Saturday, June 11, 2005

A Texas Golf Great You've Never Heard Of

I was leafing through the LPGA Tour media guide when I ran across the entry for Bettye Danoff. I knew the name - she was one of the 13 founding members of the LPGA - but didn't know much else about her. I'd guess that 90 percent of golf fans out there have never heard of her.

She was born in Dallas in 1923, and currently lives in DeSoto. And she had some pretty remarkable accomplishments. "Remarkable" in the sense that some of her accomplishments were great, and "remarkable" in the sense that some of her accomplishments were, well, worth remarking upon! What do we mean? Check this out:

In 1962, Danoff made an ace at the LPGA Austin Civitan tournament ... and got a case of beer for it! Ah, the good ol' days.

Some other remarkable stuff about Danoff:

  • She was one of the first mothers to travel with her kids on the LPGA Tour.
  • She was the first grandmother to play on the tour.
  • When she won the 1947 Texas Open, she ended Babe Didrikson Zaharias' streak of 17 tournament victories in a row.
Combine with her role in founding the LPGA, and "remarkable" truly fits Bettye Danoff, one of the greatest Texas golfers you've never heard of.

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