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Carol Mann, World Golf Hall of Fame

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Carol Mann, World Golf Hall of Fame

 
By the time Carol Mann made it to Texas, she had lived in Buffalo, Baltimore, Chicago, Greensboro, Atlanta, and Palm Springs.  The well-travelled Mann had also already built a world-class amateur golf career and inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame.  However, once she reached the Lone Star State, she stayed put.
 
Mann started playing golf at the age of 9, but things really started to happen for her after her family moved to Chicago and she began taking lessons at Olympia Fields Country Club.  During her amateur career, Mann won the 1958 Women’s Western Junior and Chicago Junior Championship.  She earned medalist honors in the 1960 Women’s Trans-Miss Championship where she competed against Sandra Haynie, who would become her close friend and trusted colleague.

Mann joined the LPGA tour in 1961 – the same week as Haynie.  In her early days on tour, she was mentored by all-time greats Patty Berg, Mickey Wright and Betsy Rawls and worked hard to “live up to their coaching”.  In 1964 she won her first tournament, and it happened to also be a major championship, the Western Open.   She claimed her second major championship in 1965 at the U.S. Women’s Open when it was nationally televised for the first time.  Mann would go on to win 36 more times in only 11 years.
 
At the height of her success, she became the President of the LPGA and led the organization through critical changes that would set the stage for the tour’s growth and sustained success.  Along with increasing the tour’s focus on marketing and business activities, during her time leading the tour, the LPGA would hire its first Commissioner and form the first Board of Directors.  In just a few short years, both prize money and TV coverage would increase exponentially on tour.

As Mann continued to win at an impressive rate, her activities away from the golf course began to crowd her competitive focus.  She retired from competitive golf at the age of 40 and started another career – actually several of them – in various aspects of the game.  She formed and operated the first female-owned golf course design company, developed a successful hospitality company, served as the “Ambassador” to the World Golf Hall of Fame and was instrumental in its evolution into a world-class collection of golf history.  She advocated for women’s athletics and Title IX legislation and taught golf to juniors, amateurs and some of the world’s best professionals.
 
Mann is a member of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame and was also inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame when it merged with the LPGA Hal of Fame in 1998.  She has been widely recognized for her excellence as a player, leader and visionary.  To read her Hall of Fame bio and view a complete list of her honors and awards, click HERE.
 
Mann has been a member of the Texas golf community for more than 30 years and will join her Texas peers Sandra Haynie, Sandra Palmer, Judy Rankin and Kathy Whitworth on the Breaking 100 Gala panel.  In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Women’s Texas Golf Association, this collection of Texas’ greatest golfers will share an evening and share stories of their remarkable careers with a collection of golf fans and supporters on November 1 at Houston Country Club.  Click here to see a preview of the event.  Click here to purchase a ticket and join the celebration. 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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