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Kelli Kuehne

AMATEUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

• Only golfer in history to win U.S. Junior, U.S. Amateur, British Amateur and U.S. Amateur in consecutive years
• (8) AJGA Individual Title Wins 1991-1995
• Undefeated High School Golf Career at Highland Park High School for a 20-0 Record – 1992-1995
• (3) USGA titles:
• U.S. Girl's Junior Amateur Championship 1994
• U.S. Women's Amateur Championship 1995
• U.S. Women's Amateur Championship 1996
• Women's British Amateur Champion 1996
• #1 ranked Amateur in the World 1996
• U.S. Curtis Cup and World Cup Amateur Team Member 1996
• Southwest Conference Player of the Year – University of Texas 1996
• First-Team All-American – University of Texas 1996
• (2) Individual Titles while playing for the University of Texas Women’s Golf Team in 1995 and 1996
• Texas Sports Hall of Fame Member


Birthplace: Argyle, Texas

Born: May 11, 1977

Died: N/A

Robin Burke

Robin is the current captain of the women’s U.S. Curtis Cup team.   Robin Burke was the runner-up in the 1997 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, falling to Silvia Cavalleri at Brae Burn Country Club in West Newton, Mass. The following year, she was a member of the USA Team that took a 10-8 victory over GB&I at The Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Minn. Burke paired with Virginia Derby Grimes for two foursomes victories and lost her singles match.

Burke has competed in more than 35 USGA individual championships, including three U.S. Women’s Opens. She has reached the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship three times, and in 2003, she took stroke-play medalist honors in the Women’s Mid-Amateur at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Her 38 Women’s Mid-Amateur match-play victories are tied for third-most in championship history with four-time champion Meghan Stasi, trailing only past Curtis Cup captains Ellen Port (58 victories; 2014 captain) and Carol Semple Thompson (56 victories; 2006, 2008 captain). Additionally, Burke has played for Texas in four USGA Women’s State Team Championships, helping her team to runner-up finishes in 1995 and 2011.

Burke won the 2001 Ione D. Jones/Doherty Championship, as well as the 1992 and 2001 Southern Women’s Amateur Championships. She won the 1990 and 1991 Texas Women’s Amateur Championships, and she is an eight-time Greater Houston Women's City Amateur champion.
Burke is married to two-time major champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Jack Burke Jr. The Burkes own Houston’s famed Champions Golf Club, where Robin Burke serves as vice president. The club has hosted numerous professional and amateur events, including the 1967 Ryder Cup (won by the USA), the 1969 U.S. Open Championship (won by Orville Moody), the 1993 U.S. Amateur Championship (won by John Harris), the 1998 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship (won by Derby Grimes) and five PGA Tour Championships.


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Betsy Rawls

Betsy Rawls grew up in Arlington, Texas, and did not take up golf until she was in her late teens. As a University of Texas student, Rawls sought out Austin teacher Harvey Penick.

Rawls, a physics and math major, graduated from the University of Texas Phi Beta Kappa. She learned quickly from Penick. Four years after taking up golf, Rawls won the Texas Amateur and the Women’s Trans National. In 1950 she won the Texas Amateur again and followed up with the Broadmoor Invitational. Betsy captured 55 LPGA victories and was fourth on the list of the Tour’s leading winners.

She won eight majors and led the Tour wins in 1952, 1957, 1959. Her 20-year career was highlighted in 1959 when she captured 10 titles and the Vare Trophy. She was the LPGA tournament director from 1975-81. She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1987 and was named one of Golf Magazine’s “100 Heroes” in 1988.


Birthplace: Spartanburg, South Carolina

Born: May 4, 1928

Died: N/A


Anna K. Schultz

10 career Hole in Ones as of the end of 2014 would alone make someone a hall of famer, but Anna K. Schultz has a golf resume that would put any golfer in awe of her accomplishments. 

Anna was inducted in the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 2013 after achieving significant honors in the national and local golf scenes.  She won the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship in 2007 and was a finalist in 2006.  She has qualified for the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship every year beginning in 2005. 

