Dorothy “Dottie” Higbie (Scherer) took Michigan women’s golf international in 1932 when she was unanimously selected to represent the United States in the inaugural Curtis Cup Matches versus Great Britain. The Country Club of Detroit member had already won three Michigan Women’s Amateur Championship titles in 1925, ’26 and ’31, added a fourth that year and a fifth and third consecutive in ’33. In all, she was a finalist seven times in 11 years.
Her national reputation, which earned her the Curtis Cup nod, came from being a 10-time qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Amateur. She reached the quarterfinals of the national championship in 1929 and was the qualifying medalist in 1931. At masterworksofgolf.com, in the collection of vintage golf pictures, is a tiny photo of Dorothy playing golf with 1913 U.S. Open and two-time U.S. Amateur champion Francis Ouimet in what is apparently an exhibition.
In addition to her Michigan Amateur titles, she also claimed the Detroit Women’s District Golf Association title six times, as well as that group’s match play title five times. Married to Harley Higbie, she was the first woman elected to the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame and was part of the third class (1984) overall.
Year inducted: 1984