Thursday, August 31, 2006

96-Year-Old Recalls Role in San Antonio Golf

Columnist Richard Oliver's weekly golf page in the San Antonio Express-News included a great read a few days ago. Richard spoke with 96-year-old Dorothy Lee Goldfarb about the role she and her husband played in raising the profile of the Texas Open and of San Antonio as a golf destination.

Only days before the 90th anniversary of Brackenridge Municipal, only weeks before the 76th playing of the Texas Open, she looks back with pride at the role she and her late husband, Sam, played in nurturing the sport's growth in San Antonio.

"I never even drove a ball," she said. "I was always the secretary. But I walked with him all over every golf course."

Over more than 30 years, it was a partnership that oversaw Texas state junior championships, helped salvage the Texas Open and witnessed the emergence of the city as a golf destination.

Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, along with ascendant junior players including Ben Crenshaw, Bruce Lietzke and Tom Kite, all checked in for pro and amateur tournaments, year after year, by dropping by Dorothy Lee's table a wedge shot away from the 18th green at Willow Springs, Pecan Valley or, most often, Brackenridge.

It's a good read. Check it out here.

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