The LPGA - or the Ladies Professional Golf Association - was founded in 1950 by a group of 13 women golfers. and is an American organization for female professional golfers. It is best known for running the LPGA Tour – which is a series of golf tournaments for the best of the best women golfers from around the world. It is the oldest continuing women’s professional sports organization in the United States.
What I find particularly ironic is that the LPGA succeeded the WPGA (Women’s Professional Golf Association). The WPGA was founded in 1944, but only lasted four years and officially ceased operations in December 1949 due to lack of capital.
Maybe it’s semantics, but in this day and age, I find the term Women’s Professional Golf Association so much more meaningful and attractive than Ladies Professional Golf Association. “Women” is a term of gender, whereas “Ladies” seems to define character or behavior – as in “act like a lady.” It isn’t as if there is a Men’s Professional Golf Association, right? There is just the PGA; period. If I were among the elite women of professional golf today, I would much rather be part of a WPGA than an LPGA. But hey, that’s just me.