Patti Blanton was one of the most accomplished golfers to ever play in Oklahoma. She won 14 significant amateur tournaments in three states and one foreign country.
Patti began playing golf at the age of 26 while living in Tulsa. In 1931, Patti won the Women’s Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship as Patti Beyer. She successfully defended her title the next year. Patti also won the 1932 Women’s Trans-Miss as Mrs. Walter Beyer.
In 1933, Patti moved to Wichita, Kan., and became known as Patti Newbold. She won the Kansas Amateur Championship four times. In 1936, she also won the Mexican Amateur Championship with the last name of Newbold.
In 1940, Patti married Ernie Blanton. They kept homes in Enid and Colorado Springs. Patti won the WOGA State Amateur Championship twice more, in 1947 and 1948, under the Blanton name. She did just as well in Colorado, winning the Colorado Amateur Championship in 1953 and 1955. She also won the prestigious Broadmoor Invitational in 1949 and 1956. She competed in eight USGA Women’s Amateur Championships.
Patti wore a hearing aid most of her life. She used it to her advantage on the golf course, turning it off during competition to allow for greater concentration. Patti died in 2002, at the age of 99.