Pat Grant

Pat Grant

Pat Grant

Inducted 2010

Pat Grant dominated women’s golf, in Oklahoma, in the 1940’s.  Pat won the state high school golf championship as a 13-year old freshman at Cushing, Oklahoma high school.  She would win it three times before graduating in 1938.

Then it was on to Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee. There was no golf team, but Pat was given a scholarship if she would teach golf to other students.  Pat graduated in 1942 and was the first female to be inducted into the OBU Athletic Hall of Fame.

Pat won the Women’s Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship in 1939, 1940, 1941 and 1942. There was no state championship in 1943, 1944, or 1945 because of World War II. When play resumed, Pat won again in 1946, beating Hall of Famer, Patti Blanton. With the victory, Pat became the only person in history to win the WOGA State Amateur Championship five years in a row.  Pat won her sixth state championship in 1949, in Muskogee, when she beat Patti Blanton again.

When World War II broke out, Pat put aside her ambition of becoming a professional golfer, so she could serve our country. She enlisted in the Army in 1942.  Pat received 23 letters of commendation while in the Army. After 22 years, Pat retired in 1965 with the rank of Lt. Colonel, one of only 60 women to attain such ranking at the time.

Pat obtained her law degree in 1966 and practiced law for 30 years. Because of her service to others, Pat was named the Woman of the Year for 1972 by the Texas Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs.  Pat retired, for good, in 1995.