New documentary The Founders tells the stories of some ground-breaking women
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Documentary The Founders tells the story of 13 ground-breaking women who founded the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) after being rejected time and time again in the athletic world. In 1950, the amateur golfers came together and pushed against society’s efforts to keep golf a men-only sport. They paid for tournaments with their own money, golfed in far-away towns and worked their way to ultimate success in founding the LPGA. Directors Charlene Fisk and Carrie Schrader took on a number of challenges just to tell the story. Schrader wasn’t even sure she wanted to direct a film about golf, a sport that didn’t initially interest her. She quickly realised, though, that the story is about much more than the sport. “After I looked into it I was like, this isn’t golf. This isn’t even about sports”, she said. “This is a story about redemption and people who struggle against amazing odds for something that they really, truly believe in”.
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