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Nancy Hager Hale

By the time Nancy Hager Hale turned 19, she had already had “a little bit of a career”, as she describes it.  In fact, that’s quite an understatement.  There is nothing “little” about winning the Texas Junior Girls Championship 3 times (she still owns the all-time scoring record), claiming medalist honors at the US Junior Girls Championship, being named to the 1970 Curtis Cup Team and the 1971 World Amateur Team.  She played in her first WTGA State Amateur Championship at the age of 11, and won a playoff to earn the final spot in the Championship flight.  Her mother also qualified for the Championship flight in the same year.

 After high school she attended the University of Texas where she was awarded the first ever athletic scholarship given to a female there.  “It was for $200 and books!” she recalls.  She entered the 1974 WTGA State Amateur Championship hosted at Austin Country Club and defeated Rosemary Thompson in the final match.  The following year, as a senior at the University of Texas, she won all five of the collegiate tournaments she entered during the Spring semester, and also won the 1975 Harder Hall Invitational.  She also reached the semi-finals at the 1975 WTGA Championship before falling to Lyda Hill.

 After graduating with a degree in Interior Design, Hale competed as an amateur for a few more years and claimed medalist honors in her final State Amateur appearance in 1977.  She spent many years away from golf while she raised her family.  Although she competes less frequently these days, she still plays great golf.  In a recent outing with former University of Texas teammate Jan Rapp, Hale recorded six birdies and their team won the event.  As she and Rapp looked through photos from WTGA scrapbooks, they remembered every face and details from almost every match.  “All that golf was so great, but the relationships are really the best thing”.

Nancy Hager Hale (far left) - 1970 Curtis Cup Team.  Photo courtesy USGA

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Loving this blog! It is so well-written and informative. Really interesting stories and incredible amount of time and research on these ladies. Just what I would expect from my beautiful golf daughter!Thanks so much for this thorough, overdue tribute to outstanding predecessors for this field of women's sports. Love you, Mom
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