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Beth Cleckler - 14 time Austin City Champion

Beth Clecker has spent her life and career in Austin, TX and has held a prominent place on the Texas amateur golf since she started playing at age 6.  Cleckler picked up the game at the urging of her father and started playing competitively right away.  “I was scared to death, very, very shy and didn’t want to play, but my Dad basically forced me!”  It’s a good thing that he did. 

Before finishing Austin Reagan High School with three district titles, she had qualified for the PGA National Junior Championship, two Junior World Championships and earned a full scholarship to Temple Junior College.  The Austin Native naturally transferred to the University of Texas and completed her college career there under legendary coach Pat Weis.  Cleckler was named 1982 Junior College All-American, 2000 Southern Texas PGA Amateur of the Year, and represented Texas in the USGA Women’s State Team Championship.

Her deep ties to Austin golf extended beyond the junior tournaments, but started just as early.  As an 11-year old, she started working at Morris Williams Golf Course in exchange for playing and practice privileges.  She was won nine Texas Women’s Amateur Golf Championships (TWAGA), the 2000 TWAGA Open Championship and was the medalist at the 1992 WTGA State Amateur Championship when it was played at Barton Creek.  Clecker reached the WTGA Championship final in 2003 before falling to all-time great and Texas Golf Hall of Famer Toni Wiesner.

Her most notable successes, however, have come in her hometown.  Clecker won an astonishing 14 consecutive Austin City Championships and has served as the Manager at Morris Williams Golf Course since 1995.  She considers it a great honor and pleasure to manage the course where she first took up the game and formed so many lifelong friendships.  Because of her sterling career and dominance on the Austin golf scene, Clecker was honored by the “Save Muny” movement as one of the Legends of Lions.  She joins no less than Barbara Puett, Sandra Haynie and Betsy Rawls as the only women among the 18 greatest names in Austin golf history.

Cleckler is in the field this week at The Hills Country Club playing in the 2016 Women’s Four-Ball Championship.  She and Nancy Kromar are firmly established as top contenders, having finished as runners-up and First Flight Champions in 2009 and 2014.  Click here to follow Cleckler and Kromar at the Women’s Four-Ball Championship.
 
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