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"PGA Plans to Resume in June, but It Depends"

was the New York Times headline in my Friday, April 17 NYT National edition in Florida. But, not all PGA Tour players were as enthusiastic that the Tour will open with the #CharlesSchwabChallenge in Texas (June 11-14). Brooks Koepka referenced the logistics of players flying in especially those from foreign countries. Not to mention the TV crews, rules officials, etc etc. (It's not just the PGA Tour golfers!) Dr. Fauci added his concerns about testing every player adding his message to "make sure they don't wind up infecting each other or their family."

JUST MY OPINION: Of course, it's great for golf to be among the first sports to stage major events. But there were so many other ways they could have re-introduced golf -- with more safety -- perhaps even earlier. Fewer golfers -- almost like a play-off. Maybe even men/women teams? Maybe a fun format like skins? But the golf industry is not known for its cooperative strategic thinking. And that's too bad.

What could be great about TV golf -- with no fans -- is that the announcers have a greater role than ever. There will be no cut-aways to screaming fans to fill time. The announcers have an opportunity to promote the game, teach the game and invite special guests. And how about putting #Annika and #JuliInkster in the booth along with #MikeWhan and #SuzyWhaley. Both the #LPGATour and the #PGAofAmerica have events coming up this year also. If golf returns to television in June -- sooner than we thought -- let's see if the industry can think cooperatively and creatively to grow the game. The #CharlesSchwabChallenge could be a tipping point to growing golf's audience.




 INTRO:  Although I live in a golf community in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida with two beautiful championship courses, our courses are closed in order to avoid spreading the corona virus.  In this down-time, I decided that it’s a good time to refresh our memory about the history of women’s golf.  Women have been playing golf for many centuries beginning with Mary Queen of Scots.   I organized the history of women’s golf in a Timeline that is available on my website at http://nancyberkley.com/timeline_women-sgolf.html. Every day (almost every day) I publish a True/False question (and the answer) on my Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nancy.berkley.98

 Below are the first ten questions and the answers  -- we don't need any more anxiety!  Feel free to post them in your newsletters or bulletin boards. They are fun to use at a member guest (table with the most correct answers wins).  Kindly list the source:  Nancy Berkley at www.nancyberkleygolf.com. 

 QUESTION 1 --March 31, 2020:

Q. True or False? The first ladies golf tournament in the U.S. was held in Morristown, New Jersey in 1924.

A. False: It was held in 1894 in Morristown, New Jersey on a 7-hole course which later became the Morris County Golf Club which remains a top club today and not that far from the USGA headquarters. Extra credit if you knew that the first ladies golf club was the Ladies Club of St. Andrews in Scotland established in 1867. http://nancyberkley.com/timeline_women-sgolf.html

QUESTION  2 - April 1, 2020.
True or False? Patty Berg (one of the Founders of the LPGA) won the first U.S. Women's Open in 1946 in Spokane, Washington at the Spokane Country Club. And.. because we don't need any more anxiety, here is the Answer:

Answer: Everything above is true. Patty Berg grew up in Minnesota where I also grew up -- so I knew women played golf because Patty made the headlines! For some reason, Spokane way out in the northwest corner of the US in the state of Washington had a golf course. (I have visited that course and sat in the conference room with a photo of Patty Berg on the wall.) The Spokane Country Club has been sold and is now the Kalispel Golf and Country Club. ) More info... Patty Berg was sponsored by the Wilson Sporting Goods company -- an early endorser of women's golf. I still have the putter from that set. (promise a picture). Stay healthy!! Best to stay at home. Will to find some links with more info about Patty Berg. What a treasure she was for women's golf. To see the complete timeline of the history of women's golf see
www.nancyberkleygolf.com and the Timeline tab.

QUESTION 3: - April 2, 2020
True or False? #MichelleWie was 15 years old when she qualified to play in the USGA Women's Amateur Public Links Championship in 2000. And because we don't need any more anxiety here is the Answer:

Answer: False. Michelle was only 10 years old when she qualified for this match play event. It made the news but she did not advance to the finals. Three years later, in 2003, Michelle at age 13 won an adult women's USGA competition. From that point on, "young" golfers made news. There was #LexiThompson, #LucyLi, #LydiaKo. Whenever I talk about young girls and golf, a special mention goes to the #FirstTee (and Founder #JoeLouisBarrow) and to the #LPGAGirlsGolf Program who were leaders in teaching programs for girls. And.. golf has never been the same since!!
(stay tuned -- so much history!! See my Timeline of women's golf events on http://nancyberkley.com/timeline_women-sgolf.html 

 QUESTION #4 - April 3, 2020

True or False? #MorganPressel became the youngest woman to win an LPGA Major tournament at the age of 20 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Phoenix, Arizona in 2007. And because we don't need any more anxiety, here is the answer:

FALSE: (tricky... several false items). Morgan was only 18 when she won this "Major" tournament at the famous Dinah Shore Tournament Course in Rancho Mirage, California Palm Springs, California -- NOT Phoenix . But, she was the youngest golfer to win a major. Just think about it... she was competing against all the great LPGA golfers when she was 17..

This tournament was championed by the famous singer and TV and film actress Dinah Shore. Dinah was a key cheerleader for women's golf and since I remember those days, I say with confidence, that without stars like Dinah, women's golf would not be where it is today. (We need more "Dinah's" today!) This tournament continues as a major and now is supported by a generous sponsor, ANA Airlines.

I also knew Morgan when she was just a teen. She lived most of the time with her grandparents and her dad because she lost her mother to breast cancer when she was very young. She was a natural, gifted golfer at such a young age! (I was on the club's Board at the time and supported a complimentary membership for this gifted young girl with access to our golf range for practice and course.. The club provided her first professional golf bag.)

 QUESTION #5 -- April 4, 2020
True or False? #SuzyWhaley became the first female President of the PGA of America in 2014. (And because we have enough anxiety in our lives now, here is the answer.)

False: Suzy was elected Secretary of The PGA in 2014 and was the first female officer in the history of the PGA of America. There is a succession in the PGA organization -- then Suzy was elected Vice President and finally November 9, 2018, she was elected President of the PGA of America -- the first female President of the PGA of America since it was established in 1916. Only took 100 years to finally get a female at the top of the PGA. Suzy is also a LPGA Professional. See my history of golf timeline on http://nancyberkley.com/timeline_women-sgolf.html 

QUESTION #6 - April 5, 2020
True or False? LPGA player contracts with sponsors never pay female players when they take time out from competition for maternity leave. (And because we have enough anxiety in our lives, here's the answer.)

False. In the past, when a female player's pregnancy prevented her from playing in a tournament, the contract terms provided that she would not be paid for tournaments she didn't play in. The policy changed in April 2018 (two years ago). In April 27, 2018, #KPMG an international accounting firm and sponsor of LPGA player #StacyLewis led the way by providing "Maternity Leave Contract Pay." KPMG paid Stacy for her full contract year regardless of how many tournaments she missed due to maternity leave. Other sponsors have followed the lead of KPMG. KPMG has been a great supporter of women's golf and is the sponsor of the KPMG PGA Championship -- a "major" tournament on the LPGA Tour. (The 2020 KPMG PGA Championship was scheduled for June 22 in Pennsylvania but will be postponed due to the corona virus pandemic.) See my History of Golf timeline at http://nancyberkley.com/timeline_women-sgolf.html


QUESTION #7 - April 6, 2020
True or False? There are no LPGA tournaments for women over the age of 45. (And because we have enough anxiety in our lives now, here is my answer.)

False: The LPGA Tour does not limit participation in a tournament based on age except if under 18 which requiress consent of the Commissioner #MikeWhan. And there is no age limit for older women on the LPGA Tour so long as she continues to qualify for the LPGA Tour based on her performance in LPGA Tour events. #JuliInkster, for example, played in LPGA events during her fifties.

BUT, many "older" women golfers do not play well enough to qualify for major tournament competition. HERE'S THE NEWS: There are now two important tournaments for women age 50 and over.

(1) The USGA sponsors the #SeniorWomensOpen for women 50 and older. (The event scheduled for July 2020 has been canceled due to corona virus concerns.) see www.usga.org

(2) The #SeniorLPGAChampionship is a women's professional golf tournament on the "Legends Tour"-- the.official senior tour of the LPGA. It began in 2017. (the minimum age used to be 45, but will likely conform to the age-50 minimum of the USGA Senior Women's Open. It may be canceled due to virus.

QUESTION #8 -- April 8, 2020
LPGA*USGA Girls Golf (Girls Golf) is the only NATIONAL junior golf program in the U.S. that specializes in providing girl-friendly environments for juniors to learn the game of golf. (And because we have enough anxiety in our lives, here is the answer below.)

TRUE. The #LPGAUSGAGirlsGolf programs have chapters all over the United States. (see the website link) This is not intended to overlook the many local girls golf programs sponsored by local golf clubs, #TheFirstTee and #ThePGA programs for juniors.

FROM MY TIMELINE ON www.nancyberkleygolf.com:
1989 -- The LPGA Urban Youth Golf Program and the LPGA Girls Golf Club are established under the guidance of #KerryGraham, LPGA Teaching Division President, and #SandyLaBauve, LPGA Golf Professional.

The LPGA girls golf program also began with help from the #USGA -- so a "thank you" to the USGA. To learn more about all the chapter locations and the programs see https://www.girlsgolf.org/.
The first item on the current website is a section for parents about how to talk about the Corona Virus with your children.


QUESTION 9-- April 9, 2020
The LPGA hashtag #DriveOn promotes learning how to drive the ball farther off the tee. (And because there is enough anxiety in our lives, here's the answer.)

FALSE: #DriveOn is a hashtag developed by the LPGA in 2018 that promotes the potential in every golfer -- regardless of age or background -- to overcome challenges and achieve goals. The marketing campaign uses the real-life stories of girls and women. The videos in the campaign have a powerful drama to them. (Thanks to #RobertaBowman who came on board the LPGA a few years ago to develop and promote stronger marketing for the LPGA Tour across many of its programs.) The #DriveOn message is a great fit because it stretches back 70 years ago to the Founders of the LPGA who were "driving on" to show that women could be great golfers. But what I like best about the #DriveOn message is that it is not just for golfers and not always just on the golf course. Take it a step further to many challenges that girls and women face and use it as motivation to build on potential and achieve success. Yes... #DriveOn to meet challenges on and off the golf course.


QUESTION 10: -- April 10, 2020


#AzucenaMaldonado established the #LatinaGolfersAssociation to grow women's golf in South America. (And because there is enough anxiety in our lives now, here is the answer.)

FALSE. Azucena was born in Mexico but moved to Los Angeles when she was very young. She learned to play golf but noticed that when she went to corporate events that there were very few Latina women attending. In 2008 she founded the #LatinaGolfersAssociation. And the rest is history. I met Azucena in the media room of the 2015 Solheim Cup in Germany. (we had seats next to each other.) Lizette Salas with a Latina background on Team USA made the winning putt for Team USA. I will never forget Azucena jumping out of her seat to take photos of Salas wrapped in the American flag. Azucena is just a powerhouse for growing women's golf. Read more on http://latinagolfers.com.

MEET OUR TREES:  (We hit past them, behind them, into them... get to know our trees)

Our Director of Golf, Wes Dillard, at Frenchman's Creek Beach & Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, knows the trees on our golf course.  He has been taking care of them for fifteen years.  We asked Wes to take pictures and write a little narrative about his favorites.   thanks to Wes!  Hope you enjoy it.  It's a flipping book so just click the link to see it. 


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This is a list of great advice: 

  1. Do not golf if you are sick; 2. As you go through the round use hand sanitizer or soap liberally -- remember the trays where you keep balls etc.;3. wipe down edges of the golf bag and the handle. (If not your own club, wipe down edges of cart and especially where clubs might tough the cart); 4. clean hands and ball after picking up out of the cup. 5. don't pick up random golf balls you found in the woods etc. 6. keep your golf glove clean (use sanitizer if ok on the glove surface) 7. Keep cart clean -- wipe off steering wheel (probably if at private club with own cart, don't let others drive your cart). 8. if use your cell phone, keep surface sanitized and keep in a sanitized place. don't let others use your phone. 9. if you get beverages (like bottles of water), wipe them down with sanitizer. 10. keep distance from playing partners -- don't shake hands. 11. Think about sanitation and washing hand when using the bathrooms on the course. 12. Use your own cart -- don't take a partner on your cart.


MOST IMPORTANT: What you score in a round of golf when playing a match (whether stroke or medal play) is different than what you will post for handicap purposes. For the example below, let's use my 20 handicap. My opponent has an 18 handicap.

Example 1. Stoke Play: Let's say friend and I are playing a regular stroke play format -- When we finish our match, we will each count up our strokes on all holes and deduct our full handicap. The player with the lowest net score wins the match. That's the way most women's golf has been scored. It's easy.

Example 2: Even if my friend and I were playing match-play format, all strokes are counted for our match. For example -- on a par 3 -- the easiest hole on the course (ranked #18). I tee off and go in the far left oops!; Shot two, I go over the green (now lying 2); Shot three I have a bad chip on the green (now 3) -- and then 3 putt. And my final score is six. AND after I deduct the one handicap stroke, my net score for our match purposes is 5. But my opponent had a 4 and with her 18 handicap, she will also deduct one stroke for a net 3. My opponent wins the hole. Nothing has changed in our scoring as a result of the new handicap system..

I cannot count my 6 on the par 3 hole -- that is a triple bogey and with my handicap of 20, I may only take a triple bogey on the TWO most difficult holes. This par 3 is not one of them! So for handicap purposes, I may only take a two-over par -- a five -- on that hole. The USGA calls this a "net double bogey" which has turned out to be confusing for golfers. With my handicap of 20, I may only take a triple bogey -- FOR HANDICAP PURPOSES -- on the two most difficult holes (20-18 = 2).

MY ADVICE: When you begin your round, look at your current handicap (get the USGA/GHIN handicap on your cell phone). Determine how many strokes your handicap is over (or under par) and circle those holes on your scorecard. That will remind you of the new handicap system rules when you post your score for the handicap system -- which you may also do using the USGA /GHIN app.

WHY WILL YOUR HANDICAP PROBABLY GO DOWN? Did you figure out why handicaps are going to go down for many golfers? Posted scores will be lower for most golfers. Under the "Equitable Stroke Control" rules we used to follow for handicap purposes -- there was a set number you could take over par on every hole based on your handicap. For example players with 20-29 could take up to an 8 on EVERY hole. That system is history and so is your prior handicap. Your handicap gives you extra shots only on those holes that are "challenging" for players with similar skill set. Let's give the new system a chance. All comments welcome.



NEW WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM IS FOR WOMEN ALSO. WAKE UP CALL. Two illustrations by the excellent artist Christian Northeast were used in the recent #GolfWorld and #GolfDigest publications to explain the new world-wide golf handicap system. ("fair use" of these copyright illustrations.)

I just want everyone to know that in spite of this male-only artwork, female golfers also use the new Handicap System. And not only is the handicap system used for matches between women, it can also be used for matches between male and female golfers and in fun social tournaments like scrambles. This use of this artwork is so misleading!

I don't know what world the editors of these golf magazines live in. Perhaps they don't follow the fans of the #LPGA and LPGA Commissioner #MikeWhan. Perhaps they don't know that more professional tournaments are featuring both women and men in team play. Is it possible that they don't know that the first tournament of the LPGA Season is a mixed event of female and male celebrities at the #DiamondResorts Tournament of Champions in Orlando, Florida January 13-19? Perhaps they don't know that the number of girls playing golf is outpacing the number of boys playing golf. Perhaps they don't know that "short" courses are "in" which make the game even more welcoming to women. Perhaps they don't realize the impact that #SuzyWhaley -- the first female President of the PGA of Amerca -- has had on the game.

I have been writing about women's golf for twenty years (thanks to the #NationalGolfFoundation for publishing my first book). I just won't give up! And girls and women golfers shouldn't either. What would our #LPGAFounders say?


I remember when Topgolf was first mentioned to the US golf industry almost twenty years ago.  Here is my response to an article about Topgolf written in 2018.

From the publication ENTREPRENEUR --

The Topgolf Founders Fought Through Countless Rejections and Built America's Favorite New Game published September 19, 2018

I have a good memory! Twenty years ago the golf industry was energized by "Golf2020" -- an annual conference led by PGA Tour Commissioner #TimFenchem and dedicated to growing the number of golfers to over 60 million by the year 2020. Every year about 200 members of the industry and yes, there were a few women including Judy Bell, former President of the USGA, Patty Berg and I recall Alice Dye along with about twenty women like myself #KarenMoraghan and #CathyHarbin who were trying to make sure women's golf was included in the future growth of the game. Many conferences featured speakers. I recall one consultant who warned that golf needed to take less time or offer more value. (Both are finally happening.)

BUT, I distinctly remember a speaker from England talking about the dome-played golf experience. I like new ideas which is why the image of the speaker and his presentation still sticks with me. I thought that the idea was interesting and had the similar features that made bowling so popular at the time. (Forgive me for putting bowling and golf in the same sentence!)

Of course the reaction of the golf 2020 industry audience to this "new" dome-golf experience was negative. (It's not real golf probably summarizes the reaction.) But here we are twenty years later. Top Golf has figured out how to use Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) to finance the Top Golf facilities popping up across the US. More people now have a fun place to go to "touch" the game of golf.
And the #NationalGolfFoundation is using a new measure: Over 100 million people "touch" the game of golf -- including those at TopGolf or similar dome facilities. That's the good news.

But, the critical issue remains: Will the TopGolf customer help traditional green-grass golf courses stay in business and grow the number of traditional golfers? Will TopGolf increase attendance at live or televised tournaments? So far, I have not seen any cross-promotions. Now that 2020 is really here, it's time to figure out if and how TopGolf and our thousands of traditional golf courses can work together. I don't know the answer... yet. For a positive view read this article by ClubCorp president #DavidPillsbury at https://www.thengfq.com/2019/…/david-pillsbury-clubcorp-ceo/


My daily blogs from the 2019 Solheim Cup in Gleneages, Scotland are at  




New Feature on www.lpga.com about the LPGA Founders

Posted August 4, 2019

A new series on lpga.com has short inspiring videos of the Founders of the LPGA. I probably would not be a golfer if I did not read about Patty Berg who lived in Minnesota -- where I was born and grew up. As a girl of that era, golf was seldom introduced as high school sport and until Dinah Shore, most girls did not know much about women's golf. But I did learn to play golf in high school and still have my Wilson Patty Berg "signature" putter.

My Patty Berg connection took an unusual twist years later. Having gone to law school, practiced law and played golf, I served as an expert witness in a case involving equal tee time access for women at a club in Spokane, Washington. And there in the conference room was a photograph of Patty Berg -- my personal link to this game.

The Spokane Golf Club (now operated under a different name) was the site of the first LPGA Women's Open Tournament in 1946 at the Spokane Country Club. Patty won!

if you like the history of women's golf, see my Timeline of the History of Women's Golf beginning with Mary Queen of Scots at http://nancyberkley.com/timeline_women-sgolf.html. Here's a history fact: Mary Queen of Scots was born in a castle in Stirling, Scotland -- not many miles from the site of the 2019 Solheim Cup The Queen's coronation was also in that castle! I will be at the Solheim Cup but will take time from the Media Center to visit the castle and share a moment of golf history.

Want to know why women's golf in U.S. Is not growing as fast as it should? Answer: The press ignores it. I looked at Monday USA Today long sports section. All sports covered were those played by men. (The LPGA inaugural Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational team event was only listed in the full page of all the weekend sports results....tiny print.)

Then read New York Times Sports Monday 6-page section with articles about men's golf, baseball and biking and one article about women's swimming. The #DowGreatLakesBayInvitational Tournament in Midland, Michigan was perfect from the great female golfers to the format to the winning team. (It used two team formats) But the 4 day tournament was never mentioned in the New York Times,

Perhaps the only way the LPGA women golfers (at least in the US) can get media attention is to just dye their hair pink to confirm their talent.

To learn more about this inaugural team tournament check www.lpga.com and enjoy the wonderful media coverage on the site. Many thanks to sponsor Dow and the LPGA's Brand Manager RobertaBowman. Congratulations to all the Teams

Here's a question:  Why does the growth of women's golf matter?  Roberta Bowman, the Brand Manager for the LPGA Tour says "yes" and explains why the growth of sponsors for the LPGA Tour, the increased performance of professional women golfers  and fans are tipping points outside the golf course.  They are examples of the skill and future potential that women have earned (and will continue to earn) on corporations and on Boards and in their communities.  To read the analaysis of Roberta Bowman go to 


In the inaugural Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational - July 15-20

This inaugural LPGA event was just added to my TIMELINE tab.  Congratulations to the LPGA media team and LPGA Brand manager, Roberta Bowman, and to the wonderful assistance from the Dow company and the Midland Country Club in Midland, Michigan.  (see my posts on my facebook links).

The winning team was:  Jasmine Suwannapure (Thailand) and Cydney Clanton (US)

Winners were two person teams will use two formats on 4 days of play:  Fourballs and Alternate Shot.   Both formats are used in the Solheim Cup but the Team Captains select different partners on different days.  In the Dow Team format, the same two players will play 4 matches with the same partner on four days.  Picking a compatible partner is very important.  To read more see



To learn more about the two formats:  see my article on www.womensgolf.com

"Foursome or Fourball -- What's the difference at 


The article is also listed in the SOLHEIM CUP tab because the formats are used in the Solheim Cup with final single matches. 

The list of teams will be posted below: 

Congratulationis to Australia's #HannahGreen for her victory at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.

Why are Australia's women golfers special?

I have admired women's golf in Australia for several years and not surprised that a young Australian woman golfer has finally won on the global stage of women's golf. There will be many articles about Hannah and her swing (she does not lift her left heel). But I want to mention the following:

1. Australian women's golf is championed by a champion -- Karrie Webb (as Se Ri Pak championed women's golf in Korea.) Women's golf needs "champions". Without the help of Annika, Michelle, and Juli Inkster to name a few -- add Dinah Shore to the list-- women's golf in the U.S. would probably not have the numbers it has today.

