The Silver Belle Players
Many Silver Belle alumni have gone on to play college golf and have pursued careers on the LPGA Tour. There are US Women’s Open champions, LPGA tournament winners, Solheim Cup and Curtis Cup team members, NCAA champions and many All-Americans. You can find some in Halls of Fame all around the country. Others have become outstanding instructors and mentors, just like Joanne, helping teach new generations of young golfers. Yani Tseng made it all the way to the #1 ranking in the world, 6 years after winning the 2005 Silver Belle. Angel Yin, 2011 Co-champion, made her way to the LPGA tour and recently represented Team USA at the 2019 Solheim Cup.
Some alumni have familiar names, like Paula Creamer, Danielle Ammaccapane, Mary Bea Porter-King, Lauri Merten, Pat Hurst, Brandie Burton, Jenny Lidback, and Heather Farr. The current ASU women's golf coach, Missy Farr-Kaye, played in the Silver Belle from the time she was eight years old through her college years, and says that her best memories were of going to the tournament with her sister Heather. Title Sponsor alumni include Patty Sheehan and the Juli and Brian Inkster Family Foundation.
Others gained success in other realms. Wendy Hodgson, runner up in the inaugural Silver Belle Championship in 1971, is Curator of the Herbarium at the Desert Botanical Garden. She reports that fellow competitor Pam Tynar Heine also quit golf, and raises and shows basset hounds. While some left golf to become mothers or lawyers or to pursue other dreams, each carries fond memories of her Silver Belle experience.