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Big Week for Women's Golf

LPGA Founders and U.S. Women's Open Champions Betty Jameson (L) and Babe Didrickson Zaharias (R) flank fellow Texans Lesbia Lobo and Betty Dodd in the early days on the LPGA tour.

You will have heard of the “stars aligning” to create special events.  This week is example of just such an occasion for the world of women’s golf.  Today (July 10) is the opening round of the inaugural Senior LPGA Championship.  This new event features a field of 81 players over the age of 45 including current LPGA players, Hall of Fame members and multiple major champions.  The confirmed field of competitors currently includes all-time greats Pat Bradley, Laura Davies, Betsy King, Liselotte Neumann and more.  The 54-hole championship will conclude on Wednesday, July 12 and will be televised on the Golf Channel.  “This is a landmark event for the LPGA because it provides a larger platform to celebrate the legends of the game,” said Mike Whan, LPGA Commissioner.  For complete tournament information, CLICK HERE.

Speaking of “legends of the game”, after the first ever Senior LPGA Championship trophy is presented on July 12, women’s golf fans in Houston may take advantage of another exceptional opportunity.  Deb Vangellow, the President of the LPGA Teaching and Club Pro Division is hosting a special screening of The Founders at the Greenway Grand Palace Stadium Theaters in Houston.  The Founders tells the story of the thirteen amateur women golfers that formed the LPGA Tour.  Their work not only paved the way for the modern global LPGA tour, but established the template for all professional women’s sports organizations.  For information about The Founders and to find a screening near you, CLICK HERE
And since we’re talking about the modern LPGA tour, we should also talk about the U.S. Women’s Open that begins the morning after we’ve celebrated the tour’s Founders.  On Thursday, July 13, Texan Brittany Lang will tee it up against the world’s best players and attempt to defend her title.  When talking about her 2016 victory, Lang said, “I like all of our majors, but I really love the U.S. Women’s Open…I was pretty sure that I was going to win one of these someday.”  All of Texas will be pulling for her or the five other Texans in the field to keep the trophy in the Lone Star State for at least one more year.  For complete tournament coverage, CLICK HERE
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