Martha Lang has long been associated with the United States Golf Association, playing in over 60 of their championships and officiating and administrating at many, many more.
It was recently announced that she has been nominated for the USGA’s 2015 Executive Committee. A true honor for a most deserving ambassador of the game.
Click here for a story about her nomination.
Let’s now look back at Lang’s golfing life…
She was born in Decatur, and grew up playing the game at Decatur Country Club.
Her parents, Bessie and Soney Jones, got her started in the game and she won the State Junior four years in a row. She played in the U.S. Girls Junior three times, losing to eventual winner Hollis Stacy in the semifinals one year.
She then went on to play on the first women’s golf team at the University of Alabama from 1971 to 1975. In the AIAW, the precursor to the NCAA Tournament, she placed in the top four for three straight years, but never won it.
She then started work as an accountant for Shell Oil and moved to Houston. She transferred to Chicago, continuing to play a few national amateur tournaments. Her crowning moment competitively was her win in the 1988 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. She came close in the U.S. Amateur finishing runner-up to Sara LeBrun Ingram in 1991. This led to her selection for the 1992 Curtis Cup team, which she also captained in 1996.
After a move to Louisiana, she won an extraordinary 10 consecutive State Amateur titles! Which, combined with a victory each in Alabama and Texas, means she has won state titles in three states. She also won the Louisiana State Mid-Amateur seven times and the Louisiana State Senior three times.
In 2006, she and her husband, Ken, moved back to the state to Birmingham. They play golf at Shoal Creek.
A career amateur, she is integrally involved in the USGA. The 14-member Women’s Committee helps run all the USGA women’s championships and picks the teams for both the Curtis Cup and the World Amateur. She served on this committee since 1999.
She is a highly respected administrator and in 2011 and 2012 she was the chairman of the USGA’s Women’s Committee, having served as vice chairman the previous two years. This is the top volunteer role in women’s amateur golf in the country.
“I’ve always loved working with the USGA,” Lang said. ” I love the game of golf and all that it stands for.
“I particularly enjoy amateur golf and have always been partial to it. I take great pride in the Women’s Amateur and the Curtis Cup.”
She has played on, captained and help select the team for this biannual match against a team from Great Britain and Ireland.
In recent years she has won the Alabama Golf Association’s Women’s Senior Amateur multiple times.
She has worked in a rules capacity at well over 30 USGA national championships, including the Women’s Open nearly half those times.
And, along the way, she played in seven U.S. Opens, making two cuts, and she was just 16 when she played in her first one!
And she was inducted into the Birmingham Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2009 and received the Alabama Golf Association’s Joe H. King Award in 2013.