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Betsy Clifford, 1978 WTGA President

Betsy Clifford (L) and Mary Ann Morrison - 1977 WTGA State Amateur Championship

In the governance of women’s golf in Texas, there are leaders and then there are institutions.  Betsy Clifford was an institution.  Before her volunteer career in women’s golf, the SMU graduate was a High School teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in her native Dallas.  Clifford played in her first WTGA State Amateur Championship in 1968 and reached the Championship Flight in 1970 and 1971.  She served as the President of the Dallas Women’s Golf Association in 1976 and was a Director for the WTGA and served as President of the Association in 1978.  She was also the 1995 Dallas Athletic Club Champion.
Clifford began serving golf at the national level when she first attended a USGA Rules School.  In only her second attempt, Clifford achieved the highest Rules Test score in the nation!  She is well-known in Texas and beyond for her tireless work as a volunteer rules official, having officiated at local, high school and collegiate events all over the nation.  She also officiated over 30 USGA National Championships and was recognized by the USGA with the Ike Granger Award in 2000, acknowledging 25 years of service.
Her longtime friend, Gayla Collinsworth recalls, “She was wonderful mentor to all of new golfers that had the pleasure of knowing and playing golf with her.  She was one of the BEST.”

Clifford (L) and Sue Leach - 1991 WTGA State Amateur Championship

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