Women were “supposed to be married, in the house and taking care of children,” states a woman at the beginning of the trailer for “The Founders.”
These same women — 13 in all but only four living — changed the face of sports in the 1950s. Now their story is finally being told.
“The Founders” tells the iconic story of 13 amateur women golfers who battled society, finances and sometimes even each other to stake their claim to become professional sportswomen by creating the Ladies Professional Golf Association.
Through rare, archival footage, historical re-enactments and current day interviews with surviving founders and leading players, Mighty Fine Pictures shares that legacy in a feature-length documentary.
While their male counterparts drew adoring crowds and handsome purses for their athletic achievements, the women used money from their own pockets to stage tournaments in small, far-flung towns that questioned whether female golfers were even worth watching. Together, they logged thousands of miles a week just for the opportunity to tee off on courses.
A special showing of “The Founders” will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at Holly Theater, 69 W. Main St., in downtown Dahlonega.
Tickets are $15. They are available at www.hollytheater.com or by calling 706-864-3759.