Date of Birth - 1915
Died - 10 April 2006
Place of Birth - Perth
Turned Pro - 1960
Jessie Valentine (nee Anderson) was one of the dominant figures in
women's golf for a period which spanned two decades from the mid
1930's to the mid 1950's.
A member of the Craigie Hill club in her home town, she was six times
Scottish Ladies Champion and selected on seven occasions for the
Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup team. This record would almost
certainly have been even greater had the war not interrupted her
career. In addition to winning national championships in France and New
Zealand, she had already won the British Ladies title on two occasions
prior to her success in 1958.
In 1937 (as Jessie Anderson) she beat Dorothy Park (daughter of the
famous professional from Musselburgh, Willie Park jnr.) 6&4 in the final at
Turnberry and eighteen years later defeated American Barbara Romack
7&6 at Portrush.
Having lost in the final in 1950 and again in the previous year at
Gleneagles, Jessie went into the 1958 tournament, staged at Hunstanton
Golf Club in Norfolk, with a remarkable record, and was rated as one of
the favourites. She lived up to that high level of expectation by reaching
a third final in four years.
In contrast to her two previous successes the 1958 win was a much tighter
affair, with Valentine overcoming Elizabeth Park by a single hole in a
closely contested match.
She was awarded the MBE in the 1959 New Years Honours list to recognise
her achievement and the following year at the age of 45, she turned
Curtis Cup 7 times between 1936 and 1958
1935 New Zealand Ladies Champion
1936 French Ladies Champion
1937 British Ladies Amateur Golf Champion
1938 Scottish Ladies Amateur Golf Champion
1939 Scottish Ladies Amateur Golf Champion
1951 Scottish Ladies Amateur Golf Champion
1953 Scottish Ladies Amateur Golf Champion
1955 British Ladies Amateur Golf Champion
1955 Scottish Ladies Amateur Golf Champion
1956 Scottish Ladies Amateur Golf Champion
1958 British Ladies Amateur Golf Champion