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Marty Leonard - Texas Golf Hall of Fame

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Marty Leonard - Texas Golf Hall of Fame

Marty Leonard and Ben Hogan at Shady Oaks Conutry Club

Martha “Marty” Leonard was introduced to golf at the age of three and learned the game from the great “Mr. Mitch” Mitchell at Rivercrest Country Club and Alwyn McCombs at Colonial Country Club.  She claimed the women’s championships at Colonial and Shady Oaks Country Clubs in 1960-1961 and played well in the LPGA’s 1961 Civitan Open as an amateur.  On the heels of this success, Marty entered her first WTGA State Amateur Championship at Houston Country Club in 1961 and was immediately considered one of the tournament favorites.  She would remain among the top contenders for the next 20 years.
 
Her father Marvin, a Fort Worth icon and the founder of Colonial and Shady Oaks Country Clubs, was in the gallery as Marty reached the quarterfinals in her first attempt.  She reached the final match for the first of three times the following year (1962) where she faced Mary Ann Morrison for the title.  As it turns out, Leonard would face Morrison in each of her three finals appearances (1962,1967, 1969).  Although Leonard would win a Women’s West Texas championship, reach the finals of the 1970 Women’s Southern Championship and defeat many of the greatest players of her era, she was not able to defeat Morrison in a WTGA final match.  While Morrison would get the better in their head-to-head match ups and go on to win a record nine WTGA titles, she considered Leonard her most worthy opponent.  Following their nail-biting 1969 final, Morrison stated, “This is the toughest one yet.  The toughest one I’ve ever played against.”
 
Leonard would continue her outstanding amateur career, but her focus began to shift as she became more involved as a volunteer supporting the game that had meant so much to the Leonard family.  She served as a member of the WTGA Board of Directors for six years and was also a member of the USGA Women’s Committee.  She chaired the committee in 1985.  In recognition for her outstanding playing career and her contributions as a volunteer and leader of the game, Leonard was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.  She remains very involved in golf through Leonard Golf Links, one of America’s premier practice facilities.  She is also well known for her involvement in and support for the Fort Worth community.  She is a long-time supporter of Fort Worth’s Lena Pope Home who built the award-winning Marty Leonard Community Chapel in 1990 to honor her contributions to the organization.
   
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