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Mary Lucas, Belle Burney Award winner

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Mary Lucas, Belle Burney Award winner

At the age of 13, Mary Lucas was invited to participate in a junior golf clinic sponsored by her home town.  The local pros donated their time for the clinic, and she took advantage of the free golf lessons.  It’s not always easy to see the pay-off for player development efforts, but golf pros and club operators would be hard-pressed to find a better example of a lifelong return on investment.
 
It took a while for Mary to fully engage in the game of golf.  She enjoyed a decorated amateur tennis career and spent 30 years as a medical officer in the Army.  She retired a Colonel after working as a Physical Therapist and serving as the Chief Physical Therapist for the Army and later for the Medical Specialist Corps for Washington D.C. and The Pentagon.  It was during her military career that she entered her first golf tournament, an Invitational at the Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii.  She says she “didn’t even know how to mark a ball properly”.  Those who know Mary as a prolific Rules Official will have a hard time imagining this was ever the case.  Many years later, she became a two-time winner of the Texas Senior Women’s Match Play Championship.  In 1992, she was the Senior Medalist at the WTGA State Amateur Championship, and upset two-time defending champion and current Curtis Cup Captain Robin Burke in the first round.
 
Mary was first introduced to the Rules of Golf through the San Antonio Women's Golf Association.  As a member of the San Antonio Rules of Golf Group, she served as an official and assisted with tournament administration for high school, collegiate, state and national events in the area.  She served as a Director for the Women's Texas Golf Association for six years, and was awarded the Belle Burney Award in 2014.  The award was established to recognize the outstanding volunteer for the WTGA.  She continues to serves as Rules of Official for championships all over Texas and the U.S. and is a member of the USGA Regional Affairs Committee.  After a lifetime of service to her country and the sport she loves, Mary Lucas has more than paid for the free golf lessons she received as a young girl. 
 
“Serving on the WTGA Board was a unique and positive experience. The women on the Board were true leaders with outstanding vision for the future of women's golf. They had tremendous energy and enthusiasm for all that we were doing, and I consider that a highlight of my life and fondly remember that experience.” – Mary Lucas  
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Great story Mary!!!!! You are a wonderful role model and I am eternally grateful for all I learned from you!!! Thank you!!!!
Posted by Peggy Spann on March 30, 2016 @ 7:48 pm

Mary Lucas is one of those people I am most honored to have served with and played with. A true lady with a huge heart!! Congratulations Mary on being one of the top 100 great ladies of Texas golf.
Posted by Jacque Cooper on March 28, 2016 @ 11:32 pm

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