Linda Melton Morse
One of the most intriguing talents in Oklahoma women’s golf was Linda Melton Morse. Born in Oklahoma City, she gravitated to golf early and showed great natural ability. She could hit the ball far and straight and began winning Oklahoma State Amateur Championships at the age of 16.
Early in her amateur career, Linda traveled extensively and played rounds of golf with legends such as Betsy Rawls, Patty Berg, and Babe Didrikson Zaharias. She became a fixture in the Women’s Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship, with four victories in eight finals matches. She also was medalist in the stroke play portion seven times.
Linda attended Oklahoma State University when golf was considered a club sport. She graduated from OSU in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education. Contemporaries say she could have been Oklahoma’s best female player ever. Strong, confident and in possession of a beautiful golf swing, she nevertheless chose family over golf and played sparingly as an adult. Linda died of cancer in May of 1988 at the age of 50.