May Hezlet

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May Hezlet
Hezlet, c. 1907
Personal information
Full name Mary Linzee Hezlet
Nickname May
Born 29 April 1882
Died 1978
Sandwich, Kent, England
Nationality Ireland Ireland
 United Kingdom
Status Amateur

Mary Elizabeth Linzee "May" Hezlet (29 April 1882 – 1978) was a British amateur golfer.

Early life[edit]

Hezlet was born in Gibraltar, the daughter Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Jackson Hezlet. She and her sisters Florence and Violet Hezlet grew up in Ireland and became top golfers in their era.

Golf career[edit]

Irish Ladies Close Championship[edit]

In 1899, at the golf course in Newcastle, County Down, May Hezlet defeated Rhona Adair to win the first of her five Irish Ladies Close Championships, three of which came in succession from 1904 to 1906. In two of those victories her sister Florence was the runner-up.[1]

British Ladies Amateur[edit]

She won the British Ladies Amateur title in 1899, becoming the youngest-ever winner of the championship—an age record that still stands.[1] Hezlet won the British Ladies Amateur again in 1902 then in 1904 at Scotland's Royal Troon Golf Club she lost in the final to Lottie Dod. She won her third British title in 1907 and her fifth Irish Ladies Close Championship in 1908 at the Royal Portrush Golf Club.

Writer of golf books[edit]

Hezlet published a book titled Ladies Golf in 1904 that was immensely popular. A second edition was published 1907 with an additional updating chapter. In 1912, she contributed to The New Book of Golf by Horace G. Hutchinson.[2]


In 1909, she married Rev. Arthur Edwin Ross.[3] Her brother Charles O. Hezlet was runner-up in The Amateur Championship in 1914, played in the Walker Cup, and won several Irish amateur titles.


Hezlet died in 1978 at Sandwich, Kent, England. She had a long life, living into her mid-90s.


  1. ^ a b Hezlet, May. "On the Links". Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Hutchinson, Horace G. (1912). The New Book of Golf. London, England: Longmans, Green & Co. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "The Bishop of Tuam". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 25 May 1923. p. 14.