2. Hannah Green was a recipient of a scholarship sponsored by Australia's Karrie Web. Scholarships are so important and the golf industry in the U.S. doesn't provide enough scholarship funding (unlike Korea, --another example) where young talented golfers have access to funding for coaches and training at young ages (before college!).

3. Women's Australian golf really champions women golfers as equal to male golfers. One of the most exciting tournaments is the Vic Open in southern Australia where women and men play simultaneously on two different courses at the same venue -- producing great galleries for both and equal prize money.

4. One very good website for women golfers was established in Australia several years ago -- www.womensgolf.com -- now with a world-wide following. (I am honored to be among the contributors to the site.) The site covers a very broad range of topics from lessons by LPGA and PGA Teaching professionals to my articles about the Solheim Cup and family golf and how to make sure women women golfers have a leadership voice on the governing boards of golf clubs.

5. Congratulations to all Australian golfers -- men, women, young and old -- beginners to experts. And, of course, to Hannah Green for an outstanding performance of skill, patience and performance under pressure. Thanks to the PGA of America, the LPGA and the #KPMG worldwide accounting firm for their support of women's golf and for encouraging women to be leaders. #DriveON

IN MY OPINON:  RE LPGA-ANA Tournament and Augusta National Women Amateur (ANWA):

The number of female and male golfers in the U.S.in 2018 stayed just about the same. More golf courses are being sold for housing development -- not a good sign. Indoor Top Golf (popular as it is) may not get golfers to green-grass courses without clever promotions. One would think that the major golf tournament-organizations would get together and plan strategically to grow the number of golfers. The LPGA is a global tour and I believe that LPGA Commissioner #MikeWhan is doing the right thing by supporting his ANA Schedule as is for the LPGA Tour golfers (televised globally) -- inspite of conflict with the Augusta Natioinal Women's Amateur (ANWA). #FredRidley, Chairman of Augusta National, has his heart in the right place for women amateur golfers.

Put Mike and Fred in a room and let them figure out what's good for the game. We need golfers on our courses and we need fans attending tournaments and watching television. These two smart guys should figure out how to cooperate and grow support for golf -- for both men and women and girls and boys. We have never had two such smart and strategic guys in these leadership roles before. Figure it out - short term and long term. You are on the same "team" -- mutually accountable to the game. There can only be winners!  [this post first appeared on my Facebook page - click FB link above]

Hazeltine  scorecard

UNDERSTANDING THE COURSE SET UP for the KPMG Women's PGA Championship:  (Above is the scorecard for the Hazetine National Golf Club, Chaska, Minnesota

STEP #1: The women will be playing the Gold Tees (with probably some changes.) Look at the course scorecard at the bottom of this post that is used for regular club members at Hazeltine. (Most scorecards at most golf courses are similar -- except of course the numbers change! Some scorecards designate tees as "womens" or "mens" -- other course use terms such as "gold" "silver" and some courses just use colors: "black""red" "green" The name really doesn't matter -- only the yardage!

(1) WHAT TEES WILL THE LPGA TOUR USE? The women will be playing the course at 6741 yards -- about the distance off the Gold tee on the Hazeltine scorecard. (The Club's male golfers of average skill would probably play the Gold tees.)

(2) HOW HARD IS EACH HOLE. Below the sets of tees on the top of the card is a line "Men's Handicap" AND below the set of tees at the bottom of the card "Women's Handicap". Those numbers show the "difficulty" or "ranking" of that hole compared to all the other holes. Notice that the easiest hole for the Club's women members is the 17th - Par 3. And the hardest is the 3rd hole which is a par 5. The AON RISK REWARD CHALLENGE HOLE IS #16... that's an interesting hole selection -- must be a hard second shot to green.

BUT looking at the Men's Handicaps hole-ranking line -- which most matches the skills of the LPGA Tour golfers -- the easiest hole is the Par 3 17th and the hardest hole is that Par 5 third hole. [Important Alert: The flagstick can be placed in many different places on the green which will affect how easy or hard the hole will play. Usually the LPGA Tour officials together with the golf course superintendent will have many discussions about flagstick placements and bunker conditions. (All LPGA and their caddies will have a "hole-location" sheet before each round. All the practice rounds will help golfers plan ahead and the players and caddies will write notes about the holes. A pin tucked close to a hazard can really affect the difficulty of the hole. Good television announcers will also comment on the placements of the holes!

A GREAT BONUS. The Hazeltine National Golf Club has prepared a terrific video flyover of the course at
(It's the best I have seen!!). Click the course link then scroll to each hole. The women are playing those back tees.


ABOUT THE KPMG WOMEN'S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP.  [opinons about article in Global Golf Post by Steve Eubanks -- KPMG Setting Standard for Women's Golf Tournaments.  My opinon below.]

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Compliments due to sponsor KPMG for setting the high "tournament" standards described in #SteveEubanks article below. BUT.. an important "but": This KPMG Women's PGA tournament is great for current women golfers, "fans" of women's golf including those who want to learn to play. The truth, however, is that the number of women golfers in the United States is not increasing.

So, the real test -- the greatness -- of this KPMG "major" tournament should also be measured in how it translates down to the PGA of America 28,000+ golf professionals, who are the leaders and managers and instructors at most courses in the U.S., This tournament should set an even higher standard for how a golf course welcomes women of all skill levels-- every day -- to its golf facility. I know that #SuzyWhaley, President of The PGA (and also a certified member of Lpga Teachers (about 2000 certified in the U.S.) will take a leadership role in welcoming more women to the golf. That's the standard I will use in evaluating the excellence of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. My standards are high: See my website http://nancyberkley.com/676303.htmlfor a list of "Best Practices" and "Advice to Women Golfers.


The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA, providing competitive opportunities for female golfers, professional and eligible amateurs, age 45 and over. The tour was founded in 2000 by 25 veteran LPGA Tour professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour now has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour members have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 18 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $17 million in prize money and helped raise nearly $24 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted nearly 100 charity golf events and professional tournaments nationwide in multiple states and overseas in Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to https://www.thelegendstour.com

OPINION - BLOG: Just finished watching the women's World Cup soccer match between US (winner!) and Chile.  

OPINION - BLOG: [www.nancysgolfblog.com] Sunday June 16, 2019 - Meijer LPGA Classic and US Open are about to begin. And the next LPGA Tour "major" -- the KPMG Women's PGA Championship -- starts next Thursday June 20. [This is a belated appreciation message to Augusta National for introducing the Augusta National Women's Amateur this year and a "wake-up-call to the golf industry. ]

Before today's US Open began I watched the women's World Cup soccer match between US (winner!) and Chile. The crowd was enormous. How did women's soccer get so big in the US? (and not other sports?)

Women's soccer grew significantly in the US after the passage of Title IX in 1972 which required comparable men's and women's athletic programs. Women's soccer became a great college sport and that has fed women's professional soccer.

Back to women's golf... Although women's college golf in the U.S. has grown and continues to grow, not very much is written for the general population about women's "amateur/college" golf . [Nothing in amateur golf, for instance, compares to college football's "Rose Bowl" in the U.S.]

I don't think I gave enough credit to Augusta National for its 2019 inaugural Women's Amateur which shined the spotlight on the great women golfers coming out of our colleges. It's never too late to do a special feature on women's collegiate golf in the U.S. That may be an important to bringing more recreational women golfers to the game.

Not every girl and woman who plays golf has to focus on winning against others players. She can enjoy this game on a social and personal level. "Be Happy, Be Healthy, Live Longer, Play Golf" has been my message for years!


Golf has earned a reputation for not really being exercise and not being as good for you as more vigorous aerobics and muscle-building activities. I always knew (intuitive that I am) that the thinking and planning that my brain was doing on the golf course was healthy -- regardless of my outcome and my score. And, it didn't matter if was hitting a driver or pitching wedge or even a putter -- or whether or not I was walking or on a cart. All shots required thinking! I have bravely used "Be Happy, Be Healthy, Live Longer, Play Golf" as my speaking and website trademark for years although my only research was my own brain and my own golf practice and play.

But, in the November 26, 2018, issue of "The New Yorker" I read an article about "Brain-controlled machines for the paralyzed." [the link: 
https://www.newyorker.com/…/how-to-control-a-machine-with-y…]. And now the article below (the biker on the beach) confirms the importance of exercise and memory -- including just walking or biking!  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/01/well/move/how-exercise-affects-our-memory.html?fbclid=IwAR10ozpyKV4bjqqCih2NLB_es64-xgaLiop0XFH0Hd_0ATEKm12WW7N34zc

So, as you watch the US Open, watch the thinking... the conversation between the caddy and the golfer ... those precious moments of brain exercise and then calm before the swing begins ... all that thinking before the stroke starts. And then the swing happens quickly! The muscles and shots look good but remember that they only move when the brain says "Go!" Here's to the winner! And here's to a long and healthy life for all of us that love this game.

The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, guaranteeing American women the right to vote, celebrates a big birthday on Tuesday, as it was passed by both chambers of Congress 100 years ago on June 4, 1919. According to the National Archives, the House of Representatives first passed the amendment on May 21, 1919, and two weeks later, on June 4, the Senate followed with a vote of 56 to 25. The next year, following approval by three-fourths of state legislatures, the amendment was ratified into the Constitution. The opening of the Amendment's text reads, "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."  

That was 100 years ago but many barriers remain. Let's not lose sight of our rights in all areas of our lives and bodies.


First: The US Women's Open May 27-June 2. (the first US Women's Open was in 1946 in Spokane, Washington -- won by LPGA Founder Patty Berg.) The US Women's Open is also a "Major" on the LPGA Tour and that's why this post is on LPGA.com. Many women golfers are already qualified based on previous performance and rankings ... they are "in.". But the Open is really "open". Female golfers -- from amateurs to LPGA players, who haven't played enough or well enough, can qualify for the event in number of different sites around the world. The only amateur woman golfer to ever win the Women's Open was the famous #CatherineLacoste in 1967. Read my article about her at: https://www.womensgolf.com/catherine-lacoste. Catherine has been very generous to the Ladies European Tour and continues to play an important role in supporting women's golf.

The 4-day event was a very dramatic tournament.  Was another amateur going to win?  [almost!] Would another Korean golfer win?  [yes -- and much comment about this.  The winner was Lee6 from Korea.  (Because Lee is a common name in Korea, when women named Lee join the Korean Women's tournament, they are numbered.  And since "six" is lucky number in Korea, Lee6 has chosen to keep it (rather than use her first name).  In fact, he ball is marked with a red-letter-6.

This week is also the second year of the US Senior Women's Open also sponsored by the USGA being played at a very famous course . Women must be over 50 with low handicaps and many have to qualify. See the excellent website that the USGA has for this tournament at : http://www.usga.org/…/u-s--senior-women-s-open-2019-pine-ne…. 
Click "scoring" to see the Leaderboard.
And there are several amateurs (marked with an (a)) who are competing. And Congratulations to Jane Geddes, who has won several major women championships but now works full time as head of the LPGA Amateur Golf Association and Chair of WE ARE GOLF’s Women’s Task Force to bring more women to the golf course. This new Senior Women's Open allows great women golfers to keep those competitive genes working.

WHY ARE MORE WOMEN IN THE U.S. NOT PLAYING MORE GOLF?   Just reviewed... The latest statistics from the National Golf Study which surveys the US golf industry annually, reports that in 2018, the number of women golfers who played at least one 9-hole round is 2018 has not increased over the 2017 numbers.  It could be that more women are taking lessons but not playing 9 holes.  The NGF does report that more women are using indoor faciilties such as TopGolf.  But, the "indoor" game may not be moving women to the green-grass golf courses.  I will be exploring this issue.  stay tuned. 


Trying to figure out "nationality" and whether a golfer who was born outside the U.S.--  but spent formative years in the US  --  still remains a citizen of their birth country only matters for the Olympics, the Solheim Cup and the LPGA UL International Crown.  Many women who were born outside the United States went to college and maintain a home in the U.S. are part of the new international world of women's golf and make the LPGA Tour unique.  No other sport like it!  

For the LPGA Tour, let's put less focus on "nationality" and more focus on skill.   And let's encourage more women and girls all over the globe to play more golf!  


USGA ANNOUNCES NEW MATERNITY POLICY -- players who did not participate in "qualifying" tournaments due to maternity leave will be granted "exempt" status to play in the upcoming US Women's Open May 27-June 2. Both Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lincicome will benefit from the announcement.

Brava!! to the USGA who continues to provide more tournament opportunities for women golfers from professionals to serious amateurs and more recently women over 50. The broad-based and forward-looking policies of the USGA --  including its support of the LPGA Girl's Golf program -- is a major factor in the increase in both womens and girls golf in the U.S. as recently reported by the NationalGolfFoundation. Read article below for more details of why the new maternity policy is needed.

For a good article about the USGA news see:  www.usga.org


See https://www.ngf.org/golf-industry-research/    The National Golf Foundation, established 80 years ago is the primary source for statistics in the golf industry.  Visit their site for publications.  For the latest in research and access to other publications, become a member of the NGF.   The NGF has published three books I have written:  two are about women's golf and one is about occupations in the golf industry.  

In the two decades that I have been writing about golf, I always have tried to get to the numbers. How many golfers are there -- men? women? kids? how old? how good? how many rounds? What are the trends.  What's working?  I ask these questions because I love the game and want to see it grow. In my opinion, the best industry statistics for the U.S. come from the NGF - National Golf Foundation.

The latest edition of the NGF Golf Industry Report were released in mid-April 2019 and are based on statistics gathered during 2018.   When the NGF Golf Participation report for 2019 is released probably in June and reporting on 2018 surveys, I will offer some interpretations of the numbers. 

BUT WHAT'S STILL MISSING? TV and Tournament attendance!  How many women watch women's golf on television?  That's hard to know because we can't look into every household.  I have watched golf on TV for many years and not much has changed although the photography is improved and we have "shot-track". 

But, MY OPINION:  Why don't the commentators in the booth do a little more teaching. Why not replay -- stop action -- to show why the golfer's swing pushed the ball to the left? Why not show up-close shots of several putting grips (no two alike!). How many golf directors are recognizing that women are great customers and are doing a better job in teaching and in creating a "women-friendly" environment?  Why not put some of the great young girls in the booth and let's hear what inspires them.  And we collegiate women's golf has never been better.  The Golf Channel is good to and for the LPGA, but that booth has looked the same way for a long time!

HELP ON THE WAY: TWO NEW LPGA brand campaigns are, in fact, changing the face of the LPGA Tour by letting the TV fan get to know "who" the LPGA golfer really is. LPGA Tour golfers (maybe all golfers) have a touch of magic in their game. Watch for the #DriveOn videos and the brand new #PictureThis videos -- I love Spain's Azahara Munoz and you will love her #PictureThis video. I call it "magical."

Imagine the growth in women's golf if every club had a "WOMEN WELCOME HERE" sign at the entrance! Imagine if every golf shop had at least one television with a women's golf tournament on! If every women's locker room had a poster up with the local TV times of the next women's LPGA event? If there was at least one tournament where your "fantasy" partner was someone playing in an LPGA Tournament that week? Picture That!!

WHAT ELSE IS MISSING? How many golf directors are recognizing that women are great customers and should be doing a better job in teaching and in creating a "women-friendly" environment. Imagine the growth in women's golf is every club had a "WOMEN WELCOME HERE" sign at the entrance! Imagine if every golf shop had at least one television with a women's golf tournament on at all times! If every women's locker room had a poster up with the local TV times of the next women's LPGA event?  So much more to do... let's do it.  We need to make sure that women are represented on the Boards and Golf Committees.  Change starts there!

To see what a women-friendly golf course would offer, see the Tab "Best Practices".


How often do I say to myself... "play safe" or "go for it". That's the theory behind this season-long competition -- Aon Risk Challenge. Each tournament has one hole that's designated as the Aon Risk Reward Challenge. The scores of each player on that hole at each LPGA Tour event are added at the end of the season to determine who did the best job of balancing the Risk/Reward question. It's the Par5 - 15th hole -- at the LOTTE Championship. Par 5's are good choices because forces the player to take a third high-risk shot to the green -- and putt for a birdie.   Keep track of the leaders at http://www.lpga.com/statistics/aon-risk-reward-challenge


OPINION: Augusta National Women's Amateur inaugural [today on the famous course] has validated the skill of women's golfers. It's one step forward! Many of the women have maintained their "amateur" status in order to play in this event. Many have honed their skills on college golf teams and have waived prize money in order to remain amateurs. But expect to see them on the professional tours and the Dinah Shore course in Mission Hills California next season.

And a reminder that four LPGA Tour golfers had the honors of teeing off on the first tee at the ANWA. Women's golf would never be at Augusta National Women Amateur without the LPGA Founders and these four great LPGA golfers: Se Ri Pak, Lorena Ochoa, Nancy Lopez, and Annika Sorenstam. (Nice touch, Augusta! -- It's about time! ).

WHAT I WILL REMEMBER 3rd ROUND ANA INSPIRATION : From article by Ron Sirak about Ko's comment after hitting into the water on third round:
“I’m not a robot, I’m human,” Ko said about the pitching wedge she rinsed on No. 14. “Everyone can do a miss shot. Doesn’t matter. I’m thinking about my future.”

If there ever was an LPGA golfer who understands the meaning of #DriveOn, it's Ko. I think Ko will be swimming in Poppie's Pond on Sunday.


Written in response to this post on Golfweek Magazine at


Thanks, LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan for embarking on your global golf marketing strategy ten years ago. The result is that women have choices to make about what women's golf event to watch this weekend: The ANA iNSPIRATION LPGA Major?? or ANWA [Augusta women's amateur]?? or a daughter playing at a local LPGA or First Tee Girls Golf event because it's now "cool" to play junior golf??

As I am reminded: "A rising tide lifts all boats" and what we know is that women's golf at all levels and ages is growing all over the globe thanks to the LPGA global strategy and an uptick in the number of innovative women's golf events. (Watch the Ladies European Tour in a mixed team event in Jordan.)

It's hard to count the growth in women's golf because it's hard to count both women "golfers" [those playing the game at all levels from beginner to expert] and "fans" [those who just watch women's golf whether in Korea, India, Australia, France, etc etc.]. And not sure the official stats include those participating in the third and upcoming Women's Golf Day June 4th all over the globe which introduces many first-time women golfers to the game.

So.... I am just looking around at the industry and my local clubs and using my honed intuitive skills after twenty-plus years of writing about women's golf. When 200 women are participating in a women's golf program at a local public course, I don't need too many other statistics.

No one is stealing spotlights. And there is no single "spotlight" anyway! In our digital age -- with taping and streaming -- we can watch almost every tournament. But, If there were a single spotlight to keep your eye on, it is the LPGA website: www.lpga.com and the LPGA media team that takes a broad, deep and wide approach to reporting women's golf. No one can steal their spotlight. See www.lpga.com.


In My Opinion about the LPGA Tour ANA and the Augusta National ANWA -- same day coverage on Saturday April 6: 

Let's give credit where credit is due: Remember that phrase "Tipping Point" by the author Malcolm Gladwell. Women's golf has had its share of "Tipping Points". I'll start with Dinah Shore (for young readers, she was a TV star of the 1960's and the reason that players in the upcoming LPGA ANA Inspiration pass her bronze statute on the way to the 18th green). Annika and Michelle rank up there also as "tipping points".

But moving forward not enough credit has been given to Mike Whan LPGA Commissioner and the LPGA Board of Directors who have made history not with one single women's golf event, but with a consistent strategic mission to bring women's golf (and girls golf) to a global stage. And they did that while facing some tough criticism along the way. In the upcoming Augusta women's event, amateur women golfers from twenty-four countries will be competing. Many of those amateurs will be playing because the LPGA Tour and the developmental tour -- the Symetra Tour -- have been their inspiration.

And not to be overlooked are the historic contributions of #Ping founders Louise and Karsten Solheim who established the international Solheim Cup. And also on the list is the USGA for it's Women's Open -- open to players in a series of international qualifications. And the Drive, Chip & Putt for both young female and male has made a lasting imprint on the growth of women's golf.  And the 2018 election of #SuzyWhaley as President of the PGA of America contributed to the recognition of women golfers as an important voice in the golf industry -- a voice not to be overlooked!. 

I'm really lucky....Because of east coast and west coast time differences, I will be able to watch both the ANWA and the ANA Inspiration on Saturday April 6. And one final comment in a contest of which event is most historic: Let's remember that "A rising tide lifts all boats." I'm betting on a rise in the number of professional, amateur and recreational women golfers for years to come. Let's not stop to rest... let's #DriveOn in the tradition of the LPGA Founders. [this post will also appear on Nancy Berkley website blog at http://nancyberkley.com/nancy-s-golfblog.html.

True or False? What do you know about the Augusta National Women's Amateur (ANWA)?

(1) Women golfers from over 20 countries will be playing in the Augusta National Women's Amateur. (ANWA) TRUE Actually as of the latest list available, there are 24 countries. See the current list of women competing in the ANWA at

(2) The LPGA Tour and Commissioner #MikeWhan were leaders in promoting women's golf as a "global" sport. TRUE. From his early days as Commissioner and while facing concern from some corners of the golf world, the LPGA has never wavered in its commitment to thinking "globally" in growing women's golf. The LPGA recently announced a new LPGA course and golf school in Busan, South Korea.

(3) Golfers were invited to play in the inaugural Augusta Women's Amateur based on how well they played in the 2016 Olympic Games. FALSE. Augusta National developed a set criteria relying primarily on the results of amateur events and . the Women's Amateur Golf Ranking -- see link: https://www.wagr.com/womens-ranking. [True: I never knew about this amateur ranking!]

But it is worth noting that the success of golf in the 2016 golf Olympics confirmed the appeal of golf tournaments with a global field. And the high TV ratings and attendance at the women's Solheim Cup and the men's Ryder Cup added further confirmation. [The 2020 golf Olympic Games are an hour south of Tokyo, Japan -- July 30-August 8.]

