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Aniela Goldthwaite: Texas Golf Hall of Fame

Aniela Gorczyka Goldthwaite played in her first State Amateur Championship in 1927 when she was 15.  The three-time Champion (1933, 1934 and 1940) was a serious championship contender for the next four decades.  Almost forty years after her first appearance, Goldthwaite reached the semi-final match in 1965 before losing to eventual champion and reigning Texas Junior Champion Kathy Ahern.  Goldthwaite continued to play in the State Amateur with very few interruptions until her final appearance at the age of 80 in 1992.
 
Goldthwaite was simply dominant.  Her accomplishments from the 1934-1935 championship season rank among the greatest of all time and include her 2nd consecutive WTGA State Amateur Championship, medalist honors and the title at the Fort Worth Women’s Association Invitational (now the Texas Women’s Open), a place on the U.S. Curtis Cup Team, and a victory at the Women’s Southern Championship.  She went on the win the Women’s West Texas Amateur Championship in 1935 and again represent the U.S. on the 1936 Curtis Cup Team.  She was the first Texas member of the Curtis Cup team and also served as the Captain in 1952.
Mrs. Goldthwaite Served at the President of the WTGA in 1949 and 1950.  She was also a member of the USGA Women’s Committee for many years and served as the Chair in 1951-52, the first Texan to have held that honor.  She is a member of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame.
 
Goldthwaite won her third WTGA State Amateur Championship in 1940 at Brook Hollow Golf Club, site of this week’s 95th staging of the event.  This week (June 26-29) marks the first time since her victory that Dallas’ historic club has hosted the Championship.  Click here for more information about the tournament and to follow the action.

The members of the (1936) United States Curtis Cup Team as they arrived aboard the Queen Mary. Aniela Goldthwaite (bottom row, 2nd from right)  with teamates including Patty Berg (top left on stairs)
(Copyright unknown/Courtesy USGA Museum)
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