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Preston Crow - WTGA Director 1972-1978

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Preston Crow - WTGA Director 1972-1978

1971 WTGA State Amateur Co-Medalists - Preston Crow (L) and Mary Ann Morrison (R)

Preston Crow enjoyed a successful amateur and collegiate career in her native North Carolina highlighted by a runner-up finish at the 1968 National Collegiate Championship with her Rollins College golf team.  In describing her teammates, which included Jane Blalock and an impressive collection of USGA and State Champions, she simply remembers, “We were good.”  After college, Crow made a trip to Houston in between the Trans Championship hosted in Midland and the US Women’s Amateur at Las Colinas Country Club.  She moved to Houston only five weeks later and spent the next 15 years as one of Texas’ top amateurs.  Crow entered her first WTGA State Amateur Championship in 1971 where she shared co-medalist honors with fellow Houston Country Club member and 9-time WTGA champion Mary Ann Morrison.  Crow would reach the semi-finals twice and win the Team Cup with Morrison seven times.
 
Playing amateur golf in Houston during the “Morrison era” means that the stiffest competition a player faced was in her own club championship.  Crow counts her 1976 Houston City Championship and 1982-1984 Houston Country Club Championships among her greatest golfing accomplishments because she had to defeat Morrison to claim them.  “I felt like I had won the State Championship!”  Crow served Texas and her adopted State Championship well as a Director for the WTGA between 1972-1978.  After playing in her 14th consecutive WTGA State Amateur Championship in 1984, Crow returned to her native North Carolina, but her WTGA experience made the homecoming a difficult decision.  “I loved the (WTGA) State Amateur and missing that really gave me second thoughts about leaving Houston. There were so many neat and fun people I met from all over the state”.
 
Preston Crow just loves golf.  “I love the challenge the game of golf presents. It makes me want to work to be the best I can be.”  Her passion is reflected in her continuing service to the game as a long-time volunteer for the USGA.  She currently serves on the US Women’s Mid-Amateur Committee and has officiated at the US Women’s Open, Amateur and Four-Ball Championships.  She is a fierce supporter of her alma mater, Rollins College, and recently celebrated their NCAA Division II National Championship.
 
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