Carolyn Cassidy Cudone
Myrtle Beach’s Junior Golf Pioneer 2009
Carolyn Cassidy Cudone will always be remembered as the pioneer of the Myrtle Beach Junior Golf Association. Disenchanted by the lack of collegiate golfers representing the “Golf Capital of the World”, Cudone created the area’s original junior golf program in 1981 and was the driving force behind the program over the next 20 years. Thanks to her insight and hard work, more than 15 of her Grand Strand area junior golfers earned college golf scholarships.
One of the finest women golfers of her generation, Cudone captured 10 U.S. Women’s Senior Amateur Championships, including five consecutive wins from 1968 to 1972, the longest consecutive winning streak in any USGA Championship. In addition to capturing the South Carolina Women’s Amateur title a record seven times, Cudone was a member of two U.S. Curtis Cup Match teams (a team member in 1956 and the team captain in 1970). She was inducted into the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame in 1979.