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Marian Barker - 2- time Women's Senior Stroke Play Champion

Marian Barker is in the Women’s Senior Stroke Play field this week at Amarillo Country Club.  The two-time champion has been West Texas’ most dominant player in recent years and likely feels very much at home.  Barker was born in El Paso, and took up golf after moving to Lubbock and meeting her husband, Larry.  “Larry played every weekend and it was obvious if I was going to see much of him on weekends it was going to have to be on a golf course.”
She played in her first golf tournament at the age of 22 and finished last in her flight.  Even though it was her first golf competition, Barker did not like the experience of finishing last.  A former collegiate volleyball player at New Mexico State University, she remembers that “I was livid. I had always done well in sports and these little old ladies were kicking my butt. I could not stand it.”
With athletic ability matched with a competitive nature, Barker quickly developed into a dominant force in Texas amateur golf.  She has won the Women’s West Texas Championship 12 times and, alongside her husband, coached high school golf teams in Lubbock.  She and Larry coached three different high schools during their career and brought the teams from “almost nothing to state qualifiers”, and recorded several top three finishes.  She and one of her former players, Ryann White Hagstrom, partnered to win the 2011 Women’s Four-Ball Championship.  Outside of Texas, Barker has twice won the National Club Championship and also won the Pebble Beach Mixed Team Championship.
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