Hall of Fame 2008 Inductee: Shirley Dommers

Shirley Dommers

Shirley Dommers

Shirley Dommers’ contributions to golf include active service on the IWGA board for 24 years -  including service as president and now Director Emeritus.  She was on the Women’s Western Golf Association board for 6 years.  shirley coached girl’s golf at Belvidere Highs School before Title IX.

Shirley was born in Kansas City.  She was an athletic youngster and challenged herself in many sports.  She was a champion at her Missouri high school in both tennis as well as ping pong.  Her gather encouraged her to try golf and she finally conceded at the age of 14.  She took two lessons a week for sex weeks and hit lots of golf balls but was banned from playing on the course because her pro wanted her to “groove her swing” before she played.  She and a friend would sneak onto the course “pre-groove” fro a quick 18 or 36 holes.  She was hooked.  Shirley credits this pro for getting her off to the right start.    Five years later, in 1946 as a 19 year old junior in college, she won the Iowa Amateur.  She went on to graduate from the Unversity of Iowa majoring in Physical Education.

In 1954 and living abroad while her husband was in the service, Shirley won the Women’s International Championship of Italy as well as the Women’s International Championship of Switzerland.  She met the former King  Leopold of Belgium at one of these tournaments, he challenged her to a putting contests with his hickory shafted putter.  Shirley accepted and WON.  

 Accomplishments: 

24 years on IWGA board including service as president and now director emeritus

6 years on WWGA board

Girls golf coach Belvidere High School

5-time winner of IWGA State Amateur Tournament – 1957, 1961, 1968, 1969, 1974.

4-time winner of IWGA Senior Tournament – 1976, 1981, 1982, 1983