Born and raised in Gilmer, Diane Dill, 85, first stepped
into the game of golf at the age of 14. She would play with her parents and the
other kids around at the time.
Dill attended the University of Texas at Austin having no
idea they even had a women’s golf team. It was when she earned her degree from
UT that she truly found her passion for the game.
“After I graduated from college, I really took it (golf) up
and played a lot with the ladies and girls who were around,” said Dill, who
currently resides in Bentwater Yacht & Country Club in Montgomery. “And
then my husband was a golf professional, so he did the finishing touches on my
In 1956, Dill’s husband Bill, who passed away in 2008, was
named the Head Golf Professional at the Humble Recreation Club (later named
Baywood Country Club) in Pasadena. He would go on to assume the
responsibilities of Golf Course Superintendent as well, and held those dual
roles until his retirement in June 1990.
Dill worked for Exxon in Houston straight out of college and
would head to the golf course whenever she had time off. She grew into a
competitive player in her own right. In fact, Dill boasts an impressive 14 holes-in-one
in her career. She played in two U.S. Women’s Amateurs and used to compete in the
Women’s Texas Amateur yearly.
Dill has an impressive TGA resume that includes being a six-time
champion of the Women’s Senior Stroke Play. She won the event five times in a
row from 1993-1997 and then again in 2002. Additionally, Dill has captured both
the Super Senior and Legends Divisions titles three times each in this event.
When asked what her favorite memories from playing
competitive golf were she jokingly replied, “the year when I would win
After Dill’s playing days wound down, a lady by the name of
Betsy Clifford, a former board member of the Women’s TGA, encouraged her to
attend a USGA Rules School and become a referee. When Dill took her first rules
school test, she didn’t think it was something she wanted to do. Despite that
initial reluctance, Dill believes she has now attended around 15 rules schools
Volunteering for the TGA is special to Dill because of the
people she meets, and her love for being out on the course with the young girls
and their parents. Furthermore, she enjoys getting to watch many of the girls she’s
seen via volunteering through the years go on to play collegiately and
“I just love the game of golf, love meeting people,” Dill
said. “The other thing is all the friends that you make from playing this game.”
Over the past six years, Dill has volunteered at nearly 20
events and has been an integral part in helping the TGA conduct top-tier women’s
championships. In addition to her on-site work as a volunteer, Dill also serves
as a TGA Director on the Women’s Committee as well.
The TGA is grateful to Diane Dill’s many years of service and
for continuing to push both the TGA and women’s golf to new heights. If you see
Diane at an event this year, make sure to say hello! Meeting new people is one
of her favorite aspects of volunteering.