Judy Bell and Marlene Streit named honorary members of R&A

Judy Bell
The PGA of America
Judy Bell became the first woman to be named USGA president in 1996, and was honored as the PGA of America's First Lady of Golf in 2001.
By John Holmes
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Monday, December 07, 2015 | 5:57 p.m.
 
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club has added two of North America's most successful amateur women golfers to its roll of Honorary Members, the R&A announced today.
 
Judy Bell of the United States – a former president of the U.S. Golf Association as well as a Curtis Cup player and captain – and Canada's Marlene Stewart Streit – the only player to win the U.S., Canadian, British and Australian women's amateur titles – have accepted their invitations.
 
They join a list of female honorary members that includes Annika Sorenstam, Laura Davies and PGA Professional Renee Powell.
 
"Both Marlene and Judy have made substantial contributions to golf through their outstanding achievements as players and their tireless work in supporting the development of the sport," said R&A Captain Gavin Caldwell. "They are both wonderful examples to follow and tremendous ambassadors for golf."
 
Streit won dozens of big women's amateur events in Canada, and was named Canada's top athlete of the year in both 1951 and 1956. In 2004, she became Canada’s first member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and is also a Member of the Order of Canada, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
 
Bell, a native of Wichita, Kansas, played on the 1960 and 1962 U.S. Curtis Cup teams and captained squad in 1986 and 1988. She set the then-lowest score, a 67, in the 1964 U.S. Women's Open and, in a won a number of prominent events over a successful amateur career. She served on the USGA Women Committee for 16 years and became the first female member of the USGA executive committee before becoming the first woman to be named president of the USGA in 1996. She was honored as the PGA of America's First Lady of Golf in 2001.