Evelyn G. Glick, 87, golfer who won titles in 3 decades, one-putt par master

October 18, 1998|By Frederick Rasmussen | Frederick Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Evelyn G. Glick, whose electrifying performances on the golf course during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s earned her the distinction of being known as the "Collector of Titles" and master of the one-putt par, died Wednesday of a heart attack at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was 87 and lived in Pikesville.

Mrs. Glick was 30 when she picked up her first set of golf clubs in 1940, and didn't put them down until this summer after suffering a stroke.

In 1941, she was Women's Club champion at Woodholme Country Club and repeated the feat 40 years later in 1981.

Her record included 12 Maryland State Amateur Championships, Baltimore City championships and four Middle Atlantic amateur championships.

In 1977, she was inducted into the Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame and was a member of the Maryland Women's Golf Association Hall of Fame.

She won amateur and invitational championships in Cuba, New Jersey, Florida, Rhode Island and Virginia. She was the low qualifier in the United States Golf Association championship at Pebble Beach, Calif.

She played in the National and International Amateur Golf Tour before women's professional golf was established and played in the inaugural Ladies Professional Golf Association match in 1948 and kept winning awards and titles through the 1960s.

She played with some of the greatest female golfers of the day, including Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Patty Berg, Louise Suggs, Carol Mann and Sandra Post.

"She really dominated women's amateur golf from the 1940s through the 1960s and won a heck of a lot of matches," said Jack Emich, executive director of the Maryland State Golf

Association, who described her as "actually quite petite and very friendly."

"She was a legend. She won everything and anything," said Barry Furham, Woodholme Country Club pro, where she had been a member since 1939.

"To some people, merely hitting a golf ball is a pleasure in itself. It makes no difference if it is hit during a round of golf, or on the practice tee," said The Evening Sun in 1958.

"One of these is Mrs. Maurice Glick to whom the striking of the ball is an end unto itself and not a means to an end, such as playing an outstanding brand of women's golf and winning more titles than any woman in the history of golf in Baltimore."

Richard Kress, 53, a Baltimore developer who first met her as a 10-year-old, said, "Her strength was her mind and it was focused on a single purpose. She played a tremendous short game and never hit the ball over 210 yards.

"However, the sound of her putter hitting a ball was all pure sound and precision. It sounded like a tennis ball hitting the middle of a tennis racket."

Others attribute her success not to any natural ability but to her firm regime of daily practice.

"She was a familiar sight in a berry patch on Mount Wilson Lane on the grounds of Woodholme Country Club where she practiced endlessly," said John Stewart, golfing reporter for The Sun.

It made no difference what the weather -- rain, sleet or snow -- the indefatigable Mrs. Glick practiced daily until her death, hitting 20 to 25 balls over and over again.

She snapped back from a 1988 lung cancer operation to resume her practice and play. She refused to let illness get in the way of the pleasure that golf brought her.

"Like the great Ben Hogan said, she 'dug the ball out of the ground,' " said Mr. Kress.

She was still shooting her age during the 1980s and once modestly suggested to Mr. Kress, "I'm probably as good as any woman golfer over 80."

She was patient and enjoyed instructing new players in the subtle art of the game and was especially fond of working with children.

Born Evelyn Grollman in Leonardtown, Mrs. Glick moved to Baltimore, where she graduated from Western High School.

She received her teaching certificate from the old Maryland State Normal School and taught in city elementary schools for a decade.

hTC She was married in the early 1930s to Maurice Glick, a lawyer and golfer, who died in 1974. The couple had no children.

In addition to being a member of Shearith Israel Congregation, Mrs. Glick's philanthropic interests included the Ner Israel Rabbinical College and the Johns Hopkins Medical School Oncology Center.

She also endowed two chairs in honor of her parents and a brother at the University of Maryland Medical School.

Services were held Thursday.

She is survived by a nephew, Patrick Grollman of New York City; and a niece, Elaine Mintzes of Pikesville.

Pub date 10/18/98

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