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The Founders (2016)

TV-Y | | Documentary | 4 April 2016 (USA)
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They were not supposed to be athletes. They were not supposed to get paid to play. They were not supposed call the shots. But, they did.
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Credited cast:
Ella Marie Cyr ... Young Shirley Spork (as Ella Cyr)
Bella Lotz ... Young Marlene
Caleb Messer Caleb Messer ... Boy #2
Christian E. Mims Christian E. Mims ... Adult Louise Suggs
Parker Sack ... Boy #1
Marilynn Smith Marilynn Smith ... Herself
Shirley Spork Shirley Spork ... Herself
Louise Suggs Louise Suggs ... Herself
Bryn Vale ... Young Louise
Marlene Bauer Vossler Marlene Bauer Vossler ... Herself


The Founders chronicles stories of the founding 13 members of the Ladies Professional Golf Association as they fought overcome incredible odds in order to form the longest running women's sports organization in the world in the late 1940's. Although fierce competitors in an intensely individual sport, The Founders worked as a team to shift the public's perception of what it meant to be a lady on the links. While their male counterparts drew adoring crowds and handsome purses for their athletic achievements, The Founders 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-marketing equipment and themselves with hit parades, clown cars and boxing rings-just for the opportunity to tee off from courses that they also had to groom. Love of the game and the ardent belief that, as much as the men, they deserved to be paid for playing fueled the ...

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They were not supposed to be athletes. They were not supposed to get paid to play. They were not supposed call the shots. But they did.




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An inspirational story of progress
7 July 2017 | by davidthorpealSee all my reviews

The Founders is an inspirational documentary that tells the tale of the founding of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, or LPGA. The organization was founded in 1950 – a time when women were not accepted as professional athletes. 13 women came together to start the organization, and at the time of filming only 4 were still alive. I loved the film's use of interviews with the remaining ladies, hearing a first-person account of their efforts and travels was fascinating. It was heartwarming to hear them recount everything they went through with their friends to create the legacy that they did. The film taught me a lot not only about the history of women's golf, but golf in general. They explain the way amateur tournaments differ from professional, an important distinction that held back a thriving women's amateur golf scene. Setting up a professional tour for women's golf in 1950 is an impressive feat, but that was only the beginning of the women's accomplishments. The scene where they recall Louise Suggs being the first woman to play against men in golf – and then winning – was great. Towards the end, the film features interviews with modern golfers and footage from recent women's tours that the women visited, showing the enormous impact that the founding women had. The Founders is a great film for any fans of golf and anyone who wants to see just what determined women are capable of.

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