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Kate Golden - 1985 Texas High School Champion

Kate Golden (L) at the 1983 WTGA State Amateur Championship

Jasper, Texas is not especially widely-recognized as the producer of all-star golfers.  However, Kate Golden won the 1985 Texas High School 4A championship only three years after Jasper's Amy Dover Fox claimed the 1982 title.  Golden’s 1985 title was just the beginning in a lifelong career in elite competitive golf.  She qualified for the 2nd flight in the 1983 WTGA State Amateur Championship and reached the Championship Flight semi-finals in 1989 in her senior year as an NCAA All-American at the University of Texas. She was the 1987 Southwest Conference Champion, played on three consecutive Conference Championship teams (1987-1989) and was named to the Southwest Conference’s All-Decade team for the 1980s.

As her Jasper schoolmate Fox built a career as a leading teaching professional (1999 LPGA Teacher of the year), Golden made her career inside the ropes as a player.  She competed on the LPGA tour for 18 years and served on both the LPGA Board of Directors and LPGA Player Committee.  Golden returned to her college alma mater in 2010 as a volunteer assistant coach and currently serves as the UT Golf Team’s Associate Head Coach.
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