Annika Sorenstam will be one of three women to accept membership in Pine Valley Golf Club, the club announced in an email to its members early Friday morning, ending Pine Valley’s 108-year history as an all-male club. Sorenstam, 10-time major champion and 72-time winner of the LPGA Tour, is accompanied by the highly qualified amateur golfers Sarah Ingram and Meghan Stasi.
“As is our custom, all potential candidates must be socially responsible, share a deep passion for the game of golf, and be able to play the course with the skill set by our founder, George Crump,” wrote Davis in his 30th email Members.
This is not the first time Sorenstam has broken new ground for women in golf. In 2003, the Hall of Famer accepted an invitation to the PGA Tour event at the Colonial Country Club, becoming the first woman to attend a PGA Tour event in 58 years. Despite being frugal, Sorenstam attended her first official LPGA event since 2008 earlier this year, making the cut at the Gainbridge LPGA in her home seat at Lake Nona Country Club in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Ingram is a former Duke All-American and a three-time US Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship winner. She will lead the US Curtis Cup team in 2021. The Stasi, who grew up in nearby Voorhees, NJ, is a four-year-old American intermediate amateur champion and played collegially at Tulane University.
Female guests in Pine Valley were previously only allowed to play the course on Sunday afternoons. The club was one of around a dozen clubs that remained male until the latest decision.