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The Betty Deeley Scholarship
In Support of Girls JunioR Golf
The Betty Deeley Scholarship, which is being established starting in 2018, is the NYSGA's first endowed scholarship. It has been created to honor the late Betty Deeley, who selflessly devoted over 40 years of her life to supporting girls junior golf.
The scholarship will be awarded annually to a female high school senior from New York pursuing a college education, who has a clear passion for the game of golf and a financial need.
Join the 'Friends of Mrs. Deeley' to HELP Raise $100,000!
We have set a goal to raise $100,000 to fund this endowment and ensure scholarships will be awarded in Mrs. Deeley's honor in perpetuity. To assist these efforts, the NYSGA Executive Committee has pledged to match up to $30,000 in donations given by 'Friends of Mrs. Deeley'. 100% of your donation will be used for this effort and is fully tax-deductible.
About Betty Deeley
Betty Deeley was recruited to join the NYSGA volunteer ranks in 1973 by friend and former NYSGA president David Harden. That same year she became involved with the NYSGA Girls' Junior Championship and in 1974 accepted the role as chair, acting as the lead official in charge of the event. She would continue happily in this capacity for the next 41 years, adding the Women's Championship to her chair duties as well starting in 1980.
In addition to her chair duties, Betty served as a welcoming presence at registration, starting and scoring at countless NYSGA championships.
Throughout her tenure, Betty was a staunch champion for women golfers. In an era and sport dominated by men, Betty forged unilateral support within NYSGA committee, earning a seat on the association's executive committee for over 30 years. She fought for 'her girls' every step of the way.
And they were 'her girls', as she always referred to players in her championships. Betty would often write and call players to talk golf and encourage them to play competitively. She had an open and positive friendliness for all, a genuine interest in each individual she met. That's why each tournament, year after year, became a homecoming for Betty, where she would always be amongst some of her best friends.
For her years of dedicated service to the association, Betty was inducted into the inaugural class of the NYSGA Hall of Fame Class in 2012. It was an honor she cherished, but she always said the greatest honor she had was being able to watch so many of her girls grow up to be 'such fine young women'.