Carol Belcher Collins
Carol Collins had a tremendous impact on Oklahoma golf for more than 45 years, not only as one of the top players and longest hitters in the women’s game, but as one of the most respected rules officials in the state and a fountain of golf knowledge.
Carol ruled the roost at Oakwood Country Club in Enid, winning the women’s club championship 23 times and holding the course record for many years. She also won numerous flight championships and partnership tournaments throughout Oklahoma and the region.
Carol was most highly regarded for her knowledge of the rules of golf. She spent more than 45 years serving local, state, regional and national organizations in various volunteer capacities. The United States Golf Association (USGA) called upon Carol’s knowledge to conduct Rules clinics and serve as a Rules official at tournaments across the country.
Carol was from a golfing family. Her father was U.S. Representative Page Belcher. A golf course in Tulsa is named in his honor. Carol was an accomplished seamstress, once won the Mrs. Enid contest, and at one time had a private pilot’s license. She died June 26, 2008 at the age of 81.