USGA to Honor Semple Thompson


USGA logo - 100x41FAR HILLS, N.J. - Carol Semple Thompson has been named as the recipient of the United States Golf Association's annual Bob Jones Award.
The Sewickley, Pa., native has won seven USGA championships, participated in 114 national and international events, and served on the USGA Executive Committee. The USGA will present her the award at its annual meeting Feb. 1 in San Diego.
Presented annually since 1955, the USGA's top award is given in recognition of distinguished sportsmanship in golf. The award seeks to recognize a person who emulates Jones' spirit, his personal qualities and his attitude toward the game and its players.
'The Bob Jones Award stands for all the good things in the game of golf,' said Semple Thomson. 'I am truly flattered that the committee sees me as a representative of those values. Golf has been good to me and I have been blessed to meet so many wonderful people along the way.
'I never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Jones, but if I can live up to just a small part of his aura, I will be able to contribute to a game I love.'
The 54-year-old Semple Thompson has won the 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 USGA Senior Women's Amateur, the 1990 and 1997 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur and the 1973 U.S. Women's Amateur. She has played on a record 12 USA Curtis Cup squads. She holed a dramatic 27-foot putt to clinch the USA victory in 2002.
In addition, she has played on five USA World Amateur teams and four times for Pennsylvania in the USGA State Team Championship, including its 1995 title team.
Perhaps the most successful amateur women's golfer of the last half century counting numerous victories in prestigious events, Semple Thompson was a member of the USGA Executive Committee from 1994-2000, only the second woman to serve in that capacity. She followed family tradition in service to the USGA. Her father, Harton (Bud) Semple was the USGA President in 1974-75 and her mother, Phyllis Semple, has served on various USGA committees since 1957. When she won the 1973 Women's Amateur, her father presented the trophy to Carol.
'This award is certainly the greatest tribute I could receive,' said Semple Thompson. 'The USGA has been such a large part of my life, not just my golf life, and, to join the list of recipients is unbelievable. My father, unfortunately, is no longer here in person but he will be in San Diego in spirit 'busting his buttons' along with my mother.'
The holder of the Curtis Cup record with 18 victories (9-7-3 in foursomes and 9-8-1 in singles), Semple Thompson also won the 1974 British Ladies Open Amateur as well as 21 Pennsylvania Amateurs and was the low amateur at the 1978, 1988 and 1994 U.S. Women's Open. Her hometown area honored her in 2001 as the Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year.
A past president of the Pennsylvania State Women's Golf Association (1991-92), she won her first event as a 16-year-old, defeating her mother in the final match.