Virginia

Virginia "Ginnie" Allen

Golf

Enshrined: 1987

Born: June 18, 1917

Died: August 27, 2008

In a remarkable career that spanned several decades, Ginnie Allen was the most dominant and the most decorated female golfer in local history. After winning her first major title in 1932 (1,000 Islands Park Club), Allen emerged as the top local amateur in women’s golf.

Allen, a charter member of the Syracuse Women’s District Golf Association in 1933, won the association’s inaugural tournament that same year. She went on to capture an unprecedented 19 District Amateur titles from 1933 to 1972 (from age 16 to 55). She remained active in the organization for years and served as its president in 1966-67.

Allen was the first Syracusan to win the New York State Women's Amateur (1941). Allen also won two state senior titles (1970 and 1975). Upon joining Bellevue Country Club in 1955, she won 23 straight club titles.

In 1986, Allen was the first women to be awarded the Syracuse University Honorary Letter of Distinction.

Career highlights:

1932: Won first major golf tournament, 1,000 Islands Park Club.

1933: Charter Member of the Syracuse Women’s District Golf Association; Won first of 19 S.W.D.G.A. Championships (1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1941, (1942-1943 war years), 1950, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1964, 1967, 1972; Won Lakeshore Yacht & Country Club Championship (won it again in 1954).

1937, 1939, 1941: Won Mason-Dixon President’s Trophy at The Greenbrier; Runner-up in Pinehurst North-South Amateur.

1941: Won New York State Amateur for women.

1955: Joined Bellevue Country Club. Won 23 straight Club Championships 1955 -1977.

1959: Named Woman of Achievement by The Syracuse Post-Standard.

1963, 1965, 1966 and 1970: S.W.D.G.A. Runner-up.

1966-1967: President, S.W.D.G.A.

1970: Won New York State Senior Women’s Tournament.

1975: Won New York State Senior Women’s Tournament.

1981: Charter Member of Syracuse University’s Orange Plus Hall of Fame.

1986: Awarded Syracuse University Honorary Letter of Distinction winner (first women so named)

 

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