Highlighted by McKinney, Texas, native Brittany Lang’s July victory in the U.S. Women’s Open, 2016 has been a year of celebration of women’s golf in the Lone Star State. On Nov. 1, the Breaking 100 Gala marked the bookend of a yearlong tribute by the Texas Golf Association to generations of women across the state who have helped grow the game worldwide over the past century.
The gala, which took place before a large crowd at Houston Country Club, featured a panel of homegrown legends – Sandra Haynie, Carol Mann, Sandra Palmer, Judy Rankin and Kathy Whitworth – who shared stories about their lives in golf. All five are in the Texas Golf Hall of Fame, with Haynie, Mann, Rankin and Whitworth members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The event featured blog posts and career highlights of 100 women who honed their games in Texas.
In addition to several aspects of the program that were launched in January, the gala raised more than $120,000 for the TGA’s programs to help celebrate and grow women’s golf, including the “Winner’s Program” and “Texas Challenge,” two junior golf development enterprises that promote excellence in golf and the classroom.