Ladies of the Pebble Beach Fairways
The 2016 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am brings with it exciting activities and notable players—like PGA TOUR golfers Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Bubba Watson playing alongside sports stars and celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, Aaron Rodgers and Mark Wahlberg. Among the line-up this year, there is also a record number of women playing in the Pro-Am field.
Five women—including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former NBA executive Heidi Ueberroth—comprise the record-breaking roster that will walk the iconic fairways of Pebble Beach Golf Links and Spyglass Hill Golf Course during this year’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. It is the most women participants since 1980, which saw four ladies on the links.
The history of women and golf at Pebble Beach Golf Links extends back to the beginning of the course when men’s and women’s championships were played at the opening on February 22, 1919. Women’s golf has continued as a tradition at Pebble Beach:
- The Pebble Beach Championship for Women was played from 1923-1951. Marion Hollins—winner of the 1921 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship—won an incredible seven times. She was also a six-time runner-up of the tournament.
- The U.S. Women’s Amateur was contested over Pebble Beach Golf Links in 1940 and 1948.
- The LPGA Tour, Weathervane Trans-Continental Women’s Open Championship was played at Pebble Beach; golf legend Babe Zaharias took home the trophy in 1950 and Patty Berg in 1951.
- The California Women’s Amateur Championship was contested at Pebble Beach from 1967 – 1986, which was dominated in its early years by four-time consecutive winner Shelley Hamlin. Juli Inkster won the event in 1981.
- The first women to ever play in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am were college standout and future LPGA star Nancy Lopez and California Women’s champion Marianne Bretton, who teed it up at Pebble Beach in 1977.
- Lisa Fernandez, a softball gold medalist in both the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, proved she could play golf; finishing T-9 with partner Nick Watney in the 2005 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
- Women compete annually in the TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational presented by DELL EMC, PGA, LPGA, Champions and Web.com Tour players battle head-to-head in this unique event. In 1990, Juli Inkster became the first (and to date only) woman to take home the crown, and she topped PGA Tour star Mark Brooks by one shot on the final hole to secure her place in Pebble Beach history.
- One of the greatest golf talents at Pebble Beach Resorts is Sally Dodge, an LPGA Master Professional, who celebrates her 40th anniversary in 2016 of teaching golf at Pebble Beach.
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