College Golf and Discrimination

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College Golf and Discrimination April 4 th , 2011 Education 212 By David Rozman Golf has a history that not many sports can even begin to compete with. It originated in 1497 on the east coast of Scotland. The game started out with men hitting pebbles with sticks in the sand dunes (golfeurope.com, 2001). Amazingly, this game has turned into one of the most widely played games in the world. Discrimination is a bit different. It has been around since the beginning of man and will always be a topic of conversation in the world. When two of these important world phenomenons collide, a problem ensues that is bigger than any one man or country. Discrimination in golf started from the beginning and continues today, especially in the college game. Many people believe there is an old wives tale that the world golf stands for Gentleman Only, Ladies Forbidden. This however is untrue; actually, the world golf came from the Dutch word “kolf” which meant club. When the Scottish tried pronouncing the word in Celtic it
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David Rozman Educ. 212 sounded like “golf.” (USGA Library) The spread of golf from Scotland throughout the world was not only the work of a woman. In the 16 th century, Mary Queen of Scots, who was French, spread the game to France which began the spread of golf throughout the world. Amazingly enough, due to the fact that woman still do not have the ability to play on certain courses to this day, the fact that a woman spread the game from Scotland to France can be seen as important to the future of woman in golf. As the game of golf spread the PGA Tour was created as a professional golfing league that allowed for men and eventually women to make a living while playing the sport. According to PGA.com, in 1985, ten professionals and one amateur golfer played in the first US Open in Rhode Island. After that tournaments began being held all across the country. Since that point, golf in the United States has grown considerably. In 1915, as depicted in the movie The Greatest Game Ever Played starring Shia Labeouf, Francis Ouimet, an amateur, defeated two European stars to become the US Open champion. This put golf on center stage because the Americans had defeated the Europeans in their own sport. The PGA formed soon after that in 1932. The actual name of the PGA Tour was adopted in 1968. (PGATour.com, 2011) College golf is a whole new animal however. Golf became big in 1915 after that historic victory by Francis Ouimet, but college golf actually started before that in 1897. Yale and Harvard were the top two teams and it took until 1934 for a non-Ivy League school to win back to back national championships. That school resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The University of Michigan won the 1934 and 1935 NCAA Championships proving even more that Michigan is the epicenter for athletics in the “West.” This also proves that sports do not exist in a vacuum without the University of Michigan. Since those championships, almost all of the NCAA champions have come from somewhere in the southern part of the United States. Later in this
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