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Tiny Leach - TWAGA and Publinx Championship

Most golf in the “early days” was played at private clubs by country club members.  As the game grew in popularity, public golf courses were developed and members of the public gained access.  However, most championships, including the WTGA State Amateur Championship, were only open to members of private clubs.  The Texas Women’s Public Links Association was founded in 1930 and established the Women’s Public Links (Publinx) Championship.  This event was open to all golfers from public golf courses.  The Publinx Champion and runner-up received invitations into the WTGA State Amateur Championship, and many of the great champions in Texas gained entry through this exemption.  Some of the players who have won both titles include Betty Jameson, Betsy Rawls, Sandra Haynie, Sandra Palmer, Kathy Ahern and many more.
“Tiny” Leach began playing golf in her twenties in Austin and won a Publinx title in 1966.  She was in and out of golf as an active competitor while she operated the western leather shop she owned for 41 years.  She became the Publinx Tournament Director in 1977 and is in her 38th year in that role.  During her tenure, great players have come and gone, the names of both the association and championship have changed, and both state championships now welcome players from either public or private facilities.  The former Publinx Championship is now often affectionately referred to as “Tiny’s Tournament” among many players.  The event is held annually and is open to players of all handicaps and offers outstanding history and great golf played on good courses.  The 2016 event will be held May 7-13 at Delaware Springs in Burnett.  For more information about TWAGA and the 2016 tournament, find them on Facebook.
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