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Stacy Dennis, Passionate Supporter of Women's Golf (Viewed: 3150)
Posted by Texas Communications on October 11, 2016 @ 8:10 am

“I really just love golf – everything about it.”  Stacy Dennis often tells folks how thankful she is to work for a game she loves and how impactful golf can be in a person’s life. She’ll tell you how she loves that some of her closest friends are people she was randomly paired with in some tournament years ago.  As the TGA Managing Director of Membership Programs, Stacy’s story is a shining example of how golf enriches the lives of those who play the game.

Growing Up in Texas
Stacy was born in San Angelo and casually participated in a few junior golf clinics in elementary and junior high. Needing a P.E. credit in 10th grade, she joined the golf team.  After recording a “two under the maximum for 18 holes” 142 in her first tournament, she says she got better her senior year. Better -as in tied for second at the State High School Championship with a 146 for 36 holes.  The high school career earned Stacy a scholarship and a spot on the women’s golf team at Texas A&M. When talking about how golf impacts lives, Stacy often mentions the game gave her an education. 

WTGA and Other Accomplishments
In 2004, Stacy played in her first WTGA State Amateur Championship and won. The victory, which she says was a surprise to her, was validated in 2009 when she again saw her name engraved as the champion. She admits she is very proud of her State Am wins because she has great respect for the players and the history of the Championship. Stacy is a two-time winner of the Womens’ Four-Ball Championship with two different partners, Carolyn Creekmore and Jessica Surber.  She reached the semi-finals in the 2012 USGA Mid-Am Championship and played on the Texas team in the 2015 USGA State Team Championship. These accomplishments came while working full time and carving out time to volunteer with the WTGA.  Her leadership in the organization included serving as President and a contributor in the process to merge the women’s association with the TGA.

Turning a Sport into a Career
The game that gave Stacy a P.E. credit and a college education has also given her a career. As a teenager, she worked as a cart attendant at a municipal golf course. After college, she worked her way up to her current position with TGA. She calls this her “dream job” and enjoys working to improve the sport for all players and for women in particular.

Editor’s Note
Stacy Dennis has done an outstanding job planning the Breaking 100 Campaign and writing stories like these about the 100 Texas Women. In her normal humble manner, Stacy didn’t believe she should be featured. The TGA Women’s Committee wrote this entry and insisted it be included.

 
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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Betty Jameson - 4-time WTGA Champion (Viewed: 1951)
Posted by Stacy Dennis on October 6, 2016 @ 8:00 am

LPGA founder and World Golf Hall of Famer Betty Jameson played in her first WTGA State Amateur as a 14 year old in 1933.  Her foray into Texas amateur golf came during a historic era when seemingly every name on each year’s Championship flight bracket has a claim to greatness. In this extremely competitive era, it took Jameson four attempts to win her first State Amateur title.  She failed to win in 1933, 34 and 35 – years when the championship was claimed by Hall of Fame members Aniela Gorczyca Goldthwaite and Babe Didrickson Zaharias.  She had already won the Women’s Southern Amateur Championship when she finally claimed the WTGA State Amateur in 1936, and it was her first of four consecutive victories (1936-1939).  She also won the US Women’s Amateur title in 1939 and 1940, but lost in her bid to win a 5th straight State championship in 1940.
 
Following her successful amateur career, Jameson continued her winning ways among the professional ranks.  She lost in the finals of the inaugural US Women’s Open, and won the title the following year.  She is one of only seven women in history to win both the US Women’s Amateur and Open.  In 1950, she joined fellow Texans Zaharias and Bettye Danoff, and 10 others in forming the Ladies Professional Golf Association.  She is a member of the Texas and World Golf Hall of Fame.



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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Rosemary Thompson, 1976 WTGA State Amateur Champion (Viewed: 1919)
Posted by Stacy Dennis on October 4, 2016 @ 8:00 am

Martha Westmoreland (L) and Rosemary Thompson (R) - 1973 WTGA State Amateur Championship

One would be hard-pressed to find a WTGA State Amateur Champion who travelled farther to win her title than Rosemary Thompson.  In 1976, the Amarillo resident claimed championship in Brownsville – 801 miles away!  Thompson had already covered serious ground by the time she came to Texas.  She was born and raised in Canada, and used to take a boat to the club where she played as a junior in Montreal.  Thompson attended college at the University of New Mexico after she “discovered bridge and flunked out of college in Canada” she recalled with a chuckle.
 
