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Betty Dalgleish

Betty Dalgleish (Member 1994)

b. 29 May 1931

Winning her first Tasmanian senior championship in 1958, Betty showed that she was a champion in the making. Interestingly she won the State title before capturing the first of her two Royal Hobart club titles in 1959 and 1960.

Betty was chosen to represent Tasmania in interstate matches on four occasions. To further her career Betty went to Sydney in 1961 and ultimately captured the notice of the national selectors She was chosen to play in the 1964 World Espirito Santa Tournament in Paris where she achieved a handicap of plus 1 and then again in 1967 in Canada, 1968 in New Zealand and on to South Africa in 1969. In the meantime she won the Australian championship at the Royal Queensland Golf Club in 1968.

Betty also competed in numerous NSW championships and represented her adopted state on five separate occasions. Turning professional in 1971, she became the first female resident professional golfer in Australia, and was elected first president of the Ladies Professional Golf Association the following year.

As a professional, Betty was very successful and again represented her country in 1979, 1980 and 1981 to cap off a remarkable career and be remembered as one of Australia's top female golfers.