2024 LPGA season preview

January 21, 2024
The LPGA will crown its first winner of the year when the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions — 2024’s season opener — swings to a close today.
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2024 LPGA season preview
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📗 The origin story

The longest-running women’s pro sports organization in the U.S., the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) was formed in 1950, long after the men’s PGA was founded in 1916. Sexism in sports? Groundbreaking.

  • The LPGA was preceded by the Women’s PGA, which was formed in 1944 — but it only lasted five years due to financial issues.

Spearheaded by 13 trailblazing women, the LPGA’s founders did it all — from planning and organizing the inaugural season’s 15 tournaments to setting up the courses to drafting the tour’s by-laws and much more. But are you really surprised?

In 1963, the LPGA was covered on TV for the first time with the airing of the final round of the U.S. Open. For context, the first broadcast of the men’s US Open came nine years prior in 1954.

  • From there, the LPGA continued to grow, expanding to 32 events by the end of the 1960s with a steady increase in prize money, too. But, fast forwarding to present day, there’s still a long way to go to reach full parity.

💪 The history makers

2024 LPGA season preview
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The longest-running women’s pro sports organization in the U.S., the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) was formed in 1950, long after the men’s PGA was founded in 1916. Sexism in sports? Groundbreaking.

  • The LPGA was preceded by the Women’s PGA, which was formed in 1944 — but it only lasted five years due to financial issues.

Spearheaded by 13 trailblazing women, the LPGA’s founders did it all — from planning and organizing the inaugural season’s 15 tournaments to setting up the courses to drafting the tour’s by-laws and much more. But are you really surprised?

In 1963, the LPGA was covered on TV for the first time with the airing of the final round of the U.S. Open. For context, the first broadcast of the men’s US Open came nine years prior in 1954.

  • From there, the LPGA continued to grow, expanding to 32 events by the end of the 1960s with a steady increase in prize money, too. But, fast forwarding to present day, there’s still a long way to go to reach full parity.

⛳️ The 2024 season

2024 LPGA season preview
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The longest-running women’s pro sports organization in the U.S., the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) was formed in 1950, long after the men’s PGA was founded in 1916. Sexism in sports? Groundbreaking.

  • The LPGA was preceded by the Women’s PGA, which was formed in 1944 — but it only lasted five years due to financial issues.

Spearheaded by 13 trailblazing women, the LPGA’s founders did it all — from planning and organizing the inaugural season’s 15 tournaments to setting up the courses to drafting the tour’s by-laws and much more. But are you really surprised?

In 1963, the LPGA was covered on TV for the first time with the airing of the final round of the U.S. Open. For context, the first broadcast of the men’s US Open came nine years prior in 1954.

  • From there, the LPGA continued to grow, expanding to 32 events by the end of the 1960s with a steady increase in prize money, too. But, fast forwarding to present day, there’s still a long way to go to reach full parity.

💃 Players to watch

2024 LPGA season preview
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The longest-running women’s pro sports organization in the U.S., the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) was formed in 1950, long after the men’s PGA was founded in 1916. Sexism in sports? Groundbreaking.

  • The LPGA was preceded by the Women’s PGA, which was formed in 1944 — but it only lasted five years due to financial issues.

Spearheaded by 13 trailblazing women, the LPGA’s founders did it all — from planning and organizing the inaugural season’s 15 tournaments to setting up the courses to drafting the tour’s by-laws and much more. But are you really surprised?

In 1963, the LPGA was covered on TV for the first time with the airing of the final round of the U.S. Open. For context, the first broadcast of the men’s US Open came nine years prior in 1954.

  • From there, the LPGA continued to grow, expanding to 32 events by the end of the 1960s with a steady increase in prize money, too. But, fast forwarding to present day, there’s still a long way to go to reach full parity.

👀 How to tune in

2024 LPGA season preview
Source: LPGA

The longest-running women’s pro sports organization in the U.S., the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) was formed in 1950, long after the men’s PGA was founded in 1916. Sexism in sports? Groundbreaking.

  • The LPGA was preceded by the Women’s PGA, which was formed in 1944 — but it only lasted five years due to financial issues.

Spearheaded by 13 trailblazing women, the LPGA’s founders did it all — from planning and organizing the inaugural season’s 15 tournaments to setting up the courses to drafting the tour’s by-laws and much more. But are you really surprised?

In 1963, the LPGA was covered on TV for the first time with the airing of the final round of the U.S. Open. For context, the first broadcast of the men’s US Open came nine years prior in 1954.

  • From there, the LPGA continued to grow, expanding to 32 events by the end of the 1960s with a steady increase in prize money, too. But, fast forwarding to present day, there’s still a long way to go to reach full parity.