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Mary Beth Morgan Covey, 1978 WTGA Champion

Mary Beth Morgan Covey first entered the WTGA State Amateur Championship in 1972.  She was the reigning Texas State Junior Champion at the time and made an immediate impression.  Cover qualified for the championship flight and advance to the quarter-finals before bowing out to 1967 US Women’s Amateur Champion Mary Lou Dill.  Covey, who grew up in the Houston area, went to college at Houston Baptist University before there was a golf team on which to compete.  However, she quickly set about changing that.  “When Mary Beth went to HBU in 1973, she was on a grant-in-aid," Skelly said. "She talked to the school president who played golf and he was very interested in getting a women's athletic program started. She did a good job in getting the program started and in recruiting." – Debbie Skelly, 1975
 
The team that Covey helped formed would go on to include four future WTGA State Amateur Champions – herself (1978), Skelly (1975), Linda Hunt (1980), Connie McCain (1984) and 5-time champion Toni Wiesner.  HBU would also produce two All-Americans (Stephanie Farwig, Caroline Pierce) and countless notable names in Texas golf (Peggy Gustafson, Nancy Ballard, Jessica Supernaw Durbin, Kelley Makette Nittoli, Karen Schmidt Murphy) and many more.  Covey was inducted into the HBU Athletics Hall of Honor in 2010.
 
But Covey’s impact on Texas golf extended well beyond collegiate golf.  Beginning with her first WTGA entry in 1970, she sustained a top-level amateur career and was a Championship contender for many years to come.  Covey won the WTGA State Amateur Championship over Curtis Cup member Brenda Goldsmith Hocott in 1978 and reached the WTGA finals in 1976, 1979 and 1985.

Wanda Hendrix (L) and Mary Beth Covey (R)
 

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