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Lindy Gay Goggin (nee Jennings) AM

Lindy Gay Goggin (nee Jennings) AM (Member 1993)

b. 12 July 1949

Lindy Goggin is Tasmania's greatest ever female golfer. She has dominated her game since 1967 like no other sportsperson in this state. Her record is quite remarkable.

She was Tasmanian champion 19 times during the period 1967- 91, representing the state continuously from 1967 to 1993. She won the Australian title 3 times, Victorian title on 4 occasions and won the first ever Australian PGA title (a professional event) in 1976. These individual successes were a natural springboard for Australian selection and from 1970 to 1988 she represented Australia in each of those 19 years.

Lindy's international record includes:

  • 5 Tasman Cups (against New Zealand)
  • 3 Espirito Santa trophy tournaments (World team championships - Australia won in 1978)
  • 3 Commonwealth series matches (Australia won in 1983).

Lindy also captained Australia on many occasions.

In the prestigious Queen Sirikit trophy - for Asian nations - Lindy was the leading individual player in 1981 and her efforts helped Australia to win the trophy for that year and again in 1982. To add further to her individual honours she was third in the 1982 Canadian Women's Golf Championship.

As a measure of her outstanding ability as a golfer, Lindy played off scratch from the age of 20 and became the lowest handicapped golfer in the world in 1976 playing from plus 4.

A remarkable sportswoman whose feats will shine as a monument to her brilliance, Lindy Goggin is the epitome of a true champion and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 1980 for her services to golf.