(5) To qualify for the 2019 ANWA, a female amateur golfer had to submit a list of her tournament victories. FALSE. Augusta National extended the invites based on its set of the following qualifications:

  1. Winner of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur (Five years, beginning in 2020)
    2. Winner of the U.S. Women’s Amateur [USGA](One year)
    3. Winner of the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship (One year)
    4. Winner of the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific (One year)
    5. Winner of the U.S. Girls’ Junior (One year)
    6. Winner of the Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship (One year)
    7. Winner of the Girls Junior PGA Championship (One year)
    8. The top 30 players from the United States of America who are not otherwise qualified, based
    on the final 2018 Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.
    9. After the previous qualifications, the 30 highest ranked players not otherwise qualified, based
    on the final 2018 Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.
    # Remaining positions will be filled by invitation of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship Committee.


"Augusta Is Set for Women's Event" -- by Brian Costa Sports p.11 -- March 30-31, 2019

This WSJ excellent article by Brian Costa focuses on why Augusta National is hosting its first women's event on the famous course.  The answer is actually pretty simple:  The number of women and girl golfers (the "customers") are growing.  If you have the weekend Wall Street Journal, read the entire article.  But for those that are not able to purchase it or read it on-line, I am listing below what I consider some highlights. 

[The final round of the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur (ANWA) will be televised on Saturday, April 6th from 12 to 3pm US Eastern Time on NBC.  There is an abundance of women's golf that same day: NBC will also be televising the 3rd round of the LPGA Tour's first major of the season:  The ANA Inspiration at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California - in the greater Palm Springs area -- made famous by the famous singer actress, Dinah Shore.  Rather than focus on a conflict of events, I like to remember the famous saying: "A rising tide lifts all boats."  I have several posts on my Facebook about what defines an "amateur" -- and differentiates from "professionals." 


Nancy's selected highlights:

Quotes from “Augusta Is Set for Women’s Event” – by Brian Costa in

Wall Street Journal Saturday/Sunday, March 30-31, 2019

  • By every measure, women’s golf – long treated as secondary in a male-dominated sport – is thriving.
  • Girls represent 36% of golfers, between the ages of 6 and 17, more than double their share of youth participation two decades ago.
  • At the pro level, prize money on the LPGA is up 74% from 2011.
  • From LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan: “We’re really on the way to having a change in the face of this game over the next 10 to 15 years.
  • The uptick in female golf … runs counter to one of the game’s long standing image problems:  that it is merely a sport for older, wealthy white men.”
  • Some of the shift is a by-product of increased youth programming… [The enrollment in girls golf has grown from around 4,500 girls in 2010 to 80,000 in 2018.]
  • [From PGA President Suzy Whaley]: “What was once seen as a strictly a father-son bonding experience has been more commonly embaced as a full-family or mother-daughter sport.
  • The LPGA…has attracted corporate sponsors interested in promoting greater opportunities for women. 
  • More than half of LPGA tournaments feature an on-site women’s leadership conference.
  • [From LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan] “What we are doing on tour every week is more aligned with what’s going on at Fortune 500 companies than ever before.”



For the first time in the history of the Augusta National Golf Club, women golfers - all amateurs -- will play their final round of a 3-day event on the famous course on Saturday April 6. Everything you need to know is in the article below including the qualification criteria. Women amateurs from many countries will be playing. The final round on Saturday will be televised by NBC.

And, the third round of the LPGA ANA Inspiration (LPGA "Major") at the famous Dinah Shore Mission Hills Country Club will also be played that day and also televised. I am hoping that given the three hours difference in time zones, I will just sit in front of my television taking notes and writing about my observations.

"Amateurs" are defined in the USGA Rules of Golf -- http://www.usga.org/rules/rules-of-amateur-status.html…. Most significant is that amateurs do not accept any prize money or play as a "profession.".

There are many, many opportunities for good women golfers to choose to keep their "amateur" status and play in amateur events. (Not every great female golfer wants to travel on the Tour around the world.). Most U.S. states hold amateur events for women, and students in college play on tours with "amateur" status. (some may waive any prize money to comply with the rules). The LPGA Symetra Tour is an important amateur event and is the "Road to the LPGA Tour". The USGA holds at least five women's amateur events -- open to women with low official handicaps and two for "senior" women golfers.

I urge all women golfers (including those like myself -- recreational golfers with competitive handicaps) to play in their club tournaments. It provides a personal experience that teaches us to reach inside for that extra performance effort that allows us to #DriveOn. 


FIRST GOLFER FROM NEPAL --  #DriveOn -- This is what it's about....

Pratima Sherpa -- grew up in a her parents shed on a golf course in Nepal and is now playing on the Symetra Tour

Thanks to ESPN -- the biggest sports network in the world and owned by Walt Disney -- who can spot a good story. And they did when they produced a movie about Pratima and published the first articles about her. What ESPN could not have anticipated is how the story would match so perfectly with the LPGA's new brand campaign #DriveOn. What timing!! Read the latest ESPN article below.

FOLLOW PRATIMA IN HER FIRST TOURNAMENT IN THE US. To all parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles, this is a great story to share with young people regardless of their sport or skills. [Pratima will be playing in the Symetra Tour -- which is a developmental tour and often referred to as the "Road to the LPGA." She will be teeing off Friday at 9:10 A.M.]

Follow Pratima on the Symetra tournament leaderboard of the IOA Championship [Insurance Office of America] Presented by Morongo Casino Resort in Spa in Beaumont, California (south of Los Angeles) at this link  (copy and paste):

Pratima should feel right at home. Mount Everest is on the border of Nepal and the Symetra tournament is near one of the highest peaks in southern California.

[I will update how Pratima plays in her first tournament in the U.S.]

The LPGA launches new branding for the LPGA golfer.... "Drive On".  March 20, 2019

Over a year ago in an interview with LPGA Commissioner #MikeWhan, I asked the basic marketing question: "What's the "product" of the LPGA Tour?" The Commissioner paused (thinking perhaps that it was such an easy question or maybe a trick question)... and he replied: "It's the LPGA Golfer." But I saw a problem.

The "LPGA Golfer" is a complex product -- making it hard to promote and market. (A golf ball is much easier!!) 
With that background and with the addition of Roberta Bowman to the LPGA management team, the LPGA announced today March 19, 2019 its new brand awareness and positioning -- #DriveOn. (the term is trade-marked)

The LPGA Golfer represents a complex personality characterized by diversity and talent but most important with a "never give up" personality all beautifully positioned in the new campaign "Drive On". 

See www.lpga.com for news about the message in "Drive On"

My favorite explanation of the LPGA Golfer and the "Drive On" message is this portion from an article on the lpga.com website:


Drive On isn’t just about golf and it isn’t just about women. For girls and boys, women and men. It’s about the fire that burns inside you when you discover your passion. It’s about the motivating power of big dreams and the resolve to defy convention and stereotypes. It’s about finding the vision to see beyond what has already been done and to believe something greater is possible. 

We think the time is right to celebrate that spirit of determination – that drive – within. This is the moment to shine a light on the stories of dedication, resilience and sheer grit that it takes to excel.  



Below is a post about what happens if players are tied at the end of tournament.  Often it depends on whether it's stroke play or match play

BUT a tournament can establish its own rules for ties.  THAT'S WHAT THE MASTERS DID.  See this link for an article about ties in important golf events  https://www.sbnation.com/golf/2017/4/9/15229940/what-is-the-masters-playoff-format

But here are some fun facts about famous playoff:

There have been 15 playoffs in the Masters history.  Here's how the Master play offf works -- from the article listed above:  First of all, the setup is sudden death. Since 2004, players will have to go back to the 18th tee just after finishing. They then alternate between holes 10 and 18 until a winner is determined. (The playoff used to kick off at No. 10.) The holes run parallel to each other at Augusta National with one tee box essentially being right next to the other green, and vice versa.

The men's U.S. Open has a Monday playoff in which the tied players go a full 18 holes. It’s the site of Tiger Woods’ last major triumph.

Want to sound like an expert golfer??  Check the "play off" rules for a tournament you are watching.

The USGA Rules deal with the format of playoffs.  It's simple.  If the tournament is stroke play, the playoff is stroke play.  If the tournament is match play, the playoff is match play.  What's important to know is that if you play from the wrong tee, the penalty is much harsher in stroke play (disqualification).  In match play, the competitor may ask opponent to retee the ball.  If she does not notice or ask, the ball is played from where it landed (no penalty).   


Every golfer should know this golf vocabulary: Stroke Play and Match Play -- what's the difference? Both formats can level the playing field in recreational golf by allotting a "free" stroke -- based on the difference in handicaps -- to the poorer player to level the playing field. If I "get a stroke" on a hole and score a 5 and my opponent scores a 4 -- we have tied the hole. (Note: In professional golf, players do not get those extra strokes! )

Almost every tournament on almost every tour is played as "stroke play". It's a simple format and there can be many players in the field. Count every stroke over the holes to be played... the winner is the one with the fewest strokes at the end of the 18 holes (or as many holes/days as are in the tournament -- could be a one day 9-hole event or a 3-day event (strokes added on all 3 days). If there is a tie in a stroke play event, the tie is broken by playing extra holes under the stroke play format and the player with the fewest strokes on the first playoff hole wins... if a tie on the first playoff, players to on to the next playoff hole and on until a winner. This is often called a "sudden death" playoff.  This "feels" like match play described below, but it isnt.

Match play -- is quite different.  Each hole is a match (even in recreational golf, match play can include handicap strokes for weaker player to level the playing field.)  So -- in an 18 hole match, the player who has WON (not tied) more holes than are left to play -- is the winner.  Theoretically, (I have never seen it happen), A match using "match play" format could be over at the end of the 10th holes if one player has won the first ten holes of an 18 hole competition -- even if opponent were to win the next 8 holes). [Note: If it were just a 9 hole tournament and a player won the first 5 holes the match would be over -- the opponent could only win 4 holes -- not enough!]. If the players are tied at end of "match play" match, the tie is broken with match play format which could be "sudden death" or a 3-hole match-play match or any number of holes determined by the tournament committee.

Nancy's Seven Tips When Invited to Play Golf - Especially for New Golfers -- #inviteHER

The LPGA has launched a new campaign #inviteHER because the best way to increase the number of women golfers is to ask women to be the heart and soul of the growth of women's golf.   It's really quite simple:  Invite a friend to become a golfer.  Some invites may be to new golfers and you can offer her an #inviteHER golf lesson gift or invite her to a clinic your club is having.  Or, if she is already a golfer, inviteHER to your club to play golf.  And it's ok if you don't play 18 holes -- or finish nine -- or if the course is not crowded, play the same hole twice.  

The #inviteHER part is actually easy.  It's the invitee -- the guest -- that this article addresses.  For your guest (even if she is not a new golfer), this may be a new course for her.  It's new water hazards and even the type of grass around the green and on the green may be "new" to her.   

Here's my advice to new golfers or "hesitant" golfers or "nervous" golfers.  Put all that anxiety aside.  Instead, welcome every opportunity to play in corporate outings and casual games with friends. Make sure you find out the "dress code" for the club.  At most golf courses, blue jeans, for example are not allowed -- nor halter tops.  But these seven tips will help you make the most of it.

1. Play in Your Comfort Zone

It’s okay to feel like a beginner and announce it up front. Actually, it’s even better to describe yourself as an educated beginner. If you have trouble keeping up with your golf partners, be prepared to pick up your ball. Simply put it in your pocket and announce that you’ll put it back in play on the next hole. This is perfectly acceptable in casual golf games. And if you’re not finishing the hole, make yourself valuable by tending the flagstick (if you are keeping it in), raking a trap, or fixing a divot or ball mark on the green.

2. Avoid Tournaments Where You Must Play & Count Every Stroke

During the early stages of learning the game, it just doesn’t make sense to be a stickler about the rules – like counting every whiff and playing every bungled shot. So steer clear of these easily-avoided situations. Instead, look for tournaments with a scramble or best-ball format. Four-player team scrambles are very popular at corporate and charity golf events.

Here’s how a scramble works: Each foursome usually has players of varying abilities. Each player in the foursome tees off, and then everyone hits again from the spot where the best of the team’s tee shots landed (that’s often the shot of one of the strongest players in your team). This is repeated down the fairway until all four balls are on the green, and then until one gets in the hole. (You only count your team’s best shots from the tee into the cup.) If you’re a good putter, you can end up as the star of your team, even if you miss every tee shot and approach. (For more information about tournament formats, visit www.nancyberkley.com.)

3. Learn Flawless Green Etiquette

Every beginner golfer can be an expert on the green. Learn how to mark your ball, who putts first, when to pull the flag, where to walk, and where to stand while others are putting. If there is one single lesson that I recommend new golfers take before a corporate outing, my choice would be golf etiquette – especially on the green. Find a teacher or good friend and ask her or him to spend 30 minutes with you on etiquette – that’s all it should take for the basics.  Under the new 2019 Rules of Golf, the flagstick may remain in the hole and there is no penalty if your ball hits that flagstick and drops in!  A courtesy might be to ask:  "Do you want the flagstick in or out?"  Every golfer has that choice under the new Rules. 

4. Let Faster Golfers Play Through

If you’re moving slower than the group behind you, let those faster players “play through” your group. Letting players through is simple when a faster group catches up to you on the next tee, but here’s how to do it in the fairway: After your group has teed off and reached their balls, move off to the sides of the fairway. Motion with a wave for the players behind you to hit their next shots. They will probably hit beyond where you are standing (that’s why they’ve been faster!), but keep your eye on their shots just in case they come close. (Don’t be surprised if the hot-shot golfers behind you don’t perform as well while playing through – everyone is watching and it makes some golfers nervous.)

After they’ve hit their next shots and are out of range, resume play. Most women play faster than male golfers of equal ability. Nevertheless, women get a bad rap for slow play because we just don’t hit the ball as far. But since we hit it straighter, we spend less time looking for balls, and it more than evens up. The most important pace-of-play suggestions for women golfers are to take only one practice swing; walk very quickly between shots; and always think of your next shot (what club will you use?) as you’re moving along so that you’re ready to hit when you get to your ball.

5. Do Some Research on the Course You’re Playing

The more you know about the course you are playing before you get there, the more confident you’ll be. Many golf facilities have websites, so look at those. Study the course’s online scorecard and learn the yardages from the forward tees (often on the lower part of the score card and generally between 4800 yards and 5500 yards..

Women generally play from forward tees that range anywhere from 4,800 yards to 5,500 yards for 18 holes. If the total yardage for 18 holes from the forward tees is longer than 5,400 yards, the course is probably more difficult than average courses. Most importantly, look at the “slope” and “course ratings” from the forward tees. Slope is most important. If the slope is higher than 124, the course will be more challenging than most. The challenge may be water or bunkers on the course, or the layout could be hilly or very wooded.

6. Be Prepared Beforehand

Call the pro shop of the course you will be playing and ask these questions: Where will I park my car?  Will I need some "tip" money for the person who parks my car?  Will I need tip money for the person that cleans my clubs when I am done.... or for the locker room attendant."  (In my experience, most clubs frown on tipping; but, at most clubs it is done in spite of local rules (ask your host for advice.)  More questions:   Is there a place to drop my golf bag (called “bag drop”) and then park my car? Is there a women’s locker room (perhaps for changing from work to golf clothes)? Are cell phones permitted on the course? Are there restrooms on the course? Is there a dress code (some courses do not permit halter tops or short shorts)? Are there women’s rental clubs? I mention rental clubs because, even if you have a set of clubs, sometimes golf courses have the latest club models available as inexpensive -- even complementary -- rentals. This could be a great time to try out new equipment.

7.  Have fun and say "Thank You" to your host.  The "Thank You" is very important.  And if it's a special day, consider a small gift to your host or hostess.  The easiest gift:  Find out their favorite golf ball and buy them a sleeve of 3 balls or a box of one dozen.  No golfer never has too many new golf balls!  You're not finished.  One more step:  Don't forget to send a "thank you" email or note and next time #inviteHER to play golf as your guest!

P.S. One of the best articles I think I have written over the years is "Advice for New Golfers" by Nancy Berkley.  See:  https://www.womensgolf.com/new-women-golfers.  This article includes an aeriel view of a golf course that is extremely helpful to new golfers.  Also check out the LPGA's very comprehensive new site -- https://lpgawomensnetwork.com.   


To women golfers: I need your help! I hope you know about the #inviteHER campaign of the LPGA. Many more women would learn to play golf and play more golf if a friend invited them to learn and to play.

I've come up with an idea and named it "inviteHER to a Watch Party".

It's simple: First make sure one of your golf professionals is available and invited -- inviteHER or inviteHIM (or both). If there is a tournament televised at a good time, schedule the event for then. If you can video and replay a tournament, that would work also.

And then spread the word. Invite your club members and invite friends and new golfers: #inviteHER to a Watch Party. There is so much that a new golfer can learn (and experienced golfers also) from watching a tournament with a good golf professional standing by. If tournament is taped, you can stop and replay a shot and hear your professionals explain it. It is a safe and non-embarrassing environment to ask questions: "Why is she dropping the ball from her knees?" etc etc.

BUT I NEED YOUR HELP. I NEED SOME PHOTOS OF A WATCH PARTY. Please work with your women golf leaders and ask your golf professionals to schedule a "Watch Party". I will be writing an article for the LPGA Women's Network and would love to have some great photos to include. Send the photos to me in an email (my email is on my website www.nancyberkleygolf.com.) 

My email is NancyBerkleyGolf@gmail.com

Thank You!!  This is going to be fun!  Can't wait to see photos.  When you send them in, make sure it includes permission to name your club and include the name of your golf professional that helped you and any other names that I have your permission to include.  The Watch Party can be big or small.  It's all about #inviteHER.


Are female golf professionals treated equally and fairly in golf facilities?   Are female (LPGA or PGA of America certified instructors)  given equal number of teaching opportunities, access to lesson tees, opportunity to show skills, promoted, featured as asset of golf course community?  [I have never believed that for a minute!]  For an article that tells it as it is see article by the newly elected Vice President of the LPGA Teacher Course Professional, Alison Curdt. 



My personal memories of Alice:

Alice Dye, a golf course architect, died today at the age 91. Alice was the wife of golf course architect Pete Dye. They often worked together. I recall Alice explaining to me how Pete struggled with designing the famous 17th hole at TBC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedre Florida. She explained that Pete couldn't find a way to fit a fairway between the tee and green on that hole. So she said, "Just make it an island green" -- and the rest is history

In 1964, Alice was the first women invited into the US Society of Golf Course Architects. In 1964, she designed the first complete set of forward tees [specifically for women golfers] at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana. (That has always been on my Timeline of the history of women's golf -- see TIMELINE tab). 

Alice's  forward tees are among the best I have played. The Stadium Course at PGA West at the La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs, California is a great example. Alice also designed short courses decades before they became popular. I will never forget her explaining how the new irrigation systems would make courses play longer because balls just wouldn't roll as far -- not helpful for women golfers.. Her work with Pete on the Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo in the Domincan Republic will always be on my list of golf course favorites.

She was a championship golfer herself, but she had a way of keeping things simple. I had the privilege of playing with her years ago at a women's golf conference. At one point I asked her what she thought the distance was of my ball to the green. Her answer: "I only count by tens". Since then, so do I in spite of my digital distance gadget . Thank you, Alice. 
May you rest in peace.





I don't need another glass vase, don't need another silver tray as a golf prize. Consider asking your ladies golf group to select and donate all or a portion of the cost of the vases or silver trays to one of these charities.  COPY AND PASTE LINK BELOW TO SEE THESE NINE GREAT GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: 


Begin the New Year with generosity.... remember all those "gimmees" you took? Comment and tell me your club and will post it below:  

Best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year


YES!  ProAm and male and female celebrities innaugural LPGA 2019 Tour

ON LPGA TOUR -- NEXT LPGA TOUR 2019 SEASON: begins with an inaugural Diamond Resorts Tournament of both LPGA Tour players and celebrities. LPGA Commish Mike Whan always finds a way to let the LPGA Golfer shine under a new spotlight. 

Here is the link for the 2019 LPGA Tour season:


Note to women golfers: In the January 2019 Diamond Resorts inaugural kick off tournament, LPGA Tour players will play regular stroke play.. BUT the celebrities will have their separate tournament and play a "modified Stableford" format. PLEASE ASK YOUR PRO TO EXPLAIN THE STABLEFORD and use it on a tournament or even just a few holes. 

Women, generally, don't like the Stableford -- it rewards aggressive play -- and most recreational female golfers don't go for that except in their club championships..... maybe we should play Stableford more often -- and experience that "aggressive feeling."

Only one event on the PGA Tour (or any established Tour event uses the Stableford). To read an excellent article about the Stableford see:   https://www.pgatour.com/news/2015/08/03/stableford-format-barracuda-championship.html?fbclid=IwAR0rQ7I2YLcdOB7y2rfgfBAdd_yoKfdNAMjh0FD_LynrhhZ9qPXF0MjtL58



ABC TV is broadcasting Sunday's final round of the LPGA CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida and doing a good job!! Previous rounds of this tournament were Golf Channel productions. There is quite a difference. (if you taped the matches, go back and compare). Here is what I noticed: on the ABC coverage:
1. On tee shots, more info: : Distance and Apex.and Curve. What's "Apex" -- it is the height of the ball at its highest point in its travels from start to finish -- height affects distance. Read more on https://blog.trackmangolf.com/max-height/.
2. Lots more camera angles on ABC including close-ups of golfers-- more visuals on screen (like diagrams on a football play);
3.. More aerial views and graphic identifications of course features;
4. Diagrams of slopes of greens (haven't seen that in a while!).;
5. MOST IMPORTANT: lively bio information of the "upclose and personal" style -- even with voices!!. I don't think anyone leaves the TV while these short segments are on -- they are that good!. The LPGA Tour is all about the LPGA Golfer"" let's get to know her better. Thanks to ABC for innovation! Expect more of a contest among the TV channels for more innovative coverage of women's golf.



