Texas Golf Association, Since 1906
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Diane Dill, 6-time Women's Senior Champion

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Diane Dill, 6-time Women's Senior Champion

Diane Dill was born in Gilmer in East Texas.  In fact, she was once crowned the Gilmer “Yamboree Queen”!  She learned to play golf as a child on the sand greens at Gilmer’s 9-hole course.  After graduating from the University of Texas, Dill went to work for Humble Oil Company and was eligible to join what would become Baywood Country Club – an Humble Oil-owned club.  She found her love of golf while playing with the “par plus” group there, and eventually progressed to win 17 club championships.
 
As her game progressed, Dill began her career as a statewide competitor.  She first played in the WTGA State Amateur Championship at Colonial Country Club in 1961 where she was paired with all-time great Polly Riley.  Dill also began what would become a long-time affinity with Amarillo Country Club.  “I loved playing the Amarillo Partnership”, she recalls.  She won in 1982 with Bev Baetge (1983 WTGA President), in 1987 with fellow Houston golf hero Preston Crow, and twice in the 1990s with Juanita Jones.  She was the WTGA State Amateur co-medalist with Toni Wiesner at Amarillo in 1979, and shared co-Senior Medalist honors with Wiesner at Amarillo in 1988.
 
Her greatest stretch of golf, however, came in 1993-1994.  Dill retired in1992 after almost 35 years with Humble Oil and her golf quickly took off.  After winning the Houston City Championship and Southern Texas Golf Association Tournament of Champions in 1993, she set a goal to win the 1994 Houston City Senior Championship, WTGA Senior Stroke Play Championship and both of her club championships (Baywood and Bay Oaks)…and she did!  After decades of success, Dill shared much of the credit with her husband.  “Of course, I would never have been the player that I learned to be without the patience of my teaching pro who just happened to be my husband, Bill Dill.  Because he was so supportive of my love of golf, it made it so much easier to play for so many years and enjoy the satisfying experiences.”
 
Dill served on the WTGA Board of Directors for six years in the 1990s including a term as President and is one of five women selected to serve on the TGA Board of Directors in 2014 when the two associations merged.  Among her greatest accomplishments, Dill counts her six victories in the WTGA Senior Stroke Play Championship.  In an alignment of events that may seem daunting to her opponents in the field, the championship returns this weekend to Dill’s beloved Amarillo Country Club.  One should never count out a seasoned champion playing one of her favorite events on one of her favorite courses.  Follow the action here.


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