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Mary Ann Morrison - Texas' Greatest Amateur Champion

Mary Ann Morrison - prior to 1961 WTGA State Amateur Championship

Mary Ann Morrison’s amateur career demonstrated dominance across three states and three decades.  Before she completed her competitive career, she would amass nineteen state amateur championships including nine victories in Texas.  Her nine WTGA State Amateur Championship titles are the most by any competitor in Texas history.  In 1952, she won eight titles while playing in Louisiana.  Her victories included the National Intercollegiate Championship, Mexican Amateur Championship and Louisiana State Amateur.

Morrison first participated in the State Amateur after relocating to Texas from New Orleans in 1957.  In her first attempt, she claimed medalist honors by six strokes before falling to eventual champion Rosa Gernand in 20 holes in the semi-final match.  She defeated World Golf Hall of Fame member Sandra Haynie the following year before again falling to Gernand in the semi-finals.  In her third attempt, she was defeated in the final match by Haynie.  In 1961, she defeated 1975 US Open Champion and fellow Texas Hall of Famer Sandra Palmer in the semi-finals on the way to her first title.

Morrison won a WTGA State Amateur in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s along with 23 out of 28 Houston Women’s City Championships.  She also won the 1969 Women’s Southern Amateur Championship and was a finalist in the US Women’s Senior Amateur Championship in 1982 and 1993. She served as a Director for the WTGA and was a member of the USGA Junior Girls Committee.  She relocated to Wyoming in the late 1980’s where she won five Wyoming State Amateur titles in eight years along with multiple Mid-Am and Senior Championships and was inducted into the Wyoming Golf Hall of Fame.

"The people in our era knew she was something special. The most amazing thing was her family was always #1 before golf."  - Preston Crow

Mary Ann Morrison - 1977 WTGA State Amateur Championship (8th of 9 titles)

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Mary Ann was one of the most accomplished golfers and had one of the most beautiful golf swings I\'ve ever seen. In addition, she was a beautiful person, a great competitor and fun to play with and be around. We missed her in the State of Texas when she and Gary relocated to Wyoming.
Posted by Diane Dill on October 24, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

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