Dorothy Campbell Hurd (1883-1945) was born in North Berwick, Scotland and was a Pittsburgh area resident for a decade, 1914-1923. She was the first woman from the area ever to win a USGA championship and she won over 700 tournaments in her career.
She won the U.S. Women’s Amateur in 1909, 1910 and 1924, and was the medalist in 1916 and runner-up in 1920. She is the oldest champion ever at 41. Her three U.S. Women’s Amateur titles are exceeded by only four players. The 15-year span between victories is a record that stands today.
In 1909 she became the first player to claim the U.S. Women’s Amateur and British Ladies Amateur in the same year.
In addition to the three U.S. Women’s Amateurs, she also won the British Ladies Amateur in 1909 and 1911, the Canadian Women’s Amateur from 1910-12 and the Scottish Ladies Championship from 1905-08. She won the North and South Women’s Amateur in 1918, 1920 and 1921 and the U.S. Women’s Senior Championship in 1938. At the age of 51 she won the 1934 Pennsylvania Women’s Amateur Championship.
While in the area she won three area Women’s Championships, and six Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia Championships after relocating to Philadelphia.
Many golf instructors regard her as one of the first players with a “modern golf swing.” Campbell Hurd was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 1976.