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Peggy Chandler - 1932 WTGA Champion

Chandler (right) and Aniela Goldthwaite

Playing in 1930s against the greatest names in the history of golf, Peggy Chandler claimed her place in Texas golf history.  The champion from Dallas’ Brook Hollow Golf Club was a two-time finalist in the Women’s Southern Amateur Championship (1939, 1941) and reached the finals of the WTGA State Amateur Championship in five consecutive years.  Although she only won one title (1932), she only lost to members of the Hall of Fame – timing, as they say, is everything.
Chandler won the Championship in 1932 at River Crest Country Club.  She lost in the final match in 1933 and 1934 to Aniela Goldthwaite.  With “Babe” Didrickson Zaharias and Betty Jameson in the field in 1935, Chandler claimed medalist honors and defeated Jameson in the semi-finals to earn a place in the final match where she was ultimately defeated by The Babe.  In 1936, she defeated Edna Lapham (seven-time champion) as she marched to the finals where she again faced off with Jameson.  Chandler had prevailed over Jameson in their previous four meetings, but in this match, Jameson won and claimed the first of her four consecutive WTGA State Amateur Championships.  Chandler went up against the greatest names in Texas golf history and earned her place among the State’s finest champions.
Chandler’s home club, the historic Brook Hollow Golf Club hosts the 95th WTGA State Amateur Championship this week (July 26-29).  Click here for more information or to follow the action.
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