Monday, August 22, 2011

Alexa Stirling Fraser

Amateur golf champion

Born in Atlanta, Georgie in 1897; died in Ottawa in 1977.

Youthful prodigy who won three consecutive U.S. Women's Amateurs, winning her first in 1916.

After the war, she won the 1919 and 1920 U.S. Women's Amateur titles; was also the U.S. Amateur's runner-up in 1921, 1923 and 1925.

Won the Canadian Women's Amateur in 1920, finished second in 1921 and 1925 and won the Canadian title a second time in 1934.

Married Canadian doctor W.G. Fraser in 1925, and made her home in Ottawa, Ontario, where she became an honorary member of the Royal Ottawa Golf Club; was its ladies' champion nine times.

Was also a skilled violinist.

Returned to Atlanta for the U.S. Open during the 1976 United States Bicentennial celebrations. 

Was inducted posthumously into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1978, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1986, and the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in 1989.

Was portrayed by Stephanie Sparks in the 2004 film, Bobby Jones: A Stroke of Genius.

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