Breaking Up the Boys Club
Breaking Up the Boys’ Club
By Chris Cox – June 2016
Embarking on the challenge of writing this year’s Women in Golf feature started where most things do—Google. To be fair, the search engine is generally a reliable outlet for sparking creativity. Only this time, the results were a little unnerving.
Those first few pages featured no tales of inspiration, barrier-breaking females turning the game on its head, or crusading women kicking butt and taking names. Instead, it was merely list after list of “the world’s hottest golfers!” A handful tactfully used “beautiful” instead, for whatever that’s worth.
Only after diving down the Google rabbit hole were some of golf’s female innovators profiled for their accomplishments on and around the course. Let’s hope no young girl looking up future role models has to dig so deeply.
There are countless women out there impacting golf in a myriad of ways, and you’ll see just a sampling of those on the following pages. There are those rising to prominence in key positions, others building golf empires, and some working at the local level to build the game from the ground up.
This month, Golf Business highlights just a few of those women and the clout they carry in the game. They are knocking down the walls of golf’s boys’ club and putting their own fingerprints on the game, carefully shaping its future in the process.