[photo to follow] At the 2018 CME Group Tour Championship final day Sunday, November 18, 2018 -- Meeting with Commissioner Mike Whan for our annual update of the LPGA Tour. Our smiles reflect a good finish to the 2018 season and what;s ahead. [watch for that article]. My concern is always about making the "LPGA Golfer' and the Tour more personal and relevant to women golfers of all skills and from all over the globe. About my scarf: I bought it in Seoul, Korea when there for the UL Crown in October --[it is by the artist Keum Dong Won at Sacksang Colorshape www.sacksang.com ]

The 2019 LPGA Tour schedule will not be released until week after CME -- But we do know that it will begin with this Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions... LPGA Champions and Celebrities -- January 17-20 at the Tranquilo Golf Club at the Four Seasons Resort in Orlando, Florida.. The LPGA players will have their own tournament-within-the tournament and will include those LPGA "champions" who won events in 2017 and 2018.. And the Celebrities will play along with the LPGA players using the "Modified" Stableford format. Women recreational golfers in the U.S., in my opinion, seldom play the Stableford -- and generally don't like it.... But it is a good choice for this tournament -- players get points for good scores (bogey- par - eagle) but don't have to count (or take any deduction) for the bad holes.. One of the advantages of the Stableford, is that it keeps play moving. Iif a player knows she/he cannot do better than bogey, the player can just pick up the ball -- no points to win. Only the good scores count in a Stableford!

Posted November 9, 2018


Read all about Suzy and her background  on a special tab "Suzy Whaley News" at top of tab on left.  Suzy and I have been working together for almost twenty years in insuring that women are welcomed to the game.   The PGA of America was established in 1916.  Let's hope that strides in women's golf -- with increased exposure of the LPGA Tour -- bring more women to the game and make sure that women are "welcomed" to the game.

Women golfers have a role to play also.  They must lead change.  Read one of my most popular and favorite articles.  "Advice to Women Golfers" on the tab at left "Best Practices".    It is also published with an update on www.womensgolf.com  "Why Women Golfers Must Be Leaders" at https://www.womensgolf.com/women-golfers-leaders

Reading about the career of Suzy Whaley should be an inspiration to all girls and women.


Posted November 4, 2018.



There are a few different paths that female golfers can take to become a member (get their "card") to play on the LPGA Tour. This year is the inaugural "Q-Series" ("Q" = "Qualifying) to be able to compete on the LPGA Tour. There is also the Symetra Tour route. 

A golfer may qualify for the LPGA Tour based on (1) her performance on the Symetra Tour (a "developmental" season-long tour). Golfers who finish in the Top 10 on the Symetra Tour's year-end money list earn LPGA membership.  (2) And...any golfer who wins three times in a single season on the Symetra Tour is automatically advanced to the LPGA Tour. (3) The next 12 golfers on the Symetra Tour money list earn exemptions into the final stage of LPGA Q-School (see next paragraph)..  [NOTE -- IN RESULTS BELOW FOR UPCOMING 2019... ONLY 5 PLAYERS EARNED THEIR LPGA CARD THROUGH THE SYMETRA TOUR FOR 2019.  IT TAKES VERY CONSISTENT RESULTS AND PLAYING IN MANY SYMETRA TOURNAMENTS TO COME UP TO THE LPGA VIA THE SYMETRA TOUR... BUT IT'S GREAT TOUR EXPERIENCE (BELIEVE IT OR NOT... NOT EVERY FEMALE GOLFER WANTS TO TRAVEL AROUND THE GLOBE WITH THE LPGA TOUR AND PLAY 34 TOURNAMENTS.)

WHO WILL QUALIFY via the Q-Series for next season? [thanks to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina for their sponsorship.] It depends on how well she plays in the finals. The finals will be on two separate golf courses at Pinehurst Resort, And scores will be cumulative over the eight rounds of competition. GOOD LUCK TO ALL. See  http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/lpga-q-series



Ruixin Liu (China), Elizabeth Szokol (United States), Linnea Strom (Sweden), Charlotte Thomas (England), Isi Gabsa (Germany)


Jeongeun Lee6 (Republic of Korea), Jennifer Kupcho (United States), Sarah Schmelzel (United States), Klara Spilkova (Czech Republic), Jaclyn Lee (Canada), Lauren Stephenson (United States), Becca Huffer (United States), Youngin Chun(Republic of Korea), Kristen Gillman (United States), Clariss Guce (United States), Anne Van Dam (Netherlands), Jenny Haglund (Sweden), Alana Uriell (United States), Maddie McCrary (United States), Lilia Vu (United States), Cheyenne Knight(United States), Muni He (China), Sarah Burnham (United States), Maria Fassi (Mexico), Louise Ridderstrom (Sweden), Suzuka Yamaguchi (Japan), Pajaree Anannarukarn (Thailand) and Robyn Choi (Australia)

Posted October 21, 2018


Following is the opening paragraph of Ron Sirak's article about Daniel Kang struggle... and victory in the LPGA Tour's most recent Buick Shanghai tournament. http://www.lpga.com/…/2018-ron-sirak-kang-proves-she-is-a-c…

"The most treacherous part of golf is the five inches between your ears. The brain is where the demons lurk. ... On Sunday October 21 at the Buick LPGA Shanghai, Danielle Kang spent nine holes trying to hide. Then, after a heart-to heart talk with her caddie, she spent nine holes proving she is a champion."

If the mental struggle sounds familiar it should. One of the best young women's golfers, Lexi Thompson, has had a tough year. In an article by Golfweek's Beth Ann Nichols, Lexi laments her life with this poignant thought: "I am not just a robot out here...I need to have a life." Since age 5, Lexi has been molded around golf including home-schooling so she could be coached during the day.

And.. from In an interview for the Golf Channel in December 2016 when Se Ri Pak, the champion of Korean women's golf, announced her retirement, "Reporter Randall Mell wrote: "It was in that hallway that Pak surprised me when I asked her about the ache she was feeling. Yes, she said, she was proud thinking back on all her achievements ...how she inspired South Korean men and women who saw hope in her work ethic and determination. Yet, there in that hallway, she was also thinking about what she saw as her great failure, her great regret. “I’m an incomplete person,” she told me there.

I have no answers. The price of success is high -- the pressure is great., The teen suicide rate in Korea is among the highest in the world. As Ron Sirak accurately points out: "The brain is where our demons lurk."

I think LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan has made a brilliant move by opening the 2019 LPGA season with the Diamond Resorts Tournament January 17-20 in Orlando with celebrities and fun. I always give the Commish credit for his marketing skills but I think I need to add psychologist to his resume.http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/tournament-of-champions.

ALL ABOUT WHAT "DORMIE" MEANS: [from Facebook post]

My guess is that maybe one in 5000 female golfers knows what "Dormie" means. So the title message DORMIE NETWORK discourages many women from even trying to learn to play golf if they don't even understand how it is scored. (The message is an advertisement for upscale golf courses.)

To women reading this Facebook Post: Here is almost everything you need to know about what "dormie" means. I will also put this post on Nancy's Golf Blog at http://nancyberkley.com/nancy-s-golfblog.html

The term dormie is only used in "match play" -- that is competition hole-by-hole (not a total score as in medal or stroke play). To learn more, see my article "MATCH PLAY OR STROKE PLAY - WHAT DO YOU LIKE? on www.womensgolf.com at https://www.womensgolf.com/match-play-or-stroke-play/.

"Dormie" is the term used in match play when one player or a two-some partnership achieves a lead that equals the number of holes remaining.

Here is my favorite definition (from Wikipedia): "A player or team that is leading by x holes with x holes remaining is said to be "dormie-x" or simply "dormie", meaning that the leader needs to tie (or halve) one more hole to win the match -- OR that the other team must win ALL the remaining holes in order to halve the match. [But not all tournament formats allow a tie -- last season my teammate and I had to play 22 holes before a winner was determined. The Solheim Cup and the UL Crown do allow ties and teams receive just each receive a half-point.].

PS -- ONE OF THE BEST WRITERS ABOUT WOMEN'S GOLF, -- Beth Ann Nichols - Golfweek -- WRITES FOR THIS MAGAZINE. It's the only reason I subscribe and read it!

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Congratulations Team Korea on winning the UL International Crown.! The truth is that a team of top Korean women golfers may just be unbeatable; more so than any other country -- perhaps in the world, I was in Incheon for the UL Crown and watched excellent golf. But... the TOTAL Rolex Rankings of Pool A Korea's 4 players was the low total at 42. The total of the USA Team"s four players heading up Pool B (the second ranked team ) was 55. Beyond that -- all 6 teams had significantly higher Rolex Ranking totals. That said, golfers have good days and bad days. But Korean children are raised not only to achieve, but to achieve under competitive pressure. And that's what they did at the UL International Crown. 0Korea did not wint the 2014 Crown (Spain won) and Korea did not win the 2016 Crown which went to the USA, but Korea has figured out how to be a "team" which was clearly evident in their post-victory interview in the photo above.)

A new movie recently released at the Busan Korean film festival, "Dear My Genius " explores the pressure on Korean children to succeed.. For one of many reviews see http://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2018/10/07/dear-my-genius-documents-south-koreas-obsession-with-education.html

Although the movie explores academic success, American scholar and friend, Dr. Patricia Donnelly, has studied the pressure on Korean children (those who show skill at young ages) to succeed in sports -- like golf -- as well. That parenting style wins prizes and Congratulations are in order. But there is a price to be paid.which the movie reviews explore.

#inviteHER Campaign Is Here!  

You will see it everywhere and recognize it by the beautiful turquoise and pink colors and the fantastic animated announcements -- and helpful, encouraging and informative content! 

Just a little background.  All the major US golf organizations and tours in the US are members of the World Golf Foundation. That enables golf initiatives to be coordinated and consistent mission statements delivered to current and future golfers.  The LPGA and Commissioner Mike Whan have always been a participant in the World Golf Foundation and the WE ARE GOLF program and its committee (lucky to be among the members). 

And, I have been privileged to personally interview the Commissioner at least annually.  Every interview I ask, "where is the fan message? I want to be closer to the LPGA."  His answer has always been that he didn't have all the pieces in place yet because he wanted  this industry-wide campaign to be of the highest quality and broadest outreach -- and the backing from his LPGA Board. 

And now those pieces are in place! With the addition of the LPGA Womens Network (website and newsletter-- www.lpgawomensnetwork.com)  and the recently reorganized LPGA Women's Amateur Association (building on the former EWGA), the pieces are in place and the first campaign was just launched.  #inviteHER.  

I will have much more to say about how to invite a new golfer, a new friend, a never-ever-golfer, and a business colleague and share the most successful invitation program I have seen at the Columbia Edgewater Golf Club in Portland, Oregon.  And I will not hesitate to suggest some programs and tournaments that your club's professionals need to embrace as part of the #inviteHER program.  Have more fun -- #inviteHER.

WHAT IS A LOCAL RULE?" Lexi Thompson was penalized for violating a "local rule" in the Saturday August 18 round of the Indy Women in Tech tournament. A "local rule" is posted or circulated prior to a golf round(s) when there are "abnormal" conditions on the course that make playing strictly by the rules difficult or unfair. You will NOT find a list of "local rules" in the USGA Rules of Golf. Instead, Rule 33-8 gives permission to establish a local rule. 
(it's a good rule to read).

Very often a local rule will be "posted" and/or distributed to the players when the course has become wet or there is maintenance on the course. The local rule in effect at the Indy tournament on Saturday was that a player was allowed to lift, clean and place only when in the fairway of the hole she was currently playing. Lexi's tee shot flew to the right into another fairway; she recalled the lift clean and replace part of the rule.... but did not recall that it did NOT apply because she was not in the fairway she was playing.

The US Rules of Golf are very technical. BUT, new rules are going into effect in 2019. I will be writing about the new rules. One that troubles me is the new "Ready Golf" rule. Stay tuned.

CHECK OUT MY RECENT FACEBOOK POSTS -- always something to think about!


UL INTERNATIONAL CROWN TEAMS: (as of August 19, 2018)

(1)South Korea – Pool A:  Park Sung-hyun, Ryu So-yeon, In-Kyung Kim, Chun In-gee 

(1)United States: -- Pool B:  Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, Criste Kerr, Michelle Wie

(2)Japan – Pool B:  Nasa Hataoka, Ai Suzuki, Misuzu Waranabe, Mamiko Higa

(2)England – Pool A:  Charle Hull, Ceorgia Hall, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Bronte Law

(3)Australia – Pool A:   Minjee Lee, Katherine Kirk, Sara Jane Smith, Su Hyun Ho

(3)Thailand – Pool B:  Ariya Jutanugarn, Moriya Jutanugarn, Pornalong Phatlum,

(4) Sweden – Pool B:  Anna Nordquist, Pernilla Lindberg, Madelene Sagstrm, Caroline Hedwall

(4) Chinese Taipei – Pool A:  Theresa Lu, Wei-Ling Hsu, Phoebe Yao, Candie Kung

UL INTERNATIONAL CROWN 2018 TEAMS: The eight teams of the country's top 4 golfers (based on Rolex Rankings) have been divided into two "pools" Pool A and Pool B. (the way competitive brackets are done for club championships and other sports). Three days (Oct 4,5,6 will be match-play "foursomes" (two players from each country each play out their own ball on every hole --counting he "best ball" on each hole. The two-some with the best total score after 18 holes wins one point for her country. Final round on Sunday October 7) will be individual matches with a "wild-card" competitor and points for winners. The country with the most points wins the 2018 UL INTERNATIONAL CROWN. (the Crown is really beautiful.. Tiffany design)..

THE REAL QUESTION... Who will decide the partnership teams? Who will decide who plays in what order in the singles matches. THERE IS NO DESIGNATED CAPTAIN. HOW DO YOU THINK DECISIONS "SHOULD" OR "WILL" BE MADE AMONG THE FOUR WOMEN REPRESENTING EACH COUNTRY?

HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY THAT I LOVE THE UL INTERNATIONAL CROWN TOURNAMENT?  October 4-7 in Incheon, Korea --about an hour west from Seoul.  The UL Crown is played in alternate years of the Solheim Cup.  The tournament was innaugurated (invented is a better term) in Maryland US in 2014 -- played again in the US in 2016 -- but now will be held about an hour west of Seoul in the Songdo development -- a unique hi-tech-environmental development -- think "city of the future".  Jack Nicklaus was honored to build the golf course in the Songdo development, which is geographically within the city of Incheon. 

But not only the location draws me to the tournament -- it's the format.  Eight contries with 4 members each compete in 3 days of Fourball format (sometimes referred to as "Betterball")and then singles match play the last day. (Fourball format: two players from a team each play their own ball with the lowest score of the twosome counting for their team score on that hole.  The team with the lowest cummulative score for 18 holes wins those matches.  The final day is match play singles. The eight countries participating are: Korea, USA, England, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Sweden.

To read more see http://www.ulcrown.com/tournament-information/format

What is so interesting about the format is how each of the four-person teams organizes itself to make the pairings and then the singles matches.  There is intentionally no designated  captain.  So think about how this will work?  Let's take another situationa:  3 friends and I decide to go out for lunch; where to go; two like a light lunch -- one is a vegan -- and one wants a hamburger?  How do we decide? 

Taking decision-making back to the UL Crown.... perhaps a decision-making captain will be selected among the 4 players; perhaps one player is the best "communicator" in the group.. maybe the oldest?  maybe the best player? . I can imagine many different approaches.  What is most important about the UL Crown teams is that in the absence of a captain "each member is mutually accountable" for the team's results... should not be able to lay blame on any team member.   I am working with a psycholgist, Dr. Patricia Donnelly, to explore the options and styles of team decisions in the UL Crown.  DID I TELL YOU LATELY THAT I LOVE THIS TOURNAMENT?

Here are the UL teams:

Korea (Inbee Park, Sung Hyun Park, So Yeon Rhu, I.K. Kim);

United States (Lexi .Thompson, Jessica Korda, Christe Kerr,Michelle Wie);

Japan (Nasa Hataoka, Ai Suzuki, Misuzu Narita, Mamiko Higa);   

England (Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Bronte Law); 

Australia (Minjee Lee, Katherine Kirk, Sarah Jane Smith, Su Oh); Thailand (Ariya Jutanugarn, Moriya Jutanugarn, Pornanong

Phatlum, Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong); 

Sweden (Anna Nordqvist, Pernilla Lindberg, Madelene Sagstrom, Caroline Hedwall); and 

Chinese Taipei (Teresa Lu, Wei-Ling Hsu, Hsuan-Yu Yao, Candie Kung).


In case you didn't notice, Lexi Thompson did not compete at the July Ladies Scottish Open or the August RICOH British Open (a LPGA "Major").  Imagine playing competitive golf for almost 20 years since she was still in grade school.  The competitive stress of tournamenets plus her mom's illness (thankfully recovering well) finally got to her.  She took a break but now she's back and will be competing in the Indy Women in Tech Tournament August 16-19 in Indianapolis.  It's a homecoming of sorts since she won that tournament last year.  The tournament is held at the famous Indianapolis race track -- on a golf course!!  The Pete Dye course has some holes inside the race track and some outside.  It's a fun tournament to watch.  And the tradition of the racetrack spills over to the golf tournament: Just like the driver of the winning racecar, the winner of this golf event kisses the "bricks" of the racetrack.  Lexi did it last year and my guess is that she will have an enthusiastic gallery rooting for her.  


I am in awe of the bunker-shot-skill of the players at the RICOH BRITISH OPEN. I watch the swings very carefully!! 
As a recreational golfer, bunkers are my nightmare. But one instructor was able to correct a critical bunker swing flaw by telling me what to-do -- instead of what-not-to-do. I always have that advice on a little piece of paper with me.

NEW USGA RULES FOR 2019 WILL ALLOW REMOVAL OF A BALL FROM A BUNKER WITH 2-STROKE PENALTY. See http://www.usga.org/…/majo…/unplayable-ball-in-a-bunker.html



Ladies European Tour (LET) and LPGA Tour. Take your pick!



UL INTERNATIONAL CROWN (Oct 4-7 in Incheon Korea) is two months away, but as watch the RICOH Women's British Open, keep these players and teams in mind. (learn more about format at http://www.ulcrown.com/tournament-information/format)

Confirmed team lineups for the UL International Crown are:

Republic of Korea (Sung Hyun Park, So Yeon Ryu, In-Kyung Kim, In Gee Chun); 
USA (Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda, Cristie Kerr, Michelle Wie); 
Japan (Nasa Hataoka, Ai Suzuki, Misuzu Narita, Mamiko Higa); 
England (Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Bronte Law); 
Australia (Minjee Lee, Katherine Kirk, Sarah Jane Smith, Su Oh); 
Thailand (Ariya Jutanugarn, Moriya Jutanugarn, Pornanong Phatlum, Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong); 
Sweden (Anna Nordqvist, Pernilla Lindberg, Madelene Sagstrom, Caroline Hedwall); 
Chinese Taipei (Teresa Lu, Wei-Ling Hsu, Hsuan-Yu Yao, Candie Kung).

MICHELE WIE WITHDRAWS FROM RICOH WOMENS BRITISH OPEN FIRST DAY OF PLAY DUE TO HAND INJURY. See more at https://golfweek.com/2018/08/02/michelle-wie-withdraws-from-womens-british-open-with-hand-injury/

ABOUT LEXI THOMPSON ANNOUNCEMENT : At the women's forum held just before the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, Beth Allen of the LET (also on the LPGA) spoke about role models http://www.globalgolfpost.com/…/quick-take-equality-topic-s…

"Asked about what matters most to girls in golf, Allen suggested that nothing was as important as keeping the game “cool.” She said that dress codes needed to be relaxed and that there needs to be more Lexi Thompson-type role models. “When I’m on the LPGA Tour, Lexi stands out as a fan favourite. You always see tons of girls in the galleries dressed like her.”

Ironically, we learned today in an Instagram posted by Lexi, that it's not easy to be Lexi and "cool". Today as reported by Golfweek (and on other media, Lexi announced that she will not play in the Ricoh Women's British Open August 2-5 in England. She posted: "It is extremely difficult for me not to play in this prestigious Major, but I realized recently that I need to take some time to work on myself. The events of the past year and a half (on and off the golf course) have taken a tremendous toll on me both mentally and emotionally. I have not truly felt like myself for quite some time,”

There will be lots more discussion about the stress that competition and expectation imposes on our athletes. I will be writing more about this topic. I have been writing about Lexi since she was about twelve.

ALL ABOUT THE:  (all my Facebook posts and news about the Scottish and England Opens are consolidated in this section)



ALERT! DON'T BE CONFUSED BY THE WOMEN'S "OPENS" .. Ladies Scottish Open is next July 26-29. The Ricoh Women's British Open in England is August 2-5. Both tournaments sometimes are referred to simply as "the Open" -- read carefully

As we watch classic "pot-bunkers" in the next women's LPGA golf tournaments in Scotland and England,, thought you might like to see a Naples, Florida pot bunker -- Greg Norman style -- from the November 2017 CME Championship. Lizette Sallas about to walk into bunker on the 18th hole of final round... and she successfully hit on to the green! Enlarge photo if you can. (Her ball was about 2 feet from the edge near high bunker wall (between her caddy and the flagstick.). Great shot, Lizette! (How does she do that??? Experts please reply.)

Are you ready for Scotland -- "home" of golf. [for an update on what came after Mary Queen of Scots introduced golf (and was criticized for playing too much golf!) see my HIstory of Women's Golf Timeline at http://nancyberkley.com/774892.html

FROM LPGA MEDIA:   http://www.lpga.com/news/2018-ladies-scottish-open-field-breakdown

GREAT NEWS LADIES SCOTTISH OPEN: Brava Brava Brava! for the voice and knowledge of Mel Reid on the course!. In my opinion, nothing is more important (other than the number and placement of cameras and TV booth director) than the commentators. Watching a well televised golf event can convert a TV-golfer to a on-course-golfer. Mel Reid is worth reading about . She has played mostly on the Ladies European Tour but has qualified for and played in several LPGA events.

