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Most Influential Women in Golf History

Most Influential Women in Golf History

Legendary players who made a lasting impact on golf are many throughout the sport’s history. Even though male players traditionally identify with golf, several female players have significantly contributed to its growth and popularity. This piece will examine some of the most influential female golfers in history, highlighting their contributions to the game especially the LPGA Tour.

Ten of the Most Influential Female Golfers of All Time

Laura Davies

In the 1980s, Davies made her professional debut and swiftly rose to the top of the women’s golf rankings. She has won a total of 20 LPGA Tour events, including four major titles. She has also had success on the Ladies European Tour. But beyond her victories and honors, Davies inspired a generation of female golfers, shattering stereotypes and proving that there are no gender restrictions for success in the game.

Kathy Whitworth

Kathy Whitworth is a pioneer in the world of professional golf, and she is one of the most accomplished and well-known female golfers in the history of the game. Whitworth’s impressive resume includes 88 LPGA Tour victories and six major titles. On the course, she stood out for her consistency, accuracy, and calm demeanor. Whitworth’s sportsmanship and commitment to advancing the game of golf has created an enduring legacy, motivating numerous women to follow their goals in the sport and cementing her status as one of golf’s all-time greats.

Babe Zaharias

Mildred Ella “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias was a sporting legend in her own right. She was not just a golfing prodigy but excelled in other sports, such as track & field and basketball. Zaharias won 41 LPGA Tour tournaments, including ten major titles. Her domination in the 1940s and 1950s helped form the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and brought women’s golf to prominence. 

By Harry Warnecke, 1900 – 1984; Robert F. Cranston, 26 Jul 1897 – 1978; Gus Schoenbaechler, active 1940s–1950s – https://npg.si.edu/object/npg_NPG.97.211, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=130834087

Se Ri Pak

Se Ri Pak, a pioneering South Korean golfer, made a big splash in the late 1990s when she won the 1998 U.S. Women’s Open in her rookie year. With her historic victory, she became a dominant force in women’s golf and helped South Korea become a significant golfing nation. Pak finished her career with 25 LPGA Tour victories and five major events. She helped opened the door for the inflow of successful South Korean golfers into the international arena.

Nancy Lopez

Nancy Lopez, a legendary personality in golf, rose to prominence in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She has 48 LPGA Tour victories and three major titles to her credit. Lopez’s fascinating personality and remarkable on-course talent attracted her to fans worldwide, considerably increasing the popularity of women’s golf during her period. 

By Ted Van Pelt – originally posted to Flickr as Nancy Lopez Photo By Ted Van Pelt, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4783648