Nancy Lopez a Pioneer in Women's Golf

Published 08/15 2014 05:17PM

Updated 08/15 2014 06:12PM

Nancy Lopez, one of the leaders of women's golf, helped get things started at the Dick's Sporting Goods Open this week.

She headed up a women's health clinic, which featured both tips for the golf course and life advice. One of the main messages to women from the 48 time LPGA tournament winner is to take time for yourselves.

"When I look at women, most of the time we're the caregivers of the family and we really don't take time for ourselves. It's time for them to do that. I know I've met a lot of women who don't play golf and I'm trying to get them on the golf course and they're like 'I don't have time." I say you do have time," said Lopez.

Lopez said that when she was traveling on the tour, she had a nanny with her and needed an hour when she got back to her room by herself, so the nanny would take her children out and do something with them.

She says after that time, she was refreshed.

Lopez said a golf course is a great way to relax and help women to become better mothers and wives.

She believes it's a beautiful environment and even if one just wants to learn to play golf, practice putting or walk to some exercise, it can be relaxing and help fight off a variety of diseases.

"When you're out on the golf course and you just walk, I know I have bad knees and bad feet, but when I walk I feel so much better than when I'm not walking. I think a lot of people think I'm just hurting too much, but when you keep that body moving, the joints lubricated and you just feel so much better. It's important to do that," said Lopez.

Lopez is now playing on the Legends Tour.

She also does a large amount of charity work, which includes raising awareness and money for water treatment systems in Africa, handicapped children, breast cancer awareness, and hospice.

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