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Belle Burney

Mrs. I.H. “Belle” Burney was the driving force in organizing amateur golf for women in Texas.  Her leadership of a group of women helped establish a state amateur championship and an organization to promote the game of golf for women in Texas.  She was the inaugural president of the Women’s Texas Golf Association and helped secure River Crest Country Club as the host site for the first ever State Amateur Championship.

In addition to her organizational accomplishments, Burney was also a fine player in her day.  She qualified for the Championship Flight in 1916, 1917 and 1919.  Burney also founded the “President’s Cup” which later came to be called the Team Cup.  This competition honors the club with the two players returning the lowest aggregate score during the stroke play qualifying round.  Burney and future WTGA State Amateur Champion Pauline Stripling Hedrick represented River Crest in the inaugural President’s Cup and finished 5th.

In 2008, the WTGA created the “Belle” Burney Award that is presented to the outstanding volunteer for women’s golf.  Previous winners of this prestigious award are Sandy Dalehite, Cathy Holland, Becky Spears, Doris Kallina, 'Nez Muhleman, Pam Murray, and Mary Lucas.

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