Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award

The Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award is given in recognition of outstanding service above and beyond the call of duty. Outstanding service may take the form of years of unselfish involvement in promoting golf at any level, or highly significant service of far-reaching proportions.

Gladys Palmer’s contributions to women’s collegiate golf were highly significant. As Chairperson of the women’s division of Physical Education at Ohio State University, she organized the first women’s golf championship in June 1941. She believed that it was up to the educational institutions to run an event for collegiate women, and at the request of a particular young woman the championship was created. The Minnesota student that brought the idea to Palmer was Patty Berg.

This award is intended to honor individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the evolution and growth of women’s collegiate golf. Recipients of this prestigious award have influenced women’s golf in a manner that changed the complexion of the sport. Accordingly, the award is meant to honor a pioneering spirit. While all coaches have a responsibility to give back something to the game, consideration for this award will only be given to those services that extend beyond that basic duty. Since new elements have been added to the original Gladys Palmer Award, past recipients of that award are eligible to be nominated for the Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award.

Past Recipients

2017

Jackie Booth
New Mexico State University

2016

Rise Alexander

Oregon State University

2015

Kim Evans

Auburn University

2014

Sally Austin

University of North Carolina

2013

Michelle Morgan

Amherst College

2012

Kelley Hester

University of Georgia

2011

Lissa Bradford

Belmont University

2010

Therese Hession

The Ohio State University

2009

Denise St. Pierre

Penn State University

2008

Paula Smith

University of Illinois

2007

Beans Kelly

University of Georgia

2006

Pam Tyska

Northern Illinois University

2005

Edean Ihlanfeldt

University of Washington

2004

Dale McNamara

University of Tulsa

2003

Linda Vollstedt

Arizona State University

2002

Peggy Kirk Bell

 

2001

Patty Berg

 

2000

Ann Pitts

Oklahoma State University

1999

Jackie Steinmann

Jackie Steinmann

1998

Mary Fossum

Michigan State University

1997

Ann Casey Johnstone

Stephens College

1996

Liz Murphey

University of Georgia

1995

Dianne Dailey

Wake Forest University

1994

Sam Carmichael

Indiana University

1993

Dot Gunnells

University of North Carolina

1992

Diane Thomason

University of Iowa

1991

Pat Weiss

University of Texas

1990

Mimi Ryan

University of Florida

1988

Gary Howard

Brigham Young University

1987

Ann Pitts

Oklahoma State University

1986

Jackie Steinmann

UCLA