Eight-time LPGA Tour winner Sandra Post says there was plenty of good news in golf in 2014, particularly in the women’s game. The winner of the 1968 LPGA Championship adds that 2015 should even be better.
The first half of 2014 golf season belonged to Rory Mclroy, beginning with his public break-up with his tennis star fiancé, to his fitness campaign which culminated with winning three times on the PGA tour, including the last two majors of the year.
He capped off the season with The Race to Dubai on the European Tour and was rightly named PGA Tour Player of the Year.
As much as you may vote for him being golf’s news maker of the year, slow down. A nod, for sure, must also be given to women golfers making a mark, especially in the second half of 2014.
How can anyone forget “the” vote for women membership entry into the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.
Combine that with the world tour growth of the LPGA, purses increase in ‘15 to $61.6-million, plus 410 hours of television coverage.
It was a dream year for the LPGA capped off by 17-year-old Lydia Ko’s 1.5 million dollar payday in Naples, Fla., recently.
We saw Suzy Whaley’s advancement to secretary of the PGA of America puts her to become that association’s president in four years and how we would like to forget the “L’il girl” phrase, which had huge repercussions for a sitting PGA of America president.
In Canada, two of this country’s finest hopefuls, Brooke Henderson and Augusta James, are amateurs for the moment, but noticeably absent from the recently-named national team.
They seem poised to become our newest and brightest stars on the professional scene in 2015.
So instead of getting down on the state of golf, look up.
These stories are just what golf needs as we look forward to 2015.