For all the LPGA has achieved in recent years, it’s tournaments like the KPMG Women’s Championship, which gets underway Thursday at Sahalee outside Seattle that allow the organization to reconnect with its rich historical legacy. The tournament dates back to 1955, when Dwight Eisenhower was President of the United States, the LPGA was just five years old, and its players were still figuring out how to get from town to town before their dollars or resolve ran out. The tournament’s list of past champions include the greatest names in the sports, names like Louise Suggs, Mickey Wright, Kathy Whitworth, JoAnne Carner, Nancy Lopez, Beth Daniel, Betsy King, and Annika Sorenstam. This year’s championship field will include 22 of the top ranked players on the planet, all looking to add to their own historical legacy There are 10 former winners in the field, led by world number-one Lydia Ko and three-time defending champion Inbee Park, who will be trying to become the first female professional to win the same major championship four years running. Other past champions on hand include two-time winner Laura Davies, two-time champion Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr, Anna Nordqvist, three-time winner Se Ri Pak, Suzann Pettersen, two-time winner Yani Tseng, Karrie Webb, and Shanshan Feng. There are also eight club professionals in the field, who qualified via the 2015 LPGA T&CP National Championship. It promises to be a great week of golf. But it should also be a week for the LPGA and all who love women’s golf to recall the sport’s historical tradition. Golf writer and historian Rick Woelfel is based in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania and has covered the LPGA for three decades. He recently completed his first book, So You Want to Play Golf with co-author Kim Verrecchio. It is available HERE

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