Date: September 09, 2012

Vale – Miss Burtta Cheney MBE

The President, Board and Staff of Golf Victoria express their deepest sympathy at the passing of much respected and loved Golf Victoria Life Member, Miss Burtta Cheney MBE.

A pioneer of women’s golf, 95-year-old Miss Cheney enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a player, administrator and the founder of junior girls’ golf in Victoria.

Some highlights of her achievements and contributions include: Australian Champion 1957, runner up 1937, Commonwealth Tournament Team 1959 and Team Captain 1963, Tasman Cup team – six times and Captain five times, Victorian Amateur Champion three times, Victorian and South Australian Junior Girls’ Champion, Victorian state team player – fifteen times, Huntingdale Golf Club Champion – eighteen times, Team member and Captain of Huntingdale’s pennant team for over twenty years.

In 1937, Burtta became the Victorian Ladies Golf Union’s youngest delegate before being elected President and honoured as a life member of the organisation in 1983.

Burtta’s enthusiasm for golf translated into the introduction of the Anglesea Girls Golf Camps which commenced in 1966 and are still conducted today over forty-five years later. Burtta Cheney’s biography “A Life in Golf” was released in 2010.

Golf Victoria’s deepest sympathies are extended to the Cheney family. 

The funeral details for Miss Burtta Cheney have been announced as follows: –

St Andrew’s Anglican Church
230 New Street (Cnr Church St)
Tuesday September 18th at 10.30am
No flowers by request – in lieu donations to Guide Dogs Victoria