Golf Is the New Pink: Best Female Golfers of All Time

Golf may be known as a gentleman’s game, but don’t discount the many amazing women out there who are world-class golfers! 

Women have been playing competitive golf since the early 1950s, and although you may not have heard of some of them, they’ve achieved some amazing things on the golf course. 

Here are some of the best women golfers you should know! 

#1: Babe Didrikson Zaharias 

Babe was a talented sportswoman, who defied the odds, set multiple world records, and was the first American woman to win the British Women’s Amateur Golf Tournament. 

She’s won fame and awards in a variety of sports, including baseball (she got her nickname from Babe Ruth), basketball, athletics, and, of course, golf. 

Between 1943 and 1947, Babe won 17 amateur tournaments on the trot. In 1947, she won 17 gold championships in the same year! Throughout her career, she claimed victory in 82 tournaments. 

Due to the limited opportunities for female golfers, Babe collaborated with Patty Berg in 1949 to found the Ladies’ Professional Golf Association (LPGA), to allow women the chance to play competitively. Zaharias held the position of President of the club until her death in 1956. 

Interestingly, Babe has a golf course in Tampa bearing her name! 

#2: Mickey Wright 

Mary Kathryn (Mickey) Wright became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1955. She has the distinction of her swing being named “the best ever” by Ben Hogan, who was known to be an expert on the swing. 

Wright made the top ten on the LPGA money list 13 times between 1956 and 1969, coming in at the top spot for 4 consecutive seasons (1961 to 1964). She’s also known for shooting a 62 in the final round of the Tall City Open in 1964, beating the men’s record by 4 shots. 

She’s also a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. This is quite a distinction, as the female competitor category has the same strict standards as the male competitor category. 

#3: Karrie Webb 

Another World Golf Hall of Fame Member, Karrie Webb has won 7 major championships, has had 2017 top-ten finishes, and is a super career Grand Slam winner, winning every single major available during her career. 

Hailing from Australia, she has spent most of her career playing on the LPGA and was inducted into their Hall of Fame (and subsequently, the World Golf Hall of Fame) in 2005. 

#4: Annika Sörenstam 

Annika Sörenstam is a Swedish golfer, and holds the accolade of being the female golfer with the most wins to her name, to date, winning 90 international tournaments in her golfing career. 72 of those were official LPGA tournaments, of which 10 were majors. 

She’s won a record eight Player of the Year awards, and she’s also the only female golfer to shoot a 59 in competition. Sorenstam holds a variety of all-time scoring records, including the lowest scoring average of the season in 2004. 

#5: Inbee Park 

Inbee Park has been ranked as the world’s #1 female golfer on four separate occasions, in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2018. 

So far, she’s won 7 major championships, of which three were consecutive major wins. She’s only the fourth LPGA player to win three majors within the same calendar year, and the seventh player to win four different majors during her career, capturing a career Grand Slam. 

Park was also the youngest woman to win the Women’s Open and was also the victor at the Women’s PGA Championship three years running. 

LPGA Interesting Facts 

  • The first female-designed golf course in South Africa was designed by Annika Sorenstam. 
  • The LPGA is one of the longest-running women’s professional sports associations. 
  • The Symetra Tour is known as the “road to the LPGA”. 
  • LPGA-USGA Girls Golf was launched in 2002 to teach young girls how to play. 
  • The first Women’s Professional Golf Association (WPGA) was founded in 1944. 
  • The LPGA’s 2017 dress code disallows revealing attire, so make sure to wear golf shirts that are not revealing, but comfortable.

About the author: Jordan Fuller is a retired golfer and a writer on his golf publication site, Golf Influence. He is now mentoring golf and does coaching. 

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