Mrs. Sam IsraelGolf, 1934-1965
Israel ruled the New Orleans women's golf world from 1934-65, winning 10 city golf championships, eight state titles and three Gulf Coast crowns. During that period, she also reached the semifinals of the Southern Championship twice and the Western Championship once. She also qualified six times for the United States Amateur Championship.
Amazingly, 31 years separated her city titles - she won her first in 1934 and then her last in 1965 before retiring from competitive golf.
Her success on the links afforded her the opportunity to play alongside golfing legends such as Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead, entertainment kingpins like Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, and Babe Didrikson Zaharias, the legendary women's golfer.