Loma Smith, Two-time USGA Senior
Women's Amateur Champion, Dies
June 28, 2006
By Rhonda Glenn, USGA
Loma Smith, 92, an all-around athlete who won the USGA Senior
Women's Amateur Championship in 1964 and 1965, died June 21
in Pebble Beach, Calif.
Smith was runner-up in the championship in 1967 and
1968. She was a former California State Senior Women's
Champion and won the Southern California Women's title in
1959. She was an eight-time club champion at Monterey
Peninsula Country Club and won the Annandale Country Club
(Pasadena, Calif.) title three times.
But Smith excelled in other sports. She was a four-time
United States Singles Champion in badminton and won the doubles
title seven times. She was a member of the National
Badminton Hall of Fame.
In 1928 she was the California State Ping Pong Champion and,
at the age of 15, was runner-up to Alice Marble in the National
Hardcourt Tennis Championship.
As Dennis Taylor wrote Wednesday in the Monterey (Calif.)
Herald: "Loma was a tennis player -- not a golfer -- when
she married Hulet Smith in 1941, and said she tried golf
'under protest' after reading a manual for new brides
entitled, 'How to be a Good Wife.' Lesson No. 1, she
said, was 'Do the things your husband likes to
Loma Smith became a student of the game, taking golf lessons
from noted instructors Mike Mura and Paul Runyan.
She won her first USGA title at Del Paso Country Club in
Sacramento, Calif., firing 247 in three rounds of stroke
play. She successfully defended in 1965 at Exmoor Country
Club in Highland Park, Ill., shooting 242.
She had recorded 11 holes-in-one in her career.