And while on the subject of commentators, the very best in my opinion was Annika at the 2016 Olympics. To understand why... Enjoy a reread of my article: "Listening to Annika was a Great Golf Lesson" at https://www.womensgolf.com/annika/


The world’s best female golfers from the LPGA and the Ladies European Tour (LET) return to the Home of Golf this week at Gullane Golf Club in East Lothian, Scotland for the second playing of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open. {See my cover photo of the course)

Two-time LPGA winner Mi Hyang Lee will attempt to defend her 2017 title, where she came from nine shots behind on the weekend and earned a one-stroke victory over Mi Jung Hur and Karrie Webb. Ten of the 11 players who finished inside the top 10 at last year’s Ladies Scottish are back this year in a field that also boasts top-five world talents.

There will also be a strong presence from the LET with 27 of the top 30 from the 2017 Order of Merit.

[Nancy's notes: The LET Order of Merit is awarded to the LET player who has won the most money in LET events. The LPGA Tour comparable award is based on performance as measured on Rolex Rankings. Many top women golfers in the world, play on both the LET and LPGA Tours. For several years, there have been suggestions that the two big tours merge in some way... not so easy!!]

This Scottish Open is the first of three LPGA tournaments in Europe alongside the Tour’s final two major championships in next week’s Ricoh Women’s British Open and The Evian Championship.

[7/19/18]  ALL ABOUT BRITTANY LINCICOME IN THE PGA TOUR BARBISOL CHAMPIONSHIP.  [I have put all my blogs about this event in this one section 

[7/18/18] IRONY AND HONOR: [upon the death of Marcia Chambers -- author with major impact on womens golf]

Brittany Lincicome will tee it up on the Barbasol Champship July 18th and will be the fifth woman to do so on a PGA Tour event. A few days ago, Marcia Chambers, author of 1995 -- "The Unplayable Lie: The Untold Story of Women and Discrimination in Golf" died. The two events are ironically connected. Chambers' reporting was critical in the 1995 jury victory of nine women in Haverhill Country Club who were awarded four million dollars in damages for sex discrimination under Massachusetts law. related to tee-time access equal to that of male members. At the time, I was writing for "Golf for Women" (a Golf Digest publication) and traveled up to Haverhill to interview the women. I was not surprised that the jury believed their case. Golf courses membership policies were forever changed after Chambers' book and the Haverhill verdict. Only "truly private" courses [under most state laws] are able to limit membership and tee-time-access to women members. My recent Facebook posts in support of Brittany's decision to play in the PGA Tour's event reflect the changes in US culture in the wake of the women's movement of the 1960's and 1970's and Title IX. In the seventies, my daughter had to play on a boy's baseball team because there was no girl's team. Many of the current LPGA Tour players probably played on boys golf teams also. Brittany, hit your drives long and straight at the Barbisol, hit perfect chips onto the greens and sink all those putts. But, whatever the outcome, I am so proud of you and your parents and husband. You are already a winner!  For the article in the NYTimes see https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/17/obituaries/marcia-chambers-78-who-exposed-discrimination-in-golf-dies.html

[7/17/18] HERE'S TO THE MOMS AND DADS THAT ENCOURAGED GIRLS TO PLAY GOLF!! My children are about Brittany's age and generation. We are the moms that raised our kids in those amazing sixties when gender barriers were breaking down and Title IX was passed in the US to insure comparable athletics for girls and boys. We taught our daughters that they can do and be anything they want! So proud of Brittany -- so proud of the Senior Women who played in the US Senior Open -- so proud of the mixed team events on more golf Tours. So proud of our golf industry! Let's maintain the momentum.  See Brittany's response at https://www.golfchannel.com/article/randall-mell/lincicome-thrilled-reception-male-pros/?cid=twitter-cen-a-lincicome-thrilled-reception-male-pros-07182018&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral

[7/17/18] INVITE YOUR KIDS TO WATCH THIS TOURNAMENT: [CHECK TV TIMES]. Brittany is not just trying to show how good she is - I don't expect her to win this tournament. But golf (like many sports) is not just about winning. Speaking as a mom, Brittany is showing children that stepping up to a challenge and just "doing your best" is a great trait to have in everything you do. And Brittany will be a perfect teacher. (Brittany, thanks so much for the inspiration you are offering. And perfect timing coming after the US Senior Women's Open -- and a previous generation of inspirational women leaders.)
[I will be posting about this event on Nancy's Golf Blog at http://nancyberkley.com/nancy-s-golfblog.html

In Brittany's own words:  https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/brittany-lincicome-lpga-pga-golf

[7/17/18]  HERE'S WHY BRITTANY LINCICOME IS PLAYING IN THE MENS PGA TOUR BARBISON CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEK .... "The more I thought about whether to play in this event, the more I kept coming back to all the younger girls who I might be able to connect with and inspire by doing this. I thought about how an opportunity like this might be able to make a difference in how people think about our sport in the future."

Click link for Brittany's full article: https://www.theplayerstribune.com/…/brittany-lincicome-lpga…


[7/18/18]   #InviteHER -- new campaign soon to be launched by the LPGA Women's Network Most golfers and fans consider the LPGA to be a Tour for professional golfers and a teaching organization.  And, indeed, those are very important.   But the LPGA has undergone some new initiatives for girls and women golfers that are dedicated to growing more recreational women golfers and fans and to strengthen their identification with a bigger LPGA "umbrella."   Under the leadership of LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan, the LPGA Tour has grown to a "Global Tour Like No Other."    But, what about growing the number of fans of the LPGA and growing the number of women golfers?   

Here's the News....   The first new initiative is the LPGA Amateur Golf Association -- www.LPGAAmateurs.com -- which is really a rebranding and of what was formerly the Executive Women's Golf Assocation (the EWGA)and bringing it under the LPGA "umbrella".  The executive director of the LPGA Amateur Golf Association is Jane Geddes who played on the LPGA Tour.  A second initiative is the LPGA Women's Network (www.LPGAWomensNetwork.com), which is the fan-based website  dedicated to publishing articles and newsletters for recreational women golfers.  A third new program is www.LPGAGolf101.com a lesson-based website.  The very successful LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program continues to flourish and grow.  Nancy Henderson, LPGA Chief Teaching Officer and head of the LPGA Foundation has general oversight of all of the programs listed above.  

What's impressive to me about the new initiatives and programs is that it will help more women identify with the LPGA Tour and be more inspired to become recreational golfers and fans.  Every year I have the honor to interview LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan.  Each year I ask him why I can't be a part of the LPGA?  I want a bag tag that says "I support the LPGA."    I can't wait to catch up with him and get the update.  

In the meantime, the strategy is to grow the number of women golfers which leads me to the "InviteHER" campaign that you will read more about.   It is nice when a friend invites you to a take a golf lesson or play golf together.  Golf is unique in that it is both very individual and very social at the same time.  [Actually, in many ways golf is very similar to bowling, which is why the TopGolf facilities are so successful.  (TopGolf stadiums share many similarities to the old fashioned big bowling alleys -- it's just that the golf ball is so much smaller and harder to hit!!) 

Watch for more about the #InviteHER campaign.  Start thinking about what friend you would like to take lessons with or play a round of golf with and get ready to #InviteHER.  If you are looking for a head-start, enjoy this article I wrote.  "Advice for New Women Golfers" for www.womensgolf.com at https://www.womensgolf.com/new-women-golfers/ The first lesson is a short aerial tour of a golf course!  [It would be hard to learn to play baseball if you never saw a baseball diamond.... same with golf and understanding what a golf course is.]   

[7/15/18]  FOLLOWING ARE MORE POSTS FROM MY FACEBOOK RE THE US SENIOR WOMEN'S OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP-- I don't hold back from offering my opinions:

GOLF'S GLOBAL TREND TIED TO HISTORY OF US WOMEN'S OPEN The inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open has served a fascinating array of functions this week at Chicago Golf Club. First and foremost, it is a breakthrough event, a national championship in which female golfers age 50 and over can play. But it has also been a celebration of the women’s game and those who helped grow it around the world. All you need to do is look at the leader board midway through the competition to see where the game has been, and just as importantly, where it is going.  the coverage is missing the bio information that would help.  See my Timeline History of Women's Golf -- see the records that many of the women in this Open have set.  go to my Timeline tab on my website.  http://nancyberkley.com/774892.html.  

Must-read article by Ron Sirak -- with both history and food-for-thought -- see    http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/championships/2018/u-s--senior-women-s-open/articles/laura-davies-trish-johnson-liselotte-neumann-women-s-global-golf.html

ABOUT THE TV COVERAGEThis Scottish Links-style historic course -- oldest 18-hole course in the US -- with tricky greens is proving challenging to these talented women golfers and to the TV coverage of a course where every hole is very similar in many ways through lens of TV camera.   Why there was not a woman announcer Saturday in the TV booth remains a mystery to me!!! There are so many senior women who did not qualify for the event but have the history to liven up the coverage with coverage and memories. There... I said it!   

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT A PLAYER that may have been on the LPGA Tour fo the lpga.com link: http://www.lpga.com/players.  On the  usga.com website for the tournament, when click on a players name there is no bio information (I bet the LPGA might have been able to help out!).  All of these women have remarkable histories and have made such an impact on the game.  Maybe next year, I will write a guide for the Girls Golf Program and write short bios of these women.  This tournament is filled with teaching and inspirational moments on many levels.   

AND CAME THE CUT ON FRIDAYSATURDAY 3RD ROUND US SENIOR WOMENS OPEN. Congratulations to the women who made the cut in the Inaugural US Senior Women's Open on Friday July 13th and good luck to all in final two rounds (check Fox1 TV for Saturday and Sunday times). Special congrats to Jane Geddes for making the cut. Jane, former US Women's Open winner, is new Executive Director of the Amateur Golf Association (formerly the EWGA) and the LPGA Women's Network -- two initiatives sponsored by the World Golf Foundation to promote women's golf -- both with leadership support of LPGA Foundation President Nancy Henderson.

WHY THIS OPEN NOW?  Most of the women competing in this USGA sponsored U.S. Senior Women's Open probably will remember the "women's movement" of the sixties. They may even remember Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem and "Ms Magazine". The "women's movement" empowered a new generation of women -- many of whom are competing in this tournament. And in 1972, the US passed Title IX which required "comparable" athletics for women and men -- there probably would not be women's college golf in the U.S. but for Title IX. (Since they don't teach history very well anymore, I felt the need to make sure our younger women golfers know the path these senior-women carved and how much we owe to them.) BRAVA! to each and every senior. On my card, you are all winners! [record TV Sat and Sun tournament -- TV times shown below are Eastern US times]

[7/13/18] WHY THE US SENIOR WOMEN'S OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP IS HAPPENING NOW -- NOT YEARS AGO.  The connection with the women's movement of the 1960's. 

I didn't gather statistics but my observation is that most of the women in this inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open came of age at a special time in history -- the "sixties" -- the beginning of the "women's movement." They may have listened to Australia's Helen Reddy, sing "I Am Woman" or read Betty Friedan's "Feminine Mystique." I have asked myself why this is first Senior Women's tournament. I think the answer is very simple: It was waiting for this special generation of women golfers. For more about the history of women's golf, please see my history of women's golf timeline (beginning with Mary Queen of Scots) on my website at http://nancyberkley.com/774892.html. Yes, I have just added this event to it.


[7/11/18]   A MUST-READ ARTICLE ABOUT THE UPCOMING US SENIOR WOMEN'S OPEN   by famed golf writer Ron Sirak.  http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/championships/2018/u-s--senior-women-s-open/articles/suzy-whaley-historic-week-at-chicago-gc-senior-women-s-open.html.   Published on www.usga.org, I have taken the liberty of including the following portion of the article.

"Suzy Whaley knows what it’s like to be a pioneer and she was not about to miss the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open at historic Chicago Golf Club. In 2003, she became the first woman to qualify for a PGA Tour event in 58 years; in 2014, she was made the first female officer of the PGA of America and later this year will become the first woman to serve as the organization’s president.

Along the way, Whaley earned her way onto the LPGA, worked as a teaching pro and raised two daughters who played college golf. What she has never done is stop fighting for the betterment of golf and for full representation of women in the game. The U.S. Senior Women’s Open is a culmination of one of her dreams.

“This is something we all thought we would never see,” Whaley, 51, said Tuesday while warming up for a practice round. “This is about showing respect for the players who came before us and about establishing a championship for the players who are on the LPGA right now. And it’s about competing. That’s why we are here. I wouldn’t have missed this for the world.” ... please click the link above and read the entire article.



See excellent article by Beth Ann Nichols  https://golfweek.com/2018/07/09/an-open-of-their-own-inaugural-u-s-senior-womens-open-set-for-chicago-golf-club/  that explains the inaugural US Senior Women's Open this coming week in Chicago -- July 12-14. (this is a long post -- I think it is very important)

The tournament may be a little confusing because many readers know that the USGA sponsors several women's tournaments: The US Women's Open Championship, for example, is on the LPGA Tour. And there also is a US Women's Amateur along with several other women's amateur events. (Note: your LPGA or PGA instructors are "professionals" and cannot play in amateur events.)

NUMBER ONE: This event is open to professional women golfers as well as amateurs. This tournament is about AGE! For example, you will see Juli Inkster competing along with Hollis Stacey and Jane Geddes and many other familiar names. (Only reason Nancy Lopez is not there is because of knee surgery.)

Here are the qualification requirements: "The championship is open to any professional or amateur golfer who is 50 years of age as of July 12 and has a Handicap Index not exceeding 7.4. (Players may be from any country.) There are regional qualifiers and the field is limited to 120 players. (My good friend Kathy Grant Nyman great golfer and founder of www.raingirlgolf.com just turned 50 and came very close to qualifying -- but missed by a few shots... Kathy, see you next year!!)

NUMBER TWO: Go to the site (click box below) and look at the tee times for day one -- these are the "greatest" women golfers who have made the game what it is today -- along with great teaching professionals and even some amateurs. These women -- inspired by The Founders -- helped to energize the vision of the Founders. And now with this inspirational tournament, they with the help of the USGA will make women's golf even greater for the next generations of girls and women. (Recent National Golf Foundation 2017 statistics report that in thirty percent of women golfers are age 50 or older.)

NUMBER THREE: The most important take-away from this inaugural event is the confirmation that golf is a game for a life-time -- from 50 and on. A golfer does not have to be young and hit her drive 300 yardst to enjoy playing golf. Nor does she have to win every tournament and prize. She just needs to love the game -- the special moments we all have on the course that stay with us and keep our bodies and minds healthy. My favorite time on the course is 9 holes by myself at twilight when the first stars come out and I play into the moon hanging over the 9th green. Nothing makes me feel more at peace with myself, my family and the world. I'm over 50 and I hope I can keep doing that for another decade.. maybe two.


see article by Bethan Nichols for Golfweek about this innauguaral tournament for women over 50... and her memories. 


[6/21/18]  IN MY OPINION:

The Ladies European Tour (the LET) is in the middle of its season. See https://ladieseuropeantour.com/

Many women golfers play on both the LPGA and LET tours when they can work it out on their schedule. In my opinion, golf is unique as a sport in that there is both intense individual AND team competition. One week you may try to win against an opponent that last week was your teammate!

Three tournaments are particularly important on both Tours this season. The Ricoh Women's British Open (August 2-5 in Lancaster, England) and the Evian Championship (September 13-16 in Evian, France) are "Majors" on the LPGA Tour. LPGA Majors not only have bigger prizes but offer more points for LPGA players on the Race to the CME Globe and other season-ending awards.

The UL International Crown October 4-7 has eight teams competing -- three countries: England, Germany and Sweden will have team members that play on both the LPGA and the LET. In alternate years, the Solheim Cup (Team USA vs Team Europe) have similar competitions among friends from different countries.

DO YOU AGREE? I think that recreational women golfers have a more difficult time playing against a friend than the professionals. In my experience, many golf clubs with many active women golfers have a hard time putting together a "Club Championship" event.

But that may change as "Girls Golf" programs increase and girls are exposed to more competition. Your comments and opinions are welcome! [this opinon piece was on my Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nancy.berkley.98



THE OFFICIAL TEAMS FOR THE UL INTERNATIONAL CROWN (the ULIC) were announced by the LPGA today, Monday July 2 when the Rolex Rankings were officially updated with the KPMG results.    http://www.lpga.com/news/newsfilter….

(Note: The top team is Korea, the second is the United States. The order of the teams is important because the 8 teams are divided into "pools" in determining what country competes with what country in each round over the 3 days of competition.  I will be explaining more about how the matches are set up with two different "Pools".  

The UL Team Lineups are:

Korea (Inbee Park, Sung Hyun Park, So Yeon Rhu, I.K. Kim);

United States (Lexi .Thompson, Jessica Korda, Christe Kerr,Michelle Wie);

Japan (Nasa Hataoka, Ai Suzuki, Misuzu Narita, Mamiko Higa);   

England (Charley Hull, Georgia Hall, Jodi Ewart Shadoff, Bronte Law); 

Australia (Minjee Lee, Katherine Kirk, Sarah Jane Smith, Su Oh); Thailand (Ariya Jutanugarn, Moriya Jutanugarn, Pornanong

Phatlum, Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong); 

Sweden (Anna Nordqvist, Pernilla Lindberg, Madelene Sagstrom, Caroline Hedwall); and 

Chinese Taipei (Teresa Lu, Wei-Ling Hsu, Hsuan-Yu Yao, Candie Kung).



The reason that the next two tournaments matter for the UL Crown is because (1) it will confirm the order of the 8 teams based on the total Rolex Ranking Points for the 4 players in each team at the conclusion of the KPMG PGA Championship. (2) The teams will then be ranked #1 through #8 and then divided into two Pools. [In 2016 UL Crown, Pool A consisted of Teams #1, #4, #5 and #6. Pool B consisted of Team #2, #3, #6 and #7. ] Ideally, the Pools are balanced.

The Pools are important! All competitions the first three days are within the same Pool. The format for the first 3 days is "four-ball" (often known as "best ball"): Two players compete against two other players -- each playing their own ball. the best ball counted as the team's score. "Points will be awarded per match based on the following – two for a win, one for a tie and zero for a loss. All points from the four-ball matches will carry over to Sunday and the total cumulative points for the four days of competition will be used to determine the overall champion.

Who decides who plays with what team-partner in what order? A great question! There are no designated team captains. How will decisions be made? Will a team captain emerge? Will there be secret votes? I can't wait to find out! I will be following this tournament closely and posting additional lessons on Nancy's Golf Blog.

Two other articles I have written about the UL Crown that may be helpful are:
https://www.womensgolf.com/lpga-international-crown-rio-ol…/ and




8 countries are finally finalized!

Commissioner Mike Whan made history when he came up with this format in 2016... but it's not easy to explain and understand. (My first career was teaching high school... hope that helps.)

The UL Crown is played in the alternate years of the Solheim Cup. The Solheim Cup is between Team USA and Team Europe. The UL Crown competition is more global, however, because in 2018 it will be a competition among teams from 8 different countries AND 4 different continents: Asia, North America, Europe and Australia.

THE FINAL EIGHT: The eight countries that will compete were determined based on the Rolex Rankings at the conclusion of the US Women's Open June 3. They are: Korea, USA, Japan, England, Australia, Thailand, Sweden and Chinese Taipei. (The top 4 players of the 8 countries had the highest TOTAL Rolex Ranking Points).

What is yet to be confirmed is just what four players from those 8 countries will have the highest Rolex Ranking points at the conclusion of the KPMG PGA Championship June 29-July 1. see the current standings at http://nancyberkley.com/nancy-s-golfblog.html.


[6/18/18] 8 TEAMS "ALMOST" FINALIZED FOR UL INTERNATIONAL CROWN -- Incheon Korea, October 4-7

The UL International Crown is the brainchild tournament of LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan.  The Commissioner likes team sports (in 2019, two team events have been added to the schedule).  The LPGA has participated in the Solheim Cup team event for many years.  But the Solheim Cup features players only from the United States and Europe.  With the LPGA message:  "A Global Tour Like No Other", the Commissioner wanted a global team event that is global.  And that's exactly what the UL INTERNATIONAL CROWN is.   The sponsor, United Laboratories, is a perfect fit with its mission of promoting responsible innovation. see https://www.unitedlabsinc.com/.  An innovative sponsor for an innovative tournament!

The UL Crown is a 4-day event -- competition among eight 4-person teams (each team from a different country) playing only two different formats:  fourballs and singles.  (One of the reasons I encourage women to watch this tournament is to learn about these key formats:  singles, foursomes.)  the eight countries that will be competiting were finalized at the conclusion of the US Women's Open and based on the Rolex Rankings.  (the countries with the 4 top golfers who had the  most Rolex Points were selected.  The eight countries (in order of their Rolex Rankings) are:  Korea, USA, Japan, England, Australia, Thailand, Sweden and Chinese Taipei.  To cap off the international flavor, the 2018 UL Crown will be held in Incheon, Korea (an hour west from Seoul) October 4-7/  

The Rolex Rankings were updated as of today June 18 reflecting results of Meijier LPGA Classic. There were no changes to the top 4 players of the 8 teams competing for the Crown based on June 11 Rankings. So yeon Ryu of Korea moved up to the #2 spot on her team -- what a performance at the Meijer LPGA Classic this past weekend. There are two tournaments remaining before team members finalized and the #5 player could replace the current #4 on a few teams. For the USA, keep eye on Danielle Kang. For Japan, keep eye on Misuzu Narita, For Sweden, Caroline Hedwall #4 could face a challenge from Jenny Hagland. For Chinese Taipei, Candie Kung must play well to hold her #4 spot. 

See an article I wrote about the 2016 UL Crown at https://www.womensgolf.com/lpga-international-crown-rio-olympics/

The updated rankings based on June 18 results will be posted on http://www.lpga.com/…/2018-ul-international-crown-team-sta…/ I just got up earlier today!!

An unusual feature of this tournament (and unlike the Solheim Cup) is that there is no designated Captain for the country-teams.  So ... think about it...   4 women have to make team decisions:  What player goes with what player on the alternate shot match?  Who goes with who on the "better ball" match.  And... there is a "wild card" feature that adds additional excitement.

