In 1950, 13 women founded the Ladies Professional Golf Association, or LPGA. As is often the case for female athletes, these women’s accomplishments have stayed out of the limelight. (Babe Zaharias in accompanying photo.)
When Atlanta-based filmmaker Charlene Fisk discovered their story, she decided to make a documentary about these golfers. Carrie Schrader joined as co-director and writer.
Their documentary, called “The Founders,” tells the stories of the 13 golfers and explores the struggles that professional female athletes faced then and now.
“One of the founders said, ‘I had my cleats, and the second I took off my cleats, I had to put on these high heels,’” said Fisk. “There’s was this schmoozing they had to do after all their tournaments and [they had to] work the crowds, and I think for them, they were really torn between athletes and then being defined by their gender. They really couldn’t just play the sport.”
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