“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 )
There are been many thrilling championship finishes but few approach the dramatic conclusion of the 1986 Masters. Coming from behind, and at an age critics considered too old to be a contender, 46-year-old Jack Nicklaus roared through the last nine holes to claim the green jacket.
It was the late 1920’s when legendary golf course architect Alister MacKenzie teamed with Robert Hunter to create Cypress Point Club at Pebble Beach; the Meadow Club in Fairfax; and the Valley Club of Montecito. In less than four years the collaboration produced some of the world’s finest golf courses.
This is a digital document from the December 22, 2008 issue of California History, published by California Historical Society. The length of the article is 9393 words–about 31 pages based on a typical 300-word page. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.
Available in paperback, The Ryder Cup: A History was released September 2, 2010.
This year’s Ryder Cup takes place at Celtic Manor, Wales and approximately one billion people are expected to tune in to see if Team America can repeat its 2008 performance.
“The Ryder Cup: A History of Golf’s Greatest Match” is an authoritative up-to-date chronicle of this fascinating event. It charts the spirited early years in the 1920s when only the British Isles took on the USA – in what was regularly a one-sided New World affair – through to the gladiatorial modern-day epics and the inclusion of Europe.
About the Authors
Bruce Critchley played for Great Britain and Ireland against the USA in the Walker Cup and has commentated on golf tournaments for the last 25 years, on the BBC and as the leading golf commentator on Sky, for whom he will cover the 2010 Cup.
Colin Montgomerie has been Europe’s undisputed leading golfer over the last 15 years, playing in eight Ryder Cups and never losing a singles match. He will captain Europe in their quest to win back the trophy at Celtic Manor in 2010.
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If you are interested in golf in Wales Tenby to Celtic Manor is a new release (August 2010) worth trying to locate. At last check there was a single copy available on Amazon.com and it was on backorder from Amazon’s UK store. (Obviously the Ryder Cup has something to do with it.)
The book is published by Carreg Gwalch and is organized around 18 golf clubs that tell the story of golf in Wales. These chapters are:
Tenby, Royal Porthcawl, Monmouth, Pwllheli, Newport (Gwent), Llandrindod Wells, Caerphilly, Southerndown, Wrexham, Vale of Llangollen, Dinas Powys, Tredegar and Rhymney, Pyle and Kenfig, Llanymynech, Rhosgoch, Penrhos, Dewstow and Celtic Manor.