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In an exciting endeavor to celebrate a century of women’s golf in Texas, as well as gather support for the next 100 years, the Texas Golf Association on has launched its “Breaking 100” initiative to commemorate and promote women’s golf.
The program will be highlighted by the Breaking 100 Gala, a Nov. 1 dinner and panel discussion with industry leaders at Houston Country Club featuring World Golf Hall of Famers Kathy Whitworth, Sandra Haynie, Carol Mann and Sandra Palmer.
The year-long promotion honors the history of women’s competitive golf in Texas, which dates back to the 1916 Women’s State Amateur Championship.
The Breaking 100 agenda also incorporates several year-long programs, such as 100 Holes of Women’s Competitions, in which five players from across the state will pledge to play at least 100 holes of women’s competitions and seek financial support from friends and golfers in their area.
The 100 Lessons for Women and Girls campaign features 11 teaching pros who will give at least 100 lessons in an effort to grow the game and expand participation. 100 Texas Women is a blog that will highlight 100 notable women from the history of Texas golf.
One major focus of the campaign is an effort to raise funds in support of women’s golf and its future generations. All proceeds go directly to the TGA Foundation Women’s Initiatives, such as the ’Nez Muhleman/Doris Kallina Scholarship, which awards a $25,000 college scholarship paid out over four years to award winners.
Other junior programs geared specifically for girls include the Winner’s Program and Texas Challenge, which promote excellence in golf and the classroom and are conducted in coordination with LPGA-USGA Girls Golf.
Golf for Grads is a program aimed at college-aged women who want to learn basic golf skills and etiquette to help them use the game as a networking resource in the business world. TGA Works is yet another Foundation program that presents Texas teenagers paid summer internships at TGA member clubs and facilities.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to help celebrate the first 100 years of women’s golf in Texas,” said Stacy Dennis, TGA Managing Director and two-time WTGA State Amateur champion. “We’ve come so far and produced some of the greatest names in the sport—from Babe Zaharias and Betty Jameson to Stacy Lewis and Angela Stanford—and yet there is so much more we can do to promote and strengthen the game for future generations.”
A former private club general manager, Dennis started working in the golf industry before her college career at Texas A&M in the 1990s.
“I’m an example of a girl whose life was changed because of golf and the things we’ll do through the Breaking 100 initiative,” she said. “Golf provided me opportunities for a college education, an exciting career path, and lifelong friendships. We want to offer the same opportunities to every girl who is interested.”