Date: July 06, 2011

VALE: Eileen Dawson MBE

Golf Australia extends its sympathies to the family and friends of former Australian Ladies Golf Union President Eileen Dawson MBE who passed away recently. Eileen was awarded her MBE in 1976 for services to golf. Eileen Dawson travelled throughout Western Australia with other women golfers and professionals encouraging new players and helping to establish clubs for women. In 1969 she was appointed chairwoman of a new sub-committee of the Western Australian Ladies Golf Union, which assisted in developing junior girls&apos golf. The committee organised for golf to be added to school sports curriculums, and for students to be coached by professionals, also arranging golf holiday camps. An Australian champion golfer in 1959, Eileen Dawson was Western Australian Ladies Amateur Champion in 1955, 1961 and 1965. From 1947-1949, 1951-1955 and 1957-1969 she was a member of the Western Australian State Team and in 1960 played with the Australian team. She later became non-playing captain of the Australian team when the World Amateur Team Championships (Espirito Santo) was held in Melbourne. Eileen Dawson was President of the Australian Ladies&apos Golf Union from 1982-1985.