History Lesson On The Links

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Musselburgh Golf Club is recognized as the site of the first women's golf tournament, held 203 years ago today.

On this day in 1811, the first documented women’s golf tournament took place at Musselburgh Golf Club in Scotland. While women reportedly were playing on the course as far back as Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1567, 1811 marked the first acknowledged competition for female golfers. The winner of the 18-hole tournament was awarded a fishing basket, and the second- and third-place finishers received silk handkerchiefs from Barcelona. The course, considered the oldest surviving course in the world by Guinness World Records, went on to host The Open Championship six times between 1874 and 1889 and is still in use today. As for the prizes at stake for women? The LPGA announced on Wednesday a new points race that will award a $1 million bonus to its winner at the end of the season. From a fish basket to a cool million? Now that's progress.