Other USGA accomplishments include finishing as a semi-finalist in the 2011 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship and a semi-finalist in the 2001 USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.  Anna was a Finalist in the 2000 USGA Women’s Mid- Amateur Championship as well.  She finished as a Quarter-finalist in the 2007 USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship, and has qualified to play in this prestigious event 14 times as of 2014 and finishing as medalist in the 1998 qualifying event. 

Anna has qualified for the USGA Women’s Amateur Championship four times, in 2001, 2007, 2008 and 2009 and made it to match play in 2001 amongst the most elite amateur golfers in the world.  

Anna represented the state of Texas on the USGA State Team Competition in 2001, 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2011, helping the team finish second in the event in 2011. 

The Women’s Southern Golf Association Senior Championship was won by Anna in 2006, & 2007 in back to back victories.  Anna also finished as the runner-up in the Ione D. Jones Doherty tournament 3 times, in 2009, 2012 & 2013. 

Anna’s state and local success is also awe inspiring.  She has won the Central Texas Amateur Championship in 2014.  She was the low amateur in the Futures Tour event held at Canyon Creek Country Club in 1998, 2000 & 2001.  Anna won the Dallas Women’s Golf Association Championship 6 times, in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, & 2004.   

Anna participated in the Dallas Morning News Tournament of Champions 14 times and won the event 4 times in 2004, 2006, 2008 & 2010. 

Adding to her already full trophy case, Anna won the 2012 & 2014 Texas Senior Stroke Play event, the 2010, 2011 & 2013 WTGA Eclectic Gross Championship, the 2008, 2010 & 2013 Texas Women’s Amateur Golf Association Amateur Championship and the 2013 Texas Women’s Senior Open Championship. 

City championships are also included in Anna’s trophy case, amongst them the City of Ft. Worth Championship won in 2010, the City of Dallas Championship in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2010. 

Sharing the victories with her 4 ball partner, Jewell Malick, Anna has won the 2008 & 2014 Women’s Texas Golf Association 4- ball Championship as well as the 2013 Palm Beach 4-ball championship. 


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Born: August 8, 1955

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Marty Leonard

Marty Leonard is daughter of course builder Marvin Leonard, the legendary businessman and close friend of Ben Hogan. Golf Links is owned and operated by Marty Leonard, whose family created three cornerstones in North-central Texas: 

- Colonial Country Club - Home of the PGA Tour Crown Plaza Invitational
- Shady Oaks Country Club
- Star Hollow Golf Club


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Carol Mann

Mann turned pro in 1960 and joined the LPGA Tour in 1961. She won her first tournament in 1964 at theWomen's Western Open, a major championship at the time. She would go on to win a total of 38 events on the LPGA Tour, including two major championships. She earned the LPGA Vare Trophy in 1968 for lowest scoring average and was the tour's leading money winner in 1969. She led the tour in wins three times, 1968 with ten (tied with Kathy Whitworth), 1969 with eight, and 1975 with four (tied with Sandra Haynie). She was the LPGA's president from 1973 to 1976. She was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1977. Her final competitive appearance came in 1981.

Mann resides in The Woodlands, Texas. She was a long-time student of golf instructor Manuel de la Torre. She received the "First Lady of Golf Award" from the PGA of America in 2008.

- Credit Wikipedia


Birthplace: Buffalo, New York

Born: February 3, 1941

Died: May 20, 2018


Carolyn Creekmore

Carolyn Creekmore is a native of Ft. Smith, AR., now living in Dallas. Started golf as a child, but did not play in high school or college. Turned pro in her mid‐twenties, now competes as a reinstated amateur. Accomplishments include: USGA Sr. Am Championship winner ’04, finalist ’09; 4 time USGA Mid Am quarter finalist (most recently ’10); Member of ’08‐’12 SWIM team (Sr. Women Invitational Matches ~ N. America vs. Europe, Ryder Cup format); WTGA TX State Am Championship winner ‘95; TWAGA State Am winner ’97; WTGA TX State Sr. Am Championship winner ’03‐’06; Southern Sr. Am Championship winner ’08; Doherty Sr Am Championship winner ’09; Southern Am semifinalist ’10; numerous city championships; four time Brook Hollow club champ. Carolyn has been inducted into both the Texas & Arkansas Golf Hall of Fames. She has played on all twenty one Texas Cup teams.


