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Betty Dodd

Betty Dodd was known for her fiery red hair and booming drives.  Dodd was a San Antonio City Champion and first participated in the WTGA State Amateur Championship as a 16-year old in 1948.  She was eliminated by eventual champion and future LPGA co-founder, Bettye Danoff.  In 1949, she won the long-drive competition and reached the semi-finals before losing to another future pro, Betty MacKinnon.  In 1950, Dodd reached the quarterfinals where she unsuccessfully faced future World Golf Hall of Fame member Betsy Rawls.  The following year, in 1951, she earned medalist honors and reached the final match.  For the first time since the tournament began in 1916, the 36-hole final was all square at the end of the match.  Extra holes were required before Dodd lost to Texas Golf Hall of Fame member Polly Riley on the 37th hole.

Dodd turned pro and went on to win three professional titles including the 1951 Hollywood Four-Ball playing with Betsy Rawls.  She continued as a teaching pro in the San Antonio area for many years and had a notable impact on many great players including 1975 WTGA Champion Debbie Skelly and LPGA standout Wendy Ward among countless others.

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