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Kathy Ahern - 1965 WTGA Champion

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Kathy Ahern - 1965 WTGA Champion

The first line of the article simply stated, “Kathy Ahern at 16 has become the dominant figure in Texas women’s golf” (The San Antonio Light).  The Dallas Times Herald noted that “There are no more state golf championships for youthful Kathy Ahern to win”.  The articles were written after her WTGA State Amateur Championship victory that followed her victories at the 1964 Texas Publinx and 1965 Texas Junior Championship.  To claim her WTGA title she had to defeat two of the greats in Texas golf history – Aniela Goldthwaite in the semi-finals and Wanda Hendrix in the final match.  While watching Ahern in the 1965 final match, 1956 WTGA Champion Frances Rich remarked, “There goes the next Mickey Wright”.  The comment was especially meaningful since Miss Wright was also following the match.

Ahern joined the LPGA in 1967 right after finishing high school and won three times as a professional.  She won a major championship at the 1972 LPGA Championship and was the runner up in the 1972 US Women’s Open.  Following a five-year battle with breast cancer, Ahern passed away in 1991 at the age of 47.  Her accomplishments as an amateur and professional golfer rank her among the best to ever come through Texas.

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