History of the WWGA
The Founding of the WWGA
by Tim Cronin
WWGA founded in 1901 under sponsorship of
Western Golf Association...
1901 - First Amateur Championship played...
held without interruption since inception...
1903 - Membership originally limited to clubs
within 500 miles of Chicago, west of the
Allegheny Mountains - thus the name
1907 - Membership grows to 33 clubs in five
1920 - WWGA Junior Championship
1920's - Derby Medal Invitational inaugurated
- held through 1941...
1930 - Women's Western Open established.
Considered a major championship in women's
professional golf until discontinued in 1967...
1971 - Women's Western Golf Foundation
1979 - WWGA Senior Championship
2000 - Represented by more than 550
Clubs, the WWGA embraces over 50,000
The Women's Western Golf Association is one
of the oldest and most revered organizations
the United States. 80 dedicated Directors
from across the country volunteer their time
and talent to running the not-for-profit 501(c)
(3) organization. There are no paid Directors
on the Board.