Women Making Major Equity Gains As City Tourney Nears

By Mark Smith and Pat Newell
Albuquerque Journal, N.M.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) According to one of New Mexico’s most decorated women’s amateur golfers, Nancy Romero, “The largest group of individual players joining the golf ranks are women.”

Albuquerque Journal, N.M.

A lot of folks have come up with various acronyms for the game of G.O.L.F. over the years.

Most not allowed in a family newspaper.

But one of the earliest — which can be repeated in public, but has long run its course — was: Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden.

It’s hard to believe these days, but many courses were once closed to women.

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews, hallowed ground for golfers, went over 260 years before voting to allow women memberships in 2015.

It hasn’t taken as long for most other courses to change their ways, but just imagine if the old-timers could see things now.

“The largest group of individual players joining the golf ranks are women,” said one of New Mexico’s most decorated women’s amateur golfers, Nancy Romero.

The National Golf Foundation’s research backs up Romero’s statement, and in 2016, an NGF study revealed the number of junior girls has reached nearly one-third of all junior players, a total that has doubled since the 1995 study.

The New Mexico-West Texas Women’s Amateur/Albuquerque Women’s Golf Championship is Saturday-Monday at the Santa Ana Golf Club. Romero, a University of New Mexico graduate who played on the women’s golf team, and a retired Albuquerque Public Schools educator and administrator, is also a two-time City champ and multiple-time state amateur champion.

Romero isn’t playing in this year’s event because of a hand injury, but she has been one of the reasons the women’s game has grown in the state. She said she will be out watching the competition this weekend.

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