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Shirley Spork Inducted into the MWGA Hall of Fame

On October 6, 2017 Meadowbrook Country Club held a luncheon in honor of Shirley Spork. The MWGA was invited to induct her into the Michigan Women's Golf Association Hall of Fame 

 

Meadowbrook gave her an honorary membership in 1949 so she, a publinks golfer, could play in the Michigan Women’s Amateur Championship, The Women’s Western and other major amateur championships open only to private club members. Meadowbrook CC is proud to have Shirley represent their club in these prestigious championships and Shirley was grateful for the opportunities.

 

Francine Pegues and Pat Meyers inducted Shirley and presented her with the MWGA Hall of Fame gift. Also present were Barbara Coury, Judy Figa, Janina Jacobs, Nancy Serra, and Sara Wold. Meadowbrook CC also presented Shirley with a lifetime honorary membership. The luncheon was a very nice affair and Shirley entertained us with stories of her adventures as a founder of the LPGA

Shirley Spork was not able to join us at Eagle Crest in July when Jack Berry, Mary Cunningham, Joan Garety, Janina Jacobs, Cynthia Pinkard, Betty Richart, Nancy Serra, and Pat Shelton were inducted into the MWGA Hall of Fame. She lives in Palm Desert and was recently in Michigan to attend the Shirley Spork EMU Invitational. 

Video produced by Art McCafferty at GLSP, www.glsp.com.

Credits: Carter Sherline, Frog Prince Studios, Phyllis Barone

and Jennie McCafferty.

Shirley graduated from EMU and has an endowment fund at EMU for the Women’s Golf Team. EMU, under the direction of Pina Gentile, the coach, hosted the first annual Shirley Spork Invitational and invited the MWGA to induct Shirley into our Hall of Fame at a dinner on October 8th at Eagle Crest. Francine Pegues inducted Shirley and presented her with the gift.

 

Sara Wold presented Coach Gentile with a check from the MWGA in support of the EMU Women’s Golf Team. Ten collegiate teams from Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia were in attendance. Shirley’s comments about experiences she had on tour in the early years as compared to the opportunities players have today are reminders of the struggle women have had to bring the game to its current success.

 

The Invitational was a big success – great weather, great course, and great golf. The medalist was Julia Champion of Western Michigan University with 3 rounds in 2 over par! Marshall University from West Virginia was the winning team.

First Annual Shirley Spork Invitational at EMU

Video:  Produced by Art McCafferty at GLSP, www.glsp.com. Credits: Carter Sherline, Frog Prince Studios, Phyllis Barone and Jennie McCafferty.

Photos:  Steve King/Steve King Studios.  Website: http://www.stevekingstudios.com

Photos:  Barb Coury