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Martha Mahan, 1970 WTGA Champion (Viewed: 5185)
Posted by James Mahan on May 9, 2016 @ 6:22 pm

As a 15 year old, Martha (Painter) Mahan claimed medalist honors in the 1959 WTGA State Amateur.  Leading the championship field as a junior high school student would be an accomplishment under any circumstances, but doing so from a field that included players like Sandra Haynie, Kay Pearson Keating, Sandra Palmer and Mary Ann Morrison make the honor an even more impressive feat.  Mahan first played in the championship in 1955 as an 11 year old.  She would still be a top contender 30 years later, claiming medalist honors for the fifth time in 1985.

Mahan was a contender over four different decades.  She was a medalist in 1959.  She reached the semi-finals in 1960 where she fell to Hall of Fame member Sandra Haynie.  She won the championship in 1970, defeating fellow championship stalwart Lyda Hill in the final match.  She reached the finals again in 1973, and was again medalist in 1975.  Mahan was medalist three times in the 1980s – 1980, 1984 and 1985, but did not win another championship.

The player whose introduction to the WTGA came as an 11 year old competitor gave back to the game she dedicated herself to.  She served as a WTGA Director from 1970-1976.

100 Texas Women is a blog with each post featuring a different notable woman from the history of Texas golf.  You can honor these women and invest in the next 100 years of women's golf by contributing to the Breaking 100 campaign.  All proceeds benefit the TGA Foundations' Women's Initiatives.  Learn more and support the campaign here.

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Mary Lucas, Belle Burney Award winner (Viewed: 4444)
Posted by Jacque Cooper on March 28, 2016 @ 11:32 pm

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

100 Texas Women is a blog with each post featuring a different notable woman from the history of Texas golf.  You can honor these women and invest in the next 100 years of women's golf by contributing to the Breaking 100 campaign.  All proceeds benefit the TGA Foundations' Women's Initiatives.  Learn more and support the campaign here.

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Wendi Wiese - Breaking 100 campaign leader (Viewed: 6322)
Posted by Aurora Kirchner-McClain on February 24, 2016 @ 4:15 pm

Wendi grew up in Hearne, a small town not far from Bryan / College Station.  After high school Wendi played collegiate golf at Texas A&M.  Upon graduation Wendi and her husband David moved to Colorado so she could learn to teach golf at the Vail Golf Club in Vail, Colorado where she entered the PGA program. Wendi worked at the Vail Golf Club for 3 seasons, then moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where she was an Assistant Professional at the prestigious Desert Highlands Golf Club.  She returned to College Station and served as the Assistant Coach for the A&M Women's Golf team for 11 years where she contributed to four Big 12 Championship Team Wins, 12 Team Tournament Wins, 7 NCAA Division 1 National Championship Appearances and 5 NCAA All-Americans.

After leaving Texas A&M, Wendi founded Texas Team Junior Golf with the intent of offering a fun-filled at school/after school golf development program for 5-13 year olds.  Wendi’s passion for growing the game through at school/after school golf is evident in her personal philosophy that anything worth doing is worth having fun doing. She is passionate about golf and the valuable lessons it teaches. Wendi believes children should be taught how to play golf while they are young. Golf teaches children patience, discipline, and encourages respectful behavior, plus the skills they learn stay with them all their lives.  Wendi is a recipient of the 2012 US Kids Golf Top 50 Kids teacher honorable mention.  Wendi is currently a Teaching Professional at Pebble Creek Country Club in College Station and is one of 11 LPGA / PGA teaching pros who have pledged to give 100 Lessons for Women and Girls in support of the Breaking 100 Campaign.  To contribute to Wendi's campaign, CLICK HERE.  To learn more about Texas Team Junior Golf, CLICK HERE.

100 Texas Women is a blog with each post featuring a different notable woman from the history of Texas golf.  You can honor these women and invest in the next 100 years of women's golf by contributing to the Breaking 100 campaign.  All proceeds benefit the TGA Foundations' Women's Initiatives.  Learn more and support the campaign here.

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Toni Wiesner - 5-time Champion (Viewed: 7845)
Posted by Lee taylor on February 16, 2016 @ 10:26 pm

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.  She is a member of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame.

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, this author included.  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.

All proceeds from the Breaking 100 campaign are contributed directly to the TGA Foundations’ Women’s Initiatives like Wiesner’s Winners and the Texas Challenge.  For more information click HERE.  To make a contribution in Toni’s memory, click HERE.

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Future of Golf on Display (Viewed: 3332)
Posted by Susan Cabral on August 3, 2017 @ 10:01 pm

The future of women's golf was on full display yesterday in Austin, Texas.  36 girls and young women representing LPGA / USGA Girls Golf Chapters from Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Longview and Waco participated in the Texas Challenge at Harvey Penick Golf Campus.  There were young girls who were just getting started in golf and high school seniors who have committed to play collegiate golf.  You can find a complete recap of the event HERE.

Here are a few of my favorite stories and observations from the day:
  1. During registration, one of the moms came up to register her daughter.  I was hanging up the scoreboards, and happened to be there, so I helped her as best I could until the qualified people were available.  I asked her if her daughter had been to the Texas Challenge before, and she said, "Oh yes!  She's been coming since she first got involved in Girls Golf".  I asked her how long ago that was and how she'd been doing, and she responded by tellng me that her daughter started when she was in the youngest age group and this would be her last time at our event.  She will graduate next year and has committed to playing collegiate golf at the University of Texas at Arlington.

  2. I was fortunate enough to be assigned to go along with a group in "The Babe" Division.  These golfers compete in a scramble format, and this division was intended to appeal to some of the kids in each chapter that might be newer to the game or not quite ready for "full-on" competitive golf.  On the ride out to our hole, I got the complete golfing life story of the two 11-year olds in my cart.  They learned golf from their dads and grand-dads.  One of the brothers played golf.  The other was very proud to show me and share that she was using a glove that her brother and cousins had both used when they were smaller and learning to play.  As they teed off on their first hole, Kennedy hit her orange ball right down the middle.  It didn't go all that far, but put her team in a good position.  Walking back to her partner, I could overhear her strategy discussion.  She said, "I hit a bright one so it is easy to see."

  3. As precious as they were, it wasn't all just cuteness in my group, however.  I saw four girls under the age of 13 who all had solid golf swings, understood what they were supposed to be doing on each shot and truly gave their best effort each time.  They worked together with their partners, they were exceptionally good sports, and they hit some really good shots.  Five or six years from now, I will not be surprised when they tell me they are graduating from high school and our program, and are going on to play collegiate golf.
Even if it's not collegiate golf these girls end up pursuing, they will make a genuine contribution to their community.  It was such an honor and a complete pleasure to spend an afternoon with such great kids.  If anyone ever wonders about the "state of the game" or about "kids these days", I can tell you that we are in very good hands.  I had a front-row seat to where women's golf is going for at least the next couple of decades, it is very exciting!

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