Our second honoree of National Women’s History Month is LPGA Tour professional Mary Bea Porter. An accomplished athlete, Porter played golf, basketball, volleyball, and softball while attending Arizona State University and would later go on to be inducted into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
After her time as a multi-sport athlete, Porter’s subsequent years focused exclusively on the game of golf with her joining the LPGA Tour in 1973 after winning the qualifying tournament that same year. Two quick years later, Porter emerged from the 1975 LPGA Tour victorious.
Without doubt, Porter’s most estimable moment came during a 1988 qualifying round for the Samaritan Turquoise Classic. While playing the thirteenth hole at the Moon Valley Country Club, Porter spotted a child floating facedown in a pool adjacent to the golf course. By the time Porter arrived on scene, the boy had been retrieved by his father but was without a heartbeat or lung function. Having no training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Porter made several failed attempts to revive the child and eventually succeeded, saving the child’s life.
In 1989 Porter-King moved to Hawaii after her marriage and helped found the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association. She was inducted into the Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame in 2004 and awarded the PGA First Lady of Golf Award in 2011 by the PGA of America.
Mary Bea Porter-King is credited for being an accomplished professional golfer, for growing the game of golf within the United States, and for her selfless concern for the well-being of others.
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