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Partners Make Golf More Fun! (Viewed: 2813)
Posted by Stacy Dennis on June 28, 2017 @ 8:00 am

Entries into the 2017 Women’s Four-Ball Championship open today (June 28), and this caused me to think about how much fun it is to play golf with a partner.  I am a certified golf nut, so golf is fun in any context for me.  I didn’t have much occasion to play with a partner until I found my way onto the Texas Cup team in 2000.  I didn’t know anyone, hadn’t played hardly any match play and was immediately aware that I was in over my head.  I was matched up with Marilyn Hardy as my partner for the Four-Ball and Alternate Shot rounds.  I didn’t know Marilyn very well, but quickly learned that I had hit the jackpot!  She hit it a mile, made every putt, never missed a green and gave me her own special brand of quiet, confident encouragement.  The night before the first match, I literally could not go to sleep.  I’ve described it before as the feeling I remember on Christmas Eve when I was a kid.  I won’t do the math for you, but I will say it had been a while since the last time I’d experienced that.  The next day came and went, and before I went to bed the following night, we had won two matches and I had never had more fun on a golf course.

If you've ever played golf, you will have won in spectacular fashion and lost in heartbreakers.  If you've played with a partner, both experiences were likely a little bit better.  You might have even formed lifelong friendships (like I did) through a fortunate pairing.  Here are a few other notable Texas partnerships that come to mind:

  • MaryAnn Morrison / Preston Crow:  Morrison is the all-time leader in WTGA State Amateur titles, winning nine championships in 20 years.  She and good friend Preston Crow claimed the Team Cup award representing Houston Country Club almost every time they competed together.
  • Toni Wiesner / Carolyn Creekmore:  These two won more titles together and individually than the space in this blog can accommodate.  Their records made them a formiddable match up in Texas Cup play.  Creekmore recalls being paired against two outstanding new players in a Texas Cup match.  When discussing their chances, Wiesner announced they certainly had the upper hand in the match.  When Creekmore asked why, Wiesner replied, "We have NAME RECOGNITION".  She was right.
  • Kaitlyn Papp / Hailee Cooper:  Papp won the inaugural Women's Stroke Play Championship in 2015 and Cooper shared Medalist honors in the 2017 Women's Stroke Play Championship.  Between their two individual titles, the pair won the 2016 U.S. Women's Four-Ball Championship.

There really is something special about playing for more than your own sake, working together, and feeling pressure to do your part for your partner that is better than doing it on your own.  Share your partner stories in the comments, and sign up for the Women’s Four-Ball Championship to create some new ones!
 

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Texas Celebrates Women's Golf Day (Viewed: 3326)
Posted by Stacy Dennis on May 10, 2017 @ 8:00 am

On June 6, more than 50 golf Texas facilities will join in the global celebration of the many ways that women can engage with golf.  Industry data shows that women are a critical demographic and represent a vibrant, growing segment of the golf population.  Women make up 24% of all golfers, but represent 1/3 of beginning and junior golfers.  With the number of people who say they are “very interested” in taking up golf at an all-time high, women will be a key force in the growth of the industry in the coming years.

“Women’s Golf Day is a great way to shine a light on all of the opportunities available for women to engage in golf.  It’s powerful to know that there are women in California, Wisconsin and even Poland and Australia playing and learning golf at the same time.”, said Leslie Henry.  Henry is a member of the Texas Golf Association (TGA) Board of Directors and chairs the Women’s Texas Golf Association Committee (WTGAC).

The TGA is supporting Women’s Golf Day by highlighting programs offered by the 50+ TGA member clubs participating in the event.  “We want to make it as easy as possible for Texas to join in”, said Stacy Dennis, Managing Director of Membership programs for the TGA.  “The information should be accessible to every woman in Texas and simple to share with their network in order to deepen the impact Women’s Golf Day can have on the golf community”, Dennis said.

On June 6, the TGA will have staff members, volunteers and members of the WTGAC participating in Women’s Golf Day activities in their respective local communities.  All TGA representatives will provide information about Women’s programming through the TGA, take photos and share posts to social media.  According to its vision, the TGA promotes the growth of golf, “Not for the good of the game, but because the game is good.  Good for connecting people.  Good for building bridges between generations…Golf is a positive force for enriching lives.”  The TGA is excited to help share that message to women all over Texas on June 6.

For complete information about Women’s Golf Day, visit www.womensgolfday.com.  TGA Member clubs and golfers can find information about Women’s Golf Day, locate participating clubs in their local communities and find resources to help spread the word at www.txga.org/2017WGD.html.
 

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Jacque Cooper - Breaking 100 Committee (Viewed: 4208)
Posted by Stacy Dennis on October 31, 2016 @ 8:00 am

Molly Price (L) and Jacque Cooper (R)

Jacque Cooper has been a leading figure in Women’s Golf for many years.  Prior to her service to the WTGA, “Coop” was well known as the public relations force for the Dallas LAGA group.  She worked for many years sending out communications, documenting special accomplishments and generally making sure that North Texas women’s golf was truly a community.  Cooper served as a WTGA Director from 2007-2012 and was closely involved in the Winners’ Program and the Texas Challenge.  She has also been solely responsible for the selection of all of the prizes for the WTGA State Amateur Championship every year.  If you want to see the joy the game of golf can bring to someone, just ask Coop how she feels about State Am week, or the Winners’ Program girls from Longview!  She returned to the WTGA in 2014 as a member of the WTGA Committee and signed on to the Breaking 100 Committee as soon as it was formed.

