THE PGA THROUGH THE AGES
WOMEN MEMBERS ON THE AGENDA
AT a meeting of delegates in 1971 president Peter Thomson raised the issue of admitting women members to the association. In the past, membership had been exclusively male, which accorded with the rules. The next year the Ladies Professional Golf Association was formed and a copy of their constitution received by the PGA. It was resolved that the LPGA be recognised as a separate body and that it would receive support in any way consistent with the promotion of golf.
A TELEVISION FIRST
THE Pelaco tournament, played on November 7-10, 1956 at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney had the distinction of becoming not only the first golf event, but the first live sporting telecast in Australia. Covered by TCN 9, the only downside was the fall off in crowds and a considerable loss in gate money. Bruce Crampton beat Gary Player to win the event.