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Martha Leach, 1992 WTGA Champion

Martha Leach started playing golf at the age of 12 as an avenue for solitude.  “Being from a large family of 10 kids, I found peace”, she recalls.  Golf has always been a big part of Leach’s family life.  Her sister, Hollis Stacy, is a 3-time U.S. Women’s Open Champion and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.  Her daughter Madison was her partner in the 2015 U.S. Women’s Four-Ball Championship.
Leach has deep ties to Georgia and Kentucky, and spent time in Texas between the two.  Her first tournament win was the Georgia State Girls’ Junior Championship and she played collegiate golf at the University of Georgia.  She is also a member of the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame.  She came to Texas in 1989 and spent some great years here where she served as an Assistant Golf Coach at the University of Texas and built Austin’s Black Hawk Golf Club with her sister and husband, John. 
During her time in the Lone Star state, she left her mark on amateur golf, and in 1992 she left her name on the WTGA State Amateur Championship trophy.  Her championship victory at Barton Creek Resort is a bittersweet memory for Leach.  She recalls the championship being played soon after the untimely death of a dear friend.  “Monica Welch loved golf and she loved the state of Texas. We played a lot of golf together and she would always talk about the beautiful golden days of Texas. In my final round, I wore a pair of her golf shoes even though they were 1/2 too small. She would have been proud of me.”
Leach has been a force in amateur golf since her teenage years.  She has played in USGA Championships in five different decades and claimed the 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.  She has played in a record 27 Mid-Am championships and qualified for match play all but once.  She considers her longevity in playing competitive golf to be her greatest golfing accomplishment.  As a testament, she is again in a national championship field this week at the Women’s Mid-Amateur in Erie, Pennsylvania and will certainly be counted among the top contenders.  Of her career spent in golf, she says, “I have to admit I have fallen in and out of love with golf millions of times but I know golf has been good to me. The game owes me nothing. I have met wonderful people through the journey of my golfing career.”
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