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Carolyn Creekmore - 1995 WTGA State Amateur Champion

If you were to ask her, Carolyn Creekmore would say that her great success as an amateur golfer is due to good genes and “infinite opportunity”.  Her grandfather was the first undefeated quarterback at the University of Arkansas in 1909 and set the bar fairly high.  She first played golf as a child so that she could spend time with her family, but the game didn’t hold her attention.  “If I wanted to see them I had to be on the golf course, but I would play two holes and then go swimming.”  She played in her first tournament at age 11 – the three-hole championship at her club.  There was only one other girl in the field, and Creekmore was “proudly the runner-up”, she remembers.

After turning to golf as an adult, she built and sustained a sterling career.  She claimed her first tournament victory at the WTGA State Amateur Championship in 1995.  She went on to win dozens of other titles including the 2004 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, 2006 Texas Women’s Open, 2009 Women’s Southern Senior Championship and 2008 Doherty Senior Amateur Championship.  She has represented Texas in the USGA Women’s State Team Championship six times and was a founding member of the Texas Cup, an annual North vs. South Ryder Cup-style event.  While the USGA title is her favorite win, her Texas Amateur Championship started it all, she recalls.  “I've always considered the players in this state to be the highest caliber in the nation and to win here for me was a huge accomplishment.”  She was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 2010.

Creekmore is a long-time member of Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas, site of this week’s 95th WTGA State Amateur Championship.  In the toughest field in recent memory, Creekmore reached the Championship flight and fell on the final hole to the defending champion.  After all of the wins she has accumulated so far, Creekmore continues to be a contender in any event she enters.  “I think my greatest accomplishment is still playing at a competitive level at the age of 64… I'm certain that my success comes in a huge part from competing against the best players in the country... The great women in the great State of Texas!”

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