. As the years progressed, women continued to put their mark on the intensive sport played on a large open-air course.

This national championship tournament, started back in 1982, consists of four rounds, in which each team with the highest amount of strokes are eliminated.

Stanford’s head coach Anna Walker said that her team will plan to do nothing different for the title match. If Stanford wins the title match, this will be its first national championship title.

The two teams will compete for the championship title on the 6,468-yard, par-72 course. This will be Baylor’s first time competing for a women’s golf national title.

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