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Mina Hardin, 5-time WTGA Champion

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Mina Hardin, 5-time WTGA Champion

Mina Hardin began her Hall of Fame career in Mexico, but her accomplishments as a Texan are among the most notable in Texas’ 100 year history.  Hardin began playing golf in Mexico under the inspiration of her father and brother.  At the age of 14, she played in her first tournament at Guadalajara Country Club and finished last.  Remembering that experience, she recalls that she “hated losing and vowed to get better.”  To say she achieved that goal is a monumental understatement.  She won the 1979 Mexican Amateur Championship and went on to play professionally for many years. 
 
Hardin moved to Texas in 1991 and spent a few years away from golf.  She regained her amateur status in 1994 and went on a tear that has lasted more than 20 years and continues.  She won five WTGA State Amateur Championships (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2006), tying her with Toni Wiesner for the third most all time.  She also won the 2004 Texas Women’s Open, three Fort Worth City Championships and 16 Club Championships in Texas.  She won three consecutive Southern Senior Women’s Championships (2010-2013) and claimed the US Senior Women’s Amateur Championship in 2010.  In her career (so far) she has won more than 50 tournaments and played in more than 50 USGA championships.  She is a Past President of the North Texas Ladies Amateur Golf Association (LAGA) and was inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in 2012.  Hardin currently resides in California and has already established herself as a leading amateur golfer there, winning the 2014 Southern California Masters and 2015 Southern California Senior Women’s Championship.
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