Women’s Professional Golf, Part 3

Who are those women golfers?

Let’s find a little more about the women who play golf for a living. Women golfers need a larger cheering section. The more spectators know about athletes, the more likely they are to pick a favorite and cheer them on. This third article on Women’s Professional Golf will take a closer look at the golfers themselves. Maybe, you’ll find a few more players to root for when you watch that next match or read about it in the sports section.

-Who started this LPGA?
It was started by a group of very determined and tenacious women golfers. They didn’t just organize and delegate the running of this massive organization. They worked as a team, traveled as a team, and did it all from setting up courses to preparing the scorecards. It all began in 1950 by 13 very unique golfing individuals (year deceased in parenthesis): Alice Bauer (2002), Patty Berg (2006), Bettye Denoff, Helen Deltweiler (1990), Marlene Bauer Hagge, Helen Hicks (1974), Opal Hill (1981), Betty Jameson, Sally Sessions (1966), Marilynn Smith, Shirley Spork, Louise Suggs, and Babe Zaharias (1956).
Six of the 13 original founders are still with us.
Two of these founding members were sisters: Alice Bauer and Marlene Bauer Hagge.
Two of the first golfing Mothers to travel with their children on tour was Alice Bauer and Bettye Denoff.
There are so many interesting stories and facts about these characters that another article devoted just to them will probably be in our future.

-Do you sometimes find it difficult to juggle job and family, especially if it’s a traveling job? Well, what if you had to travel each week, deal with the press, upgrade your work skills constantly, have millions of people critiquing and criticizing your work, worry about even the smallest of math errors, and have your income depend on your performance compared to others in your field every week? Meet the LPGA Moms!

There are 28 Moms on tour this year and if they brought all of the kids along, there would be 44 children running around the course. Here are the Moms and the number of children in the family: Kristi Albers (1), Danielle Ammaccapane (2), Donna Andrews (1), Ashli Bunch (2), Dawn Coe-Jones (1), Heather Daly-Donofrio (1), Laura Diaz (1), Jackie Gallagher-Smith (2), Vicki Goetze-Ackerman (1), Hee-Won Han (1), Pat Hurst (1), Julie Inkster (3), Becky Iverson (1), Cathy Johnston-Forbes (2), Carin Koch (2), Leta Lindley (2), Stephanie Louden (1), Hilary Lunke (1), Catriona Matthew (1), Patricia Meunier-Lebouc (1), Janice Moodie (1), Kristal Parker-Manzo (2), Michele Redman (1), Susie Redman (4), Laurie Rinker (2), Nancy Scranton (2), Karen Stupples (1), Kris Tschetter (2), Catherine Tumbleson (1)

-Meet the 30 Rookies of 2008:

PLAYER

COUNTRY

STATUS

Sofie Andersson

Sweden

Non-exempt

Chris Brady

USA

Non-exempt

Emma Cabrera-Bello

Spain

Non-exempt

Na-Yeon Choi

South Korea

Non-exempt

Amie Cochran

USA

Non-exempt

Shanshan Feng

China

Exempt

Louise Friberg

Sweden

Exempt

Sandra Gal

Germany

Exempt

Anna Grzebien

USA

Non-exempt

Nicole Hage

USA

Non-exempt

Liz Janangelo

USA

Exempt

Jimin Jeong

South Korea

Non-exempt

Hannah Jun

USA

Non-exempt

Sarah Kemp

Australia

Exempt

Hwanhee Lee

USA

Non-exempt

Taylor Leon

USA

Non-exempt

Carolina Uano

Colombia

Exempt

Anja Monke

Germany

Non-exempt

Sarah Oh

South Korea

Non-exempt

Hee Young Park

South Korea

Exempt

Anna Rawson

Australia

Non-exempt

Violeta Retamoza

Mexico

Exempt

Onnarin Sattayabanphot

Thailand

Non-exempt

Ashleigh Simon

South Africa

Non-exempt

Yani Tseng

Taiwan

Exempt

Momoko Ueda

Japan

Exempt

Leah Wigger

USA

Non-exempt

Sukjin Lee Wuesthoff

South Korea

Non-exempt

Amy Yang

South Korea

Non-exempt

Eunjung Yi

South Korea

Non-exempt

-Where are the players?

State

Current

Resident

State

Current

Resident

Alabama

2

Nevada

8

Arizona

18

New Jersey

1

California

24

New York

2

Colorado

1

North Carolina

7

Connecticut

1

Ohio

2

Delaware

1

Oklahoma

1

Florida

67

Oregon

1

Georgia

4

Pennsylvania

1

Illinois

1

Rhode Island

1

Iowa

1

South Carolina

7

Kansas

1

Tennessee

3

Kentucky

1

Texas

17

Louisiana

1

Virginia

1

Massachusetts

2

Washington

3

Michigan

3

Wisconsin

1

Minnesota

1

 

 

The research used for these articles came primarily from the LPGA and general internet information sources such as Wikipedia.

RELATED ARTICLES: WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL GOLF, WOMEN’S PROFESSIONAL GOLF PART 2, LPGA Marketing Struggles

 

Other Articles by Bridget Logan

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Business and Women’s Golf

Practice Your Way to Better Golf

Charity Golf Tournaments

Golf Practice Games and Exercises

Women’s Golf Club Starter Set

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Off-Season Training for Golf

Pre-Season Training for Golf

In-Season Golf Training Program

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Misunderstood Golf Terms Revealed

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