The USGA Golf Museum has long supported the role of women in golf, featuring a room dedicated to five-time USGA champion Mickey Wright, as well as numerous artifacts from females who have contributed to the game.
Wright is regarded by many as the most accomplished female golfer in history, possessing a swing hailed by Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson as the greatest in the game, male or female. She won 82 tournaments and 13 major championships, including four U.S. Women’s Opens (1958, 1959, 1961 and 1964). She still holds the LPGA Tour record for most victories in one year with 13 in 1963.
With her exceptional play and magnetic smile, Wright, who also won the 1952 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, was the face of women’s golf for more than a decade, starting in the late 1950s. Her appeal to fans of all ages brought crowds and sponsors to fledgling LPGA Tour events.