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Glenna Collett Vare

(1903-1989) ~ Inducted 1966

Glenna Vare, 1903-1989, a New Haven native, and Providence resident, is generally regarded as Rhode Island's greatest female athlete. She was proficient in tennis, diving, swimming, and especially golf. By 1922, she had won her first U.S. Women's Golf Championship, the first of six such titles. In 1924, at the height of her prowess,she played sixty matches and won an incredible fifty-nine, and so became known as "The Queen of American Golf". In 1931 she married wealthy Philadelphian Edward Vare, with whom she had two children. The Vare trophy, given each year to the LPGA player with the lowest average score, is named in Glenna's honor.


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