Birthplace: Ft. Smith, Arkansas

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Frances Trimble

Frances G. Trimble is a sixth generation Texan with family roots that stretch to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri and the Canary Islands. History is ingrained in her. She's a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and the First Families of Tennessee.

Her passion for history is also reflected in writing about golf.

Featured in the May, 2010 issue of Golf World Magazine was a column written by Trimble describing a course laid out for an exhibition round of golf in San Antonio in 1887, a year prior to the documented existence of golf in Yonkers, NY. 

Was golf played elsewhere in America prior to 1887?
"Probably, yes," says Trimble, adding, "I just have not found the evidence yet."

Trimble is Historian Emeritus of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, and in October 2010 she was inducted into the Hall of Fame in the category of service to golf.
 

Toni Wiesner

It took Toni Wiesner 12 tries before winning her first WTGA State Amateur Championship in 1985.  She would add four more titles by 2003.  Her five championships are the third most in the history of the event.  Only Edna Lapham (7) and Mary Ann Morrison (9) have won more.  Toni’s accomplishments on the golf course are among the most impressive of any golfer of any era.  Outside of Texas, her titles include the Women’s Southern Championship, Mexican Amateur, Broadmoor Invitational, Doherty Cup and International Four-Ball.  She was a perennial USGA championship contender, and finalist for more than 30 years. 

Toni was as celebrated for her attitude, wisdom and sportsmanship as she was for her championship titles.  As collegiate players continued to excel and their participation in amateur competitive events grew, Wiesner was asked how she felt about competing against younger players.  She said, “Golf is a lifetime in which age doesn’t matter”.  On the way to her first State Amateur title in 1985, Toni said, “I like to think of myself as my opponent.  If I don’t get the job done, I can’t blame anyone else but myself”. Toni gave back to golf through service on the USGA Junior Girls Committee and as a mentor, encourager and role model for countless women in Texas. 

Toni passed away in 2009 leaving a legacy of class, character and a fierce competitive spirit.  The Women’s Texas Golf Association provides two junior golf programs in her honor.  The Wiesner’s Winners program identifies outstanding participants in selected LPGA / USGA Girls Golf sites across Texas.  The Toni Wiesner Cup is awarded to the winning team at the annual Texas Challenge, a statewide competition for participants in these Girls Golf Sites.  The world of golf and the world in general all benefit when young girls are introduced to the game Toni loved and are shown how to be true champions. 

Credit TGA - http://www.txga.org/toni-wiesner.html


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Born: 1947

Died: July 28, 2009


Marilynn Smith

As a youngster, Marilynn had a strong appreciation of golf. She turned into a marvelous player. At age 22, she won the NCAA for the University of Texas, then dropped out of school to turn professional. The modern LPGA was founded in 1950, the same year golf equipment manufacture Spalding signed Smith to the first of 27 one-year contracts. Smith, along with Zaharias, Jameson and ten others, were founding members of the new organization.

Among Smith’s 22 victories were the Heart of America Open, the Mile High Open, the Sunshine Open, and the Cavern City Open. Of the 22 wins, two were major titles, the 1963 and 1964 Titleholders. Smith founded and organized the Marilynn Smith Founders Classic in 1987.


Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas

Born: April 13, 1929

Died: N/A


Edna C. Lapham

Mrs. Lapham was as dominant a force in her era as Texas has ever seen.  In the 1916 championship, she not only earned medalist honors, she never needed more than 12 holes to win any of her matches that year.  She continued her dominance for the next seven years – winning six championships and never losing a match (she did not participate in 1922).  In all, she won seven State Amateur Titles between 1916 and 1928.

She was President of the Women's Texas Golf Association in 1919 and represented in the State Amateur at Houston C.C., April 24-28.

Edna was a very well known in Eastern golf circles. She won the U. S. Women's Senior Championship in 1937 at Westchester CC.