In addition to her work for the WTGA Committee, Cooper has enjoyed a recent run of torrid golf, winning the 1st flight at the 2016 Women's Senior Championship with a final round 76, and claiming the Mesquite Ladies Golf Association Championship in one week!

The leaders of the WTGA have been discussing how to appropriately mark the 100th anniversary of our founding for almost ten years!  The first discussion started in 2008 and everyone had thoughts and visions of what the celebration would be like.  But it seemed so far away at the time!  Things started getting serious again in 2013 as discussions also got underway about merging with the Texas Golf Association.  Notes from the February 2013 WTGA Board meeting included this phrase, “The Committee should start planning ASAP!”

The members of the Breaking 100 Committee are Suzan Knox, Leslie Henry, Deb Nelson and Jacque Cooper.  KnoxHenry and Nelson have been previously covered in this blog.

The fruits of their labor will be on display November 1st, at Houston Country Club.  Almost 300 advocates for women’s golf will join special guests Sandra Haynie, Carol Mann, Sandra Palmer, Judy Rankin and Kathy Whitworth to celebrate the impact that Texas women have had on the world of golf over the last 100 years.  Click here for more information.


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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Deb Nelson - Breaking 100 Committee (Viewed: 3863)
Posted by Stacy Dennis on October 29, 2016 @ 1:10 pm

2011 WTGA State Amateur Local Committe - (Nelson far left)

The leaders of the WTGA have been discussing how to appropriately mark the 100th anniversary of our founding for almost ten years!  The first discussion started in 2008 and everyone had thoughts and visions of what the celebration would be like.  But it seemed so far away at the time!  Things started getting serious again in 2013 as discussions also got underway about merging with the Texas Golf Association.  Notes from the February 2013 WTGA Board meeting included this phrase, “The Committee should start planning ASAP!”

The members of the Breaking 100 Committee are Suzan Knox, Leslie Henry, Deb Nelson and Jacque Cooper.  Knox and Henry have been previously covered in this blog.

Deb Nelson started learning golf at Bryan Municipal Golf Course with the public course offered a series of women’s clinics on late summer afternoons.  The TGA’s Stacy Dennis, a college student at the time, was assigned to assist with the clinics.  Nelson served as a volunteer when the WTGA hosted the State Amateur Championship at her home course, Walden on Lake Conroe.  Her genuine hospitality, love for the game and meticulous organization made her an immediate candidate for a WTGA Director position and she joined the Board in 2012.  She continue as a member of the WTGA Committee and signed on the continue working on the Breaking 100 campaign.  Nelson has single-handedly made all of the arrangements for the November 1st Breaking 100 Gala, making all of the menu and setup decisions and managing the budget for the event.  She has balanced a desire for a spectacular night with a fundraiser’s vision.

The fruits of their labor will be on display tomorrow night, November 1st, at Houston Country Club.  Almost 300 advocates for women’s golf will join special guests Sandra Haynie, Carol Mann, Sandra Palmer, Judy Rankin and Kathy Whitworth to celebrate the impact that Texas women have had on the world of golf over the last 100 years.  Click here for more information.



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 Ann Morrison - Texas' Greatest Amateur Champion (Viewed: 4664)
Posted by Stacy Dennis on October 24, 2016 @ 8:00 am

Mary Ann Morrison - prior to 1961 WTGA State Amateur Championship

Mary Ann Morrison’s amateur career demonstrated dominance across three states and three decades.  Before she completed her competitive career, she would amass nineteen state amateur championships including nine victories in Texas.  Her nine WTGA State Amateur Championship titles are the most by any competitor in Texas history.  In 1952, she won eight titles while playing in Louisiana.  Her victories included the National Intercollegiate Championship, Mexican Amateur Championship and Louisiana State Amateur.

Morrison first participated in the State Amateur after relocating to Texas from New Orleans in 1957.  In her first attempt, she claimed medalist honors by six strokes before falling to eventual champion Rosa Gernand in 20 holes in the semi-final match.  She defeated World Golf Hall of Fame member Sandra Haynie the following year before again falling to Gernand in the semi-finals.  In her third attempt, she was defeated in the final match by Haynie.  In 1961, she defeated 1975 US Open Champion and fellow Texas Hall of Famer Sandra Palmer in the semi-finals on the way to her first title.

Morrison won a WTGA State Amateur in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s along with 23 out of 28 Houston Women’s City Championships.  She also won the 1969 Women’s Southern Amateur Championship and was a finalist in the US Women’s Senior Amateur Championship in 1982 and 1993. She served as a Director for the WTGA and was a member of the USGA Junior Girls Committee.  She relocated to Wyoming in the late 1980’s where she won five Wyoming State Amateur titles in eight years along with multiple Mid-Am and Senior Championships and was inducted into the Wyoming Golf Hall of Fame.

"The people in our era knew she was something special. The most amazing thing was her family was always #1 before golf."  - Preston Crow



Mary Ann Morrison - 1977 WTGA State Amateur Championship (8th of 9 titles)

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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