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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Pat O'Sullivan Lucey: Golfing legend

If Pat O’Sullivan Lucey isn’t the most important person in the 100-year history of Race Brook Country Club, she certainly has to be in the top three.

Forget the fact that Lucey won the women’s club championship at Race Brook 26 out of 28 attempts, and that she’s been a member for 70 years. She is arguably the state’s best women’s golfer ever with 10 Connecticut Women’s Golf Association and three Connecticut Women’s Amateur championships and a very accomplished amateur golfer with three North & South and three New England Amateur titles.

Her most prestigious amateur championship was the Titleholders Championship in Augusta, Ga., in 1951. The Titleholders Championship was only won by three other amateurs, including Babe Didrikson Zaharias, one of the greatest female athletes in our nation’s history. At the time, that was similar to winning the Masters in men’s golf.

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