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Posted:  9/11/14

Mae Murray Jones inducted into Vermont Sports Hall of Fame

Mae Murray Jones will be among the 12 2014 inductees into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame on November 15, 2014.   She won the Vermont State Amateur Championship six times in 1941, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, and 1950.  This was the record for the number of wins until Holly Reynolds won her seventh in 2012.  Mae was the runner-up in the New England Women’s Golf Championship in 1951 before winning the championship for four consecutive years from 1959 to 1954.

At the age of 22, Mae reached the finals of the 1949 Western Amateur.  That same year, she finished in sixth place in the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Prince George’s Country Club in Landover, MD.. In 1950, she reached the finals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur before losing to Beverly Hanson, 6-4.  The quarterfinal match against Fay Crocker, who later went on to play on the LPGA, proved to be a very exciting match becoming the second longest match in USGA history lasting nine holes of sudden death play and spanning two days before Mae triumphed.  The match was suspended after 24 holes due to darkness and resumed the next morning.  Both ladies were playing excellent golf and were both 2-under par for the match. The tournament was held at the East Lake Country Club in Atlanta, GA, the home of Bobby Jones who watched the match and pronounced it "the greatest match, man's or woman's, that I have ever seen".

The following year, she added a second place finish in the North-South and reached the semi-finals of the Canadian Women's Open.  In 1952, she was selected as a Curtis Cup team member representing the US in Muirfield, Scotland.  She considered this event to be the highlight of her golfing career saying "It's just like being in the Olympics.  It's a great thrill being able to represent your country." Following the Curtis Cup, she then survived to the semi-finals of the British Open in Troon.

Mae was a long-time member of Rutland Country Club where her father, Jim Murray, was the club professional for 30 years.  Instead of choosing a career in professional golf, Mae married Hugh Raymond Jones, son of Ruth Raymond Jones (Jonsie) who was one founding matriarchs of Vermont women's golf. Mae herself contributed not only her golfing excellence to the women's golf association, but also her time and energy in establishing  course ratings for Vermont courses.  After her husband's death and her mother-in-law's death, Mae moved to Southern Pines, NC.   She passed away in 2005 at the age of 78.

Mae joins 11 other prominent Vermont sports figures in the 2014 class of inductees. The banquet will be held on November 15 at the DoubleTree Hilton on Williston Road in South Burlington.  For more information about the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame, the complete list of inductees, and ticket information for the banquet, please go to their website at www.vermontsportshall.com.