Edna's husband, John H., was the son of Lewis H. Lapham, whose estate was valued very high when he died in 1936. The elder Lapham - according to his obituary - had already given away millions to family and charity when he died. His sons were Roger D. (former mayor of San Francisco) and John H. Lewis Henry Lapham was a financier and one of the founders of the Texas Oil Company.


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Born: April 05, 1884

Died: June 15, 1967


Mary Lou Dill

Lou Dill began playing golf at age 4 under the watchful eye of her father, Bill Dill, a professional. During a brilliant junior career, the 5-foot, 4inch Miss Dill was known for wearing a trademark outfit which included a flying shirttail. Allowed to compete so attired at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in 1967, Lou stunned a long list of veteran competitors not with her dress, but by capturing the title away from Jean Ashley 5 & 4 in the 36-hole final at Annandale G.C. (CA).

Ashley a three-time finalist and winner in 1965, was 6 down after the morning round. In her acceptance speech, the 19-year-old Dill thanked the USGA’s Joe Dey for allowing her to compete in her favorite outfit. Dey, it seems, was greatly impressed with Lou for she had prevailed in spite of assessing herself two penalties during the tournament. The first consisted of two strokes in qualifying when a caddie raked a bunker before Dill had played her shot. The second penalty was one stroke, when Dill’s ball moved slightly at address in the quarterfinal match.

Lou went on to compete on the victorious Curtis Cup Team in Ireland and qualified for the Women’s British Amateur in 1967 as well.


Birthplace: Houston, Texas

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Judy Rankin

Judy Rankin stood the golf world on its ear when she won the 1959 Missouri Amateur as a 14-year-old. The following year, she was low amateur in the U.S. Women’s Open and was still young enough to also be a semi-finalist in the USGA Girls Championship in both 1960 and 1961.

In 1962, as a 17-year-old, Rankin joined the LPGA Tour and between 1968 and 1979, she ran-up 26 titles. In 1976, Judy won 7 events and set a single-seasons earnings mark of $150,743. She was the first woman to pass $100,000 in a season and was named Player of the Year and also winner of the Vare Trophy for a second time. In all, Rankin won the Vare three times. In 1967, Judy met and married former Texas Tech football player “Yippy” Rankin and became a Texan.

A former LPGA Board of Directors member, Rankin’s last full season on the LPGA Tour was in 1983, after which she underwent back surgery and hence retired from competitive golf. She is currently a golf analyst on network television and is endeared by the golf world.


Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

Born: February 18, 1945

Died: N/A


Aniela Gorczyca Goldthwaite

Aniela Goldthwaite, who played on the U.S. Curtis Cup team in 1934, began her golf career as a teenager in Fort Worth under the watchful eye of “Mitch” Mitchell, the head professional at River Crest C.C.. Aniela’s credentials as a golfer are unique in that her talents as an administrator have carried her as far as her talents as a player.

She served the UKGA as non-playing Captain of the Curtis Cup Team in 1952. She was a semi-finalist in the Women’s Amateur in 1966 and also served in the USGA’s women’s committee for 8 years. Goldthwaite’s tournament record includes championships and medalist honors in the Southern Golf Association, Women’s Texas GA, Women’s Texas Open, the Trans-Miss, and three Women’s Texas GA titles. In addition to raising a family, Aniela played an integral role in the success of Goldthwaite’s of Texas. In recognition of that role, she was named to Who’s Who in American Women in 1972.


Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas

Born: May 04, 1912

Died: December 24, 2003


Sandra Palmer

Tiny Sandra Palmer grew up as one of a host of fine female golfers who called Fort Worth’s River Crest Country Club home. As a youngster, Sandra was tutored by the late professional A.G. Mitchell. Other professionals who influenced her career in a later time were Harvey Penick, Erini Vossler and Johnny Revolta.

