#Mondayblog from Lauren:
From this week I am going to be introducing some of the inspirational female golfers I have been learning about during my research of women’s golf in Scotland.
Starting off this series of blogs with Scotland’s Jessie Valentine. Jessie Valentine (1915-2006), daughter of a professional golfer, was given her first club at the age of 5, gradually adding to her collection over the years until she had a full set aged 17. She won the British Ladies Amateur Open Championship in 1937, 1955 and 1958. As a result of having a remarkable 21 year gap between her first and last Amateur Open Championship title, she was awarded a place in the Guinness Book of Golf.
From her first Amateur Open Championship win in 1937, she went on to win the Scottish Championship in 1938, 1939, 1951, 1955 and 1956 and won the New Zealand Championship whilst touring New Zealand and Australia with the LGU team, in 1935. She played in several international championships including the Curtis cup against America in 1936, 1938, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1956 and 1958, the Vagliano Cup against France in 1935, 1936 1939,1947, 1949, 1951 and 1955, and against Belgium in 1949, 1951 , 1954 and 1955.
She also played in Home Internationals 1934-1939, 1947 and 1949-1958. In 1959, she became the first woman to receive an MBE for golf. She was later awarded the Frank Moran Trophy in 1967 for being ‘the Scot who has done most for the game of golf’.