Betty Jameson

Tall, blonde Betty Jameson was known as the LPGA’s first glamour girl, although she credits the stylish dress of most Dallas women golfers for her attitude toward on-course attire. Jameson made her mark on women’s amateur golf in Texas when she won the state Publinx Tourney at age 13.

Dallas pro Francis Schider tutored Betty in golf as a youngster. When she moved to San Antonio to work for the San Antonio Light newspaper, she studied with San Antonio CC pro Tod Menefee.As a collegian at the University of Texas, he sought the counsel of Harvey Penick. After winning the Southern Amateur at age 15 and a pair of U.S. Women’s Amateur championships in 1939 and 1940. She became the first player to win the Western Open in 1942 and Western Amateur in the same year. In 1947, two years after turning pro, Betty won the Women’s U.S. Open with a 295 total. It was the first time a female golfer had broken 300 in the 72-hole event.

Jameson is a founder and charter member of the LPGA and was the woman who conceived the idea for the Vare Trophy for the Tour’s best scoring average. In 1952, Betty Jameson donated the cup, which bears the name of Glenna Volett Vare.


Birthplace: Norman, Oklahoma

Born: May 19, 1919

Died: February 7, 2009