Winners: Marlene Stewart Streit, Golf

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Marlene Streit  swinging a golf club

Marlene Streit golfing.
Date: c. 1951
Collection:Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

1952 - Feature Story

The determined little golfer from Fonthill, Ontario, burst upon the competitive scene at age 18, winning the Ontario Junior Girls’ Championship. More remarkable, Marlene Streit won the Canadian Ladies Golf Association Closed Championship, defeating the great Ada Mackenzie - this only three years after she first swung a golf club. The gracious Mackenzie called Streit “an unbelievable child.’’  

1953 - Feature Story

While Ben Hogan, the great American star, was having an incomparable season, Marlene Stewart Streit, who went over the ocean to win the British Ladies’ Amateur, would earn her most enviable nickname. The sportswriters called her Little Ben, not only because of her stature, but her total on-course concentration, determination and her elimination of mistakes. 

1956 - Feature Story

At age 20, Marlene Stewart Streit graduated from Florida’s Rollins College. She would win eight tournaments in 1956, including both the United States Women’s Amateur – defeating Joanne Carner (nee Gunderson) – and the United States Inter-Collegiate Championship (later known as the NCAAs). She finished the year with the number one world ranking among amateur golfers. 

1957 - Feature Story

Resisting all invitations to turn professional, Marlene Stewart Streit maintained her amateur status and continued accumulating Canadian titles, including both provincial and closed championships. Along the way in 1957, she married Douglas Streit and picked up the name she would go by for the rest of her life.

1963 - Feature Story

Marlene Stewart Streit, now the mother of two young daughters, lifted her amateur career to a level never matched, either before or since. She travelled to Australia and won the Australian Ladies Amateur, which made her the only golfer in history to capture national amateur titles in the United States, Britain, Australia and, of course, Canada. 

Career Highlights

  • 1956 United States Women’s Amateur Championship
  • 1953 British Ladies Amateur Championship 
  • 1952, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1963 Bobbie Rosenfeld Award (Canada’s female athlete of the year)
  • 1951, 1956-1958, 1968-1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977 Ontario Ladies’ Champion
  • 1951, 1954-1956, 1958, 1959, 1963, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1973 Canadian Ladies’ Open Amateur Championship
  • 1951, 1956 Lou Marsh Memorial Award
Marlene Streit posing with a trophy

Marlene Streit after she won the Canadian Ladies Golf Association Open Amateurs.
Date: 1955
Collection: Canadian Golf Hall of Fame & Museum

Marlene Streit with a golf trophy

Marlene Streit after winning the United States Women’s Amateur Golf Championship.
Date: 1956
Collection: Canadian Golf Hall of Fame & Museum

Marlene Streit  on the golf course

Marlene Streit swinging a golf club.
Date: July 26, 1968
Collection: Canada's Sports Hall of Fame

A flag signed by Marlene Streit

A flag autographed by Marlene Streit.
Date: 2004
Collection: Canadian Golf Hall of Fame & Museum

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