Jessie Valentine, MBE

(B.1915 - D.2006)
Golf
Inducted in 2003

Jessie Valentine was winner of the British Ladies Amateur golf championship in 1937, 1955 and 1958. In 1959 she was the first woman golfer to be awarded the MBE for services to golf; in 1967 she also received the Frank Moran Trophy for ‘the Scot who has done most for the game of golf’. Valentine won the Scottish Ladies Amateur Championship six time, was crowned New Zealand Ladies Champion in 1935, French Ladies Champion in 1936, and represented GB & Ireland in the Curtis Cup seven times between 1936 and 1958. During the Second World War she drove a truck, and was clearly held in great esteem in the USA. So much so, in fact, that when her fiancee was captured and held as a prisoner of war, the Curtis sisters, who created golf’s Curtis Cup, sent him food parcels every month.

Jessie Valentine, MBE