LPGA TCP Hall of Fame Member Bateson Dies at 87


Goldie M. Bateson, a member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Division since its inception in 1959 and a pioneer in the golf teaching industry, died Feb. 1 in Brookfield, Wis., after a short illness. She was 87 years old.
Goldie was a brave, courageous person who inspired many people, said LPGA T&CP National President Patti Benson. She was such a strong contributing force to the LPGA T&CP Division. She loved the LPGA so much and gave her all to the game. I know she was pleased to be inducted to the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame and so honored to be recognized in front of her peers during the ceremony in 2002.
Born Sept. 9, 1915, in Milwaukee, Wis., Bateson had a successful amateur career that included numerous victories. She began playing golf in 1928 at the age of 13 and in the same year won the Wisconsin State Junior Golf Championship. Bateson was a five-time Milwaukee Womens District Golf champion and two-time Wisconsin State Womens Golf champion. From 1934-40, she participated in the Womens Western, Trans-Mississippi and U.S. Womens Amateur Golf Championships.
Bateson was an active member of the LPGA since 1954, when she turned professional and joined the association. In 1956, she became the first female head golf professional in Wisconsin when she worked at the W.A. Roberts Golf Course. In the early 1960s, she participated in the First National Teaching Schools, both as a student and an instructor. Bateson aided junior youth programs, local recreation departments, the YMCA and was a high school golf coach. In addition, she sponsored golf seminars in Milwaukee and trained and taught nine assistant golf professionals.
In 1965, she was recognized as the LPGA National Teacher of the Year. In 1978, Bateson achieved Master Professional classification, the most distinguished and highest classification for an LPGA T&CP Class A member. Bateson also served as the LPGA T&CP Midwest Section president and on the LPGA Teaching Committee from 1976-78. In 1981, she was inducted into the Wisconsin State Golf Hall of Fame.
In 1983, Bateson was named Honorary Golf Consultant to the National Golf Foundation. In 1984, she received the National Golf Foundation Outstanding Service Award. Bateson was the 1993 recipient of the LPGAs Ellen Griffin Rolex Award. During the LPGAs 50th Anniversary celebration in 2000, Bateson was recognized as one of the LPGAs top 50 players and teachers. In 2002, she was inducted into the LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame.
Goldie was a quiet champion of the game of golf, said Dr. Betsy Clark, LPGA vice president of professional development. She made a life-long commitment to the game and was one of the most genuine people Ive known. Goldie was a wonderful person and so generous with her teaching and dedication to junior golf. She did so much for the LPGA Midwest Section, and her LPGA T&CP Hall of Fame recognition demonstrates her contributions to the game and the LPGA.
Bateson is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.