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Vale: Burtta Cheney MBE

Miss Burtta Cheney MBE.
Miss Burtta Cheney MBE.

Golf Australia would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of one of Australian golf's true pioneers, Miss Burtta Cheney MBE, who passed away on Saturday evening.

A pioneer of women’s golf, 95-year-old Miss Cheney enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a player, administrator and the founder of junior girls’ golf in Victoria.

In 1986 the Australian Girls' Interstate Teams Matches competitors began playing for the Burtta Cheney Cup - dedicated to Miss Cheney's decades of work in developing junior girls' golf.

Some highlights of her achievements and contributions include:

Australian Champion 1957, runner up 1937;
Commonwealth Tournament Team 1959 and Team Captain 1963;
Tasman Cup team – six times and Captain five times;
Victorian Amateur Champion three times;
Victorian and South Australian Junior Girls’ Champion,
Victorian state team player – fifteen times;
Huntingdale Golf Club Champion – eighteen times;
Team member and Captain of Huntingdale’s pennant team for over twenty years.

In 1937, Burtta became the Victorian Ladies Golf Union’s youngest delegate before being elected President and honoured as a life member of the organisation in 1983.

Burtta’s enthusiasm for golf translated into the introduction of the Anglesea Girls Golf Camps which commenced in 1966 and are still conducted today over forty-five years later.

Burtta Cheney’s biography “A Life in Golf” was released in 2010.

Funeral details will be advised as they become available.

Click here to download the History and Honour Roll for the Australian Girls' Interstate Teams Matches (for the Burtta Cheney Cup)

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