The history of
spent years on the links sinking holes on the golf course, now
Judy Dickinson 72 finds historical links to fill holes
in golfs history.
After graduating, Dickinson took a job at a golf course. By practicing
after work, she eventually became good enough to turn pro. I
practiced a lot, laughs Dickinson. The former Judy Clark won
four Ladies Pro Golf Association tournaments in a pro career that
started in 1978.
Dickinson enjoyed playing, and her love of history led her to study
the LPGAs past. She joined the LPGAs Hall of Fame Committee,
and noticed the group often struggled to name players to the hall.
Spotty early record-keeping made it tough to know who had won what.
Dickinson, who graduated with a history degree, was determined to
unlock the mystery of the LPGAs early days. For the last few
years, Dickinson has read through hundreds of old magazines and
newspapers, trying to fill the gaps in LPGA history. In the
1950s, womens sports didnt always receive mainstream
media coverage, says Dickinson.
That makes it difficult to find out what actually did happen
While she continues to dig through boxes of old press materials,
Dickinson thinks many details lie within the players themselves.
The only people who really kept track of what happened were
the players, says Dickinson. Im sure many facts
are jammed in the back of a players closet somewhere.
Dickinsons fact-finding exploits made a major contribution
to the LPGAs 50th anniversary celebration. But even with all
of her work looking into golfs past, she hasnt put away
her golf clubs. The Florida resident remains an active player, just
to make sure she can still fill holes on the golf course. Pro golfer
Dickinson topped the leaderboard at four LPGA tournaments.