Jennie (Barclay) Weiss was called Flint’s “Queen of the Fairways” and was a distinguished player and champion over three decades. She was also one of the most accomplished golfers in Michigan’s history.
She won five Michigan Amateur titles (1936, ’39, ’40, ’41, and ’57), with the last crown coming 21 years after her first at age 46. She beat Margaret Watkins of Detroit in the final at Orchard Lake Country Club, and Weiss remains the oldest winner of the 102-year-old championship.
She played in 30 state championships overall and was qualifying medalist multiple times. Her first Women’s Amateur was in 1932 at Gull Lake Country Club and her final was in 1963 at Western Golf & Country Club. She qualified for match play one last time at age 52.
Weiss also qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship five times and was the first Flint area golfer to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open.
Taught by Fred Lawson, the Scottish born pro at Mott Park, Weiss is in the Michigan Amateur Sports Hall of Fame and was a charter member of the Greater Flint Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.
Year inducted: 1990