Saturday, September 16, 2017

I was in the Olympics?

Mary Queen of Scots depicted golfing surrounded by her Caddies or military cadets.  I was in the Olympics? marchmatron.com
Mary Queen of Scots commissioned the creation of St. Andrews Links in 1552. A devoted golfer, she is credited with calling the military cadets who accompanied her "caddies." 

Margaret Abbott, a 23-year-old American, traveled to Paris to study art. Her mother joined her in 1900 to attend the World’s Fair and Olympics. 
Cover of book Golf for Women 1904. A compilation of Golf Magazine articles and photographs of Hecker, American National Golf Champion demonstrating proper form. I was in the Olympics? marchmatron.com
Golf for Women, 1904. A compilation of Golf Magazine articles and photographs of Hecker, American National Golf Champion demonstrating proper form.

Enjoying golf, the Abbotts both entered a golfing tournament, which Margaret won and her mother came in 7th. Margaret received a ceremonial bowl and the Abbotts returned to Chicago.
The Ladies World cover Sept 1900 depicts a lady golfer in period costume.  I was in the Olympics? marchmatron.com
Lord Moncrieff decreed that women should not hit the ball any further than 60-70 yards. "Not because we doubt a lady’s power to make a longer drive but . . . [the] gestures requisite for a full swing are not particularly graceful when the player is clad in female dress."
Margaret passed away in 1955.
Years after her death, her family was contacted by a University of Florida professor researching women in the Olympics.
The Ladies Home Journal cover. March 1900. A group of female and male golfers in period costume. I was in the Olympics? marchmatron.com 2
Burberry introduced the Free-Stroke coat in 1904, with specialized sleeves that allowed for a full range of motion. They also introduced the drawstring skirt, where the hemline could be pulled up eight inches from the ground, allowing temporary mobility.

Margaret had actually won the first Olympic golfing tournament for women and had no idea she participated in a game that wasn't a local event.
Pen and ink Gibson Girl drawing. Woman golfing who has lost her ball. Advice to Caddies. You will save time by keeping your eye on the ball, not on the player.  I was in the Olympics? marchmatron.com
Advice to Caddies: You will save time by keeping your eye on the ball, not on the player.  

Presenting medals which clarified what event was won occurred in later games.  

#Olympics #Golf 
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Other stories of Olympics:

www.marchmatron.com/2017/09/coxswain.html
Coxswain

www.marchmatron.com/2017/07/your-russians-are-missing.html
Your Russians Are Missing

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