Title IX and the Future
of Women in Golf
Written, produced and edited by
Sarah Dougan '04 and Lindsay Theile '04
Featured Audio Broadcast
June 2004, 156 of the top female golf professionals in
the world arrived in South Hadley,
Mass. to compete
in the U.S. Women’s Open. Over 900 golfers tried out
for this year’s tournament.
Priest, Director of Athletics)
the United States Golf Association began administering
the U.S. Women’s Open in 1953, only
37 golfers entered the competition. In 1976, the USGA instituted
sectional qualifying rounds after a record 205 players registered
to play in the contest.
increased participation in golf can largely
be attributed to the passage of Title IX in 1972,
part of an amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that
sex discrimination in all higher education
institutions that receive federal funding.
The impact of Title IX on golf is
witnessed through the increased number of girls and women who continue
developing and refining their skills throughout college.
the great strides that Title IX has
allowed women in golf,
the sport still faces discrimination at both the collegiate
and professional levels. In
2003, Vijay Singh, the highest paid male professional golfer,
received $7.5 million in prize
money. Annika Sorenstam, the highest paid female professional
golfer, in comparison only earned $2 million.
Although women have been playing golf since the 1800s and
have made significant strides in the game thus far, there
is still inequality and prejudice that exists within the
Laurie Priest, director of athletics at Mount Holyoke College,
Bob Bontempo, founder of the Mount Holyoke golf team, and
Shawn Durocher, current golf coach at Mount Holyoke, reflect
on the legacy of Title IX and its impact on women and golf
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