British Golf Museum Honours Women In Golf

A new exhibition at the British Golf Museum in St Andrews will put the spotlight on women’s contribution to golf throughout the ages.

Mary, Queen of Scots, was the first women golfer on record, but by the end of the 18th century the fishwives of Musselburgh were playing competitively for the cherished prize of a silk scarf.

By 1893 the Irish Ladies’ Golf Union and the Ladies’ Golf Union had been established.

And it was the Ladies’ Golf Union, rather than the gentlemen’s clubs, that established the universal handicapping system which remains the basis of the game today.

The exhibition is being organised by postgraduate students from the museum and gallery studies course at St Andrews University.

Golf museum senior curator Laurie Rae said: “Working with the students has been a great experience for the museum, watching a dynamic new interpretation of our collections taking shape, particularly in the year in which the Ricoh Women’s British Open returns to St Andrews.”

The exhibition will be held at the British Golf Museum in St Andrews between 15th March and September 2013.