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Title IX and the Future of Women in Golf

Written, produced and edited by
Sarah Dougan '04 and Lindsay Theile '04

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In 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.

(Laurie Priest, Director of Athletics)

When 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.

Women’s 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 prohibits sex discrimination in all higher education institutions that receive federal funding.

(Shawn Durocher, Head
Golf Coach)

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.

Despite 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 sport.

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 today.



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