Dorothy Germain Porter

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Dorothy Germain Porter (April 3, 1924 – July 20, 2012)[1] was an American amateur golfer.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dorothy Germain began playing golf at 11.[2] She graduated from Beaver College, where she played field hockey.[2] In the early 1940s, Porter won a number of Philadelphia junior and amateur golf championships, and in 1946 she captured the first of her three Pennsylvania Women's Amateurs. She won the Women's Western Amateur in 1943, 1944, and 1967.

In 1949 she won the U.S. Women's Amateur.[3][4] Porter was a member of the U.S. team that won the 1950 Curtis Cup and captained the 1966 team to victory. In 1977, she became the first Women's Amateur Champion to win the U.S. Senior Women's Amateur. She went on to win the Seniors' title again in 1980, 1981, and 1983. In 1984, she captained the winning U.S. Espirito Santo Trophy team.[5]

Porter was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.[6]

She was married to Mark A. Porter, an amateur golfer with whom she often played in tournaments, from 1946 until his death in 1996.[7] She was the mother of three children.[2]

Significant tournament wins[edit]

Team appearances[edit]


  • Curtis Cup (representing the United States): 1950 (winners), 1966 (non-playing captain, winners)


  1. ^ Glenn, Rhonda (July 23, 2012). "Obituary: Dorothy Porter, 1949 Women's Amateur Champion, 88". USGA. Archived from the original on October 15, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Juliano, Joe (October 20, 1996). "Dorothy Porter: The road not taken". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p. C08.
  3. ^ "USGA Museum profile". USGA. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  4. ^ "U.S. Women's Amateur - past champions". USGA. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  5. ^ "Golf Captain named". Miami Herald. February 11, 1984. p. 3C.
  6. ^ "Biography from the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame". Retrieved September 7, 2012.
  7. ^ "Mark A. Porter, 83, An Amateur Golfer". The Philadelphia Inquirer. August 9, 1996. p. R03.

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