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Cathy Cook Russell

COOK-RUSSELL WAS WALKING THE FAIRWAYS AT FIRESTONE COUNTRY CLUB AS A FOUR YEAR OLD PARTICIPATING IN THE JUNIOR GOLF PROGRAM DIRECTED BY HER MOTHER. GOLF WAS A BIG PART OF HER UPBRINGING AND SHE GAINED NATIONAL ATTENTION BY WINNING NUMEROUS TOURNAMENTS AS A JUNIOR GOLFER IN CALIFORNIA AND EARNED A VARSITY LETTER AS A MEMBER OF HER SCHOOL’S BOY’S GOLF TEAM.HER PROWESS ON THE LINKS BROUGHT HER HOME TO OHIO WHERE SHE WAS THE MVP OF THE BOY’S STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF TEAM AT UPPER ARLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL.

FROM THERE SHE MADE THE SHORT TRIP TO THE CAMPUS OF OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY WHERE SHE EARNED FOUR VARSITY LETTERS, HELPED THE BUCKEYES WIN THREE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS AND PARTICIPATED IN FOUR NCAA TOURNAMENTS.

IN ADDITION TO AN IMPRESSIVE COLLEGIATE CAREER SHE CAPTURED THE OHIO WOMEN’S AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1980 AND THE 1988 NEVADA STATE WOMEN’S AMATEUR TITLE BEFORE JOINING THE LPGA WHERE SHE PLAYED TOUR EVENTS IN THE UNITED STATES, JAPAN AND ASIA AND BECAME INVOLVED WITH THE FIRST TEE AND FIRST TEE NATIONAL SCHOOLS PROGRAMS.

Inducted 2014 | Golf