Texas Golf Association, Since 1906
Texas Golf Association, Since 1906



Golf with Texas Women
Sort By: Date | Most Visited Entries | Most Commented Entries
Previous Page 2 of 24 Next PageLast Page
Gerina Piller, UTEP Standout, Solheim Cup hero (Viewed: 5928)
Posted by Mark Button on April 28, 2016 @ 10:00 am

Although Gerina Piller (née Mendoza) was born and raised in Roswell, N.M., she currently calls Fort Worth, Texas home.  She didn’t pick up a club until she was 15, but Piller proved to be a natural talent. While attending Goddard High School, she capped off her quick rise through the junior ranks with a win at the 2003 New Mexico State 4A High School Championship. Her early success earned Piller a scholarship to the University of Texas El Paso.
 
After offically "arriving" in Texas, Piller excelled while at UTEP.  She became a national figure in amateur golf during her senior year when she won four tournaments, including individual honors at the 2007 Conference USA Championship. In recognition of her achievements, Piller was named the 2007 Conference USA Player of the Year and the UTEP Female Athlete of the Year.
 
Piller turned pro in September 2007 and played on the Futures Tour before earning her full playing privileges on the LPGA Tour in 2011. Although she has yet to win, Piller has been one of the LPGA’s most consistent performers. Since 2013, the long-hitting Piller has recorded 17 top-ten finishes, has been a member of two U.S. Solheim Cup teams, and holed the deciding putt to bring Team USA the victory in 2015.
 
Piller's husband Martin, a graduate of Texas A&M, also plays professional golf.  The two first met in 2009, when they shared a cart at a golf outing in Dallas.  Martin is a member of the PGA Tour and has five victories on the web.com tour.  Gerina is enjoying a rare "home game" this week (April 28 - May 1) as she joins a stellar group of Texans in Irving as they compete at the LPGA's Volunteers of America Shootout.  Click here for information and tickets.


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.
 

Post Comment
Wendi Wiese - Breaking 100 campaign leader (Viewed: 5880)
Posted by Stacy Dennis on February 23, 2016 @ 12:00 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.
 

View Comments (2) Post Comment
Janean Murphy (Viewed: 5820)
Posted by Stacy Dennis on January 19, 2016 @ 9:00 am

Janean Murphy has been a fixture in the Houston–area golf scene for the better part of 20 years in several different capacities.  An accomplished amateur player in her own right, Janean has competed in Houston City Amateur Championships and represented South Texas in the annual Texas Cup matches.  While still an amateur, Janean worked as the Golf Coach for The Woodlands High School and guided her team to three consecutive State Championships (2001-2003).

After her coaching career, Janean became a full-time teaching professional and has worked with players seeking to improve their skills all over the Houston area.  She has held teaching positions at Houston Country Club, WindRose, Memorial Park Golf Course and Wildcat Golf Club.  She is currently teaching at Lakeside Country Club.

“I want the opportunity to invest into other people’s lives and use golf as a vehicle to make an impact”, Janean says.  It is this passion for teaching others to love golf that makes Janean a perfect leader for the Breaking 100 campaign.  She is one of 11 pros who are giving 100 Lessons for Women and Girls on behalf of the campaign.  Through the campaign she will raise funds and awareness to increase the opportunities for women to enjoy the game in Texas.  For more information and to support Janean in her efforts, click here.


Post Comment
Bettye Danoff - 1948 Champion, LPGA Founder (Viewed: 5619)
Posted by Stacy Dennis on February 16, 2016 @ 10:30 am

Bettye Danoff may be best known as one of three Texans among the 13 founding members of the LPGA.  Before forming the tour and playing professionally, Danoff enjoyed a successful amateur career.  She made her first appearance in the WTGA State Amateur Championship in 1947 when she lost in the semi-finals to Aniela Goldthwaite.  That same year, she ended “Babe” Didrickson Zaharias’ streak of 17 consecutive wins by defeating her in the Texas Women’s Open.  In 1948, she shared medalist honors with Betsy Rawls and went on to win the championship.  In order to claim the title, she had to defeat Goldthwaite in a semi-final rematch, and then face two-time champion Kay Pearson Keating.  Her great play continued in 1948 as she claimed medalist honors in the 1948 US Women’s Amateur Championship.

She turned pro before defending her WTGA title in 1949, with intentions of teaching golf and playing exhibitions.  In 1950, she joined two other former Texas Amateur champions (Zaharias and Betty Jameson) and 10 others in founding the Ladies Professional Golf Association.  She won the 1953 LPGA Hardscrabble Open and traveled with her three young daughters while competing, and became the LPGA tour's first grandmother.
 


Danoff (left) with Mrs. Hack Williford, Kay Pearson Keating and Aniela Goldthwaite - 1948

Sign up to receive email notifications of new blog posts.

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.

View Comments (1) Post Comment
Claudia "Sis" Singletary - 2004 WTGA President (Viewed: 5443)
Posted by Stacy Dennis on January 29, 2016 @ 9:00 am

Claudia "Sis" Singletary - 2004 WTGA President :: continue

Post Comment
Previous Page 2 of 24 Next PageLast Page
TGA Member Rewards
Breaking 100
Women's Home
Subscribe to the Blog
Stay Connected
PGA Superstore