The golf courses had no bathrooms when George Burke joined Saucon Valley Country Club more than 40 years ago.
Men, the club leadership deemed, didn't need them, and women weren't allowed to play.
Now, Saucon has a fiercely competitive women's league and will host the 2009 U.S. Women's Open in July.
Better still: There are on-course bathrooms.
''When I joined, there were no female members, and women weren't even allowed on parts of the property,'' said Burke, former club president and general chair of the Women's Open. ''But for one week in July, it will be all women on the golf course.''
To continue that theme, tournament organizers Wednesday announced the lineup for their Celebration of Women in Sport program, which is July 7. Former Central Catholic basketball player Michelle Marciniak highlights a group of five accomplished female athletes who will appear.
Joining Marciniak are Olympic gymnasts Shannon Miller and Wendy Hilliard, Olympic soccer player Julie Foudy and basketball player Rebecca Lobo. All are scheduled to appear during the Tuesday practice round of tournament week.
Marciniak said she eagerly accepted for two reasons. First, she considers Mimi Griffin, executive director of the U.S. Women's Open, a mentor dating to their days with the St. Thomas More girls basketball team (Griffin was the assistant coach).
Second, she wants to put into practice some advice she received from Jean Toll, chief justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, on how to assist young women.
''Jean told me, 'Leave the ladder down,''' Marciniak said. ''People like Mimi left the ladder down for me, and I want to do the same.''
The Celebration of Women in Sport, presented by the Women's Sports Foundation, is part of a series of events designed to attract and entertain families at the Women's Open.
Among them is a golf clinic conducted by Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts and 6-year-old golf prodigy Kyle Lograsso, formerly of Souderton.
Kids 17 and younger will be admitted free (when accompanied by a paying adult) and will have access to a tented Kids Club adjacent to the 15th tee.
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