Rolling Hills Country Club in Wichita, Kan. serves as at the exact location where it all began for the LPGA Tour. Following the 1950 U.S. Women’s Open held at Rolling Hills Country Club, 13 historic women united to form a Tour that would give female golfers the opportunity to make a living while fulfilling their dreams. In the clubhouse of the historic golf course, Alice Bauer, Patty Berg, Bettye Danoff, Helen Dettwelier, Marlene Bauer Hagge, Helen Hicks, Opal Hill, Betty Jameson, Sally Sessions, Marilynn Smith, Shirley Spork, Louise Suggs, and Babe Zaharias founded one of the longest-running women’s professional sports associations in the world, the LPGA Tour.
On Tuesday, Rolling Hills Country Club hosted the LPGA Legends Tournament which consisted of 26 two-person teams playing a gross and net event. Immediately following the ladies invitational, a dedication ceremony took place for the Founders Plaque which commemorates the site where the LPGA Tour was founded and its 13 founding members. Will Muirhead, a member of Rolling Hills Country Club, kicked off the ceremony by playing the bagpipes while walking down the “walk of fame” leading to the plaque. Immediately following, Don Farquhar, PGA Head Professional and Director of Operations at Rolling Hills Country Club, retold the now famous story of how the LPGA was formed at Rollins Hills Country Club.
“This is a great day for Rolling Hills,” said Farquhar. “For too long there has not been the recognition of this being the birthplace of the LPGA. What these 13 women did on that September day in 1950 paved the way for all of the women playing professional golf today. And just think- it all started right here.”