MWGA Legacy Celebration to Honor Spork, Richart, and Fossum on May 19, 2014

MWGA LEGACY CELEBRATION TO HONOR SHIRLEY SPORK, BETTY RICHART AND MARY FOSSUM ON MAY 19, 2014 ===================================================================================

FARMINGTON, Mich., Feb. 18, 2014 –This spring, the Michigan Women’s Golf Association (MWGA) will honor three outstanding women and Michigan Hall of Fame members whose lives have been devoted to promoting women’s golf: LPGA Founding Member Shirley Spork, USGA Committeewoman and Golf Association of Michigan Honorary Governor Betty Richart and long-time Michigan State University Women’s Golf Coach Mary Fossum. The three will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the inaugural MWGA Legacy Celebration Monday, May 19, at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Shirley Spork, Eastern Michigan University of Michigan alumna and LPGA founding member, helped to provide one of the greatest legacies of women’s golf; the establishment of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). Throughout her golfing and teaching career, Shirley won and placed in a variety of tournaments and has received numerous awards, including receiving the Ellen Griffin Rolex Award, the LPGA’s highest teaching honor and being inducted into the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Hall of Fame.

Betty Richart, a longtime Ann Arbor resident, has been involved in nearly every aspect of golf – women’s golf, junior golf, and course ratings. She served on the United States Golf Association Women’s Committee for 17 years, the last two as chairman. During her 1989 chairmanship, the U.S. Women’s Open at Indianwood Golf & Country Club was one of the most successful and well-attended Women’s Open in the history of the championship. Betty has received numerous awards, including having a tournament and trophy named in her honor, the Betty Richart Club Championship at Barton Hills Country Club and the GAM Women’s Championship – Betty Richart Trophy.

Mary Fossum’s greatest legacy to women’s golf has to be the cadre of young golfers she mentored as coach of the MSU golf team for more than 25 years. Mary has received much recognition as one of the country’s best collegiate golf coaches, including induction into the Golf Coaches Hall of Fame. She, too, has two awards named in her honor, The Mary Fossum Endowed Scholarship for Women’s Golf at MSU and the Mary Fossum Award presented to the student-athlete with the lowest stroke average in the Big Ten Conference.