Texas Golf Association, Since 1906
Texas Golf Association, Since 1906

February 19, 1916
“Dear Madam:
For several years there has been some discussion of forming a Golf Association for the women golfers of Texas and realizing that there is now a strong demand for the association, the women players of the River Crest Country Club and the Glen Garden Country Club of Fort Worth have decided to call a meeting for the purpose of formally organizing the Texas Woman’s Golf Association, electing officers, adopting bylaws, arranging for the first annual tournament, and transacting such other business as may be deemed proper…”

This 1916 meeting was the beginning of organized golf for women in Texas.  Later that year, the new organization hosted the first State Amateur Championship.  Mrs. Edna Lapham won the inaugural event, and never played more than 12 holes in any match.  For much of its history, the Women’s Texas Golf Association endeavored primarily to identify the best female golfer in Texas – a very difficult task given the heritage of great players in our state. 

Since the first championship in Fort Worth, the Women’s Texas Golf Association has hosted State Amateur Championships on Texas’ finest venues, seen the names of golf’s greatest women etched onto championship trophies, and grown to offer competitive opportunities for women of all ability levels.  Starting with the very first meeting, dedicated volunteers have worked to reach female members of Texas golf clubs and provide relevant services to connect them to the game and to each other.
Since 2008, the WTGA has also been actively “paying it forward” and developing the next generation of golfers.  The Winners’ Program, Junior Girls Travel Fund and Doris Kallina and ‘Nez Muhleman Scholarships are initiatives designed to promote junior golf skill development, good grades, and higher education for young women.  More than $150,000 has been directed to these programs since 2008, with a vision for an even greater impact in the future.

Since the beginning, the caretakers of organized women’s golf in Texas have believed that golf enriches the lives of those who play.  The organization has existed “…not only for the good of the game but because the game is good.  Good for connecting people. Good for building character. Good for building bridges between generations.  Good for mind and body.”

In 2014, the WTGA merged with the Texas Golf Association, forming a unified governing body for every golfer in Texas.  The TGA brings more than 100 years of stewardship of the game, its own impressive heritage and significant resources to a relationship focused on securing the best interest of the game of golf for all golfers.  With the Women’s Committee, the TGA provides championship opportunities, course rating and handicapping services, educational activities and individual member benefits to men and women across the state, ensuring that the game will be sustained and accessible for the 100 years to come.  Click HERE for the History of the WTGA.

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