Mary Patton Janssen
About Mary Patton Janssen
Fox hunting, not golf, was Mary Patton Janssen’s sport after her family moved to Charlottesville when she was 15 years old. Then her favorite horse was injured and had to be put down. She took up golf at the age of 21. Her father and two brothers were avid golfers. She took lessons from Art Doering at Farmington Country Club and later from Pete Snead, brother of Sam Snead.
Won six consecutive VSGA Women’s Amateurs from 1957 to 1962. Three of the victories (1958-60) are the top three widest margins in tournament history: 12 and 11, 13 and 11 and 15 and 13. She won at her home course, Farmington, in 1961.
Year that Janssen was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame
Nations in which Janssen was a national championship finalist in 1956 (United Kingdom, Canada, France, Cuba)
Career victories for Janssen. She’s tied for 10th in VSGA history with six wins in VSGA championships, all in the Women’s Amateur
Janssen’s age when she retired from competitive golf
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Date of Birth: Oct. 26, 1924; died May 20, 2011 (age 86)
Janssen’s sixth Women’s Amateur title in 1962 came against college student Robbye King, who was 4-up through 27 holes. Janssen rallied to win when King three-putted the final hole. As the two were walking to the clubhouse, a tearful King stopped. Janssen put her arms around King and told her to take a deep breath:
“Remember that I’m twice as old as you are,” Janssen said. “Your day is coming.” King, now Unger and a member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2018, won the first of her six titles in 1963. Janssen retired.
Janssen finished as the runner-up in her first two appearances in the Women’s Am final (1950-51). She lost by 8-and-7 and 10-and-8 margins
In her 12-year career, Janssen won 21 tournaments, including the 1953 Mid-Atlantic Amateur and the 1958 Eastern Amateur