Stay tuned to this event.   The 4 person teams will be finalized at the conclusion of the KPMG PGA Championship June 28-July 1.  (Actually teams finalized o Monday July 2, when Rolex Rankings are officially updated.)  Join me in following this tournament!!




Every year the National Golf Foundation (NGF) in Jupiter, Florida (www.ngf.org) studies golf participation in the United States.  I have been tracking those numbers for many years -- almost two decades.  Recently the NGF reported the results of its 2017 study.  Important to note that the definition of a "golfer" has loosened up a little.  It now includes responders who say they have "played golf [on a golf course]at least once during the survey year."  (In prior years, "golfer" was defined more specifically and required that a person played at least one round of nine holes in the preceding year.)  

(1) For 2017, the total number of golfers ages 6 and older in the United States is 23.8 million -- the same as in 2016.The number of women golfers 18 and older remains at 4.9 million (same as 2016).  The years with the largest number of women golfers were 2004 to 2007 with about 6 million women golfers -- but survey methodogies may account for the difference.

(2) The number of adult male golfers in 2017 was 16.2 million -- a slight increase over previous year of 15.9 million.

(3) Juniors (ages 6-17) The number of girls ages 6-17 has increased slightly.  The number of boys (6-17) decreased slightly.  The overall total number of junior golfers has decreased slightly.  Reminder:  The definition of a golfer requires playing on a golf course and the assumption is that they were playing golf -- not just having fun in a golf cart.

(4) The most significant new reporting by the NGF involves capturing statistics of non-traditional golf -- in TopGolf facilities for example.  In addition to the traditional golf experience on a golf course, the NGF reports the following:

"An estimated 21 million people hit golf balls with a club at off-course locations.  Among off-course participants, 61% of them also played golf on an actual golf course in 2017."   Think about it:  About 7 million people in the U.S. ONLY hit golf balls at an off course location.  (What will it take to get them to the course?  Different dress codes?  Music in golf carts?  All something for the industry to think about.)  Note:  Many countries do not have many traditional golf courses.  "Golf" is enjoyed in those countries at driving ranges.

(5) Finally, the NGF gathered statistics on the number of people who are "looking to take up the game."  Over the last few years that number has increased fromm 12.8 million in 2016 to 14.9 million in 2017.  The NGF suggests that the increase is due "in part to the popularity of off-course-golf.

If you would like more information about the statistics, email me with your question using my Complimentary Help Line as described in the "About Nancy" tab.



As the golf season begins in northern climates and Womens Golf Day has introduced thousands of women to the game, women golfers are waiting to get out on the course.  "A good beginning is half the race" was my father's favorite advice. I developed this  little quiz based on my years of playing recreational golf while raising my family and working and then becoming a women's golf observer and writer.   It incorporates the work of Arthur D. Little and Jann Lemming about tee length. 

If any woman taking this quiz rates her course a 20, email me!!  I want to feature it.


How Women-Friendly Is Your Golf Course? 

Answer these ten questions and then the BONUS questions. Does your facility? (One point for each "yes" answer plus (or minus) bonus points)  Maximum is 20 points.

1, Affordable introductory group lessons?
2. Provide clubs at no charge for beginner lessons?
3. Advertise programs and events for women using the word "fun" or "no pressure" or "beginners welcome"
4. Designate a visible section of the bulletin board (in Pro Shop or Locker Room) to promote women's events and news? 
5. Offer written handouts with basic information for new golfers including etiquette and pace of play?
6. Offer on-course playing lessons (or supervised play) for new golfers at affordable prices?
7. Offer 9-hole rounds (or shorter) at 9-hole rates (or less)?
8. Offer a choice of playing formats in leagues and outings for non-competitive women golfers as well as competitive golfers?
9. Provide customer-service training to your employees specifically about women customers?
10. Attractively display women's golf clothes and accessories in a visible portion of the pro shop?            

ADD POINTS – maximum 10

DEDUCT 3 points from total if facility does NOT have clean, attractive women's rest rooms both on and off the course.

BONUS POINTS!!!! ADD 5 points for Diaper-changing table in men’s rest rooms.

BIGGER BONUS!!!  Add 5 points if course has a set of "playable" tees -- 4500 yards or less. (new recommendation you will read about is for 4000 yard set of tees.   Distance off the tee is very related to the swing speed of the golfer and recreational women golfers "tend" to have slower swing speeds than men.   It is very challenging for most women to learn to swing faster (kids learn that under newer theories).  But my golf colleague, Karen Palacious Jensen, reminded me to check to make sure that I was hitting the ball on"sweet spot" of my driver-- and I made an adjustment that made a difference.  Ask your golf instructor to explain and measure whether you are hitting that sweet spot (the pro puts a piece of paper on the face of the driver that shows where it is making contact with the ball). 

8-20 points = "women-friendly" 



If the golf facility where you usually play golf does not meet your standards (and my grading), then it's time for women to take a bigger role in leadership.  

My favorite and most popular article about how to do that is "Why Women Golfers Must Be Leaders" and the HOW? is my advice about leadership at: 



[June 11, 2018]  SHOPRITE LPGA CLASSIC PRESENTED BY ACER (June 8-10 Seaview, New Jersey) 

Annie Park from the United States Wins plus some Fashion Notes

Congratulations to Annie Park for her victory at the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer.  See final Leaderboard at http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/shoprite-lpga-classic-presented-by-acer/results

I could discuss her great putting and her long putter, but cannot help but mention the golf attire in this tournament. And it's a trend! (I noticed it in the US Women's Open also.) More solids with an "all-in-one" look -- more sun-protection sleeves and tops designed to match them to appear as one shirt. Lots of pleats on back of skorts -- but no plaids or patterns or even flower-prints. It's like the LPGA Tour is getting all grown-up and sophisticated.

There are some great designs coming into shops now -- but many prints are subtle and the fabrics have a shimmer rather than a pattern. (the Annika designs are beautiful and the Greg Norman fabrics also use a beautiful shimmer fabric.)




[June 10, 2018]  THE 2018 CURTIS CUP -- USGA Women's Amateur USA vs. Amateur England/Ireland

FINALS June 10, 2018:  USA WON the 

The Curtis Match Cup sponsored by the USGA and R&A is for female amateur golfers -- very good amateurs who we are likely to see in future professional women's tours. It is a team match (the United States vs. Great Britain and Ireland) The final round of the 3-day match is Sunday, June 10. US has the lead. See this link to see current standings: 


The format of the Curtis Cup is very similar to the Solheim Cup for professional golfers played in alternate years of the Curtis Cup. The formats are Fourballs (Better Ball), Foursomes (Alternate Shots) and Individual Play on final day.

To refresh your memory about the formats, see my article:   https://www.womensgolf.com/foursomes-fourball/.

The LPGA's 2018 UL International Crown -- a team event among 8 countries -- October 4-7 in Incheon Korea (first time event played out of the US) uses the Fourball format on all three days -- two-somes vs two-somes... very exciting).



I have wondered why it has been so difficult for the LPGA Tour to work with the PGA Tour and come up with formats for women and men team events. Now mystery solved. The PGA Tour has been focused on its own global agenda.   The PGA Tour was paid $2 BILLION dollars by Discovery (a big media company) for the rights to media broadcasting of the PGA Tour worldwide.  

LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan was first to recognize the global golf market. Now PGA Tour has also. 

As reported in the Orlando Florida Sentinel newspaper today June 8, in discussing the merits of the PGA Tour deal with Discovery TV, the CEO of Discovery said "Half of the top players on the PGA Tour come from outside the United States. “There is no sport that’s more global than the PGA Tour,”  I guess that's why Discovery paid $2 BILLION dollars to the PGA Tour for the rights to televise, stream and use all the new tech developmenets.

My response -- after checking out the PGA Tour -- "Oh, Really?" It depends on how "global" is defined. As I look at the world and all continents, I believe that the LPGA Tour best illustrates a "global" golf Tour with its events in Asia -- (especially Korea and Japan).

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[June 8, 2018] LPGA 2017 New LPGA Dress Code -- Is it still working? 

One of the most popular articles I have written was about fashion and the new LPGA Dress Code announced last July 2017.  See http://nancyberkley.com/nancy-s-blog.html.   The cover photo of Michelle on that article is in one of her more daring outfits  before the LPGA new dress code went into effect. Michelle has not worn anything like that red/white outfit since... in a LPGA tournament.

But I have had many comments recently on my social media pages.  My favorite  is "What happened to the new dress code? My answer: "It's still in effect!"

The focus is often on Michelle. She is tall and when she wears skorts. her legs look very long and her skort looks very short. But she is following the official rule : "Length of skirt, skort, and shorts MUST be long enough to not see your bottom area (even if covered by under shorts) at any time, standing or bent over." She knows how to bend over to mark her ball -- she bends her knees -- and her "bottom" does not show. (If you are always watching Michelle's bottom -- try watching golf instead.) In the recent US Women's Open, another player wore a very-sleeveless top (racer-back style) BUT it had a collar which complies with the LPGA rules.

The players in the recent US Women's Open dressed, in general, conservatively -- lots of black. The USGA is very important and is itself a conservative governing body. I believe that the players dressed accordingly. I haven't seen players wearing as many classic shorts and belts in a long time! I will be watching the ShopRite LPGA Classic June 28-July 1 presented by Acer this weekend to see if black still prevails..

More fashion: I was at the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show and soon will write about the newest fashion trends. Buyers at the Show are buying for June through October golf season. You will see the beautiful Annika new designs with some sparkles in them. And some shimmer in Greg Norman. Also lots of geometric/graphic design in new, beautiful synthetic fabrics from Asian fabric designers. "Millennial Pink" on the way out with more peach and violet on the way in. The soft-peach matching skort and top that PUMA designs for Lexi will be there also. The LPGA Tour is a global tour with lots of fashion.




 Here's my step by step guide to using the new Rolex Rankings Chart to understand who has a chance of being one of the four players and how close the competition is for those spots. The Rolex Rankings is using a new format this year, which is tricky to use. For those with patience and determination, here are instructions on how to use it. Once you get used to it... it gets easier to use and then you will have fun keeping track of who will make the teams.

1. go to https://www.rolexrankings.com/rankings home page  -- but keep access to this post
2. Hit "RANKINGS" at top of page below Rolex logo and all players will now be listed in order of their current rankings.
3. Hit the top of the third column "Country" and the list will sort itself into countries in alphabetical order. Next....
4. Go to center of page to small box "Search Player/Country"
5. Click that small box and then hit "Country" (make sure green dot moves to "country") and the list should sort by country --alphabetical order: ARGentina is first.  But -- we want to see the 8 countries that will be in the UL Crown and what 4 players are likely to be on the team.
6. In the that search box in the center where you were, type in the country abbreviation for one of the 8 countries: KOR, USA, JPN, ENG, AUS, TPE, SWE, THA. 
7. For example: type in "THA" (abbreviation for Thailand) and look at the order of players. The rankings go by "average points" -- which measures how well the players did in the tournaments they played in (that means that players who play in lots of tournaments don't automatically hit the top of the list.) Notice how competitive the third and fourth positions are for Thailand's team.

8. Congratulations if you got this far. Now have fun and keep track of players in all 8 countries. On Monday, after the completion of the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer, the rankings will be updated to reflect how players did in the tournament.

On my webpage, I have a "Complimentary Help Line"... use it if you need help understanding the Rankings for the UL International Crown. This is a great tournament. I will be writing more about the unique format. Most unique is that there are no designated captains for each of the eight teams. (unlike the Solheim Cup Captains). This was a feature that Commissioner Mike Whan "invented" for this tournament. I love "team philosophy" -- every player is mutually accountable for the team's result. No one can blame a captain!




Jutanugarn began the fourth day of the US Women's Open with a 7 shot lead.  But on the back nine of the final round, Jutanugarn lost some of her focus -- her "mental-game".  (For a good summary of how Ariya describes her mental game see LPGA Media account at  http://www.lpga.com/news/2018-five-things-to-know-final-round-us-womens-open.)    Hyo Joo Kim of Korea played outstanding golf on the back nine and they ended up tied at the end of the final round.  The USGA recently introduced a new format for tie-breakers which governed this match.  Two holes are played and the player with the lowest aggregate score is the winner; but, if still tied, the players move to a sudden death format on the same two holes.  For this course, the USGA used holes 14 and 18 for the tie-breakers.  The two were still tied after three holes.  Coming into the 18th, both players hit into the green side bunkers.  Ariya hit a bunker shot within a foot of the pin -- and made the putt.  Kim's bunker shot was not as good and left her a longer put, which she missed.  And the winner:  Ariya Jutanugarn.  I had read and posted about the new USGA rule about tied matches.  And I wondered whether some players would do better in the aggregate score holes or in the sudden death.  I was hoping they had a psychologist in the booth talking about that... but they didn't.  (all readers' comments welcome)


The USGA's television production by FOX and FOX1 of the tournament was outstanding in many ways.  First, the main sponsor, Rolex, agreed to no commercials during the tournament although Rolex credit was often mentioned.  That maintained a pace of play visually that kept you watching.  (no kitchen breaks)   The television cameras were not only numerous but had some kind of lenses that provided very close-photos.  Some shots must have been from cameras in trees -- or maybe drones -- but amazing "You are there" photography.  How deep was the ball in the grass?  The camera shots showed you just how deep?  There was an "intimacy" with the players with close up shots that were unique but could not have been intrusive (must be some zoom lense technology).  And the real bonus was Juli Inkster in the booth.  As I watched, I made a list of her comments that were so riveting.  It wasn't that she was a player herself.  It was that she knew the players personally because she still plays tournament golf.  


ABOUT MARKETING GOLF :  I have had several conversations with LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan about the quality of US television of the LPGA Tour (usually the Golf Channel/NBC) coverage of the LPGA Tours.  The answer appears to be that the extra-special TV photography techniques costs money and that means more sponsors -- and the LPGA Tour just isn't there... yet.  But, I have another theory that explains the difference between the quality of television coverage by the USGA and the LPGA Tour that goes beyond just the financial issue.

The USGA product -- what it markets -- are primarily golf tournaments for professionals and amaterus.  The LPGA products (according to my interview with the Commissioner) are the LPGA Tour players.  There is a big difference between marketing a Tour and marketing 100 players from 60+ countries.

Marketing a tournament is easy (if there is sponsor money).  Augusta has a brand and is brilliant at promoting it.  the LPGA introduced a good marketing message this season:  "A Global Golf Tour Like No Other."  But that markets the LPGA Tour. 

Marketing a golfer -- that's much harder.  (There are very few Tiger Woods!!) How do you decide which player or players to market?  And what are you promoting?  The players' skills, their styles, the backgrounds, the countries, the personal drama and struggle to get to the Tour?    How do you market 150 LPGA Tour players?   It's a challenge but I have confidence that Mike Whan and his team will figure it out.   I will not be surprised to see an ad campaign that has the flavor of that wonderful "It's a Big World After All" message with a little twist:  "It's a Big World of Women Golfers After All.'  




The English governing body of golf , the R&A (comparable to the USGA but different from the Royal & Ancient Golf Club which is really a golf-course-club) announced a new program focused on increasing the number of female golfers -- girls and women. The new Charter is also supported by the Ladies European Tour.  As I read quickly through the charter, the most important feature is that it sets targets of participation -that presumably will be measured.

What is driving this interest in women's golf participation? In my opinion, one reason is that the global growth of the LPGA Tour under the leadership of Commissioner Mike Whan, has increased the participation of recreational female golfers and fans including the important youth segment.

No one wants to be left behind as that train leaves the station! I will be writing more about this new R&A Charter.  See https://www.randa.org/News/2018/05/The-RandA-unveil-Women-in-Golf-Charter-at-The-Shard-in-London#.Ww2InqYT_x0.facebook


Women golfers are beginning to assemble at the Shoal Creek Golf & Country Club in Alabama for one of the most prestigious women's golf tournaments -- the US Women's Open Championship Conducted by the USGA. But there is a connection between US history and Shoal Creek that - represents how the game of golf shaped history. (This probably will not be mentioned in the broadcasts of the U.S. Women's Open, but I taught American history and want to share this background.)

In 1990, a scheduled PGA of America tournament at Shoal Creek became a critical "tipping point" – a beginning – in ending race discrimination at golf clubs and broadening golf club membership to women as well.

The tipping point occurred in 1990 when the PGA of America announced it would not hold its tournament at Shoal Creek until the club agreed to admit African-Americans. In response, Shoal Creek agreed to change its membership policy. Most importantly, since then the major golf organizations in the United States have rules regarding course selection that require clubs that host their events to meet inclusive membership requirements.

As we watch the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open at Shoal Creek with women golfers from all over the globe with many different backgrounds, let it be a reminder how the game of golf changed American history… for the better. For those who love history and golf, see this July 29, 1990 article in the New York Times at https://www.nytimes.com/…/golf-racism-issue-shakes-world-of….


[May 11, 2018] GREAT "GOLF GIFT" IDEAS:  [written for Mother's Day in US but good for any day and for any friend] 

These will work for most holidays and birthdays and easy to shop for.

!. Buy partner or good friend a golf lesson from the best golf instructor at a club near you.  If never played golf before this will be great introduction.  And, if already a golfer, then there will be lots of topics that to focus on.
2. Buy a golf club or even a set of new clubs.  Surprise tha special person with a gift certificate for new clubs.  And, don’t forget the golf shoes. 
3.Take a golf lesson yourself! 

4. This may sound like a strange gift for “her,” but nothing makes golf more special than to play with members of your family      or good friends.   Some of my best memories are playing golf with children and the golf trips my husband and I have taken. 
5. Give a special person the gift of your “time” and go to the golf course or range.  Those few hours on the golf course will always be special.

If you give the gift of golf, it will keep on giving. 


The city of Busan in Southeast Korea will host a new tournament in October 2019 with BMW sponsorship. 

The Busan course will be owned and managed (I think) by the LPGA in a similar model that the PGA Tour uses for its TPC courses. The course will undergo some restoration by famous US golf course architect, ReesJones. Incheon, Korea (on the northeast coast near Seoul) will be the site of the 2018 UL International Crown Tournament October 4-7. In an interview I had with Commissioner Mike Whan back in November, he explained that it was important that the Korean LPGA Tour players experience the enthusiasm of their fellow Korean galleries and crowds especially given the historic role that Korea has played in women's golf.

I'm already looking into plane routes. I think as a golf writer and advocate for women's golf, I would also find the Busan experience thrilling to be a part of. The LPGA message is "A Global Tour Like No Other." But I'm thinking that "It's a Small World After All" might also be appropriate!



 I often write about Commissioner Mike Whan's marketing skill. But it only succeeds if a financial base supports it. That's why each and every new sponsor is so important to the future of the LPGA Tour. In a recent LPGA media release, the Commissioner reported the following: "We've added 20 title sponsors and over 20 official marketing partners during [the last six years]. Don't know too many sports that could claim that."

Commissioner Whan then added: "The last two years have been unprecedented for us but if this is as good as it gets, then shame on us," said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan, who is continually looking to push the envelope, enhance business relationships, grow the tournament schedule and increase exposure and opportunities for the entire LPGA membership. See full media release at http://www.lpga.com/…/2018-lpga-nominated-in-two-categories…

That sounds like a plan to me! I'm on board and will enjoy writing about the Tour's future growth. I've been writing about women's golf and girls' golf for over fifteen years. I have never observed this level of leadership and management of the LPGA Tour. And I am sure there is more ahead. 




It is almost half-way through the LPGA Tour season at the LPGA Volvik Championship. Although each tournament has a dollar-amount prize for the top finishers, the LPGA Tour has added several "season-long" competitions that have helped to make each tournament more important. Good work, Commissioner! Follow this list:

Depending on her performance, a player may move up or down on the Rolex Rankings. see http://www.rolexrankings.com/rankings. If a player moved up, her name is green; if she moved down, her name is red; if she stayed at same place, her name is black. Use the search by country tab also.
Where she ranks on the Rolex Rankings will affect whether her country is one of 8 country-teams participating in the UL International Crown in Incheon, Korea in October. see current UL Crown standings at www.lpga.com
Player's performance could help her win the innaugural "LEADERS Top-10 Finisher" ($100,000 to the player with the most Top-10 finishes on the 2018 season sponsored by LEADERS.)
Race to the CME Globe Championship in November at season's end. See current standings at http://www.lpga.com/race-to-cme-globe. There is both a winner of the CME season-long points race AND a winner of the last tournament who receives one million dollars
That's why the new LPGA marketing message is "A Global Tour Like No Other."

[MAY 2018 ]  LPGA - FIVE RECENT UPDATES for 2019 LPGA TOUR -- You may have missed some - catch up!

UPDATE #5. The 2019 LPGA Tour will begin in Orlando, Florida with the inaugural Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, -- Jan. 17-20, 2019, at Tranquilo Golf Club (Tom Fazio design) at Four Seasons Resort Orlando in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The field will include LPGA winners from the 2017 and 2018 seasons AND 45 celebrity participants and 10 amateurs, who will be paired with LPGA players for all four tournament days. The format will be 72 holes of stroke play for the LPGA players with no cut, while the amateurs will compete using a Modified Stableford scoring format. (The Stableford format awards points for eagles, birdies, and pars -- amateurs and celebrities will be allowed to use their handicaps.) Just when I was about to complain that the LPGA Tour was not innovative enough.... this came along! But, the LPGA Tour has to make sure it doesn't lose the core values of its Founders as it adjusts to fans who are looking for something different. I have confidence in Commissioner Mike Whan that this new "mixed team" format will serve to enhance the talent and skill of the players on the LPGA Tour, which is always the Commissioner's guiding principle.


From LPGA News Release: The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) announced on May 10th a new official LPGA Tour event coming to Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region next summer. The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, a 72-hole team event, will debut at Midland Country Club from July 17-20, 2019. The partnership between Dow and the LPGA is initially for five years. The 72-hole, stroke-play tournament will feature 72 two-player teams competing in both foursomes and four-ball with a $2 million purse.

