August is a busy month for USGA championships --and golf in general. Here is a cross-section of events that made headlines in the game:
Aug. 6, 1936
Thirteen women, tired of staying home on weekends while their husbands played golf at Washington’s all-black, all-male Royal Golf Club, hold their first meeting as the Wake-Robin Golf Club. They pushed the process of desegregating the public courses in the District of Columbia by sending a petition to Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes. Ickes approved the construction of a nine-hole course in 1939, known as Langston Golf Course, and eventually in 1941 he issued an order opening public golf courses to all.
Aug. 10, 1974
Nancy Lopez defeats Lauren Howe, 7 and 5, to win her second U.S. Girls’ Junior title. That victory is tied for the largest winning margin in a U.S. Girls’ Junior final.
Aug. 10, 1980
Eight-time USGA champion Jack Nicklaus wins his 17th major championship with his seven-stroke victory in the PGA Championship. Having won his fourth U.S. Open two months earlier at Baltusrol Golf Club, Nicklaus became the third golfer to win both majors in the same year.