“It would be much better if she and her ilk stayed at home, got themselves prettied up and waited for the phone to ring.”
Fortunately for us Babe Didrikson Zaharias did not listen to sportswriter Joe Williams but the quote does capture the state of affairs for women athletes in the early 20th Century.
Named one of the Top 10 athletes of the 20th Century, Babe Didrikson Zaharias’s accomplishments are legendary.
-Two track and field Gold Medals and one Silver Medal (1932 Los Angeles Olympics)
-All-American status in basketball
-Expert diver, roller-skater, and bowler
-The first (and currently only) woman in history to make the cut in a regular PGA Tour event
(Oh, and she was an expert seamstress making many of the clothes she wore, including her golfing outfits.)
In this biography of Babe’s life, author Don Van Natta Jr. brings to life the extraordinary life and sporting career of golf’s first female superstar.
A founding member of the LPGA, Babe (named after Babe Ruth) won more consecutive tournaments than any golfer in history. But near the peak of her fame she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Never one to give up, a month after undergoing surgery Babe won her 10th and final major with a U.S. Women’s Open championship.
“Wonder Girl is a wonderful read about a woman who charged through life shattering stereotypes on the playing fields and off. As a boy I followed her amazing career in the sports pages as she changed the face of golf and the Olympics but now, thanks to Don Van Natta, I have the complete story of this authentically American trail blazer who was so much more than just a gifted athlete.” (Tom Brokaw )
Here is an insightful perspective on one of the class-acts in golf, in fact in all of sports. Author and close personal friend Brad Brewer has worked with Arnold Palmer for more than 25 years.
Brewer shares his first-hand observations and experiences receiving the gift of Palmer’s mentoring during their time together on topics such as “the magnetic attraction of excellence”, “the power of an optimistic outlook” and “why risking big is the ticket to living even bigger”.
Brewer is a PGA class-A Professional and the founder and president of the Brad Brewer Golf Academy in Orlando, Florida. He was awarded the 2000 North Florida PGA Teacher of the Year and has been published as a top golf instructor in Golf Digest and Golf Magazine. He has worked closely with Arnold Palmer for more than 20 years.
Golf fans have a couple ways they can monitor the action at this week’s Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta GA.
If you have an iPhone or iPod touch you can download the free Official PGA Tour App from Apple’s App Store. You’ll get customizable live scoring, complete video highlights and live player updates from the course.
The second option is to subscribe to Sirius XM Satellite Radio. You’ll receive live play-by-play tournament coverage, exclusive golf analysis and interviews.
This second option is available for BlackBerry and Android phone owners, as well as the iPhone.