“We are so thrilled to bring this event to the region to further showcase all that the Great Lakes Bay area has to offer,” said Jim Fitterling, chief executive officer-elect of Dow. “The impact of this event will extend far beyond the golf course, as this unique partnership offers a great platform to build our community and explore the intersections between golf, our business, and life, especially in the areas of careers and inclusion

UPDATE #3 - BUICK SPONSORS SHANGAI TOURNAMENT.  The October 18-20, 2019  tournament -- the first LPGA event in Shanghai, China -- now has a name and a sponsor. (A tournament in Shanghai has been on the 2018 LPGA calendar with no name or sponsor.) Buick's five-year sponsorship confirms the LPGA's commitment to the countries of Asia and its market position as a "global tour". Congratulations to Commissioner Mike Whan and the LPGA marketing team for their dedication and hard work. And thanks to Buick! (My first car just happens to have been a Buick)

UPDATE #2: "LEADERS TOP 10" -- The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) announced March 12 that LEADERS Cosmetics, a global leader in facial masks and skincare products, has extended its relationship with the LPGA through 2020, and its designation has been broadened to Official Cosmetics Partner.

As part of this expanded relationship, a ‘LEADERS Top 10’ competition has been launched, with the LPGA player who records the most top-10 finishes at the end of the season taking home a $100,000 bonus. [ARIYA JUTANUGARN WON THE KINGSMILL SUNDAY MAY 20 - SO SHE IS IN THE RUNNING FOR THE "TOP 10" BONUS]

NEWS UPDATE #1 -- TURNER FAMILY LEADERSHIP AWARDS: June 12-13, 2018 -- For the second year the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Foundation will partner with the Turner Family Foundation of the Twin Cities (St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota) to continue to develop the next generation of female leaders when the first of five LPGA Leadership Academies on the 2018 schedule is held next month. Women's leadership programs are in the news for all the right reasons: Our personal values are established when we are young.

I grew up in St. Paul and went to the University of Minnesota. (One of the great LPGA Founders, Patty Berg, was born in Minnesota.) I will be going back to St. Paul next week to award the first student award under a scholarship my family and I recently established at my high school: St. Paul Central -- the oldest high school in the state and the high school that has graduated more Rhodes Scholars than any other high school in the country. I think the school taught "leadership" -- we just didn't know it at the time . Many thanks to the Turner Family for continuing our Twin Cities traditions. Congratulations to the award recipients.


For more about leadership see an article I wrote  (It's a real favorite!) ... "Why Women Golfers Must Be Leaders -- and It's Not About Hitting the Ball" at   https://www.womensgolf.com/women-golfers-leaders/


[   May ]  LPGA BREAKING NEWS:  New Team Format on the LPGA Tour in 2019.

THE GREAT LAKES BAY INVITATIONAL is innovative in that 144 LPGA golfers playing as two-person teams (72 teams) with a $2 million purse. -- will be the first "official team competition." 

Hmmm? Isn't the International Crown a team competition-- and isn't the Solheim Cup a team competition? Yes! But the difference is important. In the UL Internaitonal Crown, there are 32 LPGA Tour players and in the Solheim, only 12 on Team USA (and some on Team Europe). In contrast, the Great Lakes Bay Invitational will include 144 LPGA players in the field over 4 days of play and that has never been done. (It will make my History of Women's Golf Timeline at http://nancyberkley.com/774892.html

I hear your next question: Won't 144 players take forever? Not really because the tournament will use both Foursome and Fourball formats. The Foursome format is alternate shot -- that's quick. The Fourball does have all each two-person team playing the hole, but it is the "better-ball" score of the twosome; and it is not unusual for only one team member to be playing out the hole if the other is really in trouble -- and that speeds things up -- and makes it exciting. See an article I wrote about the formats at:https://www.womensgolf.com/foursomes-fourball/

This will be the second innovative format on the LPGA 2019 schedule. The first in January is a mixed women/men/celebrity format -- details still to be announced


IN MY OPINION:  And in another article about the new DOW Chemical Team event, LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan explained background for the new LPGA Team event and why he is not pushing for a womens/mens event..  According to Global Golf Post... "[Mike Whan] also still preaches the virtues of a future mixed-team tournament where, in Whan’s words, “fans can see Lexi Thompson and Bubba Watson partnering and reading putts for each other. That’ll be great.”“

But if I know the Commissioner, and I think I do, he won't launch a mixed team event until he knows he's got it right. In interviews he has always told me the product of the LPGA Tour is "the LPGA player." Everything the LPGA does must be to make the LPGA player look better than ever. He won't take a short-cut that short-changes the LPGA players. That's my opinion 



The new 2019 LPGA Tour "team" event -- the Great Lakes Bay Team Invitational sponsored by DOW Chemical -- is located at the Midland Country Club near the shore of Lake Huron one of the five "Great Lakes" in northern United States. The Great Lakes is the largest group of fresh water lakes on our earth (thank you, Wikipedia). I grew up in Minnesota and often visited Lake Superior, the lake farthest west. Heading east is Lake Michigan (Chicago is on Lake Michigan), Lake Huron, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. A river system connected Lake Ontario out to the Atlantic Ocean. Early settlers from Europe entered the US from the Atlantic Ocean using the Great Lakes and rivers to settlements in northern United States. The Great Lakes border Canada. Michigan - where the DOW  has an amazing number of golfers and fans... especially since those beautiful links are covered with snow for much of the year.


John Deere, one of the world’s leading golf course equipment suppliers, is confirmed as the latest big name partner to commit to The Solheim Cup at Gleneagles, Scotland, September 9th – 15th, 2019. 

There are TWO "international" competitive events on the LPGA Tour in alternate years:  The Solheim Cup and the UL International Crown.  They are "team" events (country vs country) and I write and report on both.  They are expensive events to stage and produce and sponsors are important.  Thanks to the John Deere company for stepping up as sponsor early. 

The 2018 UL International Crown October 4-7, 2018 (an LPGA Tour sponsored event - eight countries with 4-person teams compete in different match play formats) is still relatively new on the LPGA Tour.   To see what 8 countries are likely to compete for the 2018 Crown see http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/2018-ul-international-crown-team-standings  (currently: Korea, US, England, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Sweden, Chinese Taipai).  Also see an article I wrote about the 2016 Crown at https://www.womensgolf.com/lpga-international-crown-rio-olympics/.  

In 2019 - September 9-15, the Solheim Cup --  Team USA vs. Team Europe -- will be held in Scotland.   I have attended and written about Solheim Cup 2015 (in Germany), 2017 (in Des Moines, Iowa) and look forward to 2019 in Scotland. This is a really big, great tournament with a long history.  The Captains for each team have already been selected:  Juli Inkster for Team USA and Catriona Matthew for Team Europe.  See the home site for the tournament at http://solheimcup2019.com/.  Here is one article I wrote about Solheim 2017 that explains the format https://www.womensgolf.com/solheim-cup-2017/.  And one of my favorite articles is about Louise Solheim, who along with her husband established the PING golf company and who have generously funded the Solheim Cup -- see https://www.womensgolf.com/louise-solheim/

And almost forgot the Olympics which now includes golf will be held in summer 2020 summer in Tokyo, Japan  (at a course about an hour south of Tokyo).  For some background see my article about the return of golf to the Olympics at https://www.womensgolf.com/olympics/

It's easy to understand why the new marketing message of the LPGA Tour is "A Global Tour Like No Other."  LPGA Tour players will be in all the international events and many also play on European, Asian, and Australian tours that will represent their countries in the Olympics.   A good time to learn world geography! 


VOLUNTEER OF AMERICA TEXAS CLASSIC -- May 3 to May 6 (outshttps://www.womensgolf.com/solheim-cup-2017/ide Dallas, Texas at the Old American Golf Club) --  What is the sponsor selling?  Why advertise to golfers?

In an interview with LPGA Commissioner last November I asked him why a "volunteer" organization would sponsor an LPGA Tournament.  There is no product to buy. It's not about "profits".  The Commissioner didn't waste a minute answering my question.  He explained that the TV audience for women's golf had the most important ingredient to offer:  Time! 

Now it all made sense to me.  Although more young golfers are coming into the game -- and more millennials -- the TV fans for golf are "probably" not out coaching little league teams or taking kids to parks.  The TV audience probably (not gathered statistics yet) includes many viewers who are retired or partially retired -- and have time!  There are some other factors at work in our society that also promote volunteer-ism and "giving back".  

Interestingly, this is the only event on the LPGA Tour that promotes the role of volunteers. (You can't buy this sponsor's product in a store!) I will have more to say about Volunteers of America because it has an importat history and seems to be able to produce some of the best spots about women's golf of any sponsor.

The short pieces are intimate and dramatic insights into the mind of serious women golfers; Don't leave your TV to go to the kitchen when these spots come on! Let me know if you agree.

STACY LEWIS announces she is having a baby.  And her sponsor KPMG responds with great news.  Below is a copy of my Facebook post.


KPMG, THANK YOU!. On behalf of all working moms for launching "LPGA FAMILY LEAVE" for KPMG-sponsored players and leading the way. Mothers are great golfers....Nancy Lopez. Julie Inkster, Christie Kerr -- . And team Europe 2019 Solheim Captain Catriona Matthew to name just a few. Perfect role for Stacy in the announcers booth over the next month's. @KPMG. #whatareyoushootingfor.

Here is a portion from an article for GOLFWEEK magazine written by star supporter Beth Ann Nichols:

"As Lewis began to tell friends, family and sponsors the happy news, she got an unexpected follow-up phone call from KPMG. The way most sponsorship contracts are written, Lewis said, players get paid based in part on the number of tournaments they compete in. For example, if she had to play in a minimum number of 20 events and played in only 10, she’d get half the pay.

“(KPMG) called me a couple days later and said they wanted to pay me for the whole contract, regardless of the number of tournaments I played in,” said Lewis. “They see me as a member of their team and their family and they wanted to treat me like any other female in their organization that has a baby. Which I was pretty blown away by, shocked to get that phone call really.”

To read the entire GOLFWEEK article go to


KPMG, a leading worldwide accounting firm, is a strong supporter of women's golf and sponsor a "major" tournament on the LPGA Tour:  the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. June 28-July 1.  At this tournament, the final four players for each of the 8 teams competing in the UL International Crown will be announced based on the current Rolex Rankings. 

P.S. Just to note that the next President of the PGA of America will be Suzy Whaley -- the first female president of The PGA.... and the mother of two talented daughters (golfers, of course!).

For another article about the impact of the KPMG decision see the Business Insider at:



HAVE YOU NOTICED?  More Women's Product-Sponsors on the LPGA Tour

There are more sponsors of the LPGA Tour that make and sell products specifically for women? The LPGA has had a long sponsorship-history with Pure Silk shaving cream for women (and Barbasol shaving cream for men.). But read on...

The current LPGA event in San Francisco is sponsored by MEDIHEAL which sells a cosmetic face-mask product to improve the look, feel and health of our complexions. Next season, another skin care manufacturer LEADERS (also a face-mask product) will sponsor a first-time women/men/celebrity event in January. Both MEDIHEAL and LEADERS ares successful Korean-based cosmetic manufacturers that sell their products all over the world. . (Before writing this post, I spent some time interviewing an esthetician to understand the face-mask products and learned about their increased popularity in the U.S..)

To see MEDIHEAL and LEADERS come on board as sponsors of the LPGA suggests that more women are watching more LPGA Tour golf.-- all over the globe The recent announcement that UBS and Prudential Securities will be sponsoring programs for working women to learn the game adds to the good news. And so much more to come this season -- the US Women's Open, the KPMG Women's Championship, the UL International Crown and the grand finale Race to the CME Globe in November. I'm already thinking 2020 Olympics in Tokyo! (this will also be posted on Nancy's Blog at http://nancyberkley.com/nancy-s-blog.html. 

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As I read about this wonderful new young woman golfer, Alexa Pano, (from Coral Gables, Florida) I am reminded of Lexi Thompson at a similar age.

Read the Global Golf Post article at http://read.nxtbook.com/global_golf_post/local/20180423_fsga/index.html#alexa_pano_feature

But this article (long but worth every paragraph) suggests that it's not just one American girl but a significant trend among talented US girls taking up golf. The numbers of young golfers (from the National Golf Foundation) confirm this especially because the NGF now includes girls and women who play less than a full nine or 18 holes -- what beginners do!

The new measurements suggest that golf is a growing sport in the US and with the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, support from Annika, TopGolf and new golf ranges, there is really nothing to stop the trend. [I always remind readers, that these are the children of the children who went to school in the US after Title IX was enacted and girls were provided comparable opportunities to play sports.]

With the upcoming release from the NGF about the numbers of golfers, I expect that this trend will be statistically confirmed.  I have written several articles about the girls golf.  See "Is Junior Golf Really Good for Kids?" at https://www.womensgolf.com/is-junior-golf-good-for-kids/

And there is a new program for children ages 2 to 5 .  http://littlegolftrain.com/.  The Little Golf Train is taught by certified instructors in a program developed by Dr. Patricia Donnelly.  Here is the Little Golf T.R.A.I.N.™ Mission Statement:  "To provide children ages 2-5 with a research-based, holistic, early-learning environment and introduce them to the fundamentals of golf and accompanying life skills. To foster a love of the game of golf through a developmentally appropriate curriculum rooted in evidence-based research. To provide golf professionals with turn-key resources to help build a safe, fun and effective early-learning environment for children ages 2-5." 

And look at the wonderful programs (with sites all over the United States) at :  http://www.uskidsgolf.com/  AND at the LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Program at many sites all over the country  https://www.girlsgolf.org/ And the PGA of America has introduced a league program that merges teaching and competition see https://www.pgajrleague.com/.  And one of the first junior programs introduced years ago is still growing and thriving:  The First Tee at  https://thefirsttee.org.

Your young golfer may not win a gold medal at the Olympics, or play in the Solheim Cup, or win a USGA tournament, or top the leaderboard at an LPGA Tour event.  But she will learn a game that teaches not only golf-skills, but also life-skills.  And nothing is really more important than that in the end.  




One way the number of women's golfers (and girls also) will grow is by watching more of the LPGA Tour on television.  There is more TV coverage than!  Just watching a few holes and listening to the announcers is a lesson in itself.  Many golfers are encouraged to try the game from watching the professionals.  The really good news is that there are many more programs for new golfers than ever. 

STEP ONE:  Go to the LPGA website (www.lpga.com and then go to the Tournaments tab and download the schedule.  http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/download-lpga-schedule

STEP TWO:  Print the schedule out and put it up on the women's locker room bulletin board and on your club's main bulletin board. and certainly in the Pro Shop (women are the best customers!)..

STEP THREE:  I suggest you "CHECK OFF" the tournaments played so women can easily see what's next.

STEP FOUR:  If your golf shop only shows men's golf tournaments on the shop TV, teach them how to record an LPGA tournament and replay it in the pro shop.  [If your proshop is not showing women's golf tournaments on the TV, better read "ADVICE FOR WOMEN GOLFERS (my all-time favorite article)   https://www.womensgolf.com/women-golfers-leaders/

STEP FIVE:  If you have a really good golf professional at your club or a great Women's Golf Committee Chairperson, suggest this tournament format:  Pick a Pro for Your Partner.   Have your pro select about twenty-plus of the top pros who will be in the field of an upcoming tournament; members should try to each pick a different pro as their partner.  The Winner will be announced after the tournament:  Net score of your member plus score of the pro she picked.   And then print out the final Leaderboard from the lpga.com site and your member who was smart enough (or lucky enough) to be her partner.  What this simple fun tournament teaches is how to use the LPGA website and how to get to know the LPGA players and to watch the LPGA Tour on TV (live or record ed).  




Check out the Rolex Women's Golf Rankings at the Official Rolex Web

I like this page of the Rankings because it shows which players moved up and which moved down. At bottom of page use the scroll button to page 2 and notice that Azahara Munoz of Spain moved up 15 places after the last tournament!!

She could help Spain move into the UL International Crown. This is also a good page to search by "country".


To see the leaders in any country, put the name (abbreviation) of the country you want to see -- and there are all the golfers ranked. So much to see on this site!! [The Rolex Rankings are also used to determine the two players from 30 countries that will compete in the 2020 Olympic golf competition in Tokyo. ]

TO SEE THE STANDINGS FOR THE UL INTERNATIONAL CROWN -- GO TO  www.lpga.com and Tournaments tab and "Standings for UL Crown  -- or click on http://www.lpga.com/tournaments/2018-ul-international-crown-team-standings.  

Now that the previous LOTTE Championship sponsored by Hershey is over and the Rolex Rankings have been updated, the eight countries (with 4-person teams) are: Korea, US, Japan, England, Australia, Thailand, Sweden, and Chinese Taipei. See the current top 4 players from the countries using the Rolex Rankings page. Who will join me Oct 4-7 in Incheon, Korea for this great tournament?  ALL THIS COULD CHANGE AFTER THE LA OPEN.... stay tuned.




WOMENS AMATEUR GOLF IN THE NEWS...AGAIN! Last week before the Masters began, the Masters Chairman announced the 2019 Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship with 72 women golfers -- 30 of which would play the final round on "THE" hallowed Masters Course on Saturday before the Masters begins and before the Drive, Chip and Putt finals on Sunday. It is not clear to what extent and when Mike Whan LPGA Commissioner was informed of the new Masters women's amateur.

A major issue emerged: The first major of the LPGA season in 2019 is the ANA Inspiration in Palm Springs and it concludes on the Sunday before Masters week. Amateur women golfers might have to decide whether or not to play in the ANA Inspiration or qualify for the new Masters Women's Amateur. Didn't seem fair to women! (But the Masters is generally arrogant -- it now has 4 women members! Hardly a commitment to women's golf and golfers! )

I predicted in another Facebook post that Mike Whan -- who in my interviews with him is always motivated by an overall. thoughtful strategy for the LPGA Tour and women's golf -- would meet with his Board and carefully decide how to deal with the Masters conflict.  I was right!

Today, April 11, (a week after the Master's announcement of a women's amateur event), the Commissioner went further and announced a new amateur tournament later this year (yes, this fall) -- the "Q-Series" that would make it easier (actually double the number) for amateurs to qualify for the LPGA Tour.  The new LPGA amateur Q-Series tournament will be played on two great courses at Pinehurst   (famous designs by architect Donald Ross)  see https://www.homeofgolf.com/

And from today's announcement: Quote from Commissioner Mike Whan: 
"What I like most about the Q-Series is that it will be a true test for how players will qualify for the LPGA tour," said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. "The playing status earned by competitors at Q-Series will be a direct reflection of eight rounds of head-to-head competition on a demanding test at Pinehurst Resort."

There was no mention of postponing the ANA Inspiration to accommodate The Masters.  


To read more about the new LPGA Q-Series - see a good summary aY







The United States Golf Association (the USGA)  sets the rules for "amateur status".  I confirmed with the LPGA that the LPGA follows the USGA rules for amateur status.   To see the USGA rules of Amateur Status see:  http://www.usga.org/rules/rules-of-amateur-status.html#!rule-01The USGA is a great supporter of amateur golf.  Last year, the USGA introduced a US Women's Amateur with a schedule of qualifying rounds at sites all over the world.   There is also a "four-ball" tournament for women's amateurs.  And most importantly, the US Women's Open is open to amateurs who qualify at qualifying sites all over the world.  (Many LPGA Tournaments also allow a certain number of women amateur golfers to play in LPGA Tournaments (provided they waive any prize money).  




MORE...  about amateur womens golf and marketing women's golf.... 





Just to refresh the opportunities open to female amateur golfers conducted by the USGA, see http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/schedule.html




LPGA and Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA) to Unite in Strategic Alliance to Grow the Women's Game | LPGA | Ladies Professional Golf Association


March 27, 2018.  The EWGA -- Executive Women's Golf Association. -- was established in Florida in 1991. Women were entering the workplace and academia in greater numbers than ever before. Generally, women in the U.S.faced a work environment dominated by men. Golf was a favorite sport among the male employees and many corporations and law firms held golf outings. (I was the only woman in my law firm's golf outing). Enter the Executive Women's Golf Association introducing the game to a "network" of many thousands of "executive" working women. But times change. Today golf must attract young girls and young mothers, working women and non-working women ...new golfers and recreational and experienced golfers.


The "umbrella" of women's golf must be huge! Every time I interview Commissioner Mike Whan -- as recently as last November at the CME---- I ask him: Why can't I have an "I SUPPORT THE LPGA tag on my golf bag. (I have one for the USGA) Last interview he suggested he was working on it. i welcome the new LPGA -,WOMEN. WHO PLAY. I want the first bag tag! It's been an honor to be on the Women's Committee of the World Golf Foundation and to support and celebrate this new strategic alliance. It will make my History of Women's Golf Timeline at http://nancyberkley.com/774892.html.


LPGA and Executive Women's Golf Association to Unite in Strategic Alliance to Grow the Women's Game | LPGA | Ladies Professional Golf Association



Recovering from thumb and back injuries, Inbee returns.  She is one of my favorite golfers to watch -- a swing that looks slow and short but has the distance..... always looks like magic to me!  See  http://www.lpga.com/news/2018-inbee-park-makes-season-debut-in-singapore


Honda Thailand LPGA Tournament -- Lexi Thompson Rules Issue, Second Round February 23, 2018


What is a "local rule"; How do you know if there are local rules; What is the penalty if violate a local rule?


ABOUT the "LOCAL RULE" rule. About Lexi Thompson 2nd round penalty at the Honda Thailand LPGA tournament. (this is long and will also posted on www.nancyberkley.com). The time difference between Thailand and US is about 12 hours so the final round of the match is just about to begin as this note is published!


I have the current USGA Rules of Golf in front of me... over 200 pages small print. A tricky rule is if a course declares a "local rule" (Rule 33-8) -- one that does not conform to the official rule and is usually specific to the course and the competition. "Local Rules" are not printed in the Rules of Golf -- only the ability to declare a "local rule" under Rule 33-8.


BUT HOW DO YOU KNOW IF THERE IS A LOCAL RULE -- THAT'S THE ISSUE! When a course makes a local rule for a tournament it notifies the players of the local rule. In non-professional competition, there might be a posting on a bulletin board and an announcement or notice handed out to each player. For instance if a temporary fence has been put up as part of some construction project, a "local rule" might allow "relief" from that fence without penalty.


