Meg Mallon still busy in retirement
By Craig Dolch
Beth Daniel always made a quick impact in golf.
She won the U.S. Women’s Amateur the first time she entered the event, in 1975, and she was named the LPGA Tour’s Rolex Rookie of the Year in 1979. Those moments served as a springboard to a Hall of Fame career in which the Delray Beach resident won 33 LPGA titles — including a major —three Rolex Player of the Year awards and the Vare Trophy three times for low scoring average.
Now Daniel is hoping to make a swift impact in something just as meaningful — the charity golf tournament she and former LPGA pro Meg Mallon have taken over hosting for the Bethesda Hospital Foundation.
“I have said that when I stopped playing on tour that it would make sense to get involved in the community I live in.” Daniel said.
Daniel grew up in Charleston, S.C., making such an impact in the junior golf there that the top junior golfer receives the Beth Daniel Award.
As a pro, she was named Female Athlete of the Year by United Press International, after seven wins, including the 1990 Mazda LPGA Championship. In 2003, she became the oldest winner (46 years, 9 months) to win an LPGA event when she captured the BMO Financial Group Women’s Canadian Open, breaking a record JoAnne Carner had held for 18 years.
Daniel retired in 2007, but in 2009 she led the U.S. team to a victory in the Solheim Cup and continues to remain in golf as a commentator on the Golf Channel.
The Second Annual Bethesda Hospital Foundation Pro-Am Golf Tournament will be held Jan. 17 at The Falls Country Club in Lake Worth.
In the 41 years the predecessor event was held, it raised more than $3 million, helping to build a new heart Institute at Bethesda Hospital that opened in 2009.
Among the players scheduled to play are three World Golf Hall of Famers — Daniel, Karrie Webb of Boynton Beach and Nancy Lopez — plus Mallon, Murphy, Webb, Jay Sigel, Michelle McGann, Kelly Robbins, Angela Stanford, Beth Bader, Meaghan Francella, Nicole Hage, Stacy Lewis, Leta Lindley and Karen Stupples.
Pending availability, amateur foursomes are $6,000 to play.
Spectator parking is available for $5 at the Pinewood Square on the southeast corner of Lantana and Jog roads, starting at 11 a.m. A trolley will transport spectators to and from The Falls. The last trolley leaves from the golf course
at 5:30 p.m.