How women are leading golf out of its hidebound past … again

A younger of generation of players is helping the LPGA find a voice for change. But the organization has a history as a force for progress

Augusta National, a golf club notorious for excluding women from membership until 2012, is hosting young female competitors this week, aged 14 to 24, for the inaugural Augusta Women’s National Amateur. It’s a step in the right direction, showcasing the top female amateurs on one of the world’s most famous stages. The tournament also shows how women’s golf has helped the sport move out of the dark ages.

When the LPGA tour was founded in 1950, there was something that distinguished it from the PGA of America: anyone from any race could play on the tour. This was in contrast to the PGA of America’s caucasian-only clause that was in place until 1961.

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