March 30th, 2017
Dorothy Campbell was born in 1883 and died in 1845. She was known as Dorothy Howe and Dorothy Hurd as she was married and divorced a few times in her career as a senior golf pro. Dorothy only had five major championship wins in the amateurs. She won the British Women's and the U.S> Women's Amateur in the same year, which was 1909. She came from a family of golfers as her sisters and uncles play the game as well as her father. Campbell's last win was the U.S. Senior Amateur in 1938. She died in a car accident at the young age of sixty-one.
Glenna Collett Vare was born in 1903 and died in 1989. She had no known tour wins but had six major championship wins. She started playing golf at the age of fourteen and by the time she was nineteen in 1922, she won the U.S Women's Amateur and continued to do it five more times. She played until her late fifties, Vare wrote two books in the 10920's. She was well respected as a woman golfer and had a great game play when it came to making the green. She has a trophy given out every year to junior girls, it is call the Glenna Collett Vare Trophy.
Joyce Wethered was born in 1901 and died in 1991. She had four major championship wins and was a member of the British Curtis Cup team. When Wethered and Vare came to play together three times in their golfing history, Wethered beat Vare all three times. Although she never competed in the senior golf tours, she could however drive the ball two hundred and forty yards with precision. Wethered was known more in the British circles more so than in the United States. She married and became Lady Heathcoat-Amory.
Patty Berg was a top leader in the senior golf circle. She was born in 1918 and died in 2006. She had sixty tour wins, which includes wins before the LPGA was even formed. Patty also had fifteen major championship wins to add to her golfing career. She was successful in winning the first U.S. Women's Open back in 1946. She set a record for being the only woman to win fifteen major championship tours. Patty turned pro in the year 1940 but joined the Navy until 1945. The "Patty Berg" award is given out every year to the woman who makes the greatest contribution to the game of golf for women. This tradition was started in 1978.
There are many great senior golf pros and they have been made members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, as have these ladies. They have contributed to the golfing circuit and have become well known by many of the men senior golf pros. Many women still compete in the senior golf tournaments and have made a name for themselves. Some are good at the long drive and some are famous for their short game. These women have made way for the new generation of golfers.