Dorothy Campbell Hurd was the first woman to dominate international golf. Between 1905 and 1912, she won 10 national championships in America, England, Scotland and Canada. Then, 12 years later, she won the American title once more.
As Dorothy Campbell, and later as Mrs. J.V. Hurd, her count of national amateurs was three U.S., two British, three Scottish and three Canadian. In 1909, she became the first woman to win the U.S. and British Amateurs in the same year.
Dorothy Campbell was born in 1883 in North Berwick, Scotland. The town’s famous links, where her paternal grandfather and eight uncles all played, proved her playground. She took her first swing when she was 18 months, and by age five, was playing matches against her older sisters.
Campbell did not evolve into a top player until her later teens, when she changed what had been a half swing into a full one. In 1905, Campbell won her first Scottish Ladies title.