As someone who grew up on a golf course, Betty Richart’s love for the game has been an integral part of her long and illustrious career. As player, she won regional, city and club championships in six states including playing in several U.S. Opens with such notables as Patty Berg, Babe Zaharias and Louise Suggs.
As a volunteer and promoter of golf, Richart is equally distinguished. She served on the USGA Women’s Committee for 17 years and the last three as chairperson. She also served as chairperson for the U.S. Women’s Open at Indianwood G & CC and was instrumental in her club, Barton Hills, in successfully hosting the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1998 and the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in 2008. In 1999, the USGA bestowed its Ike Grainger Award to Richart for 25 years of service to the organization.
In Michigan, she has been honored by all of the major golf associations. In 1992, she received the Golf Association’s Distinguished Service Award and in 2001 received a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Women’s District Association. In 2014, Richart was selected as one of three women to be honored at the Michigan Women’s Golf Association Legacy Celebration.
She also served as a board member for the Michigan Golf Foundation which oversees the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame.