December 10, 2012

2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

Winifred Holmes and Marcia Mileti head into the FSGA Hall of Fame

On Friday, November 16, 2012, the Florida State Golf Association inducted two new members into its prestigious Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held at the Country Club of Orlando in conjunction with the Annual Dinner.

Winifred Holmes

Winifred "Winnie" Roger Holmes, was born on August 22, 1896. Winnie, began playing golf in 1917 at Timuquana CC in Jacksonville after marrying her high school sweetheart, John L. Holmes.  She and her husband spent many hours playing golf every Sunday afternoon.  But like the pioneers throughout history, Winnie wanted more – for herself, for women, and for golf.

In 1927 she founded the Florida Women's State Golf Association, an organization that had grown and prospered in its years.  While organizing the FWSGA, Winnie also began forming the Jacksonville Women’s Golf Association.  “She devoted her life to her family and golf and church work,” said her late husband.  

In March of 1927, Winnie was the driving force behind the staging of the first FWSGA State Championship at Mount Plymouth CC near Orlando.  It seemed only fitting that Winnie become the first FWSGA champion. She defeated Mrs. Harry C. Dodge in the 1927 inaugural event. 

At 88 years of age Winnie qualified for the championship flight in her hometown city tournament. That year she was also the oldest woman in the country to have a hole-in-one.

Winnie continued to lend her support and organizational skills to the FWSGA throughout the years, and even into the 1980s. Her memory, her pioneering efforts and dedication to women’s golf in Florida will not soon be forgotten.

Marcia Mileti

Marcia Bernet Mileti was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and was raised nearby in Shaker Heights.  She graduated from Saint Mary of the Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana, where she received degrees in Journalism and Business. Following graduation, Marcia taught at the Montessori School in Cleveland. 

Her father, Bernard Bernet, and Bob Hope were among the directors of the Cleveland Indians during the 1940’s and 1950’s.  As part of an avid sports family, Marcia met and married her late husband, Chuck Mileti, at the Cleveland Stadium in 1978.  Marcia and Chuck were members at Tequesta CC in Tequesta, Florida, where she worked for the pro-shop assisting with scoreboards and rules.

Her career in the golf industry began when she worked for the PGA, Northern Ohio Section.  While working for the PGA, Marcia frequently traveled to Florida in the winter where she played on the popular amateur golf circuit, the “Orange Blossom Tour”.

Marcia also worked for the South Florida PGA and the Women’s Southern Golf Association, of which she is still an active member.   She is a past president of the Florida Women’s State Golf Association (FWSGA).  And while with the FWSGA, Marcia captained the Florida Team at the Southeastern Women’s Amateur Team Championship (SWATCA) for nine years. 

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