10 golfing wonder women


As today is Women’s Golf Day, we at Teeofftimes thought we’d round-up a list of 10 of our favourite players – from up-and-comers like Ireland’s Leona and Lisa Maguire (who turn pro later this month) to the legendary Annika Sörenstam…


Brooke Henderson

Canadian Brooke Henderson won her first major at the tender age of 18, taking the trophy at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. She has helped to grow the game of golf among young people, teaching and volunteering her time at Kids to The Course events.

 


Dame Laura Davies

Britain’s most accomplished female golfer, Laura Davies was honoured by the Queen and made Dame Commander of the British Empire for her services to golf in 2014. She won the Ladies European Tour on a record-breaking seven occasions and took four major titles during her career. She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2015.


Lydia Ko

This amazing young woman is still only 21 years-of-age, but she’s been a big name in the world of golf for some time now. In 2015 Lydia Ko was the youngest player ever (of either sex) to achieve the world number one ranking when she was just 17. She has won 14 LPGA Tour titles, including two majors, in her young career.


Charley Hull

Not only is Charley Hull a gifted golfer, she’s also a spirited advocate for women in sport and has publicly spoken-out against single sex golf clubs. Just 22-years-of-age, Charley played brilliantly at the European Golf Sixes this year alongside Georgia Hall.

 


Olivia Mehaffey

This young Northern Irishwoman is definitely one to watch. At just 18 Olivia Mehaffey has been named as in the eight-strong Britain and Ireland team for the Curtis Cup in June, and although she just missed the cut for the US Open this week, we have no doubt she’ll make it there soon enough.

 


Leona and Lisa Maguire

Two golfers who, alongside Mehaffey, are credited with raising the standard of professional golf for women in Ireland. Twins Leona and Lisa Maguire will turn pro this month after graduating from Duke University in North Carolina. Leona achieved the world amateur number one ranking 131 times, breaking Lydia Ko’s record of 130 weeks at the top spot.

 


Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie qualified for her first USGA amateur championship when she was just 10-years-old and hasn’t looked back. She turned professional just before she turned 16 and won her first major (The US Women’s Open) in 2014. And she’s still only 28!

 


Lexi Thompson

At age 12, she was the youngest golfer ever to qualify to play in the US Women’s Open. Lexi Thompson turned professional in June 2010 at just 15 and since then has been an incredible role model for women in sport, encouraging the fitness side of the game.

 


Annika Sörenstam

We’ve saved the best for last. Anika Sorenson truly is an all-time great of the game. By the time she retired from golf professionally she had won a record-breaking 90 tournaments, including ten majors. Eight-time Player of the Year, Annika is the only female golfer ever to shoot a 59 in competition.

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