The TGA is deeply saddened at the news that one of its most influential figures, Doris Kallina, has passed away. She was 89.

During her long and extraordinary life, Kallina played an integral role in elevating women’s golf in Texas and will be fondly remembered for her achievements and contributions on the administrative side of the game.

Among her many volunteer leadership roles include serving as President of the Women’s Texas Golf Association (WTGA) and Texas Senior Women’s Golf Association, Committee Member for the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, as well as holding numerous positions in local and regional golf associations in San Antonio and the Greater Houston area. During her tenure as President of the WTGA, now merged with the TGA, Kallina oversaw the organization of Course Rating for women in Texas and served as the first Chair of the Course Rating Committee.

Additionally, Kallina was also an expert on the Rules of Golf. She was the second person and the first woman ever to record a perfect score of 100 on the PGA/USGA Rules Exam, an accomplishment of which she was most proud. She served as the Rules Committee Chairman for the Women’s Southern Golf Association and worked as a Rules official for countless women’s amateur qualifiers and championships at the state and national level throughout her long career as a dedicated volunteer.

For her untiring work on behalf of the game, Kallina was honored with the 2012 Belle Burney Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Golf in Texas. Kallina’s legacy lives on at the TGA, as a four-year scholarship for deserving young females is named in her honor.