Golf History

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Amanda Paxton
English 3 Honors
4 March 2011
Golf: A History Golf often makes people think of boring, old men walking around a huge green course. This is not always the case. Many different people have been known to enjoy the game of golf. Where golf came from is bound to surprise some people who think it is just for elderly people. Golf is very interesting to learn about, including: the history, association’s tournaments, women in golf, and famous players. The history of golf is widely discussed and no one knows for sure where it came from. It is said to have originated in early Roman eras. Though its origins are uncertain, many countries have early records of the game. Women have always been excluded in most sports
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The PGA was founded in 1916 and is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The PGA has both men and women members.
“The PGA Hall of Fame was established in Lake Park, Fla., in 1940. Ten years later a Ladies Golf Hall of Fame was formed... Zaharias was the first woman named to all four halls of fame. Several states have halls of fame to honor their native golfers. The Golf House is a library and museum of golf, which was opened in 1951 at the USGA 's headquarters in New York City but has been located in Far Hills, N.J. since 1972. It features a large collection of books, trophies, and other mementos.” (Golf Institutions 1-16)
The Ladies Professional Golf Association is the same as the PGA, but for women. “Several professional tournaments for women were staged during the 1920s and '30s. It was not until the 1940s that efforts began in earnest to form a professional golf organization for women.” (The Ladies Professional Golf Association 5-6) The first, the Women 's Professional Golf Association (WPGA), was created in 1944. Even the success of its players could not keep the WPGA going and it folded in 1949. The LPGA was incorporated in August 1950 by the old members of the WPGA and more. Funding for LPGA tournaments was at first so poor that golfers had to perform many of the organizational tasks and course maintenance chores. Soon, the introduction of the Weathervane series of tournaments proved

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