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Leslie Henry, WTGA Committee Chair

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Leslie Henry, WTGA Committee Chair

Leslie Henry can testify to just how meaningful golf can be in the professional world.  The Arkansas native played collegiate tennis at Louisiana State University and was a top amateur tennis player before taking up golf when she accepted a job in a law office.  “If I did not go play golf with the guys I would have to write everyone's brief. So I decided I could play golf!”  Henry is now a Partner with Adams and Reese, a law firm with offices in 16 cities across the southern United States.   Leslie has practiced law for over 20 years, and she represents and advises large corporations in various areas of litigation.  She recently was elected a Fellow in the Texas Bar Foundation, one of the highest honors a member of the State Bar of Texas can receive. 
Henry is one of many golfers whose initial involvement came for professional reasons, but she was quickly “hooked” and it has led to successful amateur career.  Henry is a main-stay among Texas amateur contenders.  She has qualified for the Texas Cup South Team, USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur and US Senior Women’s Amateur Championships, and she won the 2015 Houston Women’s Senior City Championship.  She is in the field this week at Pine Forest Country Club in Houston for the 2016 Women’s Stroke Play Championship.
Henry loves and appreciates the game of golf and continues to give back and influence the future of the sport.  As a member of the WTGA Board of Directors, she was instrumental in the process to merge the 100 year old women’s association with the Texas Golf Association. When the WTGA and TGA merged in 2014, Henry was one of five inaugural women named to the TGA Board of Directors.  She was also selected to chair the WTGA Committee and serve on the TGA Executive Committee.  In 2016, she was elected as the first female officer of the TGA and is in line to become the first female President of the TGA.  She considers her greatest golfing achievement to be her participation in statewide amateur championships and her contribution to the formation of the current TGA that serves all Texas golfers, both men and women.  “We are beyond blessed to have the TGA in the state of Texas. The competition is unbelievable and the people are even better!”
Henry is “Exhibit A” for what golf can do for young women and girls, and the TGA Foundations’ Women’s Initiatives seek to expand that impact in our communities.  Programs like the Winners’ Program, TGA Works and the ‘Nez Muhleman / Doris Kallina Scholarship invest in young girls and seek to connect them to the game for a lifetime.  As Texas celebrates the 100th anniversary of women’s golf in Texas, these programs and dedicated women like Leslie Henry are looking to support and develop the golfers of the next century.

Terry Dukes (L) and Leslie Henry (R) with Sei Young Kim at the 2016 Volunteers of America Texas Shootout.  Kim is a Dallas resident and currently the 5th ranked player in the world.

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