Famous Golfers In A Nut Shell

By: Phoenix Delray

Patty Berg is nationally recognized as one of the most accomplished women golfers. Born on February 13th, 1918 and was a golf school instructor, founding member and leading player on the LPGA, Ladies Professional Golf Association in the 1940s, fifties and sixties. Berg began playing golf in 1931 at the age of thirteen, and her amateur career in 1934, winning her first title in the Minneapolis City Championship.

Berg turned professional in 1940, after winning twenty nine amateur titles, and served as a lieutenant in the Marines during WWII. In 1948, she played an integral part in establishing, and later presiding over the LPGA. Throughout her career, Berg won fifty seven events on the LPGA and WPGA circuit, was the runner up in both the 1956 and 1959 LPGA championships, and achieved wins at the 1953, 1957, and 1958 Western Opens.

In addition to her impressive list of victories and wins, Berg was also well known throughout the pro golf circuit for her work within the golf school clinics she conducted on behalf of Wilson Sporting Goods, and she herself estimated that had led more than ten thousand of these clinics during the course of her career.

The LPGA tour began in 1944 as the Womens Professional Golf Association or WPGA, founded by Hope Seignious, Betty Hicks, and Ellen Griffin. The organization struggled until nineteen forty eight, when Wilson Sporting Goods began sponsoring it, and in 1951, the LPGA tour was founded, and Patty Berg was elected as president. A year later, the organization had a twenty-one event schedule, and Hall of Fame member Betty Jameson donated the Vare Trophy to the tour in honor of amateur great Glenna Collett Vare. A few short years later, in 1959, the LPGA Tour prize money totaled two hundred thousand dollars.

Without the talent, dedication, and effort of players like Patty Berg, women today would not have the benefit of LPGA affiliation, or the many womens golf school opportunities that exist. For women who wish to improve their golf game, there are many great golf school opportunities available. In Arizona, golf schools like Wild Horse Pass, Phoenix Goodyear, Prescott, and Napa, in affiliation with the Eagle Golf School, offer three, four, and five day options, all taught by LPGA professionals.

These packages include lodging, unlimited practice and play at the courses, daily lunch with an LPGA professional, and all applicable taxes. If you are ready to improve your golf game, Eagle Golf School is a great place to start.

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