Dorothy Campbell Hurd Howe – Class of 2014

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Born in 1883 in North Berwick, Scotland, World Golf Hall of Fame member Dorothy Campbell Hurd Howe was known as golf’s “first international female star.” After picking up her first golf club at just 18 months old, her first notable victory came at the 1905 Scottish Ladies Championship. After winning two more Scottish Ladies’ titles, she won the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1909 at Merion before returning to the UK to win the British Women’s Amateur at Royal Birkdale, making her the first woman to win both the U.S. and British Women’s Amateur titles in the same year.  In 1910, she moved to Canada, where she captured three straight Canadian Ladies’ Amateur Championships between 1910 and 1912, while also repeating as the U.S. champion in 1910 and the British champion in 1911. In 1912, she married and moved to the United States permanently, and her 1920 loss to Alexa Stirling Fraser in the 1920 U.S. Women’s Amateur appeared to be her last attempt at a national title. However, in 1924 with a redeveloped swing, she captured her final U.S. Amateur title at age 41, becoming the oldest winner of the championship and also earning the record for the longest gap between wins (15 years).  In 1926, Campbell set out to surpass the record for fewest putts in 18 holes (21), which she broke at Augusta Country Club with 19 putts. Campbell died in 1946 at the age of 61, and was posthumously inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1991.