As an amateur, Sandra won the West Texas championship four times and the Texas State Amateur title once in 1963. Prior to that, while as student at North Texas State, Palmer was runner-up in the National Collegiate Championship of 1962. After turning pro in 1964, Palmer struggled through seven lean years. From then on, however, she won no less than “two events per season for the next seven years.” She became the LPGA’s 13th millionaire in 1986 and was inducted into the National Collegiate Hall of Fame in 1988.

Prior to that, Palmer was voted North Texas State’s Alumnus of the Year in 1977. The former North Texas State cheerleader would still play in recent years on the LPGA tour, representing the La Quinta Hotel Golf Club. She competed in the 1989 Marilynn Smith Founders Classic, the first senior event for women professionals.


Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas

Born: March 10, 1941

Died: N/A


Sandra Haynie

LPGA Hall of Famer Sandra Haynie played her way into they record books by winning three major championships in a career, which has spanned 30 years.

A native of Forth Worth, Haynie was an early protégée of A.G. Mitchell of River Crest CC. As a teenager, she won the 1957 and 1958 Texas State Public Links tournaments, plus the 1958 and 1959 Women’s Texas Golf Association titles. As a professional Miss Haynie has actually had two careers- one from 1961-1976 and, following a layoff due to injuries and arthritis, from 1980.

Sandra Hayne has served on the LPGA as an officer and a playing member of the Board of Directors.


Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas

Born: June 4, 1943

Died: N/A


Kathy Whitworth

LPGA Hall of Famer Kathy Whitworth has won more professional tour victories than any other golfer in the United States. She boasts 88 careers wins and was the first female player to break the $1 million barrier. Growing up in Jal, New Mexico, Whitworth captured the New Mexico State Women’s Amateur in 1957 and 1958. She is also a member of the World Golf, Texas Sports and Women’s Sports Halls of Fame.


Birthplace: Monahans, Texas

Born: September 27, 1939

Died: N/A


Mary Ann Morrison

Originally from New Orleans, Mary Ann Morrison was a preeminent figure in women’s amateur golf in Texas from 1960 until the 1980’s. Morrison, a member of Houston CC, won 23 of 27 Houston City Championships during that span. All but one of those titles was won at Memorial Park GC and the tournament was joking dubbed the “Morrison Benefit Tournament.” Morrison dominated Houston Country Club play, winning all but four women’s titles from 1957-81, including a stretch of 13 straight beginning in 1969. Competing as Mrs. Jon Rathmell, Mary Ann began her reign as queen of Texas Women’s GA Championship in 1957 as Medalist (73) at Abilene CC. She repeated as medalist in 1960, 1961, 1962, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, and 1972.

Mary Ann continued her dominance by eraing medalist honors again in 1976 and 1981. The fact non of her TWGA titles wer won on either her home course or even in her hometown of Houston makes her acievments even more noteworthy. Mary Ann also won the TWGA Match Play tournament in 1961, 1966-1969, 1971, 1977, and 1987. She also reached the finals in 1960 and in 1964. Mary Ann also claimed the 1969 Southern Amateur title.

Mary Ann also competed in the 1991 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur in North Carolina.


Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Born: September 24, 1932

Died: February 15, 2019


Polly Riley

Polly Riley was an international amateur champion of the 1940’s and 1950’s, and probably Texas’ greatest female amateur ever. Riley won six Southern Amateurs, two Western Amateurs, three Texas Opens and two Texas amateurs. She was runner-up in both the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Women’s Open. She played on six Curtis Cup teams and captained the 1962 team.

A tiny 5-footer who whistled her way around the course, She spent her early years in Fort worth, Tulsa, and Kansas City, but she did all her golfing out of Fort Worth. However, she graduated from Fort Worth’s Arlington Heights High School. Polly Never turned professional, but she could play with the pros. She won her first two pro events in 1950 – the Tampa Women’s Open and the Helen Lee Doherty Match Play Championship in Miami, where she defeated Marlene Bauer in the 36-hole finals, 4-3.

Marlene had just been named Woman Athlete of the Year. Polly also beat Babe Zaharias 10-9, in the 36-hole finals of the 1948 Texas Open. In competition against Zaharias, Polly can claim a 3-2 edge.


Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas

Born: August 27, 1926

Died: March 13, 2002