Vanderbilt’s Golf Tradition Peggy Harmon Brady Vanderbilt’s First Women’s Golf All-American
Peggy Harmon Brady was Vanderbilt’s first women’s golf All-American earning the honor twice in 1970 and 1971. She earned her degree in computer science in 1972, and was recently named to the Vanderbilt Sports Hall of Fame, one of 12 inaugural inductees. She won the Tennessee State Girl’s Junior Championship in 1967 and 1968 and won the State Amateur Championship in 1969 and 1970. In 1968, she won the U.S. Girl’s Junior Championship. Brady has played in three U.S. Women’s Open Championships and six U.S. Women’s Amateur Tournaments. Information taken from “The History of Tennessee Golf” by Gene Pearce.
1954 National Intercollegiate Champion Peabody College’s Nancy Reed made golf history by winning the National Intercollegiate in Greensboro, N.C. in June 1954. As was customary at the time, Reed was competing unattached as Peabody College did not have a women’s golf team. Reed won the title by beating the defending champion, Pat Lesser, on the 19th hole of match play. Reed had won the Tennessee State Amateur as a 17-year old high schooler in 1950. She later was the State Amateur runner-up four times and captured the Nashville Women’s Golf Association Championship six times. Reed (at right) is shown in this mid-1950’s photo with Tennessee golf legend Betty Rowland Probasco, who also won an Intercollegiate title and eight State Amateur crowns.
History and Tradition
Mason Rudolph Director of Golf Emeritus
Mason Rudolph burst upon the national golf scene as a teenager and after a successful professional and coaching career. The personable native of Clarksville, Tenn. is still serving as one of the sport’s finest ambassadors. Rudolph became the youngest player ever to compete in the United States Open in 1950 at the age of 16. Later that year he won the USGA National Junior Championship, setting the stage to be named one of the Top 100 amateur golfers of the 20th Century in 1999 by Golf World. Rudolph, who coached at Vanderbilt, was a veteran of 21 years on the PGA Tour, posting six victories and playing on winning Ryder and Walker Cup teams. He played in 15 Masters and 17 U.S. Open Championships. In 1960, he was the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year.
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