History of WWPLGA
WISCONSIN WOMEN'S PUBLIC LINKS GOLF ASSOCIATION
While many of us do not wish to admit to being 45 years old - we, of the WWPLGA, are proud of our history of service, tournament play, and encouragement of women to participate in the game of golf we all have enjoyed for the past 45 years.
In the spring of 1961, two dedicated women golfers, Mrs. Ray (Noreen) Fischer and Mrs. John (Rose) Thomas accompanied their husbands to a meeting of the Wisconsin Public Links Association. Listening to the men talk about the enjoyment they received playing tournaments in various cities throughout the state, these women decided a similar organization would be appreciated by women golfers, too.
After a busy winter of attending organizational meetings, writing the constitution and the by-laws, 14 charter member clubs helped create this organization and the first official WWPLGA tournament was held at Brown Deer Park Golf Course in July of 1962.
The first tournaments were enthusiastically attended, and provided some hilarious consultations and decisions regarding rules. Many of those first participants had never previously played tournament golf. Actually playing by the rules necessitated the establishment of a rules committee. Needless to say, since those first tournaments the problems faced have diminished considerably and today's golfers are very aware of the USGA Rules of Golf.
Before the creation of the WWPLGA, public links women had no venue in which to play competitive golf except for tournaments at their home courses. This new entity opened up the possibility to play excellent courses all around the state. Women competed with other women with similar abilities, since all tournaments were flighted by handicap.
The WWPLGA has cooperated with the First Tee Program. We continue with programs to encourage young girls in the game. We have also sponsored rules seminars and helped fund local women to compete in the national US Amateur Public Links Tournament.
Early membership was limited to member clubs. However, with more women in the work force, we began offering individual memberships to women who were unable to join a public links club. The annual $15.00 fee enables a woman to participate in WWPLGA tournaments and the two tournaments we co-host with the Wisconsin Women's State Golf Association.
Future plans focus on establishing a mid-amateur tournament and continuing to encourage women of all ages to play the game of golf, which we all love.