BETH DANIEL NAMED WWGA 2019 WOMAN OF DISTINCTION

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THE WOMEN’S WESTERN GOLF ASSOCIATION (WWGA), held it’s annual luncheon at the Glen View Club this past week.

Where they presented it’s annual award for the WWGA’s Woman of Distinction. Beth Daniel was honored as this years winner.

The award is presented to women who have displayed leadership abilities, involvement and commitment to the game on either the amateur or professional level.

Daniel might best be remembered in the Chicago area, for being the Captain of Team USA in the 2009 Solheim Cup  at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove.

The winning result looked headed towards Team Europe on the final Sunday. But under Daniel, and her team of assistant captains, Team USA rallied on the back nine and won the Solheim Cup.

2019 WWGA Woman of Distinction Beth Daniel, holds the award at the Glen View Club.

Daniel won the WWGA Amateur in 1978, with an exciting 38 hole win over Noreen Uihlein, in the championship match.

The championship that year was held at the famed Fox Chapel Golf Club, in the Pittsburgh area.

The honoree will also have participated in a Women’s Western tournament, and/or made significant contributions to the Association or the game of golf.

Since the award first created in 1994, 20 women have been honored to be selected as a Woman of Distinction award winner.

Beth Daniel (L) with Women’s Western Golf Association President, Cece Durbin.

Daniel started playing golf at age 6, at the Country Club of Charleston, in South Carolina. The club that played host to this past summers U.S. Women’s Open.

Daniel’s career includes winning the 1975 and 1977 USGA Women’s Amateur Championship.

In 1976 she won the NCAA Women’s National Championship, with her teammates Betsy King, Sherri Turner and Cindy Ferro while she attended Furman University. Daniel played on two winning Curtis Cup Teams. She turned professional in 1979, and was named that year’s LPGA “Rookie of the Year” award winner.

Daniel won 13 tournaments in the next five years. In 1980 she was voted LPGA player of the Year, an award she would go on to win two more times. Daniel won seven times on tour in 1990. Overall Daniel won 33 tournaments on tour, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2000.

Click here to listen to the interview with Beth Daniel at the WWGA luncheon.

Daniel was inducted into the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame in 1995, and she played on 8 Solheim Cup Teams. She was named one of the Top 50 Players in LPGA history, during the 50th anniversary of the LPGA. The Beth Daniel Award is presented every year, to the top female junior golfer in South Carolina.

The WWGA’s 2020 will hold the Woman’s Western Amateur in July at Prestwick Country Club in Frankfurt Illinois. And the 2020 Woman’s Western Junior in June, at the Grove Country Club in Long Grove Illinois. See WWGA.org for more information.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WNDZ Am 750 Chicago, he writes for both Chicagoland Golf and the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine. Rory has played over 460 courses in 37 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, in the golf industry.