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Cathy Holland, Belle Burney Award Winner

WTGA Directors "on the town in Tyler" - Holland Far Right

Cathy Holland first picked up a golf club more than 20 years ago, and she called it “love at first whiff.” While attending a business conference with her husband, Chris, she was told she was going to play golf with his boss’ wife - so she did. After that first trip around a par three course she was given a copy of the Rules of Golf and told to study it because there would be a quiz the next day at breakfast. According to the native of Shreveport, LA she studied and passed the quiz, and got hooked on all the aspects of golf. Since then her involvement as a volunteer has led her down many paths and into serving in multiple roles for the TGA, WTGA, and USGA.

Holland, who lives in Sugar Land, says it’s her husband Chris that has allowed her to become so involved as a volunteer. Over the course of her volunteer career, she has served the TGA, served as a Director for the WTGA, been a member of the USGA Regional Affairs Committee and coordinated all of the women’s course rating teams for the state.  She says she owes the late, great ‘Nez Muhleman and Carol Rogers many thanks for mentoring her in the Rules of Golf and Course rating, respectively, and getting her involved as a volunteer by convincing her “that golf was about more than my personal game.”

Once her husband retired she got him involved as well. Chris has also assisted with course rating coordination and as a TGA volunteer. She continues to encourage others to become involved as volunteers, advising interested participants to ask to help.  “Don’t wait to be called,” Holland suggests, adding, “study the rules, show up everywhere, and ask as many questions as you can.”

She says that one of the most rewarding aspects of being a volunteer is meeting and working with so many great people - the other volunteers, the golf professionals, and especially the players. “The Course Rating aspect of volunteering is so completely different from Rules work,” Holland said. “It is much more solitary in nature with only two or three others working with you, but the work is equally satisfying. Through study and hard work I am able to contribute to the sport. I like the way that makes me feel.”

In 2010, in recognition of her outstanding volunteer contributions to the WTGA, Holland received the Belle Burney Award.  She was also recognized by the TGA with the Bob Wells Award in 2015 – the top honor the association can bestow. 100 Texas Women is a blog with each post featuring a different notable woman from the history of Texas golf.  You can honor these women and invest in the next 100 years of women's golf by contributing to the Breaking 100 campaign.  All proceeds benefit the TGA Foundations' Women's Initiatives.  Learn more and support the campaign here.
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