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Rosemary Thompson, 1976 WTGA State Amateur Champion

Martha Westmoreland (L) and Rosemary Thompson (R) - 1973 WTGA State Amateur Championship

One would be hard-pressed to find a WTGA State Amateur Champion who travelled farther to win her title than Rosemary Thompson.  In 1976, the Amarillo resident claimed championship in Brownsville – 801 miles away!  Thompson had already covered serious ground by the time she came to Texas.  She was born and raised in Canada, and used to take a boat to the club where she played as a junior in Montreal.  Thompson attended college at the University of New Mexico after she “discovered bridge and flunked out of college in Canada” she recalled with a chuckle.
Thompson relocated to Amarillo in 1972 and set about establishing her place in Texas golf history.  In 1976, her WTGA Championship was part of an impressive record.  She also won the Women’s Publinx, Women’s West Texas (her third of four in a row), her 3rd Amarillo City Championship and her 3rd Club Championship.
Thompson moved back to New Mexico in 1978, and continued dominating women’s golf in the Southwest for many years to come.  She claimed the Women’s Southwestern Golf Association Championship more than 11 times, New Mexica State Amateur Championship 5 times and New Mexico Senior Women's Championship and incredible 14 times in a row!  She was also twice named the Sun Country PGA Amateur of the year.  This award is presented to the most outstanding amateur golfer – male or female - in the region.  In 1992, Thompson added a national championship to her already extraordinary resume.  She set the all-time 54-hole scoring record as she won the 1992 U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur Championship.  She is a member of the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame, Albuquerque Sports Hall of Fame; Cornwall, Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and in the USGA Museum's Wall of Fame.
Looking back after a lifetime of great golf, Thompson simply said, “I’m just a person who just loved golf.  Like all of these young ones coming up now.”  The 2016 Women’s Senior Stroke Play Championship concludes today in Thompson’s former hometown at Amarillo Country Club.  Click here to follow the action. 100 Texas Women is a blog with each post featuring a different notable woman from the history of Texas golf.  You can honor these women and invest in the next 100 years of women's golf by contributing to the Breaking 100 campaign.  All proceeds benefit the TGA Foundations' Women's Initiatives.  Learn more and support the campaign here.
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