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He spiced up the event by inviting top female amateurs, like Greenhill’s mother, to play with the male pros.Greenhill’s mother got paired with Nagle, who won The Open Championship in 1960.“In his wisdom, Tony put a female amateur with two male pros,” Greenhill said.“That was unheard of back then, but Tony knew what he was doing. My mother came back with stories about how supportive Nagle and the all the men were.“But I got a phone call from Tony Charlton that first year, applauding the idea and thanking me for crediting him as the inspiration for it.After getting the phone call, and then seeing two gals and two guys go out for a practice round together at the start of the week, that gave me total confidence this was going to work.” At first, there were skeptics among the male pros.We wanted to reflect that belief in the tournament.” Greenhill said it created the spark the Vic Open needed.
The Vic Open is looking to grow its equal-pay concept, to see it spread.
There’s no reason golf can’t follow.” That’s the attitude that makes the Vic Open the most important idea in women’s golf.
This week the LPGA moves to the state of New Jersey for the playing of the Shop Rite Classic Presented by Acer.
“We were at a crossroads in how we were going to keep funding it.” Greenhill was out walking his Cavalier King Charles spaniel after the 2011 tournament, wracking his brain over how to breathe new life into the event. He remembered his mother’s excitement getting to play the Vic Open men’s event on an amateur women’s invite.
Back in the ‘70s, a colorful promoter named Tony Charlton was running the Vic Open.