Fort Worth native Polly Riley was one of the greatest women golfers in Texas history. She played on the Curtis Cup team six times and was captain in 1962. Riley won the very first LPGA Tour event in 1950-the Tampa Open-as an amateur. She also won the Southern Amateur six times, the Western Amateur twice, the Trans-Mississippi three times, the Texas Open three times, the Texas Amateur twice, and was runner-up in the U.S. Open and National Amateur. Her victories included more than 50 regional and invitational tournaments. She played the great Babe Didrikson Zaharias five times in head-to-head competition and won three times, making Riley the only player to have a career advantage over Zaharias. Riley was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1978.

Polly Riley

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