Thompson relocated to Amarillo in 1972 and set about establishing her place in Texas golf history.  In 1976, her WTGA Championship was part of an impressive record.  She also won the Women’s Publinx, Women’s West Texas (her third of four in a row), her 3rd Amarillo City Championship and her 3rd Club Championship.
 
Thompson moved back to New Mexico in 1978, and continued dominating women’s golf in the Southwest for many years to come.  She claimed the Women’s Southwestern Golf Association Championship more than 11 times, New Mexica State Amateur Championship 5 times and New Mexico Senior Women's Championship and incredible 14 times in a row!  She was also twice named the Sun Country PGA Amateur of the year.  This award is presented to the most outstanding amateur golfer – male or female - in the region.  In 1992, Thompson added a national championship to her already extraordinary resume.  She set the all-time 54-hole scoring record as she won the 1992 U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur Championship.  She is a member of the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame, Albuquerque Sports Hall of Fame; Cornwall, Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and in the USGA Museum's Wall of Fame.
 
Looking back after a lifetime of great golf, Thompson simply said, “I’m just a person who just loved golf.  Like all of these young ones coming up now.”  The 2016 Women’s Senior Stroke Play Championship concludes today in Thompson’s former hometown at Amarillo Country Club.  Click here to follow the action.

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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Marian Barker - 2- time Women's Senior Stroke Play Champion (Viewed: 2161)
Posted by Stacy Dennis on October 3, 2016 @ 8:00 am

Marian Barker is in the Women’s Senior Stroke Play field this week at Amarillo Country Club.  The two-time champion has been West Texas’ most dominant player in recent years and likely feels very much at home.  Barker was born in El Paso, and took up golf after moving to Lubbock and meeting her husband, Larry.  “Larry played every weekend and it was obvious if I was going to see much of him on weekends it was going to have to be on a golf course.”
 
She played in her first golf tournament at the age of 22 and finished last in her flight.  Even though it was her first golf competition, Barker did not like the experience of finishing last.  A former collegiate volleyball player at New Mexico State University, she remembers that “I was livid. I had always done well in sports and these little old ladies were kicking my butt. I could not stand it.”
 
With athletic ability matched with a competitive nature, Barker quickly developed into a dominant force in Texas amateur golf.  She has won the Women’s West Texas Championship 12 times and, alongside her husband, coached high school golf teams in Lubbock.  She and Larry coached three different high schools during their career and brought the teams from “almost nothing to state qualifiers”, and recorded several top three finishes.  She and one of her former players, Ryann White Hagstrom, partnered to win the 2011 Women’s Four-Ball Championship.  Outside of Texas, Barker has twice won the National Club Championship and also won the Pebble Beach Mixed Team Championship.
 


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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Women's West Texas Golf Association (Viewed: 2085)
Posted by Stacy Dennis on October 2, 2016 @ 8:00 am

With the 2016 Women’s Senior Stroke Play Championship beginning today in Amarillo, the thoughts and aspirations of Texas’ amateur golfers will be focused on the Panhandle and West Texas.
 
The Women’s West Texas Golf Association was founded in 1935.  At the time of its founding, “Babe” Zaharias was the reigning WTGA State Amateur Champion, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was President, and nylon had just been invented!  This group was formed in order to “to promote and maintain the best interests of the game of golf and promote good fellowship and encourage good sportsmanship among the women golfers of West Texas”.  They also began hosting the Women’s West Texas Amateur Championship that has become a coveted prize on Texas golf resumes for more than 80 years.
 
Texas Golf Hall of Fame member Aniela Goldthwaite claimed the inaugural title at Lubbock Country Club.  Over the course of the next 80 years, she was joined by the greatest players in Texas history including Sandra Palmer, Polly Riley, Marty Leonard, Pat Garner Stapler, Agatha Lee, Rosemary Thompson, Marian Barker, and many more.  Jane Meyer defeated 12-time champion Marian Barker to claim the title in 2016.  Learn more about the Women’s West Texas Golf Association 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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