First Recorded Ladies Golf Tournament

What the tournament in question may have looked like...maybe. (Probably not)

What the tournament in question may have looked like…maybe. (Probably not)

On this day in 1811, the first recorded women’s golf tournament took place in Musselburgh with the winner receiving a fishing basket, otherwise known as a ‘creel’.

Obviously, the women’s game has come along in leaps and bounds since that day. The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) was founded in 1950 following on from the first female open championship in 1930, the Women’s Western Open.

South Korea’s Inabee Park headed the final official rankings in 2013. The highest British competitor in that list was Scotland’s Catriona Matthew, in 11th, followed by England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff in 54th.

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