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Bridges, Patricia (c. 1922 - )

OBE

Born
c. 1922
Australia
Occupation
Golfer and Sports Administrator

Summary

In 2006, Patricia Bridges was awarded the first ever life membership of the newly established golfing organisation, Golf Australia. It was a fitting tribute to her for her years of service to the sport. Throughout a career in golf administration that spanned four decades, she has held several positions on the executive of the Australian Ladies' Golf Union, including president. In 1994, at the age of seventy-two, she was appointed Chairman of the Women's Committee of the World Amateur Golf Council, the first Australian man or women to hold an executive position on an International Golf Committee. In the same year, she negotiated exclusively with Holden to sponsor the resurgence of the Women's Australian Open Championship. The trophy for the winner of the Women's Australian Open is named the Patricia Bridges Bowl, in her honour.

Patricia Bridges was respected for her organisational skills and her ability to move with the times. At an media conference in 2006 announcing the timing and whereabouts of the 2007 Women's Open, organisers played a video of some of the up and coming women players. Bare midriffs were once banned in women's golf but plenty were on show throughout the video. One shot showed images of a young woman with a tattoo on her lower back. 'Good grief,' muttered a member of the crowd.'Why not?' responded Mrs. Bridges.

Details

Events

1964
Appointed to the Australian Ladies' Golf Union
1969
Appointed Australian Team Selector
1970
Invited to travel to the United States to investigate promoting a Women's Open Tournament in Australia
1970
Elected president of the Australian Ladies' Golf Union
1976
Re-elected president of the Australian Ladies Golf Union
1981
OBE - For services to Golf and the Community
1991
Elected to her third term as president of the Australian Ladies Golf Union

Sources used to compile this entry: Stone, Peter, 'Bridges built for women's Open', The Age, May 31, 2006; 'Golf Australia awards Life Membership to Patricia Bridges OBE', Women's Golf New South Wales News Item, Women's Golf News South Wales Website, www.wgnsw.org.au [accessed 2006-11-28].

Nikki Henningham

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