But without that local rule, a player up against an immovable obstruction with no possible way to make a shot, could take one-shot penalty and re-drop the ball. Or, a player might take a putter to hit that shot away from the immovable obstruction without incurring a penalty.


In the second round of the Honda Thailand LPGA, a local rule was established and notice was given to each caddy on a piece of paper at the beginning of the round. (The caddy and and golfer are "one" -- and the golfer is assumed to know the information the caddy received and vice-versa.)


The local rule in the 2nd round of the Honda Thailand LPGA tournament was that advertisement-signs on the course were declared to be "immovable obstructions" so the ball had to be played where it lay -- and if a shot was not possible, then the player had to replace it and take a one-shot penalty . By definition an "obstruction" is something artificial. (a tree is not an obstruction.)


Lexi was not aware of the "local rule" and moved the sign and then hit her shot. She did not know she had violated the local rule and went on to finish her round and submit her scorecard. AFTER the round, the rule violation was "discovered" and she received a two-shot penalty. BUT -- she did not receive another 2-stroke penalty for submitting an incorrect scorecard which happened last season at the ANA Inspiration when a TV-viewer called in a penalty. Last season the USGA revised the rules to prohibit call-in viewers and no longer applies another 2-shot penalty when a player was not aware of a rules violation.


None of this rule-technicality should dissuade any golfer from playing golf. Golf is my passion and most of the time the rules make sense in competitions. For recreational golfers like myself, when I play in serious championship matches, I always bring my USGA Rules of Golf and never leave a hole with a rules question until I have a professional come out and make an official decision. Once you move on to the next hole, whatever you did cannot be changed.

February 2018:  The PGA of America annnounced a new special 2019 "International" Women's Tournament -- the 2019 Women's PGA Cup -- for it's female PGA Professionals (probably amateurs - but may be some exceptions). The link below includes a nice video from Suzy Whaley, the next President of The PGA.   



The following countries are tentatively committed to play in the 2019 Women’s PGA Cup: Australia, Canada, Great Britain & Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden and the United States.

The site of the inaugural competition will be announced at a later date.  

This PGA of America tournament format is similar in some ways to the LPGA Tour UL International Crown tournament with eight-country-teams -- each with four players.  The 2018 UL International Crown will be played in Incheon, Korea the first weekend in October. 

See this link:  https://www.pga.com/pga-of-america/golf-buzz/pga-of-america-launch-womens-pga-cup-in-2019





The top two players in the third round were paired:  Sweden's Pernilla Lindberg and Korea's Sung Hyun Park.  They were "Put on the Clock" and Park's game faltered as she tried to speed up.  Here's my opinion about the issue:

What is "Being Put on the Clock" all about? The LPGA has rules about "slow play" -- (so does the PGA Tour, but they differ) -- the LPGA rules were made a little tougher about six years ago.


In order for a group to be put “on the clock”, the group must be in violation of two rules: (1) They have violated “time par” which is the amount of time allocated to the play of each hole; this is customized for each course and takes into account playing conditions, and (2) the group must be “out of position”, that is there is too much space between them and the group in front of them. Even though only one player in a group may be the "slow" player, the whole group is "on the clock".


In today's Round 3 of the ANA Inspiration tournament, the two-some of Pernilla Lindberg (Sweden) and Sung Hyun Park (Korea) were first warned about being slow and then were "put on the clock". Although I watched the match, I will have to back and replay it to see who actually was "slower." Once "put on the clock", Park lost her rhythm and did not play as well. Lindberg did not seem affected by the slow play warning and played the final holes very well to take the lead. Why the difference? In my opinion, Lindberg was the more experienced tournament player and knew how to speed up. And Lindberg from Sweden is also an excellent skier who has probably speeded down many trails. Park is less experienced in tournament golf and just had a harder time adjusting to a faster routine. Park also does not have a coach -- she relies on her own innate talent. Perhaps a coach would have helped her learn and practice playing faster. The final match on Sunday April 1 will be one to watch! 



BRAND MARKETING  #101 -- the NIKE Lesson

Strong television ratings for the 2018 Masters owe it to Tiger Woods and the strength of the "Tiger Brand". Modern-brand "celebrity" marketing was invented and popularized by NIKE -- beginning with basketball's Michael Jordan. The great LPGA Tour player, Lorena Ochoa, now has brand status as a new line in Mattel's famous Barbie Doll Collection. As a result, I would expect to see more Latina-American golfers in the LPGA/USGA Girls Golf programs and then on more women's amateur and professional golf tours.


Commissioner Mike Whan has announced a new 2019 LPGA Tour event next January that includes women, men and celebrities. That's how great personal brands are built. The game of golf needs more of them!


P.S. I wrote this post before I read the Wall Street Journal April 9, 2018 article "Nike Needs to Run After Women." The new Nike skort worn by Michelle Wie this season with longer ruffled back is a great and welcome new design.




TO BE HONEST: I was following Lizette Salas at the LPGA Tour Kia Classic at Carlsbad.   It was forty years ago in 1978 that Nancy Lopez made history winning five tournaments in a row. I remember the impact on women's golf of Nancy Lopez and her Latina heritage. And then in 2017, I was lucky to sit next to Azucena Maldonado in the media room of the Solheim Cup. She was following Lizette on Team USA. I learned that in 2008, Azucena had established the Latina Golfers Association and I knew our paths would cross again.


Today, I caught up with Azucena during the final round of the Kia Classic -- Lizette was very close to victory. I asked Azucena to bring me up to date on the Latina Golfers Association.


FROM AZUCENA MALDONADO, Founder of the Latina Golfers Association:
"It’s a new dawn and today young Latinas look to Lizette as the evolving face of golf in the United States and she gives them hope that it won’t take that many years to see more Lizette’s playing professional golf. In fact the pipeline is going strong with Lee Lopez now on the tour and many U.S. Latinas playing collegiate golf ready to start the quest to earn their LPGA tour card. As the founder fo the Latina Golfers Association I love to shine a light on Lizette and the Salas family. She is a role model for our community and works with us to grow the game of golf. Lizette works fervently to realize her dream to be the best woman golfer in the world and she works as diligently to encourage girls and women to learn to golf to enhance their lives. Lisette is living the American Dream and she wants other girls to do the same - by learning how to play golf!"


LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan has worked hard to achieve a "global Tour." But worth noting that a "global heritage" -- one that Lizette embraces as a Latina -- enhances the global character of the LPGA Tour. Not just about where you live, but where your heart lives also. 




See http://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules-hub/rules-modernization/major-changes/major-changes.html


"The following are the main changes to the Rules of Golf taking effect January 1, 2019 that are expected to have the most impact on the game and to be of most interest to golfers. The items covered on this page are organized into eight categories, and within each individual item, you will find the main reasons for the change. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us any time.


Ball at Rest  |  Ball in Motion  |  Taking Relief  |  Areas of the Course    

Equipment  |  Playing a Ball  |  When to Play During a Round  |  Player Behavior


The new rules are very well explained on the USGA site with both text and videos.  I recently reminded my caddy that he could not touch the green with the flagstick to show me the line of my putt, BUT after next January 1, that will not be a penalty.  That special drop technique (arm out straight at shoulder height) will also be gone and replaced with a new more relaxed "drop rule".  And, several new rules about bunkers -- players will be able to remove loose objects (like a leaf) in a bunker.  

In the interest of speeding up play, one of the most important new rules is this one:  "It is recommended that you play “ready golf” and make each stroke in no more than 40 seconds."  No more conversations about who is farther from the flagstick!


The new rules should "relax" the game and speed it up.  


Excerpts from just two players in the LPGA Media Center Interviews because of their historical significance -- chance to share some history. This is a very long post on Facebook -- read it here also on http://nancyberkley.com/nancy-s-blog.html


Q. TO INBEE PARK: Phenomenal start to the round; 6-under through five holes. You shot a 29 on the front nine. Were you ever thinking about that magic number that would come into play in shooting a 59 today?

INBEE PARK: Yes, for a little bit I think after the front nine. I got off to really good start with a shot eagle on the front and everything seemed to be in. On the back nine it was a little bit different, a little bit more boring golf.


NANCY'S NOTES: What is that "magic number" all about?  The magic number if 54 -- the score if a player "birdied" every hole. The closest anyone has come is Annika Sorenstam with a score of 59. Enjoy this utube video of Annika talking about that 59 round https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNGvp8JiJXE. The golf instructor team of Lynn Marriott & Pia Nilsson have written about "Vision 54" https://www.vision54.com/ and reference it in their new book "Be A Player".


Q. TO INBEE PARK: And your putting, obviously one of the best putters of all-time. You changed your putter. Can you tell us 
about that?
INBEE PARK: Yes, I changed to a little bit more Anser style of putter this week, because I think I was getting too used to the mallet style putter doesn't really shows mistakes. I wanted to see which way I was missing, what my stroke was doing wrong. With Anser style you can tell much better. I wanted to see my misses and good putts and bad putts. That's why I kind of change it before going to ANA, so I can kind of see my mistakes and see which putts are the good putts.


NANCY'S NOTES: The reference to an "Anser" style putter goes back to Karsten Solheim and his "invention" of the Anser blade-type putter that made a "Ping" sound when hit. And that's the beginning of PING golf. I had the honor to write about the PING family and the role of Louise Solheim (who gave the putter its name). She was a "founder" and with Karsten originated the Solheim Cup. See https://www.womensgolf.com/louise-solheim/


Q. TO LAURIE DAVIES: Q. The think the folks in the media center were saying it's the lowest round you've had on the LPGA since '06. Where did that come from?
LAURA DAVIES: Well, my putting is improved no end, and my ball striking has always been pretty solid. My putting has been letting me down for the last four, five, six, years. I changed to the claw grip in Arkansas last year, so that was sort of July last year. And I've started to hole some putts.




After every round on the LPGA Tour (with few exceptions), the players come to the media center and answer questions from reporters.  The text of the Q&A are distributed and even though I am not in Arizona, I can review the press releases.  The media center at LPGA events is amazing!

I read the comments from Friday’s rounds and have selected just two players’ comments to share.  One from Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn and another from U.S. Brittany Lincicome.  Golf is a very “personal” game.  (Two more rounds to go!  Remember there is life TV coverage in most areas -- tape the coverage.) 



Q. How are you able to not focus on being in the lead and winning? How do you keep that out of your mind?

ARIYA JUTANUGARN: It's very tough for me. It's hard. Before, every putt we just want to make it, but I know that when I'm thinking about make it I'm not going to make it. I have to thinking about like what my coach said.


Q. What are you thinking about? The stroke?

ARIYA JUTANUGARN: Just make sure I have to finish my stroke before I look at the hole or at my ball.


There is quite a difference between Arriya’s statements:  “Do not look at the hole” and “Finish the stroke”. 

Someone once told me that our brains don’t really understand “not” and negatives.  “Thinking positive” is good advice for golf.



Q. How much have you worked on your putting and how big a deal is it?

BRITTANY LINCICOME: Zero. I mean, I just go and when I'm home I play a bunch, but I never go to the putting green. I haven't even seen the putting green this week other than my five, ten minutes before I go to the tee.

I played with Angela Stanford this week, and she was like, How do you do it? I hate you. You never have to practice. You're just like a natural. Just go out and play.

Just super lucky, because if I had to practice -- like I cannot wait to go take a nap right now. (Laughter.)




BREAKING NEWS:  New tournament and sponsor for LPGA TOUR 2019. Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions -- Men, Women, Celebrities, Amateurs -- What more do you need?  Fans!!! 

See  http://www.lpga.com/news/diamond-resorts-tournament-of-champions-to-kick-off-2019-lpga-season   

Can you believe that the LPGA Tour has already announced a new tournament for next year?  [information recently also posted on my Facebook page - click Facebook icon above to also check out the other postings):


To say that LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan thinks ahead is the understatement of the season! The Commissioner just announced  the first -- and new format -- tournament to launch the 2019 season next January. The tournament will include the best of the best LPGA Tour players and celebrities and some amateurs.


It reminds me of a 2010 tournament sponsored by Golf Digest -- the Golf Digest US Open Challenge -- that had an online contest about who would be the amateur to play with a group of celebrities at famous Pebble Beach - playing from the 7,040-yard tournament tees.  Peggy Ferrence, an amateur golfer from New Jersey, won the on-line vote and the only woman beating several other male golfers for the opportunity.  That celebrity Pebble Beach tournament was an opening event for the USGA's 2010 US Open.  Peggy's goal was to break 100 on the course, but the prevailing winds that day and the long grasses proved a formidable challenge for both Peggy and the celebrities.


Here's an article about that famous tournament where famous/popular golfers were caddies for the celebrity foursome.



Mike Whan, in my interview with him at the CME Globe, last November mentioned some "new" tournaments for 2019. I was hoping for a good, mixed LPGA Tour and PGA Tour "team" event.  But will have to wait a little longer for that -- I know the Commissioner is thinking about it. 

The 2010 Golf Digest event, in my opinion, met mixed reviews.  It is a sponsor's opportunity to feature a new resort to a large TV audience, but it will be challenging to market to golfers.  But -- then again -- marketing is the specialty of the Commissioner. 


This tournament must be successfull so I will stay close to it in the planning stage.  My advice:  (although not requested) is that perhaps the Commissioner can include some of the PGA Tour players.  In the Golf Digest 2010 tournament discussed above, Peggy Ference played from the same 7000 yard tees as the men in her foursome.  My advice would be to have different players playing from different tees (that's the backbone of the US Handicap System and an opportunity to educate golfers about the Handicap System).  PGA Tour events are usually at least 600 yards longer than LPGA Tour events; so, let's see how Mike Whan handles the dilemma of "women's tees) and "amateurs' shorter tees".   And wouldn't it be interesting to have one of the top teens in the mix.  (Lexi Thompson at 15 could have scored better than some Tour players.)  I will stay tuned to how the new Diamond Resort Tournament of Champions develops.  I'm putting the tournament on my schedule for next January -- just a few hours drive north for me.



Women's Forums now part of more LPGA Tour Events...starting with the Bank of Hope Founders Cup 


At the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, March 15-18, in Phoenix, Arizona, the LPGA Tour holds its first (of the the 2018) season women's lunch and forum for about 100 women from the area. Forums and luncheons for women held in conjunction with a LPGA Tournament are a growing trend.

The Bank of Hope forum will feature a putting lesson from the great LPGA players, Nancy Lopez and Betsy King along with instructors from the famed "Vision 54" teaching program.  As explained by Tracy Hupko, Sales and Marketing Manager LPGA Bank of Hope Founders Cup, "Each year our 'What’s Fore Lunch' events grow and bring new faces to the game of golf. The luncheons carve out a small piece of the day to give business woman a chance to network and learn about golf or improve their game, without cutting into their family time.” What I also liked about the Bank of Hope forum is that LPGA Girls Golf participants are invited to the forum to witness for themselves how golf and leadership work together.


About one-third of the 2018 LPGA Tour events are reaching out to the local women golfers with special programming. I will be writing more about those forums as a new and positive trend building both women golfers and fans.  

It's a new world for business women (still not perfect), but like to share my story.  When I was a lawyer with a New York City big, law firm, they announced their annual golf outing and dinner -- for all employees.  I signed up for the golf tournament, of course!  A partner called me aside to tell me that I was the only woman playing golf.  He was perplexed because there was a long drive contest, and he recognized that one woman against all those men in a long drive contest didn't sound quite fair.  So he asked for my suggestion.  It was an easy answer!  I said, "I guess I will probably win the longest women's drive contest."  And, I did!  And I received a lovely sweater at the prize ceremony.  In a small way, all women golfers have an opportunity to level the playing field -- the fairway -- to make the game of golf more welcoming for all women and girls.



European Tours organize 2018 mixed men/women events and lead the way.  It's a busy summer!  (posted on Nancy Facebook page -- March 9, 2018)


MARK SUMMER GOLF CALENDAR: The European golf associations -- the Ladies European Tour (the LET) and the men's European Tour are playing TWO mixed women/men tournaments in 2018. Some women golfers are members of the the LET and the LPGA Tours. (hmmm?.. the PGA Tour and the LPGA Tour just can't get their schedules in sync according to conversations I have had with LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan, who has "hinted" that thinking about a co-ed format.).


The first men/swomen European event in May -- GolfSixes -- is a short event and will be played over two days May 5 and 6 at the Centurion Club in England (north of London). See http://www.bbc.com/sport/golf/43205185


The second mixed event -- described as "revolutionary" -- August 8-12 is in Gleneagles, Scotland and will feature a 50/50 gender split in the field with male and female professionals competing for equal prize money in both a Men’s and Women’s Team match play Championship as well as an 18-hole foursomes stroke play Mixed Team Championship. Click the box below for more about this new event.


the LPGA Tour's "Major" Ricoh Women's British Open is August 2-5 in Lancashire, England. A few days later, the European Mixed Golf Team Championship August 8-12 (describe above) follows And then.... the LPGA Tour plays August 16-19 back in the US in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Indy Women in Tech Championship sponsored by Guggenheim -- at the Indianapolis raceway. Wow -- a busy August!

And almost forgot.... the MENS RYDER CUP -- TEAM USA vs TEAM EUROPE will be played September 25-30 at Le Golf National in Paris France. And then October 4-7, the LPGA Tour gathers in Incheon, Korea for the UL International Crown. Two great team country-vs-country events this summer.



Lorena Ochoa, LPGA Tour player and member of Golf Hall of Fame added to Barbie collection of "Shero" dolls created to inspire the next generation of girls.... and my background with Barbie.  Announcement in honor of -- International Women's Day, March 8, 2018. (posted March 8, 2018)

I bring some history to Mattel and girls golf.  In 2008, I was a consultant to Mattel involving the launch of "Barbie" branded girls-golf clubs.  As a test, they were introduced at the PGA Merchandise Show in 2008 where I met with the Mattel executives on this project.


The company determined, however, that Barbie golf clubs were not an appropriate extention of Mattel's brand.  I became intrigued with the line of "famous" Barbies and suggested that Nancy Lopez should be included in their famous-women-doll-collection.  That never happened. (see photo below)

Interestingly, back in 1992, Mattel introduced "Golf Date Barbie" which I could not resist buying for its history.(see the photo below).

So here we are -- twenty-six years later -- and Mattel has returned to women's golf.  Their selection of Lorena Ochoa as one of the "Sheros" collection (that's Mattel translation of "she-heroes") is a perfect choice.  And isn't it interesting and important that women have moved beyond just being a "date" to being an "inspiration" to girls about what they can achieve?  

I considered Mattel's recognition of Lorena Ochoa important and symbolic of changing attitudes that I have added it to the HISTORY TIMELINE -- see tab on left) Enjoy this photo history.


Left (1992 Mattel introduces "Golf Date" Barbie),

Middle (2008 Mattel tests Barbie branded golf clubs -- but rejects concept)

Right (2018) Lorena Ocheo, LPGA Tour & World Golf Hall of Fame member) becomes one of Mattel's inspirational Sheros collection added on March 3, 2018 -- International Women's Day.   Adding my personal "Thank You" to Mattel and reminding all readers that the fastest growing segment of golfers in the US today are girls.  I hope that when girls receive the Lorena Ocheo new Barbie it includes information about the history of golf and the role that Lorena played in demonstrating the global appeal of woomen's golf along with a reminder that all over the world there are opportunities for girls to learn the game at very young ages.  For more about girls golf see  https://www.girlsgolf.org/


LPGA release:  "Korea to be Site of the First LPGA International Property Outside the U.S. -- Going Global"  (posted March 6, 2018)

In every interview I have had with the Commissioner he has never wavered from his vision of a global LPGA.  See one of several interviews with the Commissioner at https://www.womensgolf.com/mike-whan-nancy-berkley/ 


But this most recent announcement in my opinion is the most important. See  http://www.lpga.com/news/2018-korea-to-be-site-of-first-lpga-international-property-outside-us

Some background: When Mike Whan officially became LPGA Commissioner in January 2010 -- just eight years ago, he inherited the LPGA's fragmented marketing strategy.  As an example:  In spite of the number of non-U.S. players on the Tour, the previous LPGA Commissioner wanted all players to learn and speak in English.   Along comes Mike Whan with a strong marketing background that included working for Proctor & Gamble, one of the largest international corporations in the world.  The Commissioner wasted little time in re-branding the "international" quality of the LPGA Tour and schedule more LPGA Tour events outside of the United States.  The new strategy had its critics, but Whan pursued his marketing vision.  In this current 2018 LPGA Tournament season, almost half of all tournaments are played outside the United States.  


What always impresses me in my conversations with "the Commish" is the clarity and consistency of his strategy.  Here's a Q&A from the interview referenced above a few years after he became Commissioner:


Q Nancy: Let’s clarify that answer: In your opinion the LPGA brand is NOT about growing the number of female recreational golfers – the six-plus million golfers in the U.S. (20% of all golfers in the U.S.) or recreational golfers around the world. Is that what you are saying?
A.MikeWhan:  Yes. Honestly, I don’t spend a lot of my time trying to figure out how to get more recreational golfers – other than giving women golfers a showcase for watching the best women golfers in the world. I know that in most other sports, it’s all about fans. But the LPGA is different. We focus on our sponsors. Our LPGA golfers connect with our sponsors like no other sports figures. 


Back to the Press Release at the beginning of this blog topic:  The LPGA is establishing a second International headquarters half way around the world from Daytona Beach, Florida -- along the southern coast of Korea in the city of Busan.  Why? 


The final paragraph in the LPGA Press Release (cited above) from Mike Whan answers the question: 


"I really felt the beauty and vibrancy of the city when I visited Busan for the first time last year, and the launch of LPGA International Busan will make it an even more special place to visit," said LPGA Commissioner Whan. "This is a special occasion for the LPGA with the first LPGA International brand besides our headquarters, and it will play a significant role in our global business in the future."  



I expect some comments and reactions from the golf industry writers and observers and from other women's world golf tours -- such as the LET (Ladies European Tour) and world tours in Australia and Japan.  How does a stronger global LPGA affect them?