Keeping Up With 1988 Women's
Mid-Amateur Champ Martha Lang
April 7, 2005
Golf - at least playing golf - was not high on Martha Lang's
to-do list last summer. Lang, the 1988 Women's Mid-Amateur
champion, had other matters to attend to. First, there were her
responsibilities as chairwoman of both the USGA's Girls'
Junior Championship Committee and Women's International Team
Then there were her two grandsons in Seattle, who Lang and her
husband Ken spent time visiting. Finally, there were the marshes
near her home in Mandeville, La., where she and Ken enjoy taking
out their boat and fishing.
But don't be fooled: her golf game didn't suffer much.
Last October, playing in her second USGA Women's Senior
Amateur, Lang advanced all the way to the semifinals, where she
fell to Elizabeth Haines, 2 and 1, at Pasatiempo Golf Club in
Santa Cruz, Calif. It's a title Lang, 51, would one day love
to win, she says, although her Women's Mid-Amateur victory
has been rewarding enough.
In 1988 at Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, Fla.,
Lang needed 19 holes to defeat Patricia Cornett-Iker in the
quarterfinals before edging Pam Holcombe, 1 up, to reach the
championship match against Mary Hanyak of Boca Raton, Fla.
Despite the home-state advantage, Lang defeated the Floridian, 4
"After winning one of the USGA championships, you're
always recognized as a USGA champion," says Lang, who also
played on the 1992 USA Curtis Cup team. "It's just an
Story written by Alan Bastable of Golf Magazine