Jessie VALENTINE


Date of Birth - 1915

Died -  10 April 2006

Place of Birth - Perth

Turned Pro -  1960


Jessie Valentine (nee Anderson) was one of the dominant figures in

 women's golf for a period which spanned two decades from the mid

 1930's to the mid 1950's.

A member of the Craigie Hill club in her home town, she was six times

 Scottish Ladies Champion and selected on seven occasions for the

 Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup team. This record would almost

 certainly have been even greater had the war not interrupted her

 career. In addition to winning national championships in France and New

 Zealand, she had already won the British Ladies title on two occasions

 prior to her success in 1958.

In 1937 (as Jessie Anderson) she beat Dorothy Park (daughter of the

 famous professional from Musselburgh, Willie Park jnr.) 6&4 in the final at

 Turnberry and eighteen years later defeated American Barbara Romack

 7&6 at Portrush.

Having lost in the final in 1950 and again in the previous year at

 Gleneagles, Jessie went into the 1958 tournament, staged at Hunstanton

 Golf Club in Norfolk, with a remarkable record, and was rated as one of

 the favourites. She lived up to that high level of expectation by reaching

 a third final in four years.

In contrast to her two previous successes the 1958 win was a much tighter

 affair, with Valentine overcoming Elizabeth Park by a single hole in a

 closely contested match.

She was awarded the MBE in the 1959 New Years Honours list to recognise

 her achievement and the following year at the age of 45, she turned

 professional.


ACHIEVEMENTS


Curtis Cup  7 times between 1936 and 1958



1935  New Zealand Ladies Champion

1936  French Ladies Champion

1937  British Ladies Amateur Golf Champion

1938  Scottish Ladies Amateur Golf Champion

1939  Scottish Ladies Amateur Golf Champion

1951  Scottish Ladies Amateur Golf Champion

1953  Scottish Ladies Amateur Golf Champion

1955  British Ladies Amateur Golf Champion

1955  Scottish Ladies Amateur Golf Champion

1956  Scottish Ladies Amateur Golf Champion

1958  British Ladies Amateur Golf Champion