Who's who: Glenna Collett Vare

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Who's who: Glenna Collett Vare

  • Name:

    Glenna Collett-Vare (née Collett)
  • Country:

    USA
  • Lived:

    [1903-1989]. Born on June 20, 1903 in New Haven, Connecticut. Died on Feb 3, 1989 in Gulf Stream, Florida, aged 85.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Amateur golfer; golf writer.
  • Turned Pro:

    n/a

Roll of Honour

U.S. Women's Amateur championships (6). Curtis Cup player (1932, '34, '36, '35, '48, '50). Curtis Cup captain (1934, '36, '48, '50). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1975).

Did you know?

Glenna Collett took up the game of golf aged 14, and became the outstanding women's golfer of the inter-war years, before the establishment of the LPGA Tour. She was known by many as the “female Bobby Jones.” She won the U.S. Women's Amateur title six times, and in 1929 triumphed in 59 out of 60 competitive matches.

After marrying Edwin H. Vare and having two children, she returned to competitive golf in 1934 as Glenna Collett Vare. Success was more limted than before, but she did capture her sixth U.S. Women's title in 1935. Commenting on her highly successful career, which included prodigously long driving, she said the secret was "love of combat, serenity of mind and fearlessness."

Glenna Collett wrote two books on golf: Golf For Young Players (1926), and Ladies in the Rough (1928). Since 1953, the LPGA has presented the Vare Trophy to the golfer with the lowest stroke average per round during the LPGA Tour season.

Top tournaments won by Glenna Collett Vare

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Collett Vare, Glenna

Score

3 & 2

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Women's Amateur Championship (39th). Glenna Collett Vare (USA) beat Patty Berg (USA) 3 and 2 in the final. [Interlachen CC, Edina, nr Minneapolis, Minnesota].

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Collett Vare, Glenna

Score

6 & 5

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Women's Amateur Championship (34th). Glenna Collett (USA) claimed her third straight US Amateur title beating Virginia Van Wie (USA) 6 and 5 in the final. [Los Angeles CC, Los Angeles, CA].

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Collett Vare, Glenna

Score

4 & 3

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Women's Amateur Championship (33rd). Defending champion Glenna Collett (USA) beat Leona Pressler (USA) 4 and 3 in the final. [South course, Oakland Hills CC, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan].

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Collett Vare, Glenna

Score

13 & 12

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Women's Amateur Championship (32nd). Glenna Collett (USA) beat Virginia Van Wie (USA) 13 and 12 in the 36-hole final. [Cascades course, The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia].

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Collett Vare, Glenna

Score

9 & 8

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Women's Amateur Championship (29th). Glenna Collett (USA) beat Alexa Stirling Fraser (USA) 9 and 8 in the final. [St Louis CC, Clayton, Missouri].

Category

Amateur

Winner (holder)

Collett Vare, Glenna

Score

5 & 4

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

USGA

The US Women's Amateur Championship (26th). Glenna Collet (USA) beat Margaret Gavin (Eng) 5 and 4 in the final. [Old White TPC course, Greenbrier GC, White Sulphur Springs, WV].

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